Major League Baseball will be busy under the lights on Friday night this week with 13 games on the fantasy major baseball slate kings. There are a few weather conditions to watch, mostly on the East Coast, and many teams from the AL and NL East visiting teams in the Centrals. The New York Yankees are one of those teams as they open their interleague series in St. Louis for a unique and unusual match. On the flip side, seven out of 13 matches feature split matches between very familiar foes.
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Ruby Ray Seattle Mariners against. Los Angeles Angels ($8900) – While there are so many great options on the com on Friday night, it’s hard to overlook the AL Cy Young ruling prize winner, which is available for less than $9K. Ray’s first year in Seattle produced mixed results, and his last two rounds were rough, leading to negative fantasy points. However, both of these matches were against AstrosAnd he gets a much more fanciful Friday friendly against the Angels. Ray posted more than 19 DKFPs in seven consecutive starts before these two approximations, averaging 27.9 DKFPs per start during that period with a 3-0 log, 1.36 ERA, 2.64 FIP, and 11.27 K/9 average. He faced the Angels during that round and hit 10 in seven rounds on his way to a 34.8 DKFP. The Angels have the highest K% in the league at 26.0% and at just 0.229, it’s the fifth worst in the major leagues. With the upside to strike and his mismatch with the Astros, Ray should be in a good place to bounce back and deliver a big number with his small salary.
other options – Dylan Cease ($10,400), Framber Valdez ($9,900)
Jose Berry, Toronto Blue Jays in Minnesota Twins ($7,700) Berríos scored a season high of 13 hits in his first game of the season against his former team, producing 38.2 DKFP. Now, he will now return to Minneapolis, where he played the first five and a half seasons of his career. In his first full year in Toronto, he went 8-4 over 21 starting with 4.96 ERA, 4.63 FIP and 8.3k/9. He’s been better than those numbers lately, going 3-0 with 3.00 ERA, 3.25 FIP and 10.5 K/9 on his six starts in July. Most of his bad outings came on the road, so there’s cause for concern, but given the match, he should be called in to take it to his former team and set another good start against them.
other options – Kyle Gibson ($7,000) and Ian Anderson ($6,800)
Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals against. New York Yankees ($6,100 USD) – Goldschmidt is running an MVP-caliber season with the Cardinal and has completely demolished the left pitch. Over the last 10 matches, he has broken seven home runs while posting .524 wOBA and scored 14.8 DKFP per game. He had a double-digit DKFP in seven of those 10 matches including each of his three matches earlier this week against Cubs. Against the left, the 34-year-old Right is 33 for 70 (.471) on the year with 10 doubles and six home runs, boosting him to 0.589 wOBA against the Southpaws on the season. Nestor Curtis ($10,100) It’s been impressive overall but has been back on the ground a bit lately, which makes this place still a good place to go with Goldy across from the left.
Brandon Lowe Tampa Bay Rays in Detroit Tigers ($4900) – Lowe continued into season eight on Thursday night for Rays’ inaugural win in Detroit. He’s straight back into a productive role after missing two months in IL, going 19-for-56 (.339) in 14 games since returning with three home runs, .232 ISO and .410 wOBA. He and Rays should be in the right place against the rookie rookie Brian Garcia ($4800) Friday.
other options – Francisco Lindor ($5,100), DJ LeMahieu ($4,900)
Luis Garcia Washington citizens in Philadelphia Phyllis ($3,100) – Partially as a result of trade John Soto ($5500) And the Josh Bell ($4800)García has finished second for the Nats in each of their past three games, and the 22-year-old left-wing SS is starting to find a nice groove. He’s hit safely in eight of his past nine games with two doubles, a triple and two home runs, taking him to a 0.426 WOBA during that time. He hits .322 with .345 wOBA and 120 wRC+ in the year against the right-wingers, as long as he stays in a position of a premium lineup, he will be very valuable at that paycheck.
Michael Massey, Kansas City Royals against. Boston Red Sox (2000 dollars) – Massey is the latest in the Royals’ Parade of Prospects to be called up this season, and he should be in line for a long time in play after trading Whit Merrifield ($4,200) to Toronto. Massey hit .325 with seven home runs, four stolen bases and .422 wOBA during 33 games in Triple-A after receiving a call-up from Double-A as he began the season. Massey went 3 for 8 on his first taste of the Majors in Toronto earlier this year and has gone 3 for 7 with a stolen base in his two bids since returning to the team this week. The 24-year-old lefty brings a good improvement in the minimum salary for Josh Winkowski ($5900) The Red Sox.
other options – Eugenio Suarez ($3,900), Reese Hoskins ($3,900)
Aaron Judge, New York Yankees In St. Louis Cardinals ($5900) – Passing a judge on almost any list seems risky at this point because it’s so productive. He should be comfortable after sitting outside a Wednesday afternoon contest and on a Thursday scheduled outside of the day. He’s been on a rip since the All-Star break and crushed 10 home runs in his past 13 games while hitting .396 (19 for 48) and collecting 12 walks to take him up to a crazy 0.635 wOBA. Judge has over 20 DKFPs in four of his past six matches and can go out and break any roster on any night. If you are paying for OF, it is simply the most productive option available.
Christian Willich Milwaukee Brewers against. Cincinnati Reds ($4800) – Yelich had a rough day on Thursday, going 0-4 by three strokes and then being sent off for controversy. He’s well positioned to bounce back, though, in a favorable match shaded below in stack groups. Prior to Thursday’s game, he had 12 games in a row, being 12 for 49 (.367) with five doubles, two base steals and a .426 wOBA with an average of 10.8 DKFP per contest. The strength is still lacking this season, but he has produced good numbers since moving to the top spot for the brew team.
other options – Juan Soto ($5,500), Luis Robert ($5,300), Randy Arrosarina ($4,900)
Jake McCarthy Arizona Diamondbacks against. Colorado Rockies ($2,800) – McCarthy’s been a nice game under $3k from Arizona when they face a real player German Marquis ($7,300). The 25-year-old has stolen three bases in his past eleven games while going 13-for-37 (.351) averaging 7.6 DKFP per game during that time. He’s done safe in six of his past seven starts, and offers quite a bit of strength potential as well with three of the home hurdles on the season.
Aristides AquinasCincinnati Reds at Milwaukee Brewers ($2000) – The Punisher is back! Aquino missed six weeks due to a calf strain but was reactivated two games ago. He has gone 2 against 7 in these two games with two RBIs and a total of 10 DKFPs. He still scores just 181 in 33 games this year but has three home runs. He showed good technique in Triple-A, hitting .312 with .463 wOBA over 22 games during his rehab and earlier this season. If he can translate that success into a better average, it could be a great game in the long run for the Reds, who have made plenty of playing time for their junior hitter on trade deadline. Akino is full of power potential and usually hits left-handed pretty well. If you need at least a flyer, this 28-year-old slugger is worth a look.
other options – Alec Thomas ($3,400), Garen Doran ($3,100), Oscar Gonzalez ($3,100).
The difference to be stacked
New York Yankees at St. Louis Cardinals – Whatever your favorite offensive stats, the Yankees will likely be at the top of the overall standings in that category. They put in huge productions all season, but especially over the past 30 days, when they had 52 home runs, the ISO team scored .322, .371 wOBA and 162 points. All of these numbers top the league during that period by a comfortable margin, and now the Yankees’ offensive will begin their way forward. Dakota Hudson ($6,100) and cardinals. Hudson started four games in July, going 0-2 with a 5.14 ERA, 5.26 FIP and only 4.29K/9. The 29 starters allowed over 21 rounds, two home runs, and 12 rounds. The Righties have actually done the most damage against him this year with .343 wOBA, so attack the reverse splits with DJ LeMahieu ($4900)Aaron Judge (discussed above), Jaleber Torres ($4900) And the Josh Donaldson ($4100). You can also get some salary relief by using Isiah Kiner-Falefa ($3,500) And visit the narrative street with Matt Carpenter ($4900) When he returned to St. Louis, where he played 11 seasons before heading to the Bronx this year.
Milwaukee Brewers vs. Cincinnati Reds – The Brewers rely on the main left bat, so whenever they get a match against a rookie struggling against the left they are a good group to target. They play well against Robert Duger ($5500), which is one of the Reds’ candidates to fill their open positions in the rotation after the trading deadline. Dugger has given up six games in 15 results in his 12 Majors rounds this season and has gone 2-3 with a 4.30 ERA in 15 games in Triple-A, split between the Reds and Rays. in 82 2⁄3 Professional roles, he let the left hit seven home runs and posted 0.431 wOBA against him. Look for potential big nights of left-wing Christian Welich (discussed above), Rowdy Tellez ($5100) And the Colton Wong ($4,200) While Willie Adams ($5,400)And the Andrew McCutchen ($4,400) even Tyrone Taylor ($3,200) And the Victor Caratini ($2,900) It can help round the stack.
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