The Takeoff 9.6.19

Nick Delgado | @MrESPNMiami

Pitcher Rankings

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Clayton Kershaw: Gets a matchup with the Giants that he’s all too familiar with. He’s pitched well against them throughout his whole career & this season has not been any different. In 2 starts against them his combined line is as follows: 14 IP, 2 ER, 10 K’s. Oddly enough, his stats over the last month have been quite strange. He’s striking out hitters 36.2% of the time, but giving up a lot of power as well. In his last 3 starts he has given up: 3 HR, 3 HR, & 2 HR (LISO 0.438, RISO 0.282). The Giants are expected to start all righties tonight so that should help limit his HR damage.

Lucas Giolito: I’m hoping everyone goes to play Kershaw & drives Giolito’s ownership down because he’s my favorite play on the slate. The upside to be the leader on the slate is definitely there as he has been striking out hitters at nearly 41% (!!!) over the last month. Aside from Trout & Calhoun, nobody has been tearing off the cover ball for the Angels. Giolito is susceptible to giving up a homer or 2 so if you would like to hedge w/ Trout or Calhoun (LISO 0.194, RISO 0.212) feel free. Giolito may be better off being used on FD rather DK because on DK he is priced as the most expensive pitcher on the slate (12.1), & on FD he is the 3rd highest priced pitcher at (10.6).

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Patrick Corbin: He’s allowed 3 ER or less in all starts but one since the beginning of July. Tonight he gets a tough matchup in the Braves that hit lefties well (Top 4 hitters have ISOs > .200 vs. LHP). Corbin has held his own against ATL in 2 starts due to the fact that they strike out 25% of the time against lefties. In his 2 starts against them he’s given up 2 runs while striking out 5 & 8 hitters respectively.