Pitching is the lifeblood of a DFS lineup, and an important part of keeping those tabs open deep into the night. For those new with us, the Pitching Pulse is focused on providing information on four to five pitchers that are viable in various formats. This is a premium article that will give away one free preview pitcher, while the rest will be for premium members. We take a deep dive into pitchers across all salaries, looking for exploitable matchups, game theory plays, and identify the nightly chalk. Our information comes from our optimizer, FanGraphs, and other various MLB sites listed below. Feel free to comment below, or find us on Twitter at @BrentHeiden1, @JGuilbault11, and @dfcafe. We focus on Main Slates across all content, but will feature blurbs about other slates at times, and can be reached via Twitter or comments.
Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets
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Don't let Syndergaard's last game or his 5.40 ERA fool you, Thor is still pitching at the top of his game and he is in a great matchup against the Miami Marlins tonight. Thor had some issues in the third inning against Philly, giving up two runs, then allowed four more before getting pulled in the fourth innings. The Mets' poor defense was to blame for some of that, which has been the case in past years, but he has still posted a pristine 1.20 WHIP and has struck out 17 batters across 10 innings. Dating back to last season, Syndergaard has posted an insane 30.7% strikeout rate while holding opponents to a .45 home runs per nine innings. He has done a great job of limiting hard contact to both sides of the plate, with lefties hitting him hard just 33.3% of the time, and has allowed just a .310 wOBA to right-handed hitters. He is allowing contact on just 68.3% of pitches this season, generating 14.7% swinging strikes, and posting a 59.5% first-pitch strike rate. He throws a nasty sinker that baffles hitters, and generates swinging strikes on almost 30% of pitches, and faces a Marlins team that has been terrible against sliders, with the majority of hitters swinging at 15-20% of sliders tracked last season, and has struck out 21% of the time this season. Syndergaard should be the top cash game pitcher on tonight's slate, while also possessing a ton of upside.