Welcome to the Daily MLB Rundown for Yahoo contests on Saturday, August 1, 2020.
Several games we need to watch for weather on this 12 game slate. Those games are PIT-CHC, TB-BAL, and CLE-MIN. I am going to write this article as if all three games play but please make sure you check closer to lock to make sure that is the case as I am not a weatherman. We also are not sure if the STL-MIL game is going to play after the Cardinals did have two players test positive for the Rona.
Pitchers to Target
Tyler Glasnow ($50)- I really hope the weather stays away in Baltimore tonight as Glasnow is the only pitcher I truly like on this slate. Glasnow just looked that good in his opener against the Braves with only nine strikeouts and one run allowed in four innings of action on his way to 25.3 fantasy points. The match-up against the Orioles is much better than the match-up against the Braves was and we should see Glasnow pitch a little deeper into the game in his second start as well.
Tyler Chatwood ($31)- I am not a huge Chatwood fan but I really like the way he pitched in his season opener against a really good Brewers lineup. In that game, Chatwood allowed just one run in six innings of action while striking out eight batters. Chatwood had 25.3 fantasy points in that game. Now, I don’t really think Chatwood can have that kind of production tonight but I do think he has a really sold game as he takes on a bad Pirates lineup. To start the season the Pirates rank 20th in team ISO and dead last in team wOBA against right-handed pitching while having the fifth-highest team K rate at 27.7%.
Zack Greinke ($43)- Greinke’s first start is one I am sure he and the Astros would love to forget but I am not that worried about one start when it comes to a pitcher that is coming off a season in which he had an ERA under three and a WHIP under one. Besides the fact that I feel Greinke is still an elite pitcher the match-up against the Angels is one that is set up for him to bounce back as they are going to be without two of their three best hitters. Mike Trout who might just be the best hitter ever is away from the team as his wife is either about to give birth or just gave birth to his first child. Shohei Ohtani also should be out of the lineup as the Angels normally give him the day off before he is scheduled to start which is the case tomorrow.
Stacks to Target
The White Sox were a team that I stacked heavily yesterday and outside of a three-run home run by their number nine hitter they did jack squat but I am going right back to the well with them tonight as they are in an elite match-up against Ronaldo Bolanos. Bolanos has pitched 21.2 innings in the majors. In those innings, he has allowed 15 runs (13 earned) on 20 hits with three home runs and 13 walks. Hitters are slugging .459 with a 48.2% hard-hit rate in those innings. We also know that Bolanos is not going to pitch deep in this game which means the White Sox are going to have plenty of at-bats against the bad Royals bullpen. Since the start of last season, the Royals pen has the second-highest team WHIP and seventh-highest team ERA. Just this season alone the Royals bullpen has allowed seven home runs.
I don’t see the Rays being high owned tonight with there being a game at Coors Field as well as some of the other teams on this slate and I am going to take advantage as they should destroy Wade LeBlanc. LeBlanc is truly that bad. Since the start of last season, LeBlanc has an ERA of 5.74, a WHIP of 1.42, and an HR/9 rate of 2.1. LeBlanc is allowing hitters to slash .287/.328/.534 with a .357 wOBA and a 34.6% hard-hit rate. We also know that the Orioles bullpen is one of the worst if not the worst in the majors ranking in the bottom two in team ERA, team WHIP, and team HR/9 rate since the start of last season. Hunter Renfroe ($15/OF) is my favorite of the Rays hitters as he has been a lefty killer throughout his career with a career OPS of .909, a career ISO of .304 and a career wOBA of .374 against them.
Some other hitters not on the Rays and White Sox that I am very fond of as well as another pitcher I will have a ton of exposure to can be found in today’s Cheat Sheets.
|High||Freddie Freeman (21 / 11.99)||Jurickson Profar (18 / 12.47)||Nolan Arenado (21 / 14.40)||Fernando Tatis Jr. (27 / 15.70)||Tommy Pham (22 / 13.70)|
|Manny Machado (20 / 13.85)||Trevor Story (25 / 15.30)|
|Jeff McNeil (19 / 9.68)|
|Medium||Salvador Perez (14 / 8.06)||Ryan McMahon (16 / 9.24)||Javier Baez (14 / 10.57)||Michael Brantley (17 / 0.84)|
|Francisco Mejia (11 / 6.81)||Brandon Nimmo (15 / 8.15)|
|Low||Jordan Lyles (31 / 11.87)||Matt Kemp (11 / 8.23)|
|Shin-Soo Choo (10 / 0.66)|
|Khris Davis (9 / 5.52)|