MLB Grind Down: Tuesday, August 13th - HOU @ CHW (2)

Houston at Chicago White Sox – 8:10 PM ET

This game was originally listed on the main slate on DraftKings, but has since been taken off the slate. It’s not on FanDuel either, so unless the sites decide to roll out a showdown slate for it, then we won’t be able to get any exposure to it. If you play on a site where this is included in the main slate, Cole deserves to be considered the top pitcher on the board. He boasts a 2.97 SIERA with a strikeout rate of 36% and a walk rate of 7%. He has a dream matchup against the White Sox, whose projected lineup has an average xwOBA of .281 with an average k-rate of 29% against right-handed pitching.

Quick Breakdown: Cole is the top pitcher taking the mound tonight, but he’s not available on many sites.

Nova is an easy fade in all formats, even in a showdown setting. He has made 23 starts this season, posting a 5.01 SIERA with a strikeout rate of 15%. He has struggled against both left and right-handed hitters and he draws an awful matchup against the Astros. Their projected lineup boasts an average ISO of .244 with an average k-rate of 20% against right-handed pitching.

Quick Breakdown: Avoid Nova in all formats and in all slates.

Batter Grind Down

If the site you are playing on has this game in the main slate or if DraftKings decides to roll out a showdown slate for this game, we should have a ton of interest in the Astros’ offense. Ivan Nova has one of the lowest strikeout rates in baseball and has allowed a .335+ xwOBA and a .175+ ISO to both left and right-handed hitters this season. Meanwhile, George Springer, Michael Brantley, Carlos Correa, Yordan Alvarez, and Alex Bregman all boast a .370+ xwOBA against right-handed pitching this season.

Elite PlaysJose Altuve, Michael Brantley, George Springer (GPP), Alex Bregman (GPP), Carlos Correa (GPP), Yordan Alvarez (GPP)

Secondary PlaysGeorge Springer (Cash), Alex Bregman (Cash), Carlos Correa (Cash), Yordan Alvarez (Cash)


Do not play the White Sox against Gerrit Cole. That is all.

Elite Plays – None

Secondary Plays – None


About the Author

  • Derek Farnsworth (Notorious)

  • Derek Farnsworth, aka Notorious, is one of the most recognizable names and faces in all of DFS, thanks in large part to the great advice he gives on a daily basis in’s Grind Down for NBA and MLB as well as the First Look column that gives a preview of the day’s games from a DFS perspective. Before joining the RotoGrinders team, Derek received a Masters Degree from the University of Utah. When he’s not busy providing content, he’s dominating the industry as evidenced by his consistent top rankings in multiple sports. Farnsworth provides expert analysis for RotoGrinders Premium members on a daily basis during the NBA season and has also been nominated for five different Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA) awards.


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