Welcome to the Daily MLB Rundown for FantasyDraft contests on Friday, July 31, 2020.
Pitchers to Target
My favorite pitchers are ranked below in order that I want to roster them.
Luis Castillo ($15,000)- Castillo is way too cheap tonight to be facing the Tigers. While the Tigers have some power they are still not a great hitting team ranking 17th in team wOBA against right-handed pitching. The Tigers are also a high strikeout team with a team K rate of 35.2% against righties which is by far the highest in the majors. Castillo also has already crushed the Tigers once this season with just one run allowed and 11 strikeouts in six innings of action on his way to 29.30 fantasy points.
Yu Darvish ($20,300)- Darvish was not that good in his first start of the season and is expensive but even with both of those negative factors I really like him tonight as he takes on the Pirates. The Pirates have really struggled to start the season especially against right-handed pitching. So far the Pirates rank dead last in team OPS and team wOBA against righties while ranking 24th in team ISO and team K rate against them.
Mike Minor ($17,700)- I like Minor as much as I like Darvish tonight as Minor looked that damn good in his first start of the year. In that start, Minor struck out six while allowing just one run on his way to 18 fantasy points. Minor didn’t just look good but the Giants are a team to pick on with pitchers. While the Giants are better against left-handed pitching than right-handed pitching they still are a bad hitting team ranking in the bottom half of the league in team ISO and team wOBA against lefties so far this season.
Alex Cobb ($8,000)- Is Cobb a good pitcher? Honestly I don’t even know any more. Cobb was excellent for the Rays before Tommy John surgery then struggled for each of his four seasons in his return then looked amazing in his first start of the season. In that start against the Red Sox Cobb allowed just one run while striking out six in 5.1 innings of action. I really don’t know what we are going to see from Cobb tonight against his former team the Rays but for just $8,000 in salary I am willing to find out.
Hitters to Target
My favorite stacks are ranked below in order that I want to roster them.
Braves- Rick Porcello was awful last season and didn’t looked even worst in his opener allowing seven total runs on six hits and three walks in just two innings of action. Porcello is likely to struggle again tonight a Braves team that ranks in the top ten in team ISO, team OPS, team wOBA and team wRC+ against righ-thanded pithcing since the start of last season. The Braves first three hitters in their lineup are my top choices on the team but don’t forget about Matt Adams ($7,600/IF). Adams has a lot of power especially against right-handed pitching with an ISO of .239 over the past three years.
White Sox- The Royals are going to be staring the left-handed Kris Bubic who is making his first career apperanece in the majors and first apperance above High-A ball and he should get destroyed by this White Sox lineup. The White Sox have started the season off on fire especially against left-handed pitching ranking in the top three in team ISO, team OPS, and team wOBA against them. I love the White Sox one through seven hitters tonight with Jose Abreu ($8,000/IF), Yasmani Grandal ($9,400/IF), and Edwin Encarnacion ($9,000/IF) standing out as the best of the bunch.
Rockies/Padres- I am not going into depth on these two teams. You guys should know to stack teams at Coors Field as it is the best hitter’s park in baseball due to the altitude. For those of you who didn’t know that as you are playing and following baseball for the first time this season now you do.
My favorite one-off hitters if not stacking not including any hitters as well as some more pitchers that I have not talked about in this article can be found in today’s Cheat Sheet.
|High||Blake Snell (21.5k / 16.97)||Anthony Rizzo (9k / 12.18)||J.D. Martinez (10k / 12.31)|
|Cody Bellinger (10.4k / 14.99)|
|Matt Olson (9.9k / 14.20)|
|Medium||Dallas Keuchel (14.6k / 12.29)||Francisco Lindor (8.6k / 10.52)||Kole Calhoun (8.5k / 8.95)|
|Joey Votto (8.5k / 10.83)||Kyle Schwarber (8.3k / 10.75)|
|Aaron Hicks (8k / 11.24)|
|Low||Jose Peraza (5.7k / 3.11)|