WATCH: PLAYERS TO CONSIDER – ARCADE MODE
I’m stoked to be bringing you the first ever MLB Targets article for the brand new MLB Arcade Mode! 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, which includes eight games. As always, you can reach me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Yu Darvish – TEX vs. PHI – $17,000 – With so many new categories to consider, Darvish tops the list as my top pitcher for tonight. He’ll face a Phillies club that has been hitting righties at a decent clip with a .326 wOBA but also owns a 22.9 K%, which ranks 7th in the league. Innings pitched are an important stat now in MLB Arcade, which also favors Darvish. He’s pitched into the sixth inning in all but one start this season and averages 6.2 for the season.
Stephen Strasburg – WAS vs. PIT – $18,000 – With how the new scoring system works for MLB Arcade, we have to consider other factors we might normally overlook. Strasburg against the Pirates is another favorable matchup, even with the prospect that the Pirates don’t strikeout against righties much. The Pirates rank 27th in the league in K% at 19%, but opposing pitcher Chad Kuhl has been downright atrocious at home, making a win for Strasburg seem all the more obtainable. Aside from the lack of strikeouts, the Pirates have struggled immensely at the plate, owning just a .289 wOBA against righties with a .302 OBP and a .360 SLG.
Charlie Blackmon – COL vs. MIN – $8,000 – Blackmon possess one of the combinations we’ll be dreaming of when playing the MLB Arcade, which is the Home Run/Stolen Base combo for an extra 10 points. Blackmon has only stolen two bases this season, but the potential is always there. He’ll face Phil Hughes tonight, who’s allowing a .365 wOBA at home with a .533 SLG and a .340 OBP. Hughes has always been notorious for allowing home runs, averaging almost two HR/9 since joining the Twins in 2014.
Bryce Harper – WAS vs. PIT – $9,500 – Harper is your most expensive hitter on this slate with a salary of $9,500. The MLB Arcade feels like it’s made for a player like Harper, especially in this matchup against Chad Kuhl. Allowing an absurd .497 wOBA to lefties thus far, Kuhl is certainly going to be someone to target against moving forward. We’re looking for home run upside in the MLB Arcade, and not many hitters offer more of that than Harper.
Mark Reynolds – COL vs. MIN – $7,500 – Reynolds has been killing it at and away from Coors Field this season. With the matchup against Phil Hughes, it’s easy to see why Reynolds is a consideration for tonight with his home run potential. Away from Coors against righties, Reynolds owns a .458 wOBA with a .395 OBP and a .694 SLG.
Ian Kinsler – DET vs. BAL – $6,500 – Once again, we’re targeting a leadoff hitter, as plate appearances will net us one point in Arcade mode. Kinsler has some unimpressive numbers at the surface, but his success against lefties make him a target for me tonight. At home against lefties, Kinsler sports a .367 wOBA with a .571 SLG and a .313 OBP. Miley’s command has been anything but accurate this season, owning a 5.6 BB/9 on the season.
Aaron Judge – NYY vs. KC – $8,000 – We all know that Judge has been mashing all season long, and he has a great opportunity to do so today. He’ll face Jason Hammel, who has allowed a .414 wOBA to opposing right-handed batters with a .576 SLG and two of his four home runs. Judge owning a .420 OBP makes him a fantastic candidate for some monster MLB Arcade points.
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