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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