MLB Grind Down: Friday, August 23rd - TEX @ CHW

Texas at Chicago White Sox – 8:10 PM ET

Lynn has enjoyed his best season as a professional, posting a 3.91 SIERA with a strikeout rate of 27% and a walk rate of 7% this season. It seems like every time he’s on the slate, I like him as a play, but never force him into my lineups. I expect that to be the case again tonight, as we have Jacob deGrom at home against the Braves and Jose Berrios at home against the Tigers. We can certainly make a case to play Lynn in tournaments, as the White Sox projected lineup has an average xwOBA of .302 with an average k-rate of 25% against right-handed pitching.

Quick Breakdown: Lynn is a strong play, but I do prefer deGrom and Berrios in a vacuum.

Cease is another young pitcher that has a ton of talent, but that hasn’t found his footing at the major league level. In eight starts this season, he owns a 5.11 SIERA with a strikeout rate of 21% and a walk rate of 11%. The Rangers have plenty of strikeouts in their lineup, but I want to see Cease string together a few good starts before targeting him in DFS. As I’ve mentioned a few times already, this mid-range for pitchers is loaded with options.

Quick Breakdown: Avoid Cease in all formats.

Batter Grind Down

The Rangers are facing a rookie pitcher in a fairly hitter-friendly ballpark. Dylan Cease has talent, but he has struggled a bit in his first eight major league starts. He has allowed a .325+ xwOBA and a .200+ ISO to both left and right-handed hitters. Shin-Soo Choo (.385 xwOBA), Danny Santana (.350 xwOBA), Rougned Odor (.201 ISO), and recent call-up Nick Solak (.490 xwOBA) are all viable in tournaments tonight. Second base is one of the weakest positions of the slate, which makes Odor and Solak intriguing options.

Elite PlaysRougned Odor, Nick Solak, Shin-Soo Choo (GPP), Danny Santana (GPP)

Secondary Plays – Shin-Soo Choo (Cash), Danny Santana (Cash), Elvis Andrus (GPP), Willie Calhoun (GPP)


The White Sox have Yoan Moncada back in their lineup, but they still have one of the worst offenses in baseball. To make matters worse, they draw a difficult matchup against Lance Lynn. In addition to a high strikeout rate (27%), he has held both left and right-handed hitters under a .295 xwOBA and under a .155 ISO. In a slate this size, we don’t need to take the risk on any White Sox hitters.

Elite Plays – None

Secondary Plays – None


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  • Derek Farnsworth (Notorious)

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