MLB Grind Down: Friday, August 16th - NYM @ KCR

NY Mets at Kansas City – 8:15 PM ET

Syndergaard is right there with Patrick Corbin and Luis Castillo as great pivot plays away from Charlie Morton in tournaments. In 23 starts this season, he owns a 4.15 SIERA with a strikeout rate of 24% and a walk rate of 7%. Every once in a while, I like to look at pitches per plate appearance for the pitcher and the opposing offense. Syndergaard is very efficient and the Royals are far from patient. If things are going well, Syndergaard has a chance to pitch a complete game here.

Quick Breakdown: Syndergaard is a strong tournament play, but again I prefer Morton as my SP1 tonight.

Montgomery decided to imitate Chris Sale in his last two starts and it has worked wonders. During that stretch, he has 19 strikeouts while only giving up a single run. He’s been a hittable pitcher in each of the last two seasons, so this recent form is certainly a surprise. I hate chasing fantasy production, but he’s only $5,200 on DraftKings and he draws a sneaky favorable matchup against the Mets. Their projected lineup has an average xwOBA under .300 with an average k-rate of 24% against left-handed pitching.

Quick Breakdown: I can’t believe I’m considering Montgomery in a 15-game slate, but here we are.

Batter Grind Down

Even though I have some interest in Mike Montgomery for tournaments, this is still a good matchup for the Mets. He has a low strikeout rate on the season and has allowed a .355+ xwOBA to both left and right-handed hitters. The Mets are dealing with some injuries, but they still have some good bats in their lineup. Amed Rosario (.331 xwOBA), J.D. Davis (.417 xwOBA), Pete Alonso (.421 xwOBA), and Wilson Ramos (.369 xwOBA) all have good numbers against southpaws this season.

Elite PlaysAmed Rosario (GPP), J.D. Davis (GPP), Pete Alonso (GPP), Wilson Ramos (DK GPP)

Secondary PlaysAmed Rosario (Cash), J.D. Davis (Cash), Pete Alonso (Cash), Wilson Ramos (DK Cash)


Noah Syndergaard is an awful matchup for opposing hitters. He has a high strikeout rate, a high ground ball rate, and he’s tough on batters from both sides of the plate. The one positive is that he might be the worst in baseball at holding runners. If you are looking for a super low owned play that could easily end up with two or three stolen bases, Whit Merrifield offers upside batting leadoff.

Elite Plays – None

Secondary PlaysWhit Merrifield (GPP)


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