Best picks for starting pitchers for Friday, April 28
The Atlanta Braves have struggled to a 6-12 start through Monday's games with a team batting average of .243, an anemic .304 on-base percentage and .695 OPS. They have 20 home runs in 18 games, but likely wont pose a threat against Chase Anderson, who has dominated in the early part of this season. In four starts, Anderson has won two with a stingy 1.13 ERA. In 24 innings, he's struck out 22, while walking just six and allowed a single home run. Expect Andeson to have similar success on Friday, neutralizing the Braves only legitimate offensive threat, the long ball.
Lance Lynn - St. Louis, versus Cincinnati
Lance Lynn has recorded two quality starts in four outings and has recorded a 2.70 ERA with a 1.13 WHIP. He's also struck out a respectable 20, while giving up just 16 hits. While the Reds have been swinging the bats pretty well, scoring 95 runs in their first 20 games through Monday, they have lost eight of their last 11, scoring two or fewer in four of those games. Lynn keeps the ball in the park relatively well, which can counter the Reds who have belted 26 home runs for the season.
Stephen Strasburg - Washington, versus New York Mets
On paper, this looks like a tight matchup between the two clubs, as the Mets send Jaco deGrom to the hill. The problem is that the Mets are scuffling, hitting just .210 with a .288 on-base percentage and 159 strikeouts. Adding insult to injury, they have lost eight of their last nine, through games played as of April 23. Strasburg should be able to feast on this lineup. He's struck out 29, while walking only seven with 22 hits allowed in 28 innings. Strasburg has also kept the ball in the yard, surrendering just a single home run. A seven-plus inning game with eight or more strikeouts and two runs or fewer is likely, as well as another victory under his belt.
Ian Kennedy - Kansas City, versus Minnesota
Ian Kennedy enters Friday's game without a win this season, but that doesn't reflect on how well he's pitched. He's allowed only 15 hits and two home runs in 26 innings, while striking out 22. The only issue has been control, surrending 12 walks, but Kennedy still comes in with a WHIP of 1.04. He's facing a Minnesota team which is hitting only .229 with only 15 home runs and 153 strikeouts through April 24. The Twins have drawn 85 walks and could benefit from Kennedy's control issues, but in general, this looks like an excellent matchup for Kennedy, who should claim his first victory of the season.
-DFS NOTES STAFF WRITER