Welcome to the Daily MLB Rundown for Yahoo contests on Sunday, August 2, 2020.
Huge 13 game slate on Yahoo today that starts at 1:05 PM EST with TB-BAL and takes you all the way up to the Sunday Night game between the Red Sox and the Yankees. There are rain chances in several games today so make sure that you are watching the weather before each game.
Pitchers to Target
Jon Lester ($38)- Writing up Lester as a top play makes me sick to my stomach as I feel he is one of the biggest fraud pitchers in baseball. With that being said pitching on this slate is disgusting and Lester stands out as the best of the group due to his match-up against the Pirates. The Pirates offense has just been pretty much nonexistent so far this season and against left-handed pitching, they have the third-lowest team ISO and eighth-lowest team wOBA.
Yonny Chirinos ($35)- Chirinos looked really good in his first start of the season with zero earned runs allowed and four strikeouts in four innings of action. Chirinos produced 14.6 fantasy points in that game. Today I expect we see similar production from Chirinos as he takes on the Orioles as I am not a believer in the Orioles hot start from the plate.
Clayton Kershaw ($49)- While I think any pitcher is a GPP play today as pitching really is that bad Kershaw stands out to me as the pitcher that is the biggest boom or bust play on this slate as I imagine he is the most popular pitcher on this slate as he is the best pitcher by far on this slate. The reason why I am worried about Kershaw is his back. Kershaw was placed on the IL after being scratched from the Dodgers opener due to this back injury and we don’t know if the back is going to be an issue today and if it isn’t going to be an issue we don’t know how deep the Dodgers are going to let Kershaw pitch in his first game back.
Stacks to Target
I normally try to avoid giving you teams from Coors Field as my top stack but I am having a very hard time moving away from the Padres against Antonio Senzatela. Senzatela is an awful pitcher who struggles even when he is outside of Coors Field and especially at Coors Field. In his career, Senzatela has an ERA of 5.46, a WHIP of 1.49, and an HR/9 rate of 1.4 at Coors Field. Senzatela’s K rate is just 15.6% in those outings. Hitters are slashing .285/.346/.492 with a .352 wOBA and a 33.6% hard-hit rate. I don’t just love the match-up for the Padres but I also feel their ownership is going to be a lot lower than we would normally see from a team at Coors Field as DFS players ten to avoid teams that burned them the night before and the Padres burned a lot of players last night with only one run scored.
The Giants are a surprise team to see in this article as a team to stack but I really like them as I expect that their hitters have an ownership rate under five percent which I feel is a mistake. The reason why I feel the Giants should be higher owned is the match-up with Kolby Allard. Allard is making his first start of the season for the Rangers and in his 12 career games with ten starts, he has not shown that he is even a middle of the order pitcher. Allard has a career ERA of 6.08, an HR/9 rate of 1.01, and WHIP of 1.76. Allard is also a left-handed pitcher and for as bad as the Giants have been against right-handed pitching that has not been the case against lefties. In fact, the Giants have been solid against lefties this season with the 11th highest team OPS and wRC+.
|High||Yasmani Grandal (17 / 9.14)||Max Muncy (22 / 11.32)||Yoan Moncada (21 / 9.81)||Trevor Story (24 / 15.47)||Aaron Judge (24 / 12.76)|
|Willson Contreras (16 / 9.37)||Corey Seager (22 / 0.99)||Marcell Ozuna (19 / 11.34)|
|Charlie Blackmon (19 / 14.27)|
|Medium||Aaron Civale (37 / 12.57)||Mike Zunino (12 / 3.49)||Ryan O'Hearn (15 / 0.50)||Tommy La Stella (14 / 0.51)||Kris Bryant (17 / 1.04)||Willy Adames (19 / 5.90)||Cody Bellinger (18 / 12.36)|
|Chris Bassitt (37 / 11.58)||Daniel Murphy (14 / 10.28)||Javier Baez (18 / 10.75)||Michael Brantley (18 / 8.78)|
|J.D. Martinez (17 / 7.57)|
|Low||Josh James (31 / 7.69)||Mike Brosseau (12 / 8.52)||Eduardo Escobar (10 / 5.50)||Austin Slater (9 / 6.78)|