The featured MLB Arcade Mode slate will encompass the three games starting at 10 pm ET, so let’s dive into the information. As always, you can reach me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Mike Clevinger – CLE vs. SFG – $17,500 – Clevinger is the most expensive option on this slate tonight as he matches up against the Giants. He’s done his best work on the road, posting a .260 wOBA with a .264 SLG and a K/9 of 9.6. The issue with going up against the Giants is that they simply don’t strike out much, owning a 19.6 K% against righties. Clevinger recently faced a Royals club that owns a 20.8 K% and was able to strike out six in that matchup, so the potential is certainly there.
Blake Snell – TB vs. OAK – $13,500 – Other than Clevinger, the starting pitching on tonight’s slate is far from great. Snell has the strikeout upside to become worth consideration, but some of his other numbers have me worried. Snell has allowed a 46% hard hit rate over his last three starts, which is a 13% jump from his year-to-date average. Snell has also been wildly inconsistent this season, as he’s been rotating between the minor and major leagues. On the plus side, the A’s own one of the highest K% against lefties in the league at 26.1% with a .283 wOBA. Snell is very boom-or-bust consideration tonight.
Anthony Rendon – WAS vs. LAA – $10,000 – Jesse Chavez is someone I’ll be looking to target against tonight as he takes on the Nationals. It hasn’t been a good stretch for Chavez as of late, allowing a whopping 62% hard hit rate over his last three starts, which is a 27% jump over his yearly average. Righties have been his issue as they’ve posted a .371 wOBA with a .545 SLG and 15 of his 20 home runs. With how hot Rendon has been, he’s my top option on this slate.
Corey Dickerson – TB vs. OAK – $7,000 – Chris Smith is taking the hill for the A’s tonight, and, quite frankly, we don’t have much info to go on for him. Smith has pitched the majority of his career in the minors with sporadic stops in the bigs. One piece of information we do have though is Dickerson on the road. He’s posted a .385 wOBA when away from Tropicana Field to go with a .547 SLG and eight of his 17 home runs. He’s been struggling as of late, but $7,000 feels awfully cheap for the production Dickerson is capable of.
Albert Pujols – LAA vs. WAS – $6,000 – Naturally, the Angel to target tonight is Mike Trout, but I’m intrigued by the low price of Pujols. He’s hit three home runs in his last 10 games to go with his 24.3 Arcade Mode point he’s averaged in that span. Edwin Jackson has been called up to pitch for the Nationals tonight for the first time since June 10, when he was released by the Orioles. In his three appearances in relief this season, Jackson allowed four runs on 11 hits in five innings of work with two home runs.
Ryan Zimmerman – WAS vs. LAA – $8,500 – Zimmerman is not even close to producing like he was earlier this season, but that’s a tough act to follow. Despite his recent struggles, I still like him tonight against Chavez for his home run potential. As I mentioned, Chavez has allowed 15 of his 20 home runs to right-handed batters, and his hard hit rate as of late is simply absurd. Grabbing Zimmerman at a “discounted” $8,500 feels like a great spot for the Nationals power bat.
Kole Calhoun – LAA vs. WAS – $4,500 – You’d never know it because of his salary, but Calhoun has been picking it up at the plate lately. Calhoun is averaging 21.1 Arcade Mode points over his last 10 games, which include two home runs. It’s a cheap way to get some pop on your roster tonight and someone that could easily go overlooked with how much salary will be available. At home against righties, Calhoun is posting a .320 wOBA with a .395 SLG and a 341 OBP.
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