Million Dollar Musings: Thursday, July 12th
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Thursday, July 12th
Happy Thursday! We’ve got a slimmed down seven-game slate tonight, but even with fewer games there is once again no shortage of strong pitching options tonight. There are enough top pitchers to fill a full slate, and choosing between them tonight will likely be quite a chore. With so many good pitchers, that also means the offensive ownership is going to be very clustered around a couple teams. I’ll do what I can to point out some places to be different, but there really just isn’t much there.
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THE BEST OF THE GREAT
Max Scherzer at Mets – Even on a loaded slate, Scherzer stands alone at the top with a 35.4% strikeout rate that is easily the highest on the board, along with a low 6.4% walks rate. He has nine or more strikeouts in 14 of his 19 starts and even more remarkably, has allowed more than two runs only three times all year. Even more crazy than only allowing three runs on three different occasions is that two of those came against the Marlins. Baseball is weird. But, outside of those wonky Marlins starts, he has just been lights out and there’s no reason to expect any different tonight. Adding to the fact that he’s the clear top option is a Mets team that isn’t very good. Tonight’s projected lineup has a 24.5% strikeout rate and only a couple bats that will be any threat to his fly ball style. With his salary and so many other great pitchers, he is not an absolute must play by any means, but he’s definitely the guy you want if you can afford him.
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