Baseball bonus! Not only do we get standard Friday afternoon at. 14.20 The ET matinee when the Cubs are at home this weekend, the Cardinals and Cubs play again under the lights. The remaining 14 games are all nightly, with the spotlight in Fenway Park where Gerrit Cole and the Yankees open a series with Nathan Eovaldi and the Red Sox.
The fantasy slate is ripe with jugs to stream and strokes to fill a hole. Here are Friday’s selected players, all available in more than half of all ESPN leagues.
Logan Gilbert (R), listed in 39% of ESPN leagues, Seattle Mariners on Los Angeles Angels: After finishing August on a track, Gilbert has had a solid September, with a 2.01 ERA and 0.94 WHIP supported by 23 strikeouts with just three rounds of 22 1/3 innings. The novice is in a good place to end the month strongly in the face of an offense with the fifth lowest wOBA meeting against rights holders in the last month.
Tony Gonsolin (R), 27%, Los Angeles Dodgers on Arizona Diamondbacks: Last time out, Gonsolin followed Clayton kershaw. When the Dodgers give Kershaw an extra day, Gonsolin pulls off Friday’s starting lineup. He worked five frames in his last start on September 14, coincidentally also against Arizona. Considering that the Diamondbacks have been sliding to last in wOBA against right-wingers over the past month, Gonsolin is in good shape to throw at least five innings.
Ryan yarbrough (L), 27%, Tampa Bay Rays vs. Miami Marlins: September has been tough for Yarbrough as he posted an inflated 15.68 ERA and 2.52 WHIP. The cunning leftist has given 23 hits, including 3 homers on 10 1/3 stanzas this month. Some may be attributed to a bit of bad luck, but he has not been as sharp either. Although this adds a layer of risk, Yarbrough has historically kept the opposing lineup in check. On Friday, Yarbrough draws a Marlins lineup with the league’s lowest wOBA versus southpaws for the previous 30 days.
Carlos hernandez (R), 25%, Kansas City Royals on Detroit Tigers: Even after surrendering seven earned races in just four frames in his last start, Hernandez has gone well into the rotation with 2.75 ERA and 1.11 PISK in nine other lap starts. However, only 35 with 17 free passes in the 52 1/3 pictures show that he is vulnerable to weak excursions. Still, Hernandez is in play against a Tigers lineup with the tenth worst wOBA and fifth higher strikeout rate with a righty on the ground in the last 30 days.
JA Happ (L), 14%, St. Louis Cardinals on Chicago Cubs: The Cardinals have won five of Happ’s nine starts since being bought on the trade deadline, with veteran Southpaw crediting four of those victories. His 4.33 ERA and 1.24 WHIP are not sparkling, but they are a cross better than the league average that can be played with the right matchup. Since the break, the Cubs have averaged against the left-wing, but they fan a cut of 26%, and put Happ in play.
Bullpen: In the notes from Thursday, my colleague Mike Sheets suggested adding Giovanny gallegos. With the Cardinals playing a pair on Friday, let’s double down on that advice. If Gallegos is not available, his teammate is Luis Garcia has been a holding machine lately, and has collected 10 since August 19th. Garcia can take a save if the Redbirds use Gallegos in the opening. On the other side, Rowan wick has collected four saves for the Cubs since he took over as closer to 31 August. Wick is available in 94% of ESPN leagues.
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Catcher – Austin Nola (R), 22%, San Diego Padres vs. Atlanta braves (LHP Max Fried): Nola has waived playing time for Victor Caratini with a right on the ground, but he has been behind the barrel when Padres meets a left. Missing a few games has not affected Nola, something a line of .450 / .476 / .750 shows the last five games.
First base – Brandon belt (L), 40%, San Francisco Giants on Colorado Rockies (RHP Peter Lambert): The starting belt in the Coors field is one of the simplest calls of the season, as the tendency for flyball is ideal in height. In five games in Colorado so far this season, Belt has put out a .450 / .500 / .800 line.
Second base – Dylan moore (R), 34%, Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels (LHP Jose Suarez): Moore’s 21 steals are already impressive, but the fact that he has achieved this figure with 28% on the base rate shows that he runs almost every time there is an opportunity. In the last two weeks, Moore has a .400 OBP to go along with three steals that have increased in that range.
Third base – Andy ibanez (R), 2%, Texas rangers on Baltimore Orioles (LHP Alexander Wells): Ibanez was on a roll when a strained hoarding landed him on IL in late August. The utility man has picked up where he left off and hit .368 / .400 / .421 in the five fights since his return.
Shortstop – Brendan Rodgers (R), 23%, Colorado Rockies vs. San Francisco Giants (LHP Alex wood): Oddly enough, 12 of Rodger’s 15 homers have gotten in the way. Consider this an anomaly as Rodgers is very much in play with a left on the ground.
Corner Infield – Jeimer candelario (S), 39%, Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals (RHP Carlos Hernandez): Candelario has been solid all season. However, he took it up a level in September, releasing a .294 / .351 / .662 this month.
Middle Infield – Cole tucker (S), below 1%, Pittsburgh Pirates on Philadelphia phillies (RHP Kyle Gibson): A short stop at trade, Tucker’s recent increase in production has given him time to chase fly balls in the field. On Friday, Tucker enjoys a park upgrade to a pitcher whose pedestrian skills are finally visited by the regression monster.
Utmark – Harrison bathes (R), 11%, St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs (LHP Justin steele): As has been discussed many times this season, it is risky to rely on a hitter in a double header, since he can only play seven rounds. On the other hand, it gives some bonus to bats by identifying someone with a solid chance to play at both ends. As Cardinal’s best outfielder, Bader is a solid game to play in both games. At least he will enjoy the platoon hump on a weak south paw.
Utmark – Gavin Lux (L), 38%, Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks (RHP) Humberto Castellanos): With Cody bellinger at IL uses Dodgers Lux in midfield. It does not hurt that the infielder after trading has set up .438 / .514 / .656 production since it came from IL a couple of weeks ago.
Utmark – Bryan De La Cruz (R), 6%, Miami Marlins at Tampa Bay Rays (LHP Ryan Yarbrough): De La Cruz has cooled off in September, although he is still useful in points leagues with a .350 OBP this month. He also slugs 100 points higher with the split edge for the season.