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 ERA’s, or those with simply a reputation or track record of poor pitching. But, where the real analysis comes in is to realize that not all bad pitchers are created equal. It is not a simple matter of what pitcher will give up the most runs or the most DFS points, but in what manner is he going to give up those points?
Throughout this course, we’re going to look at all the different metrics to measure a pitcher’s true skill level, what types of hitters to use against those pitchers, and in what type of contests you should use them. Some pitchers have high strikeout rates but give up home runs while some pitch to contact and have high ground ball rates. There are many different stats available to use, and we’ll break them down along with a look at how each affects DFS scoring and which to use in cash games versus tournaments.
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