Today’s suggestions are geared toward GPPs. With that in mind, I won’t be telling you below about how great Chris Sale is and about how he’s probably who you should start your cash games rosters with. And, yes, his upside is high enough to be deserving of usage in GPPs even at his pricey salary ($13,200). The pitching picks below allow for comfortably squeezing in my favorite high-priced, high-octane stack with another big bat and a non-trash SP2. Speaking of non-trash SP2’s, my suggestion with using the suggestions below is to mix and match the pitchers suggested around the featured stack while cutting out the bonus big bat at first base — if need be — to squeeze the pitching combos together.
Rich Hill (LAD)Â :Â $10,900 @ Diamondbacks
By now, I’m sure you’re aware of the insanely bad luck Hill had in his last start. Usually bad luck is synonymous with giving up runs, but in this case, the man spun a no-no through nine innings and ultimately lost on a walk-off homer in extra innings. Anyway, the start was a gem. The lefty’s had a number of gems this year, and after a brief stretch of missing time and inconsistent control in late May and early June, he’s gotten locked in. Since June 21, the veteran southpaw has pitched 11 starts in which he’s spun a 2.38 ERA (.317 FIP, 3.22 xFIP, and 3.05 SIERA), 0.91 WHIP, 6.4% BB%, 32.6% K%, and 12.4% SwStr%, according to FanGraphs. Those numbers are Sale-like, and they come at a huge discount from the slate’s highest priced arm. The matchup sets the ceiling extremely high for Hill, too. Arizona ranks 29th in wRC+ (77) against lefties, and their 25.1% K% against them is the fourth highest. Hill and the Dodgers are -120 favorites in Arizona, per Pinnacle.
Ervin Santana (MIN)Â :Â $10,200 vs. White Sox
The other five-figure arm I’m leaning toward in GPPs is Santana. He, too, has a cushy matchup. The…