Deep Thoughts with CheeseIsGood: Cash Game Pitching

For years, I have been preaching paying up for ace pitchers in cash games. Not by any means always or on every slate, and never on the basis of salary. But elite strikeout pitchers in good matchups have always been my go-to. This has been a winning strategy for me personally for a long time. However, as we’ve all seen and discussed here many times recently, the league appears to be shifting heavily towards offense, with more and more players hitting more and more home runs and the league average ERA climbing to 4.45 after a 4.15 mark in 2018. I have been steadfast in my opinion that despite that, the top pitchers are still worth paying for in cash games, given that we are still comparing them to the rest of the pitchers, we’re not comparing them to the pitchers of last year.

A couple weeks ago I wrote about the top pitchers and how they have continued to score the most DFS points this season. And as we discussed in that article, it is very easy to identify the best pitchers simply on the basis of strikeouts, followed by innings and walks. But I wanted to take a deeper look to make sure I haven’t missed something, and that most importantly, the consistency of the top pitchers is still better than that of the top hitters. That really is the crux of the matter for me in cash games- consistency and predictability.

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About the Author

  • Dave Potts (CheeseIsGood)

  • One of the preeminent baseball minds in all of fantasy, Dave Potts, aka CheeseIsGood, has won contests at the highest levels of both season-long and DFS. He is a two-time winner of a million dollar first place prize in DFS; having won the 2014 FanDuel baseball live final and following that up by taking down a DraftKings Millionare Maker Tournament in 2015. In addition, he’s won the Main Event championship in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship and the NFBC Platinum League, which is the highest buy-in entry league. His consistent success in the NFBC tournaments recently earned him a prestigious spot in their Hall of Fame. Dave can also strum a mean guitar while carrying a tune and if you’re lucky, you’ll see him do so on one of his GrindersLive appearances.

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  • GKB11

    These recent insights are so informative, really appreciate the work you are doing, you make complex statistical analysis simple by focusing on strike outs and walks. Cheers

  • Scotch

    Great article Cheese!

  • Mr_tjRoto

    Thanks. Esp true last weekend, pitchers ruled, and low and behold those that did were “forced” to play Greg Allen 😏

  • Rarfstar

    Cheese, you need to write a f-in book on this stuff. You’re a great writer.

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