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MLB Preview Friday 7/5/24

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Welcome to today’s MLB DFS preview! We’ve got a full slate of games to cover, with intriguing pitching matchups and plenty of insights to help you navigate the day. This article will focus mainly on the pitching side of things, as we’ll dive into the top hitters and stacks later today.

Let’s jump into the matchups, break down each game, and highlight key insights to help you make informed DFS decisions.


Los Angeles Angels vs. Chicago Cubs – 2:20 PM EDT – Wrigley Field

Pitching Matchup:

Game Preview: Griffin Canning takes the mound for the Angels with an ERA of 4.49 and a 22% strikeout rate. He faces a tough challenge against a Cubs lineup that boasts a .306 wOBA versus right-handers. On the flip side, Justin Steele, with a 3.10 ERA and a 25% strikeout rate, should have the upper hand against an Angels lineup struggling with a .301 wOBA against lefties. Steele’s ability to limit hard contact (29%) and induce ground balls (47%) makes him a solid play in this matchup.


New York Mets vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – 6:40 PM EDT – PNC Park

Pitching Matchup:

Game Preview: Luis Severino has had a rough go this season, posting a 4.97 ERA and only a 19% strikeout rate. He’ll need to navigate a Pirates lineup that’s decent against righties with a .292 wOBA. Paul Skenes, on the other hand, is a rising star with a stellar 2.06 ERA and a 34% strikeout rate. The Mets have struggled against right-handers, posting a .331 wOBA, but Skenes’ ability to miss bats and control the zone should give him the edge.


St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals – 6:45 PM EDT – Nationals Park

Pitching Matchup:

Game Preview: Sonny Gray brings his impressive 2.85 ERA and 27% strikeout rate to face a Nationals lineup with a .300 wOBA against right-handers. Patrick Corbin, with a 5.30 ERA, will have a tough task against a Cardinals lineup that excels against lefties with a .314 wOBA. Gray’s dominance and Corbin’s struggles make this a lopsided matchup in favor of the Cardinals.


Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees – 7:05 PM EDT – Yankee Stadium

Pitching Matchup:

Game Preview: Tanner Houck’s solid 3.83 ERA and 23% strikeout rate will be tested by a Yankees lineup with a .339 wOBA against right-handers. Nestor Cortes, sporting a 4.06 ERA and a 24% strikeout rate, faces a Red Sox lineup with a .337 wOBA against lefties. Both pitchers have their work cut out for them, but Cortes’ ability to limit hard contact could be the difference-maker.


Chicago White Sox vs. Miami Marlins – 7:10 PM EDT – LoanDepot Park

Pitching Matchup:

Game Preview: Drew Thorpe’s 4.43 ERA and 15% strikeout rate will be up against a Marlins lineup with a .286 wOBA against right-handers. Bryan Hoeing, with a 4.68 ERA and an 18% strikeout rate, will face a White Sox lineup that has struggled against righties with a .285 wOBA. This game could see some offensive struggles, making both pitchers interesting, albeit risky, DFS options.


San Francisco Giants vs. Cleveland Guardians – 7:10 PM EDT – Progressive Field

Pitching Matchup:

Game Preview: Spencer Bivens, with a 2.57 ERA and a 26% strikeout rate, faces a Guardians lineup that’s strong against righties with a .317 wOBA. Tanner Bibee, with a 3.17 ERA and a 26% strikeout rate, goes up against a Giants lineup that has a .308 wOBA against right-handers. Both pitchers have shown the ability to limit damage, making this a potentially low-scoring affair.


Detroit Tigers vs. Cincinnati Reds – 7:10 PM EDT – Great American Ball Park

Pitching Matchup:

Game Preview: Reese Olson’s 3.68 ERA and 23% strikeout rate will be tested by a Reds lineup with a .302 wOBA against right-handers. Carson Spiers, with a 4.11 ERA and a 19% strikeout rate, faces a Tigers lineup that has struggled with a .297 wOBA against righties. Both pitchers have shown vulnerabilities, which could lead to a higher-scoring game.


Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves – 7:20 PM EDT – Truist Park

Pitching Matchup:

Game Preview: Aaron Nola brings a 4.09 ERA and a 25% strikeout rate to face a Braves lineup with a .303 wOBA against right-handers. Max Fried, with a 2.75 ERA and a 24% strikeout rate, goes up against a Phillies lineup that has a .322 wOBA against lefties. Both pitchers are among the best on today’s slate, making this a marquee matchup to watch.


Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers – 8:05 PM EDT – Globe Life Field

Pitching Matchup:

Game Preview: Shane Baz takes on a Rangers lineup with a .295 wOBA against right-handers. Michael Lorenzen, with a 3.91 ERA and an 18% strikeout rate, faces a Rays lineup with a .303 wOBA against righties. Baz’s potential and Lorenzen’s consistency could make for an intriguing pitching duel.


Houston Astros vs. Minnesota Twins – 8:10 PM EDT – Target Field

Pitching Matchup:

Game Preview: Shawn Dubin’s 5.45 ERA and 24% strikeout rate will be tested by a Twins lineup with a .320 wOBA against right-handers. Pablo Lopez, with a 4.06 ERA and a 29% strikeout rate, faces an Astros lineup that has a .325 wOBA against righties. Lopez’s ability to miss bats could be the key in this matchup.


Kansas City Royals vs. Colorado Rockies – 8:10 PM EDT – Coors Field

Pitching Matchup:

Game Preview: Cole Ragans brings a 3.40 ERA and a 29% strikeout rate to face a Rockies lineup with a .310 wOBA against left-handers. Kyle Freeland, with a 5.48 ERA and a 14% strikeout rate, faces a Royals lineup that excels against lefties with a .316 wOBA. Ragans’ dominance and Freeland’s struggles make this a potentially high-scoring game at Coors Field.


Toronto Blue Jays vs. Seattle Mariners – 9:40 PM EDT – T-Mobile Park

Pitching Matchup:

Game Preview: Kevin Gausman, with a 3.68 ERA and a 28% strikeout rate, faces a Mariners lineup with a .300 wOBA against right-handers. Luis Castillo, with a 3.52 ERA and a 26% strikeout rate, goes up against a Blue Jays lineup that has a .308 wOBA against righties. Both pitchers have elite stuff, making this a must-watch matchup.


Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Diego Padres – 9:40 PM EDT – Petco Park

Pitching Matchup:

Game Preview: Slade Cecconi’s 5.34 ERA and 19% strikeout rate will be challenged by a Padres lineup with a .339 wOBA against right-handers. Randy Vasquez, with a 4.03 ERA and a 16% strikeout rate, faces a Diamondbacks lineup that has a .310 wOBA against righties. This game could see plenty of runs with both pitchers having their struggles.


Baltimore Orioles vs. Oakland Athletics – 9:40 PM EDT – Oakland Coliseum

Pitching Matchup:

Game Preview: Albert Suarez’s 2.43 ERA and 18% strikeout rate will be up against an Athletics lineup with a .305 wOBA against right-handers. Hogan Harris, with a 5.61 ERA and a 19% strikeout rate, faces an Orioles lineup that has a .339 wOBA against lefties. Suarez’s dominance and Harris’s struggles could make this a one-sided affair.


Milwaukee Brewers vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – 10:10 PM EDT – Dodger Stadium

Pitching Matchup:

Game Preview: Aaron Civale’s 4.13 ERA and 23% strikeout rate will be tested by a Dodgers lineup with a .326 wOBA against right-handers. Tyler Glasnow, with a 3.39 ERA and a 34% strikeout rate, faces a Brewers lineup that has a .337 wOBA against righties. Glasnow’s elite strikeout ability makes him a top option in this matchup.


That wraps up today’s MLB DFS preview. Keep these insights in mind as you build your lineups and stay tuned for our hitter and stack breakdowns later today. Good luck, and may your lineups be profitable!

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