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  • Dylan Bundy

    Baltimore Orioles

    Dylan Bundy scratched Sunday; Chris Tillman will now start in his place

    Bundy has officially been scratched from his start in today's game against the Tampa Bay Rays due to an unspecified reason. In his place, Chris Tillman will receive the starting nod for the Baltimore Orioles this afternoon. Considering that Tillman is a right-handed pitcher with a similar overall skillset to Bundy, the Rays hitters shouldn't be expected to see an uptick in production and will not see a substantial boost to their projected values on Sunday's main slate.

    As reported by Dan Connolly via Twitter Other tagged players: Chris Tillman

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • mlb
    • breaking-news
    • general-strategy
  • Khris Davis

    Oakland Athletics

    No rain concerns but some notable heat and wind in Sunday's MLB weather forecast

    For the second day in a row, Kevin Roth is giving us the all clear in rain department of today's weather forecast, as zero games check in with any threat of rain this fine Sunday afternoon. There are still some cities across Major League Baseball with noteworthy heat and wind, so be sure to check out Kevin's full forecast on the MLB Weather page linked below. Also, don’t forget to follow Kevin on Twitter, as he will be posting updates and answering questions there all season long, @KevinRothWx.

    As reported by RotoGrinders MLB Weather Page

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • mlb
    • breaking-news
    • general-strategy
    • 10.62 proj
    • 2.59 pt/$
    • $4,100
    • 8.22 proj
    • 2.06 pt/$
    • $4,000
  • Jacob deGrom

    New York Mets

    Jacob deGrom has recorded a -6.9% Hard-Soft% in his last two starts

    deGrom will take the mound this afternoon at home against the Washington Nationals aiming to build off of a solid two-game stretch against the Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves, allowing two earned runs or less and pitching at least six innings in each aforementioned outing while punching out seven or more batters as well. For the most part, deGrom has looked like his old self throughout this entire season, but more specifically in the strikeout department. In his first two seasons in the Majors, he notched a 25.5% strikeout rate and 11.8% swinging strike rate in 2014 followed by a 27.3% strikeout rate and 12.7% swinging strike rate two years ago, meaning that he has seemingly reverted back to the consistent strikeout pitcher this season that he had been in the early stages of his career. These statistics just further suggest that last year's dip in strikeouts was likely the anomaly of the sample set considering deGrom's 28.4% strikeout rate and 13.2% swinging strike rate through 30 starts would both set new career-highs and are at least somewhat within the range of his 2015 numbers. Additionally, he'll receive the benefit of drawing an above-average matchup against a depleted Nationals squad that does rank 10th in wRC+ (101), 6th in wOBA (.331), and 8th in ISO (.187) versus right-handed pitching but is far from rolling out their best starting nine today due to injuries The Nationals do strike out at a 20.8% clip as well, meaning that this matchup is not necessarily a huge downgrade from a strikeout perspective for deGrom either, even though Washington does own a below-average strikeout rate. Despite the slight cap to his strikeout upside, deGrom has an elite enough pitching profile to combat the Nationals' big-time bats that he should be able to neutralize some, if not, all of their power and on-base ability and work his way through to a great outing. On top of that, deGrom arguably still possesses one of the highest upsides among starting pitching options on Sunday's main slate, even at his high price point. This definitely does look to be one of those situations where the reward still outweighs the risk in cash games and tournaments and deGrom remains one of the pitchers with the highest likelihood to post a tournament winning score across the industry this afternoon.

    As reported by FanGraphs

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • mlb
    • general-strategy
  • Eric Hosmer

    Kansas City Royals

    Perfectly clear weather forecast for Saturday night's MLB main slate

    It's not only a quiet night on the weather front across Major League Baseball but nearly a silent one, as exactly zero games have any chance of rain this fine Saturday evening. There is still some noteworthy heat and humidity, so be sure to check out Kevin Roth's full forecast on the MLB Weather page linked below. Also, don’t forget to follow Kevin on Twitter, as he will be posting updates and answering questions there all season long, @KevinRothWx.

    As reported by RotoGrinders MLB Weather Page

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • mlb
    • breaking-news
    • general-strategy
    • 7.55 proj
    • 1.99 pt/$
    • $3,800
    • 5.92 proj
    • 1.29 pt/$
    • $4,600
  • Will Middlebrooks

    Texas Rangers

    Will Middlebrooks scratched Saturday; Drew Robinson replaces and will bat ninth

    Middlebrooks has officially been scratched from the Texas Rangers lineup for tonight's game against the Oakland Athletics as a response to Oakland's starting pitching change to Raul Alcantara from the southpaw, Sean Manaea. He'll be replaced in the lineup by Drew Robinson, who will take over the third base duties and bat ninth. Since Robinson is slotting directly into Middlebrooks' former spot in the batting order, the remainder of the Athletics previously confirmed lineup does remain unchanged.

    As reported by John Blake via Twitter Other tagged players: Drew Robinson

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • mlb
    • breaking-news
    • general-strategy
  • Sean Manaea

    Oakland Athletics

    Sean Manaea scratched Saturday, Raul Alcantara will now start in his place

    Manaea has officially been scratched from his start in tonight's game against the Texas Rangers due to a minor back issue. In his place, Raul Alcantara will receive the starting nod for the Oakland Athletics this evening. Considering that Alcantara is a right-handed pitcher and a noteworthy downgrade from Manaea in terms of pitching ability, the Rangers now suddenly become a much more intriguing offense to target and the Texas lefties should see a substantial boost to their projected values on Saturday night's slate.

    As reported by Susan Slussler via Twitter Other tagged players: Raul Alcantara

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • mlb
    • injury
    • breaking-news
    • general-strategy
  • Jeremy Hellickson

    Baltimore Orioles

    Jeremy Hellickson has surrendered a whopping 2.36 HR/9 in nine starts as an Oriole

    Hellickson may be one of the more familiar names on the mound tonight but he could quite possibly be the worst starting pitcher on this entire nine-game main slate from a skills perspective. In his nine starts since being traded to the Baltimore Orioles, he has experienced relatively mixed results, allowing six or more earned runs on four occasions while limiting the damage to three earned runs or less in his other five outings. It doesn't help Hellickson's cause that he owns similar minuscule strikeout splits to batters from each side of the plate, with a 13.4% strikeout rate to lefties and 13.9% strikeout rate to righties, and his skills take an even steeper downturn in the fly ball (51.1%) and hard contact departments (33.7% HH%) against left-handed batters. Because of this, we almost always want to load up on the lefties facing Hellickson, and this Tampa Bay Rays offense certainly obliges in that aspect. Logan Morrison (132 wRC+, .367 wOBA, .291 ISO vs RHP) and Kevin Kiermaier (127 wRC+, .359 wOBA, .211 ISO vs RHP) stand out as the premier Tampa Bay lefties to target in this lineup, while Lucas Duda and Corey Dickerson (.222 ISO vs RHP) fall in line a tier below but remain perfectly viable in tournaments as one-offs or part of a Rays stack. Other than the left-handed bats, and though less appealing overall, Steven Souza (119 wRC+, .347 wOBA, .254 ISO vs RHP) amd Evan Longoria (.170 ISO vs RHP) are the two righties that possess enough power and plate skills against right-handed pitching that they should be able to capitalize on a matchup with a low-strikeout, flyball pitcher. That said, they probably still remain fringe stacking candidates on this Tampa Bay offense considering each sacrifice the platoon advantage and Hellickson has shown the ability to somewhat control batted ball events versus right-handed hitters this season and throughout his career.

    As reported by FanGraphs

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • mlb
    • general-strategy
  • Mookie Betts

    Boston Red Sox

    Mookie Betts scratched Saturday; Chris Young replaces and will bat seventh

    Betts has officially been scratched from the Boston Red Sox lineup for today's game against the Cincinnati Reds due to a bruised left foot. He'll be replaced in the lineup by Chris Young, who will take over the right field duties and bat seventh. This lineup change will bump Brock Holt all the way up to the two-hole from his original position of seventh, while Andrew Benintendi will slide down to third in the batting order as well. However, the remainder of the Red Sox previously confirmed lineup does remain unchanged.

    By: breves228
    Bob Reeves

    • mlb
    • breaking-news
    • general-strategy
    • 13.35 proj
    • 2.97 pt/$
    • $4,500
    • 10.24 proj
    • 1.93 pt/$
    • $5,300
  • Chris Iannetta

    Arizona Dbacks

    With a lack of high cost pitching Friday, players are expected to pay up for Arizona bats on DraftKings

    While no batter on the entire slate is currently projected to be in more than 15% of lineups on either site, FanDuel players could gravitate to cheaper bats like Eduardo Escobar and Chris Iannetta on teams with the top projected run lines, while DraftKings players may be more likely to pay up for more of the Arizona lineup, which they can then supplement with more affordable arms. As such, Jon Gray ($8.9K) is expected to be the most popular pitcher on the site with Zack Greinke also projected for 30% ownership. Greinke is also projected for the highest ownership on FanDuel as well, in the 20% range. Ownership projections are updated throughout the day and available to premium subscribers on the Projected Ownership page.

    As reported by RotoGrinders Projected Ownership Other tagged players: Eduardo Escobar, Jon Gray, Zack Greinke

    By: MTro86
    Matt Trollo

    • mlb
    • general-strategy
    • 7.62 proj
    • 2.82 pt/$
    • $2,700
    • 5.91 proj
    • 1.48 pt/$
    • $4,000
  • Sean Newcomb

    Atlanta Braves

    Popup storms in Atlanta the only concern on the board on Friday night

    Similar to last night, the only concern on the slate is the potential for a popup storm in Atlanta, which could cause a delay. The game between the Phillies and Braves is not likely high on the agenda of most daily fantasy players, so avoiding pitchers here shouldn't be too difficult, if that's even going to be necessary. Players can read the full report on the Weather page and catch Kevin in RotoGrinders Premium Chat from 6-7pm with further updates.

    As reported by RotoGrinders Weather Page

    By: MTro86
    Matt Trollo

    • mlb
    • breaking-news
    • general-strategy
    • 24.06 proj
    • 3.39 pt/$
    • $7,100
    • 13.04 proj
    • 1.89 pt/$
    • $6,900
  • A.J. Pollock

    Arizona Dbacks

    Trio of Diamondbacks (Goldschmidt, Martinez, Pollock) among top projected hitters against Adam Conley

    Three Arizona Diamondbacks are among the top 10 overall projected hitters by the RotoGrinders Player Projections tonight, including the top projected bat on either site, Paul Goldschmidt. The D'Backs host Adam Conley, who has a 46.1 Hard% over the last month. RHBs have a .362 wOBA with five HRs, a 31 GB% and 47.2 Hard%. Goldschmidt leads projections on either site by more than one-third of a point and is joined in the top 10 by J.D. Martinez (.500 ISO vs LHP) and the red hot A.J. Pollock (276 wRC+ over the last week). The Boston Red Sox also place two batters in the top 10. Mookie Betts is joined by Andrew Benintendi in Cincinnati, but neither exceeds a .190 ISO vs RHP this season and Sal Romano has a 54.8 GB% over his last six starts with a -10.5 Hard-Soft% in September. Charlie Blackmon (150 wRC+, .303 ISO vs RHP) against Jordan Lyles in San Diego and Brian Dozier (163 wRC+, .289 ISO vs LHP) against Daniel Norris and the Detroit bullpen are both top five projected batters as well. A pair of Rays (Corey Dickerson 4.09 Pt/$/K, Logan Morrison 3.93 Pt/$/K) project as top values on FanDuel against Ubaldo Jimenez, while Dickerson doubles up on DraftKings (2.7 Pt/$/K). Both cost less than $3K on either site due to recent slumps. Jimenez struck out 10 of 19 Yankees last time out and actually has a 17.5 K-BB% over his last 14 starts.

    Other tagged players: J.D. Martinez, Paul Goldschmidt, Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, Charlie Blackmon, Logan Morrison, Brian Dozier, Corey Dickerson

    By: MTro86
    Matt Trollo

    • mlb
    • general-strategy
    • 10.45 proj
    • 2.61 pt/$
    • $4,000
    • 8.25 proj
    • 1.62 pt/$
    • $5,100
  • Robert Gsellman

    New York Mets

    Nationals post a lineup without a single major league regular against Robert Gsellman

    On a dare, someone must have suggested to Dusty Baker that they could beat the Mets without the use of a single major league regular in the lineup. Only Willmer Difo, Howie Kendrick and Adam Lind, all in the top half of the lineup, have seen semi-regular at bats among a confirmed lineup with a .248 wOBA and .090 ISO vs RHP this year with a 19.7 K-BB%. The question is, does this add Robert Gsellman to the plethora of usable arms tonight. He is coming off seven shutout innings with three hits against the Braves, but struck out just three in that start. Despite a hard hit rate below 20% in three straight starts now, his velocity has been dropping and he's struck out a total of 11 batters over this span. While the matchup does make him look a lot better, this still doesn't seem ideal for players looking to maximize upside with their fantasy dollars.

    Other tagged players: Adam Lind, Wilmer Difo, Howie Kendrick

    By: MTro86
    Matt Trollo

    • mlb
    • general-strategy
  • Kyle Gibson

    Minnesota Twins

    Kyle Gibson and Sal Romano have been pitching better recently

    Kyle Gibson has been an endlessly frustrating pitcher for years. He generates a high ground ball rate with a league average SwStr%, but never seems able to put it all together. In fact, he may have coerced daily fantasy players into giving him a look a few starts back and then struck out none of the 27 batters he faced. Despite that start though, he's still generated a 21.2 K% and 11.2 SwStr% in 11 starts since the All-Star break now. Combining this with a 50.5 GB% and league average hard contact rate (32.1%) over this span should make him a useful contributor and potential daily fantasy asset against a more marginal Detroit offense than their season numbers suggest. His cost is not optimal (around $8K) for a pitcher who still deserves a lot of skepticism, but at the worst players might reconsider attacking him, although RHBs have hit him quite a bit harder over this span (37.8%) and Detroit still has a couple of those who hit same-handed pitching well. Sal Romano is another pitcher who's recent performance should be noted even if players aren't ready to roster him quite yet. He threw eight shutout innings at Pittsburgh last time out and has struck out six in two straight. He has a 51.1 GB% for the season, 54.8% over his last six starts, and a -10.5 Hard-Soft% in September. While Cincinnati is a very power friendly park, it doesn’t play much above neutral in terms of overall run environment and he's facing a low power Boston offense (11.0 HR/FB vs RHP) that loses the DH tonight. Romano costs around $7K on either site.

    Other tagged players: Salvatore Romano

    By: MTro86
    Matt Trollo

    • mlb
    • general-strategy
    • 23.31 proj
    • 2.95 pt/$
    • $7,900
    • 11.51 proj
    • 1.35 pt/$
    • $8,500
  • Jon Gray

    Colorado Rockies

    Jon Gray and Garrett Richards may be returning to form

    Jon Gray and Garrett Richards are at the end of an injury plagued season that has stolen some of their former effectiveness. While Gray has survived with exceptional contact management (85.1 mph aEV, 4.6% Barrels/BBE, 4.9 Hard-Soft%) while his bat missing skills have taken a hit (8.9 SwStr%), there's certainly reason for optimism in that regard in recent starts. His velocity has been trending up and with it, so have the strikeouts (17 of his last 35 batters with a 12+ SwStr% in each of his last two starts) to go along with a hard hit rate below 25% in five of his last seven starts. He takes on the Padres...who daily fantasy players no longer want to hear about after the damage they've done to quality pitchers this week. Though they still have just an 88 wRC+ and 24.4 K% over the last seven days and strikeout a quarter of the time with a 6.1 Hard-Soft% against RHP this year. Gray is a bit expensive, costing around $9K on either site. Garrett Richards threw five innings last time out (74 pitches), striking out a season high seven batters. He has an astounding 64.6 GB% through four starts with a hard hit rate below 28% in three starts since returning from the DL, in which he also now has a 14.3 SwStr%. He's in Houston, which is not only one of the more difficult overall spots on the board, but they also have just a 17.3 K% vs RHP (15.7 K% last seven days). However, Richards costs just $7K or less on either site tonight and should be able to extend to close to 90 pitches at this point.

    Other tagged players: Garrett Richards

    By: MTro86
    Matt Trollo

    • mlb
    • general-strategy
  • Rich Hill

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    Rich Hill (29.3 K%) and Zack Greinke (27.4 K%) have highest strikeout rates and projected point totals on slate

    While there are no Cy Young contenders on Friday's board, there are a number of useful arms, including Rich Hill (vs San Francisco) and Zack Greinke (vs Miami), the top two strikeout rates on the board (29.3% and 27.4%). They are also the two top overall projected pitchers on the slate (RotoGrinders Player Projections). Jeff Samardzija has increased his strikeout rate again too (22 of last 79 batters) and while he's allowed 20 of 28 HRs on the road, his hard hit rate has been below 25% in four of his five starts over the last month and Dodger Stadium is just as negative a run environment as his home park, if not as power suppressing. Masahiro Tanaka has been wildly inconsistent (seven or more strikeouts in five of his last eight, fewer than five in three of his last six - a ground ball rate either above 60% or below 40% in each of his last seven starts), but has tremendous upside with the highest SwStr rate (15%) on the slate. Michael Wacha has a league average strikeout rate and does well to limit hard contact and is in a great spot to do so again in Pittsburgh (10 HR/FB at home, 20.8 K-BB%, -3.6 Hard-Soft% last seven days). Trevor Bauer has a double digit SwStr% to go with his 27.4 K% over the last month. It’s really been a case of more sliders and less cutters. Hard contact has been an issue for him in the past, but he gets a substantial park upgrade in Seattle and has a hard hit rate below 25% in three of his last four starts. Justin Verlander has a 26.6 K-BB% over his last 12 starts. He still gives up a lot of home runs due to the extreme fly ball rate with a league average hard hit rate over that span, but dominant peripherals solve a lot of contact problems. The Angels struggle on the road and are a league average offense vs RHP. He’s the most expensive pitcher on the board and one of only two who exceed $10K on both sites. Those are only most of the rosterable pitchers on tonight's slate.

    Other tagged players: Zack Greinke, Jeff Samardzija, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Wacha, Justin Verlander, Trevor Bauer

    By: MTro86
    Matt Trollo

    • mlb
    • general-strategy

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