Major League Baseball has a light three-game schedule Thursday night, but there are still some great competitions to join kings, where the night plate locks up at 6:45 p.m. ET when the Marlins and Phillies start in Philadelphia. The twins visit the Yankees mid-game, as both the athletics and White Sox wrap up the evening with a game against the Gulf.
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Dylan paused, Chicago White Sox in Auckland Athletics ($9600) Stopping in a cool spot on this list of vs athletics is knocking out a full game in one vs. twins, resulting in an impressive 41.5 DKFP. The pit stop has been good all season, working on a 13-6 record backed by a 2.13 ERA, 3.02 FIP and 11.37 K/9. He’s been better since June 1, scoring 1.32 ERAs and 121 strokes in 102 1/3 innings since. Cease posted a 26.5 DKFP on his previous start against athletics and produced over 20 DKFPs in nine of his past 11 matches. Oakland’s attack was a bit better in the second half, but they were still a good match for Cease, who brought in the highest cap of any arms on the list with the only slight hesitation being fear of a potential hangover from his close miss disqualification.
another option – Nestor Curtis ($8,800)
Kyle Gibson Philadelphia Phyllis against. Miami Marlins ($5,700) – With small boards like this you sometimes have to pick a start against a tough lineup, but that’s definitely not the case on this list, as the Marlins join the A and Twins as good competitors to take on them. Gibson doesn’t have the upside that Cease brings and gets off to an ugly start against giants, where he gave up seven runs and only got five on his way to -11.7 DKFP. Prior to this start, Gibson had actually been in a great role, going 4-1 with a 2.41 ERA and 3.22 FIP, along with 34 strikes in 37 1/3 innings, over his previous six starts. One of his starts during this stretch came against the Marlins, and he allowed two of his earned runs over six innings to lose bad luck. He’s hoping for more support in this competition and has a good chance of returning the value with a bouncy ride home, where he’s been much better this season.
Charles Correa, Minnesota Twins in New York Yankees ($5,200) – Correa struggled with some injuries but was right about his career standards in most categories in his first year with the twins. His strength numbers are a little low, but he seems to be trying to change that, hitting a pair of teammates in his past four matches. He’s gone 15-for-46 (.326) with .430 wOBA over his past 12 games and seems to be steadily building up. Correa usually does a good job against the left as well, so he’s in a good place to target against him Nestor Curtis ($8,800) Exit from IL.
Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics ($4100) – Abreu has also been heating up lately and is on the positive side of the divisions in his clash against the left JB Sears ($5,300). Abreu is a professional .305 hitter against southpaws with a .390 wOBA against them, so even though his numbers are a bit low against the left this season, I love the match. Abreu comes in on a good lap, holds an 11-game hit streak, during which he went 14 for 43 (.326) in three pairs. He hasn’t made 33 games and his strength has waned this season overall, but he still deserves a look as a reliable mid-range contributor to this list.
other options – Alec Baum ($4,800), Sean Murphy ($4,400)
Jose Miranda, Minnesota Twins at New York Yankees ($3,300) – Miranda returned in the first game of Wednesday’s game with a double header, giving him 14 penalty kicks in 98 main season games. The Novice took a while to find his footing but has taken off since the All-Star break, scoring .299 with 6 of those 14 Homers, .359 wOBA and 139 wRC+. Eight of those creeps have come against lefties like Curtis, giving him 347 WOBA against Southpaws in the year.
Edmundo Sosa, Philadelphia Phillies vs Miami Marlins ($2,300) – The Phillies will likely find a way to keep Sosa in the squad after he went 5 vs 5 with two home owners and a total of 49 DKFPs in the first two games of the series. He’s led more than half of the team’s run in a pair of singles wins against Miami, and usually delivers excellent defensive play as well. It’s a bargain with a high ceiling when called, going 15 for 42 (.357) with seven pairs, two house hurdles and three stolen bases in 21 games since Phillies got them on the trade deadline. Make sure he’s in the lineup, but if he is, he’ll be very valuable.
other options – Joey Wendell ($3,700), Seth Brown ($3,000) and Elvis Andros ($2,800)
Aaron Judge, New York Yankees against. Minnesota Twins ($6,400) – Judge called in on Wednesday afternoon to give him 55 runs of the season, and in the Cup of the Night, he walked three times and stole an 11 DKFP production base, despite not colliding. He has a double-digit DKFP in five consecutive games and in seven of his past nine games. He’s been fantastic all season, averaging .301, .382 ISO and .450 wOBA, all to be a new personal best by wide margins. He’s been particularly strong at home, having 29 home runs, .451 wOBA and 204 wRC+. Especially on a small slab, its high ceiling due to its strong potential makes it easy to build.
Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies vs Miami Marlins ($5800) – Harper has hit it safe in nine of his 11 games since returning from IL, scoring 11 for 38 (.289) with three doubles and .341 wOBA. He hasn’t attended since his comeback, but he’s in a match that could change that against him Sandy Alcantara ($9,900). Harper went 10 for 27 (.370) in his run against Alcantara with eight walks and runs at home. Throughout this injury-packed season, Harper has done well against the right, averaging .335, .420 wOBA and 172 wRC+. While I’m not ready to consider it regularly against the left at this point, in this limited list against the right, it’s a nice racket to pay for.
other options – Kyle Schwarber ($5400), Eloy Jimenez ($4200)
Andrew Vaughn, Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics ($4,000) – Vaughn has been a regular on these picks and in my squad this season as a valuable game. His salary is starting to go up a bit, but it’s still worth a look at this spot against a left-handed person. On the season, the 24-year-old right-winger hits 0.330 against a Southerner with a 0.351 Woopa. He’s made five home runs over the past 30 days while he’s at 27 for 106 (.255) with a solid .327 wOBA. If he’s second in the rankings, I like his production potential. Hopefully he’ll be back here after slipping back to sixth in the standings on Wednesday.
Estefan Floreal, New York Yankees vs Minnesota Twins ($2000) – Dealing with multiple injuries, the Floreal Yankees started both games on Wednesday with a double header against the Twins. After a quiet day match, Floreal went 2 vs 3 with a stolen base and 15 DKFP in the night game. He still hits only .111 in his 12 matches with a pair of stolen bases. In Triple-A, he stole 34 bases in 95 games while hitting .290 with .381 wOBA. Although he hasn’t shown much in the Majors yet, the 24-year-old deserves to play at the minimum salary if he gets another start in CF, especially because of his high speed.
other options – Bullock ($3,100), Matt Ferrling ($2,500)
The difference to be stacked
Philadelphia Phillies vs Miami Marlins – Stacking against the most expensive pitcher on the list is usually something to avoid, but I actually like the value of the Phillies versus the Alcantara. While he’s had a great season, Alcantara has struggled lately, giving up four or more runs in four of his past seven starts and only going 3-3 with a 4.08 ERA, 3.97 FIP and 7.19 K/9 during that time. One start during that time came against Phils, who earned him for four runs on eight strokes in 7 2/3 runs. He’s been bombarded in his past three starts on the road, giving up 16 in 15 1/3 runs.
Harper has a good history against Alcantara, as shown above, and many Phillies also have a good history in BvP – Kyle Schwarber ($5400) It is also 7 for 20 (.350), GT Realmoto ($5,700) It’s 9 versus 27 (.333) with a home run and Jean Segura ($4200) It is 7 versus 21 (.333). There are also cheap plays like Sosa, Matt Ferling ($2,500) And the Bryson Stott ($3,600) Who can help fill your roster with a solid production if the Velez put a high number against Alcantara.
Chicago White Sox Oakland Athletics – Sears has been decent for an A, but he captured a lot of contact and gave up 27 hits in 27 1/3 of the rounds during his five starts with Oakland. His ERA of 2.63 ERA is backed by 83.0% LOB% above average, which is why the 3.56 FIP indicates he was a bit lucky. Although they don’t set fire to the league, the White Sox are 6-2 over their past eight games and have some hitters that you can build against lefties.
Abreu and Vaughn are solid mid-range options, and Eloy Jimenez ($4,200) It brings strong strong potential without the elite salary. AJ Bullock ($3,100) and a former athlete Elvis Andros ($2,800) Cheaper and can also be very solid pieces to build in the late game.
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