MLB Arcade Mode will bring us a four-game slate tonight. If you aren’t familiar with Arcade Mode, you can brush up on all the happenings by going here. Once you’re acclimated with the rules, we can dive into the information for tonight’s slate. As always, you can reach me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Stephen Strasburg – WAS vs. ATL – $18,500 – Strasburg and the Nationals are huge favorites on the night taking on the Braves. This will be the third time this season that Strasburg meets Atlanta, and he’s been completely dominant. In his prior two starts, Strasburg has pitched 14.1 innings allowing four runs on 11 hits with a 21:3 K:BB ratio. Those two starts are good for an average of 69.7 fantasy points. The Braves have an implied team total of 3.4 runs, which is the lowest on the entire night slate of games.
Rick Porcello – BOS vs. PHI – $15,500 – On paper, this should be a great start for Porcello. However, as we’ve come to see many times, on paper and what happens are two completely different scenarios. Porcello has been struggling as of late and is averaging just 29.2 Arcade Mode points in seven home starts this season. With that being said, he’ll face a Phillies team that is prone to the strikeout against righties, owning a K% of 23.4%, which is the fifth-highest in the league.
Bryce Harper – WAS vs. ATL – $8,500 – $8,500 for Bryce Harper feels somewhat cheap tonight as he faces off against Mike Foltynewicz. Overall against lefties this season, Folty is allowing a .342 wOBA with a .434 SLG and four of his nine home runs. Harper has been his strongest at home, averaging 33 Arcade Mode points in 28 games with a .484 wOBA against righties and a .740 SLG.
Mitch Moreland – BOS vs. PHI – $9,000 – Moreland has been doing some serious damage at the plate as of late, averaging 31.8 Arcade Mode points over his last 10 games. He has a very favorable matchup against Jerad Eickhoff tonight, who is expected to get shelled. On the road against lefties, Eickhoff has posted a .345 wOBA with a .468 SLG and a three of his eight home runs allowed.
Jay Bruce – NYM vs. CHC – $8,000 – John Lackey hasn’t pitched particularly strong this season and has been having some issues with lefties. Tonight he’ll take on a Mets team loaded with them and one of them being Jay Bruce. On the season, Lackey is allowing a .366 wOBA to lefties with a .540 SLG and eight of his 16 home runs. Hitting in the heart of the order, Bruce provides plenty of pop, posting a .392 wOBA against righties at home with a .573 SLG.
Andrew McCutchen – PIT vs. COL – $7,500 – McCutchen is finally showing some signs of life, averaging 34.4 Arcade Mode points over his last 10 games. In that span, McCutchen has 16 hits, five of them going for extra bases, with seven RBI and a stolen base. He’ll face off against Kyle Freeland, who’s been good on the road, but has allowed a home run in six straight starts. McCutchen is a good candidate to save you some salary and hopefully let you ride the hot streak he’s been on.
Stephen Drew – WAS vs. ATL – $5,000 – As always, I try to end this article with someone that can save you some salary you may not have considered. He’s only played in a few games this season, but last year, Drew posted a .388 wOBA at home against righties with a .605 SLG and six of his eight home runs. At $5K, he’s a worthy play if you need to save some salary.
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