MLB Arcade Mode will bring us a six-game slate tonight, so let’s dive into the information. As always, you can reach me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Trevor Bauer – CLE vs. SD – $11,500 – Bauer is quite cheap tonight on a less than stellar slate for pitching. The obvious appeal here is the strikeouts he could accumulate against the Padres. On the season, Bauer sports a 9.8 K/9 and takes on a Padres team that owns a 26.8 K% on the road. Bauer hasn’t exactly been lights out, but his strikeout upside is a perfect match for Arcade Mode. If anything, his $11K salary will certainly help you fill out your lineup with some big bats.
Jacob deGrom – NYM vs. WAS – $21,500 – Taking a shot on deGrom tonight is going to come with a hefty salary hit. At $21,500, deGrom is the most expensive pitcher, running you at $7,000 more than Gerrit Cole! deGrom has been able to tame this potent Nationals offense in three starts totaling 20.2 innings allowing seven runs (six earned) on 17 hits with a 29:9 K:BB ratio. Those three starts average out to 57.5 Arcade Mode points, which is more than acceptable, even at his high price point. The obvious roadblock here is the $5,700 average per batter salary you’re left with.
George Springer – HOU vs. STL – $9,500 – Springer is one of my top overall targets on the night as he faces off against Jaime Garcia. If you haven’t heard, Springer has been crushing left-handed pitching all season, putting up some huge numbers. Overall in these matchups, Springer owns a .477 wOBA with a .731 SLG and a .435 OBP. Fading Springer tonight is very difficult.
Miguel Cabrera – DET vs. SFG – $7,000 – The consensus is that Cabrera will be in the lineup tonight, which makes him one of my top plays. He and the Tigers will take on Ty Blach, who has been walloped by righties, especially on the road. When facing them away from AT&T Park, Blach is posting a .439 wOBA with a .691 SLG with six of his eight home runs allowed. Cabrera is coming off his best month offensively this season and has picked it up against lefties, posting a .380 wOBA with a .426 OBP.
Jose Ramirez – CLE vs. SD – $9,500 – Ramirez has been one of the hottest hitters in all of baseball lately, so naturally, his salary is one of the highest. Over his last 10 games, Ramirez is averaging 40.3 Arcade Mode points with four home runs, eight RBI, three doubles and two stolen bases. He has another great matchup tonight against Luis Perdomo, who is allowing a .448 wOBA to lefties.
Curtis Granderson – NYM vs. WAS – $7,500 – Granderson is currently listed as DTD with a hip injury, but if he makes the lineup tonight, he’s one of my favorite targets. He’ll take on Tanner Roark, who’s allowed a .373 wOBA to lefties at Nationals Park with a .500 SLG and four of his 12 home runs surrendered. Grandy has been swinging the bat quite well lately, averaging 36.1 Arcade Mode points in his last 10 games with four home runs and nine RBI.
Nick Hundley – SFG vs. DET – $5,000 – If you need to scrape near the bottom of the barrel, Hundley could be an attractive option. He’s in the Giants’ lineup batting eighth, but he’s always found success against left-handed pitching. In limited action this season, Hundley is sporting a .364 wOBA against them with a .533 SLG and a .347 OBP. Daniel Norris has struggled against righties, posting a .355 wOBA against them at Comerica Park with four of his 10 home runs.
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