MLB Grind Down: Tuesday, September 10th - STL @ COL

St. Louis at Colorado – 8:40 PM ET

Michael Wacha will start tonight in Denver after serving as an opener last time out. While he has looked better of late, his season-long numbers still leave plenty to be desired. His 19.3% strikeout rate is underwhelming and his 5.06 SIERA is downright bad. I don’t think he’s the worst play on the slate considering how terrible the Rockies have been, but we have other good cheap pitchers in actual good spots on this slate. As a result, we don’t need to be targeting Wacha.

Quick Breakdown: Fade Wacha in all formats.

Chi Chi Gonzalez dominated the Dodgers last time out, but that’s not happening again. His 11.9% strikeout rate is the lowest on the slate, and the Cardinals have an implied run total north of 7.

Quick Breakdown: Gonzalez is the worst play on the slate.

Batter Grind Down

As mentioned, the Cardinals have the highest implied run total on the night. Gonzalez has shown okay ground ball ability, but pitch-to-contact types typically don’t last long in this ballpark. Any Cardinal in the lineup tonight is a viable option. Paul Goldschmidt, Marcell Ozuna, Matt Carpenter and Paul DeJong are the top bats, followed by Dexter Fowler, Kolten Wong, Harrison Bader, Yadier Molina and Tommy Edman. Jose Martinez and Yairo Munz are potential value options if they sneak into the lineup. This is the top stack on the slate, so load ‘em up.

Elite PlaysPaul Goldschmidt, Marcell Ozuna, Paul DeJong, Dexter Fowler, Matt Carpenter

Secondary PlaysTommy Edman, Kolten Wong, Yadier Molina, Harrison Bader


Wacha has allowed a .375 wOBA with 17 homers to his fellow righties this season. Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story happen to hit from the right side, and they’re pretty clearly the top options on the Colorado side of things. Wacha has also yielded a .335 mark to lefties, so Charlie Blackmon, Sam Hilliard, Daniel Murphy and Ryan McMahon are strong options, too. The Rockies have an implied run total of 6.47, so don’t hesitate to stack them up, either.

Elite PlaysNolan Arenado, Trevor Story, Charlie Blackmon

Secondary PlaysSam Hilliard, Daniel Murphy, Ryan McMahon, Dom Nunez


About the Author

  • Taylor Smith (tcsmith031)

  • Taylor Smith is a native Texan (required by all fellow Texans to report this at all times) and Southern California-based sports writer. He has been playing daily fantasy sports regularly since 2012, going back to the days of DraftStreet (RIP). He specializes in MLB and NBA while dabbling in a few other sports like a true degen when the other two are out of season. He has written about DFS in the past at Bang The Book, and you can find some of his previous work on SB Nation and FanRag Sports.


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