WATCH: ARCADE MODE PLAYS – ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
MLB Arcade Mode will bring us a six-game slate tonight. If you aren’t familiar with Arcade Mode, you can brush up on it 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.
Corey Kluber – CLE vs. LAD – $19,500 – Kluber is the big favorite tonight as he takes on a Dodgers team with the lowest implied run total of 3.7. In his two starts since returning from the disabled list, Kluber has pitched 12 innings allowing three runs on nine hits with an 18:3 K:BB ratio. With the Dodgers ranking as one of the most strikeout-prone teams against right-handed pitching with a 23.3 K%, Kluber is the clear cut top choice here. It will be rather difficult to fit him in, however, as his $19,500 salary is by far the most expensive.
German Marquez – COL vs. PIT – $12,000 – Marquez is very cheap tonight at $12,000 as he takes on the Pirates. On the road, Marquez has posted a respectable .318 wOBA with a .394 SLG and a .348 OBP with a K/9 of 11.1. While his K/9 looks very appealing, the Pirates are one of the toughest teams to strike out with an 18.6 K%, which currently ranks 28th in the league. With that being said, Marquez has one of the safer matchups in the lower priced tier of pitching, as I would trust him over many of the other names going tonight.
Jake Lamb – ARI vs. DET – $8,000 – $8K for Jake Lamb tonight is ridiculously cheap. Averaging 32.3 Arcade Mode points over his last 10 games, in my opinion, should garner a higher salary, but I can’t complain. It doesn’t matter to me that the D-Backs own the second lowest road wOBA in the league (can you believe that?), Lamb against Jordan Zimmermann is a matchup I want to exploit. Zimm is allowing a .404 wOBA to lefties with a .581 SLG with eight of his 17 total home runs.
Anthony Rizzo – CHC vs. NYM – $7,000 – Rizzo is another hitter tonight that is way too cheap for the production he’s been posting as of late. Averaging 35.3 Arcade Mode points over his last 10 games, Rizzo has a great matchup against Matt Harvey tonight. I’m sure you’ve heard of the issues Harvey has endured, like the .356 wOBA and seven of his 13 home runs he’s allowed to lefties. People should be flocking to Rizzo at this price point tonight.
Josh Donaldson – TOR vs. TB – $8,500 – To say that Donaldson is crushing the ball lately would be an understatement. Over his last 10 games, Donaldson has seven extra base hits with five of them going for home runs. He’ll take on Jake Odorizzi tonight, who hasn’t seen many righties on the road thus far. Odorizzi has recorded just 7.1 innings against righties on the road, but they’ve tagged him for four of his 12 home runs this season and a .404 wOBA. In a bigger sample size, Odorizzi had a .362 wOBA on the road against righties with 11 of his 29 home runs allowed.
David Peralta – ARI vs. DET – $6,500 – Again, going with the left-handed hitter against Jordan Zimmermann. Peralta is another cheap bat that has been posting some great numbers lately. As you’d expect with the D-Backs, Peralta doesn’t own stellar road numbers, but his .369 wOBA against righties interests me enough. At such short money, you can grab a hitter that has power, gets on base and will even occasionally steal a bag. If you’re rostering Kluber, Peralta will help ease that salary burden.
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