MLB Arcade Mode will bring us a six-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.
Mike Foltynewicz – ATL vs. PHI – $14,500 – This is a tough slate for pitching, as you’ll soon learn as you go through the list. Folty is the most expensive and most likely the “safest” option tonight. This will be his second time facing the Phillies where he pitched seven innings, allowing one run on four hits with a 9:2 K:BB ratio for 58.2 Arcade Mode points. Tonight takes place in Atlanta, which hasn’t been Folty’s strong point. He’s averaging 16.2 Arcade Mode points in four home starts with a .394 wOBA and a .523 SLG. On this slate though, he could be the best option and will most likely be highly owned despite his less than stellar home numbers.
Wade Miley – BAL vs. PIT – $13,000 – I’ll come right out with it. I’m not a Miley believer by any means, but this is the slate we’ve got. To his credit, Miley has been phenomenal at home, averaging 30.4 Arcade Mode points in five starts with a .256 wOBA and a .234 SLG. He faces a Pirates offense that is one of the worst in the league against lefties, as they’ve managed just a .293 wOBA against them with a .306 OBP and a .361 SLG. Where Miley could get in trouble tonight is with the walks. Miley has been handing them out frequently, and the Pirates are ranked 8th in the league in drawing them. If he can avoid that, he could surprise me tonight.
Corey Dickerson – TB vs. DET – $8,000 – Mike Pelfrey has been a nice surprise for the White Sox thus far, having yet to allow more than four runs in a start. Looking at his career numbers though, we see that weak point in his game, which is facing left-handed batters. Corey Dickerson thus becomes one of my top targets on the night. At home against righties, Dickerson owns a .383 wOBA with a .595 SLG and six of his 13 home runs.
Jedd Gyorko – STL vs. CIN – $6,500 – Gyorko has been struggling at the plate as of late, averaging only 15.5 Arcade Mode points over his last 10 games. A matchup with Bronson Arroyo at the Great American Ball Park can certainly help cure any slump. At home against righties, Arroyo has allowed a .415 wOBA with a .639 SLG with six of his 19 home runs allowed. As you’d expect, Gyorko has been his best away from Busch Stadium, averaging 10 fantasy points higher per game on the road.
J.D. Martinez – DET vs. LAA – $9,000 – One of the more expensive hitters tonight, Martinez continues to rake at home, sporting a .584 wOBA with a 1.029 SLG and a .522 OBP with six of his 10 home runs. Alex Meyer hasn’t pitched much in the majors, but his road numbers so far have been quite rough. In the small 13.1 inning sample this season, Meyer is posting a .401 wOBA with a .509 SLG and a .426 OBP. Even with that small sample, you still have to feel good about fitting Martinez in any lineup.
Chris Davis – BAL vs. PIT – $8,000 – Davis is on a bit of a power streak, hitting three home runs over his last six games. He’ll have another excellent opportunity to do so tonight as he takes on Chad Kuhl. Against lefties, Kuhl continues to struggle, owning a .442 wOBA with a .667 SLG with all five of his home runs allowed. If you can’t afford some of the big names tonight, Davis at $8,000 still gives your lineup some pop.
Chris Young – BOS vs. NYY – $5,000 – As always, I like to end this article with a player you may not have considered. Chris Young will draw the start tonight against CC Sabathia. Sabathia has been brutal at home against righties, posting a .360 wOBA with a .488 SLG and five of his nine home runs. Young has always found success against lefties in his career, making his $5,000 salary a no brainer for me.
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