MLB Arcade Mode will bring us an eight-game slate for tonight. If you aren’t familiar with Arcade Mode, you can brush up on all the happening 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.
Michael Pineda – NYY vs. KC – $17,000 – Pineda draws a very favorable matchup against one of the worst offenses in the league, the Kansas City Royals. His 10.8 K/9 makes him an attractive option for Arcade Mode and should be one of the more popular pitchers on this slate. If you’re worried about a number of home runs Pineda has allowed on the road, you’ll be pleased to know the Royals currently are ranked 27th in the league in home runs hit.
Rick Porcello – BOS vs. STL – $18,000 – Porcello is the most expensive pitcher on this slate with a salary of $18,000. He has a lot of factors going his way tonight, pitching at Busch Stadium. On the road, Porcello has been much better this season, averaging 43.1 FPPG with an 8.5 K/9. I do like him a lot because of those strikeouts, as the Cardinals own a 22.1 K% at home, which is good for the seventh highest in the league. If you can afford Pretty Ricky tonight, he could grab you some of those highly sought after points.
Freddie Freeman – ATL vs. TOR – $9,500 – Freeman is tied for the most expensive hitter on this slate with Bryce Harper but he could be worth every penny. Hitting at home has been a great place for him, averaging 34.9 FPPG with five home runs and five doubles. Joe Biagini hasn’t pitched much in the majors in his career, but he owns a career .339 wOBA against lefties on the road with a .432 SLG and a .356 OBP.
Victor Martinez – DET vs. BAL – $6,000 – One of the rules I love most about Arcade mode is that position eligibility doesn’t matter, so I could roster Freeman and Martinez if I wanted. Tonight, Martinez faces off against Ubaldo Jimenez, who’s allowing a .413 wOBA to lefties with a .630 SLG and six of his eight home runs allowed. It’s still too early to gauge how popular certain players will be in Arcade mode, but I’m hoping Martinez will be low owned and grab a huge game.
Mookie Betts – BOS vs. STL – $9,000 – The King of the leadoff home runs, Betts makes our list tonight despite the fact he’ll be playing at Busch Stadium. He’ll take on Mike Leake, who’s had some issues with righties at home thus far. Leake has only allowed three home runs on the season, but two of them have come at home against righties. Remember, plate appearances do grab you a point in Arcade Mode, so Betts batting leadoff is always helpful in this format. Betts comes into this game with a .502 wOBA against righties on the road.
Jose Bautista – TOR vs. ATL – $7,500 – When rostering Bautista, we’re looking for a big fly. Anything after the fact is gravy. He’ll take on Mike Foltynewicz, who has struggled at home this season. Against righties, Folty has allowed a .409 wOBA with a .600 SLG. Bautista is still looking to get it going at the plate, but the prospect of a home run is always here with Bautista.
Alex Avila – DET vs. BAL – $5,500 – I would like to end this article each day with what might be considered an obscure batter for Arcade Mode. Avila is someone who hits near the bottom of the order, which in a way goes against the strategy for this mode. With that being said, the struggles Jimenez has against lefties piques my interest with Avila. As someone who will most likely be low-owned, any points Avila grabs will help you jump the standings. Coming into tonight, Avila owns a .502 wOBA against righties with a .708 SLG and a .500 OBP.
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