MLB DFS: Thursday Cheat Sheet
MLB DFS: Thursday Cheat Sheet

This article is part of our DFS MLB series.

Here's a quick glance at Thursday's slate(s).

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    Park Factors & Lines

    Park factors in this piece are a three-year average from 2015-2017, indexed (100 = average). For example, left-handed home runs at Guaranteed Rate Field (home of the White Sox) have a three-year index of 122, which means there have been 22% more homers hit by lefties from all teams during that span in that park compared to a completely neutral environment. Left-handed hitters have a significant advantage when hitting at Guaranteed Rate Field.

    AT&T Park (home of the Giants), has a three-year run index of 90, which means that games played at AT&T park have had 10% fewer runs scored overall than a completely neutral environment. Overall offensive production is reduced by a significant amount for games played in San Francisco, making it a safer environment than most for pitchers.

    Road StarterHome StarterHome TmRAVGHRAVGHRKO/UHmL1st Pitch
    Dereck RodriguezDan StrailyMarlins84938691831038.0-10512:10 PM
    German MarquezVince VelasquezPhillies9895120971241098.5-1251:05 PM
    Lance LynnMichael FulmerTigers103981041031011048.5-1101:10 PM
    Mike ClevingerCarlos RodonWhite Sox9590122991101068.51152:10 PM
    Justin VerlanderFrankie MontasAthletics9697849787967.51603:35 PM
    Blake SnellDomingo GermanYankees1039514299123928.5-1807:05 PM
    Tyson RossAnibal SanchezBraves1021061169881988.5-1457:35 PM
    Jason VargasMatt KochDiamondbacks1161091061051111009.0-1159:40 PM
    David PriceFelix HernandezMariners919610594971048.511510:10 PM

    Pitcher Skills

    These stats look at each starting pitcher's stats since the start of last season.

    The final two columns are team stats for each pitcher's opponent.

    OwRC+ is the team wRC+ for the current season, against the handedness of that pitcher.

    TeamK% is the strikeout rate of the opposing team for the current season, against the handedness of that pitcher.

    Note: Opponent team matchup data from 2018 season.

    Mike Clevinger (R)at CWS206.024.510.613.90.833.191.23$9,700$8,8009624.8
    Michael Fulmer (R)v MIN238.317.96.811.10.834.001.20$5,500$7,3009722.1
    Domingo German (R)v TB 61.726.810.616.21.314.821.30$6,700$7,00010221.5
    Felix Hernandez (R)v BOS164.020.07.912.11.544.991.34$5,800$6,80012219.2
    Matt Koch (R)v NYM60.$6,200$5,80010021.8
    Lance Lynn (R)at DET248.320.311.$6,900$7,5008621.0
    German Marquez (R)at PHI229.721.27.713.51.414.511.41$5,300$7,7009126.8
    Frankie Montas (R)v HOU53.721.39.811.51.844.701.45$7,500$8,20011120.3
    David Price (L)at SEA149.023.78.715.10.913.681.22$8,600$8,40011520.1
    Carlos Rodon (L)v CLE74.325.810.215.51.704.121.39$6,300$6,30011118.5
    Dereck Rodriguez (R)at MIA12.$6,500$6,0008422.7
    Tyson Ross (R)at ATL125.020.511.$8,100$7,90010420.1
    Anibal Sanchez (R)v SD 135.721.56.614.92.065.511.47$5,500$6,3008625.6
    Blake Snell (L)at NYY211.723.99.614.21.023.361.20$10,900$9,20012222.7
    Dan Straily (R)v SF 221.321.38.712.61.554.231.33$6,100$6,20010824.5
    Jason Vargas (L)at ARI210.017.97.810.11.414.671.39$5,100$5,80010523.9
    Vince Velasquez (R)v COL139.324.89.515.31.615.041.44$7,100$8,6008223.5
    Justin Verlander (R)at OAK299.327.67.720.00.992.771.05$13,100$11,40010623.0

    Pitcher Splits

    These splits cover each pitcher's performance against left-handed and right-handed hitters since the start of the 2016 season.

    Stats highlighted yellow indicate matchups favoring the pitcher. Stats highlighted blue indicate matchups favoring opposing hitters.

    v. Leftiesv. Righties
    Mike Clevinger (R)at CWS22.511.011.50.820.30224.811.
    Michael Fulmer (R)v MIN18.
    Domingo German (R)v TB 23.09.613.31.360.29230.811.519.21.260.334
    Felix Hernandez (R)v BOS18.
    Matt Koch (R)v NYM15.
    Lance Lynn (R)at DET15.
    German Marquez (R)at PHI17.
    Frankie Montas (R)v HOU16.
    David Price (L)at SEA19.
    Carlos Rodon (L)v CLE27.
    Dereck Rodriguez (R)at MIA15.
    Tyson Ross (R)at ATL17.611.
    Anibal Sanchez (R)v SD 22.68.813.81.550.33919.15.813.22.260.377
    Blake Snell (L)at NYY27.69.917.70.150.23723.210.812.41.050.316
    Dan Straily (R)v SF 20.311.
    Jason Vargas (L)at ARI13.
    Vince Velasquez (R)v COL25.310.115.21.690.35827.07.719.31.380.320
    Justin Verlander (R)at OAK31.18.722.41.170.27024.85.519.20.990.265

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