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April 1 MLB DFS Pick
MKF Contest: More or Less, Pitching Strikeouts (Pick 2/2 correctly to win 2.5x your Buy-in)
Shane Bieber, SP, Cleveland Indians (at Detroit Tigers): More than 8.5 Pitching Strikeouts
Last season, Bieber, the defending AL Cy Young Award winner, had more than 8.5 strikeouts in nine out of his 12 starts. Two of those nine starts came on the road against the Detroit Tigers in which Bieber tallied 21 total strikeouts.
Ranking sixth in team strikeouts, the Tigers averaged 9.7 per game. With the combination of dominant pitching and a team with the third-lowest winning percentage last season, this matchup has all the makings of another dominant Bieber start.
Gerrit Cole, SP, New York Yankees (vs. Toronto Blue Jays): Less than 7.5 Pitching Strikeouts
Based on Gerrit Cole’s career starts against the Toronto Blue Jays, the 7.5 strikeouts is a razor-thin line. In his four career starts against the Blue Jays, Cole has averaged 7.75 strikeouts on a per-game basis. It is also worth noting that there was no team in the American League that did more work during the offseason than Toronto. It is this and what Cole did against right-handed hitters last season that has me suggesting fewer than 7.5 strikeouts.
Last season against right-handed hitters, Cole had 38 fewer strikeouts than he did left-handed hitters. The Blue Jays will head into Yankee Stadium with its right-handed-heavy lineup that will put up enough of a fight to have Cole missing out on the total.
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