3 MLB FanDuel Studs to Target on 4/26/19
Max Scherzer, P, Washington Nationals
To give you an idea of how nasty Max Scherzer's strikeout upside is, there are 30 starting pitchers in action tonight and our models don't project any of them to finish within even half a strikeout of Scherzer's 8.55. In fact, we only have one other pitcher projected within even 1.9 K's of Scherzer tonight.
He's on pace for his fifth consecutive season with a strikeout rate of at least 30%, and through five games, his 32.6% rate is paired with an elite 16.3% swinging-strike rate, which is on pace to just top last year's career-best 16.1% mark. He's also got his walk rate down to a tiny 3.7%.
He should have no trouble continuing to roll tonight, either, as he takes on a San Diego Padres team that is striking out at the third-highest rate in the majors (26.2%) while also ranking only 22nd in wRC+ (83).
Oddsmakers like Scherzer to dominate tonight too, giving the Padres a minuscule 2.99-run implied total while listing the Washington Nationals, despite being implied for only 4.01 runs of their own, as -198 favorites.