Even though Monday ends a long holiday weekend, there is no day baseball as all 11 competitions are on evening slate. The spotlight is on the National League with four potential All Stars on the ground, but if they were to get a fresh start next weekend, they may not be able to participate. Two squares of with Walker Buehler and the Dodgers opened a set in South Beach against Trevor Rogers and Marlins. Elsewhere, Brandon woodruff leads Brewers into Citi Field to face the Mets in a series of first-place teams while Kevin Gausman and the giants entertain the cardinals.
Monday’s slate has some decent streaming options, but is not deep, so even if there are no early games, the early bird gets the worm, so to speak. On the apt ledger, there are some opportunities to distribute multiple strokes on the same layer, a potentially beneficial trick on a day where you can have multiple openings.
Kwang hyun kim (L), listed in 10% of ESPN leagues, St. Louis Cardinals on San Francisco Giants: Kim’s first half was a mixed bag, though he ended it by allowing just one earned run in three of his four previous outings. His strong suit has kept the ball in the garden. Surprisingly, the Giants are tied to the Blue Jays for the highest home run in the MLB, so this is the proverbial strength against the strength.
Kolby Allard (L), 7%, Rangers in Texas vs. Detroit Tigers: Allard’s success since joining the Rangers rotation may have gone under the radar when he posted a 3.66 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in six starts, covering 32 innings. The 23-year-old rookie has not been dominant and has only collected 26 strikes during this time, but he has limited traffic with only five free passes. Allard has a good place to keep the momentum going, and faces a minor offense at home in a favorable pitching spot.
Martin perez (L), 11%, Boston Red Sox on Los Angeles Angels: Pursuing victories is the fantasy equivalent of going to third base with zero or two outs; you do not try it unless you are sure you can handle it. OK, the analogy is not perfect since you can never be sure of securing a victory. That said, Perez is tied for third-most wins since May 15 with six wins. The warning is that the Angels hit the left-handers very well, despite the miss Mike the trout and Justin upton.
Wily Peralta (R), less than 1%, Detroit Tigers at Texas Rangers: It was thought that Peralta would act as an opener in his last time, but he threw five innings against Cleveland, allowing only one undeserved count with fanning five. Next time is an offensively challenged Rangers club, with an average of the 10th fewest runs per game in the league.
The Reds begin the week with a three-game interleague in Kansas City. Not long ago it appeared Amir Garrett would be closer to Cincinnati Lucas sims sideline. However, Garrett has been used to getting tough leftists out in the last week Heath hembree gets the ball on the ninth. Hembree can be wild, but he has also waved 45 in 26 2/3 innings and is available in over 98% of ESPN leagues.
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Catcher – Tyler stephenson (R), 14%, Cincinnati Reds on Kansas City Royals (LHP Mike Minor): Stephenson may not be one of the best NL Rookie of the Year candidates, but he deserves more sound than he receives. Through Saturday’s action, Stephenson posted a slash of 273 / .376 / .426, checking in as the 16th highest ranked catcher on our Player Rater. Stephenson excels with the peloton edge, which he will enjoy in this interleague case.
First base – Bobby Dalbec (R), 9%, Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels (LHP Jose suarez): Dalbec’s pointlessness towards fair pitching has forced him into the smaller side of a squad. That said, he is still dangerous against the southpaws, slugging .538 on the season. As a side, Franchy Cordero has played a first base with Triple-A Worcester, and could be set up to handle the string side of the squad.
Second base – Wilmer Flores (R), 24%, San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals (LHP Kwang Hyun Kim): While Flore’s skill against left-handed pitching is often overestimated, he is a threat to the squad. In addition, Flores has struck in the upper third of the Giants order with a left on the ground. Donovan Solano and Darin Ruf is also in play for the troop-happy Giants.
Third base – Phil gosselin (R), 1%, Los Angeles Angels vs. Boston Red Sox (LHP Martin Perez): Gosselin has helped fill in for Justin Upton, cutting .333 / .478 / .667 last week. Obviously he will not keep up with this pace, but the heater has landed him in five holes. Add to the squad, and Gosselin is in play and available in almost every ESPN league.
Shortstop – Ernie Clement (R), below 1%, Cleveland Indians on Tampa Bay Rays (LHP Rich hill): Amed Rosario gold Cesar Hernandez usually get nodded here, so let’s highlight Clement for a change. With Josh naylor out with a broken arm and ligament tearing, Rosario has switched to the outfield and cleared card stops for Clement. The 25-year-old rookie has yet to make it go, but he is a latent stolen base contributor. While he was about the Indians, Oscar Mercado was recently named with Naylor on the shelf and can also swipe a bag or two. Finally, slugger Franmil reyes is back and should be active in 75% of the ESPN leagues where he is in tournaments.
Corner Infield – Andrew Vaughn (R), 35%, Chicago White Sox on Gemini from Minnesota (RHP Bailey Ober): Vaughn is a good example of when it’s wise to chase a hot stripe. Research has generally shown that stripes are not predictive. However, there is evidence to suggest that when the batter does not erupt during the hot stretch, it has a better chance of continuing. Vaughn completed a .529 / .500 / .941 line over his previous five games in Sunday’s action, hitting only once in 20 record appearances.
Middle Infield – Nicky lopez (L), 4%, Kansas City Royals vs. Cincinnati Reds (RHP Vladimir Gutierrez): Lopez continues to shine when he fills in again Adalberto Mondesi. Hitting ninth is usually a fantasy injury, unless the player steals bases and Lopez is perfect in eight attempts. Meanwhile, the Reds are one of the poor teams defending the race game.
Utmark – Jackie Bradley Jr.. (L), 8%, Milwaukee Brewers on New York Mets (RHP Tylor Megill): Bradley has a reputation as a striped hit. He is currently enjoying another heater with a .360 / .407 / .560 slash over his previous seven games, with a few swipes. During the stretch, he has dropped the strike rate to 21%, well below the season mark.
Utmark – Trevor Larnach (L), 4%, Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago White Sox (RHP Dylan quits): Like most beginners, Larnach’s first-year campaign has its ups and downs. He is currently hovering at a .920 OPS last week. Colleague first-year student Alex Kirilloff has experienced a similar roller coaster ride in the first place, but is also on the rise and joins Larnach as an alternative to Cease. The White Sox licensee has also been inconsistent, with spotted control as his primary bugaboo.
Utmark – Abraham Almonte (S), 1%, Atlanta braves on Pittsburgh Pirates (RHP Chase De Jong): Almonte is first and foremost a channel for a potent Braves series, opposite one of the weaker starters on Monday’s dock. He has been playing regularly for a couple of weeks, and although he hits the bottom of the Atlanta order, Almonte has been a smart scoring game with a 19% walking rate over the last 93 records.