There is a full slate of Major League Baseball going this afternoon, which means there is no shortage of options for daily fantasy sports players Sunday. With 30 starting pitchers taking the mound today, here are four value bets. And while Clayton Kershaw and Felix Hernandez should be their usual selves, their price tag may be a little too high with all of the choices. *Prices are provided by fanduel.com.
3) Drew Hutchison - Toronto $6,000
Drew Hutchison was not a household name coming into the 2014 season. He still isn't. But Hutchison has begun to make a statement with his performance to this point. Hutchison has logged a 3.50 ERA with an even more impressive 1.18 WHIP. And he's coming off of a tremendous three-hit, no run outing against the mighty Tigers. The biggest concern on Sunday are Hutchison's home and away splits. He's been an ace on the road and very sub-par at Rogers Centre. Through 72 innings, I'm not as concerned with that as Hutchison's overall body of work. And that has been stellar. The matchup with St. Louis isn't necessarily favorable, either. But you can't ignore that the market is still generally undervaluing the Toronto youngster. If you're looking for a savvy buy, Hutchison could be your guy to go six or seven innings and have a great chance to win as a home favorite.
2) Homer Bailey - Cincinnati $8,100
It's always a question of what Homer Bailey shows up when the Reds' 28-year-old, relative enigma takes the ball. But as of late, Homer Bailey has been about as steady as he's been at any point in his career. Bailey has thrown a quality start in six of his last seven starts. The only outing that didn't result in at least six innings with three or fewer runs allowed? His May 17 start at Philadelphia. Well, Bailey gets another shot against the Phillies this afternoon at Great American Ballpark. Looking back at that start against Philly, Bailey surrendered six runs in 3.2 innings, but gave up everything in that fourth inning that he couldn't escape. It's a prime example of how Bailey has the potential to unravel. But he's walked just one batter in each of his last two starts and seems to be building some serious momentum and repeatability with his mechanics. If you play a head-to-head matchup, Bailey might not be the best option. But for those that play in deeper formats, the opportunity for a great start outweighs the possibility that he gets hit hard again. And I think he'll throw a great start against a weak Philadelphia offense.
1) Henderson Alvarez - Miami, $7,100
Speaking of momentum, Henderson Alvarez is on quite the bender. He hasn't allowed a run since mid-May and has thrown 21 scoreless innings over his last three starts. Alvarez has been putting up very average to below-average strikeout numbers, but he gets a shot at the Cubs this afternoon who have struck out the sixth-most times in the league as a team. Alvarez has phenomenal swing-and-miss stuff and has been coming into his own since Jose Fernandez fell with his elbow injury. And until someone hits him, you have to keep riding the train for a medium price tag.