MLB Takeoff 7/2 Preview

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Lance Lynn: Checking in with a road matchup at pitcher-friendly Comerica Park against an offense that strikes out at the second-highest rate in MLB vs. RHP (26.3%), Lynn is the top option on the board across both sites this evening. I'm hoping that everyone just looks at his last two starts in the game log and immediately dismisses the burly right-hander because I'm prepared to lock and load against the Tigers. Last time out, his start was suspended after just three innings in a rain-shortened game while prior to that, he was hammered by the Astros lasting just four innings and giving up six runs. Lynn has limited opponents to a .247 wOBA on the season with his strong 28.5% K rate. Lynn is a near-lock to pick up a quality start for the White Sox tonight and should deliver another vintage outing which is reflected by his ownership around 35 POWN% on DraftKings despite having the second-highest salary.

Max Scherzer: In Scherzer's two starts since coming off the injured list with a groin issue, Mad Max has racked up 15 K's across 11 innings allowing just 2 earned runs combined, and has not had any sort of limitation going over 100 pitches in both outings. This matchup will be a tough one for the Nats ace going against a top-three offense against RHP (.338 wOBA, 117 wRC+) that doesn't strike out (22% K rate). The Dodgers will have a full complement of elite hitters with Muncy, Bellinger, and Betts in the lineup and showcased last night the damage they can put on the board in a hurry. On DraftKings, Scherzer is the highest-priced option picking up over 25 POWN% versus only 5% right now on FanDuel, making him a better leverage option for the blue brand this evening. Despite the difficulty this spot possesses on paper, Scherzer is a big-game pitcher that will rise to the occasion for the Nats that are now right back in the thick of a pennant race after a hot month of June, which is always worth a little something extra in my book.

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Sonny Gray: Gray will be making his first start off the injured list against the Cubs which is a plus-plus matchup against a team that strikes out at the highest rate in MLB vs. RHP (26.7%). Gray is priced down in the $7K range on both sites opening up a lot of possibili