MLB Arcade Mode brings a five-game slate tonight, so let’s dive into the information for tonight’s slate. As always, you can reach me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Corey Kluber – CLE vs. BAL – $19,000 – Kluber has been an Arcade Mode monster since returning from the disabled list earlier this month. Since his return, he’s averaging 59.9 Arcade Mode points in three starts with a 28:4 K:BB ratio. Tonight, Kluber will take on the Baltimore Orioles, who are projected at 3.9 runs, which is tied for the lowest on this five-game slate. The Orioles have not been overly productive at Camden Yards this year, posting a .327 wOBA with a .318 OBP and a .447 SLG. The Orioles are also ninth in the league in K% with a 21.6 mark. If the weather holds up, Kluber is a great option tonight.
Scott Feldman – CIN vs. TB – $11,000 – Other than Kluber, I feel like it’s hard to find another pitcher that can really give you a good outing. I’m going off the board a bit here and showcasing Scott Feldman. He’s pitched quite well at home this year, allowing a .310 wOBA with a .419 SLG and a .305 OBP. His strikeout numbers aren’t great, owner of a 6.9 K/9 at home, but he is facing a team that leads in K% on the road at 26.6%. The Rays do hit very well on the road, so that certainly does bring up a reason to fade Feldman. However, I’m intrigued that he’s allowed just a 13% hard hit rate to opposing hitters in his last three starts.
Eric Thames – MIL vs. PIT – $11,000 – Thames saw a huge bump in salary over the weekend, jumping from $9K to $11K, which is where he’s at tonight. Regardless of the salary, I love this spot for him against Gerrit Cole. On the road against lefties, Cole has allowed seven of his 15 home runs with a .428 wOBA and a .675 SLG. Thames has evenly split his home runs at home and on the road, with 10 each. The Brewers’ power bat is averaging 28.1 Arcade Mode points over his last 10 games.
Ryan Zimmerman – WAS vs. MIA – $8,500 – Ryan Zimmerman has been one of the top Arcade Mode targets since inception. He’ll face off against Justin Nicolino tonight in a favorable matchup. On the road against lefties, Zimmerman has posted a .528 wOBA with a .903 SLG and a .412 OBP. The fact that he’s only $8,500 is madness, and I can’t find a reason to leave him on the board tonight.
Francisco Lindor – CLE vs. BAL – $7,500 – – Lindor is not someone I usually think of when it comes to power bats, but he’s currently second to Edwin Encarnacion. At home against righties, Lindor is posting a .381 wOBA with a .534 SLG and a .373 OBP. He’s a cheaper option with the potential to put up some big numbers, evidenced by his 25.2 Arcade Mode points per game.
Corey Dickerson – TB vs. CIN – $8,000 – If you’re not going to take the Scott Feldman route, Dickerson is a no-brainer in this spot. He’s been posting some insane numbers as of late and realistically, all season long. He’s averaging just under 30 Arcade Mode points per game on the road this season with eight of his 15 home runs and a .424 wOBA. One of the blemishes Feldman does have at home is that of his six home runs allowed, four of them have gone to left-handed batters.
John Jaso – PIT vs. MIL – $5,000 – Your salary saver of the night is John Jaso. He’s not exactly someone I would use to describe as a strong Arcade Mode player, but it’s nights like tonight where I think he can pull off a sneaky score. It’s no secret that Matt Garza has issues with lefties, as his .394 wOBA at home against them will tell you. Jaso has had some of his best production on the road against righties, posting a very respectable .375 wOBA with a .509 SLG and a .371 OBP. He’s not likely to give you those monster 70-80 point nights, but I’d be more than happy to grab some points at likely low ownership.
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