We are now 5 games into the MLB season. Yesterday we had the Astros unveiling their WS Championship banner, a game in Arizona go 15 innings, and a few games getting postponed thanks to snow in the North East. So far it’s looking like a good main slate weather wise so let’s get into breaking down the pitchers:

High Tier

Clayton Kershaw ($11,500 FD/ $12,200 DK)- Clayton Kershaw is one of the best pitchers in the game, and the top pitcher on almost every slate he’s on. On Opening Day Kershaw went 6 innings with 1 run allowed and 7 strikeouts, and looked to be his normal dominant self. Clayton Kershaw owns a career 14-8 record, 2.55 ERA, .219 baa, and 10.3 K/9 vs the Diamondbacks. Kershaw is the highest priced options on the slate and is definitely cash safe, but it is tough to build a lineup featuring Kershaw and Harper plus another big name like Trout or Freeman.

Justin Verlander ($10,300 FD/$11,600)- Well before I start getting into the stats for Justin Verlander I think it is important to state that today is Ring Day for the Astros. So Mr. Verlander will be receiving his first career World Series Ring. Now that we know that lets get into the stats. On Opening Day JV went 6 innings allowing 4 hits, 0 runs, and striking out 5. He owns a career 10-5 record, 3.71 ERA, .231 baa, and 8.2 K/9 vs the Orioles. However in Houston JV owns a career 4-0 record, 2.82 ERA, .210 baa, and 10.2 K/9. With his discounted price compared to Kershaw’s, Verlander will probably be the chalk in cash games and he makes it a little easier to fit Harper and another big name.

Mid Tier

Garrett Richards ($7,700 FD/$6,500 DK)- Richards posted a stat line of 5 innings, 4 runs allowed, and 4 strikeouts on opening day. Richards owns a career .216 baa vs the current Indians roster, and a career .212 baa with a 12.6 K/9 vs the Indians. He however also owns a career 4.40 ERA, now this is not good, but this Indians lineup is not as good at the moment as they have been in the past. Richards comes with a huge risk, but his reward in gpp will be very high.

Matt Harvey ($7,000 FD/$7,800 DK)- The Dark Knight is said to be back this season. His velocity was up to 94 or 95 mph in spring training. Over his career Harvey has a 17-13 record, 3.00 ERA, .221 baa, and 8.9 K/9 at home. Sadly as Phillies fan Harvey also has a good history against us. Over his career vs the Phillies Harvey owns a 7-3 record, 3.07 ERA, .218 baa, and a 9.5 K/9. Matt Harvey is strictly gpp, but take it from a Phillies fan… if this game plays he has a great spot.

Low Tier

Miguel Gonzalez ($6,300 FD/$7,000 DK)- Miguel Gonzalez is known to be an average pitcher, but the former Orioles pitcher knows the Blue Jays very well. In his career vs the Blue Jays Gonzalez holds a career 7-4 record, 3.63 ERA, .233 baa, and 6.4 K/9. These numbers improve in Toronto where Gonzalez has a career 3-2 record, 3.42 ERA, .242 baa, and 7.6 K/9. It also helps that Josh Donaldson is hurt right now, and the current Blue Jays roster holds a career .179 baa against Gonzalez. Gonzalez will be a #criminalownership gpp play.

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