Zach Greinke – He may not have his scoreless innings streak anymore, but that doesn’t make him any less of an elite pitcher. He is going against the Phillies today who have improved offensively but still aren’t that great. In his other start against them this year, Greinke only have up 1 hit over 8 innings and struck out 8 in that contest. I honestly expect something similar to that today and the Dodgers should give him plenty of run support.
Matt Harvey – Although Harvey hasn’t been quite as good as he has been in past years, he is still the guy on the Mets staff in my opinion, even with how good DeGrom and Syndergaard have been. He is going against a depleted Marlins offense, that just doesn’t have much of an identity without Stanton. Harvey has 125 K’s in 133 IP and I expect roughly 8-10 K’s tonight out of him.
Chris Sale – This is a bit of a risky pick with him dueling Chris Archer tonight, but Scherzer scares me a little bit going against that Arizona offense. The Rays do hit lefties better, but Chris Sale pitches against righties much better which is what Tampa fills their lineup with. Sale has been a little off recently, and is due for a bounce back game here where he gets those 13 K’s.
Francisco Liriano – Liriano has been absolutely awesome for the Pirates this year, and will have to continue to be this good especially if A.J. Burnett is out for the year. He has a 2.92 ERA on the year with 140 K’s in 126 IP which is exactly what you are looking for in an ace. With Kluber and Hernandez having tough matchups today, Liriano is pretty easily my top pitcher of the day.
Madison Bumgarner – Most people are going to pick Kershaw tonight as he has been dominant lately and is one of the best strikeout pitchers in all of baseball. Maybe I like going against the grain but I really like Bumgarner tonight as he is cheaper than Kershaw and has a better matchup. The Rangers strikeout 25.5% of the time against left handed pitching which bodes very well for Bumgarner today.