WATCH: ARCADE MODE IMPACT PLAYER – MALLEX SMITH
MLB Arcade Mode will bring us a four-game slate tonight. If you aren’t familiar with Arcade Mode, you can brush up on everything you need 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.
Chris Sale – BOS vs. PHI – $20,500 – Sale may not be as sharp or as dominant as he was in the month of April, but how can you overlook someone that’s averaging 58.2 Arcade Mode points over his last 10 starts, or 60 fantasy points across the entire season? Sale is pitching in Philly tonight, so the DH is lost for this game, and he faces a team that owns a .303 wOBA and a .293 OBP against lefties. On paper, Philly doesn’t strike out much, in fact, they own just a 20 K% against lefties, which puts them at 20th in the league. That might be a bit of a deterrent on a normal basis, but Sale posted nine strikeouts against the White Sox recently, owners of an 18.3 K%. If you can stomach the high salary, Arcade Mode was made for pitchers like Sale.
Michael Wacha – STL vs. MIL – $11,500- It feels as though almost every pitcher on this short four-game slate is in a very boom-or-bust type matchup. Justin Verlander against the Rays, Gio Gonzalez against the Mets and so on. I’m intrigued by Wacha tonight because he’s been great at Busch Stadium and faces the strikeout prone Brewers. Wacha has posted a wOBA of .289 at home compared to his .401 on the road. The Brewers will enter this game with the fourth-highest K% in the league at 24.4% and face Wacha with his 8.1 K/9. At $11,500, it’s hard to argue that Wacha isn’t a good play tonight, as he’ll help you load up on some big bats.
Mookie Betts – BOS vs. PHI – $9,500 – The Red Sox are tabbed with the highest projected run total of these four games at 5.3. They’ll take on Nick Pivetta, who hasn’t exactly been enjoying much success on the mound. Pivetta is allowing a .428 wOBA to righties thus far with a .638 SLG and all five of the home runs he’s allowed. If last night was any indication, Betts has been heating up at the plate again, blasting two home runs and ending up just a triple short of the cycle.
J.D. Martinez – DET vs. TB – $8,000 – $8,000 doesn’t feel all that expensive when you get to roster Martinez at home. Hitting seven of his 11 home runs here, he’ll face off against Alex Cobb, a pitcher who has struggled on the road. Cobb is posting a .350 wOBA to righties on the road with a .480 SLG and three of his 10 home runs. Martinez owns a .396 wOBA against righties at home with a .614 SLG.
Corey Dickerson – TB vs. DET – $8,500 – Justin Verlander continues to puzzle me this season, making him a pitcher to target against. He’ll face off against Corey Dickerson, who has been so tough on opposing pitchers this season. Hitting on the road, Dickerson is posting a .450 wOBA against righties with a .671 SLG and six of his 15 home runs on the year.
Yoenis Cespedes – NYM vs. WAS – $7,000 – Gio Gonzalez has not fared well against righties on the road, so this is a perfect spot for Yoenis Cespedes. On the road against righties, Gonzalez is sporting a .365 wOBA with a .500 SLG and six of his 10 home runs allowed. All 10 of his home runs have been allowed to righties.
Colby Rasmus – TB vs. DET – $5,000 – If you’re looking for a low owned hitter that can save you some salary, Rasmus could be your guy. On the road against righties, Rasmus has quietly compiled a .389 wOBA with a .600 SLG with three home runs. If Verlander struggles, Rasmus could be someone that can help shoot you up in the standings if he’s able to produce against him. If you’re rostering Chris Sale, Rasmus is an excellent way to even out your lineup.
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