Introduction to Pitcher Stats in Daily Fantasy Baseball
Every day when I sit down to start building my DFS lineups, I begin by finding my starting pitcher for the day. The reason has nothing to do with the salaries or expected points; it is because pitching is far more predictable on a day-to-day basis than hitting. The key thing to note is that goes for bad pitching as well as good pitching.
When I start to look at what hitters to use in my daily lineup, I begin the same way: I analyze the pitchers. I have full charts on every pitcher for the day before I even begin to think about what specific bats I will be using.
If you have been playing DFS for a while, you may have used some similar strategy, whether looking at Vegas lines to find projected high-scoring teams, making a list of pitchers with high ERAs, or those with simply a reputation or track record of poor pitching.