MLB Arcade Mode will bring us a nine-game slate to kick off the week. 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.
Zack Greinke – ARI vs. CWS – $20,000 – Greinke is VERY expensive tonight, owner of a $20,000 salary for his matchup against the White Sox. Rostering Greinke leaves you with an average of $6,000 per hitter to fill out the rest of your lineup. With that being said, he’s the heavy favorite on the night, with the White Sox owning an implied run total of 3.8. If you can stomach the salary, Greinke has been fantastic at home, averaging 45.9 DK points at home per start with a .267 wOBA and an 11.9 K/9. Pivoting to Michael Pineda will only save you $1,500, so the top two pitchers are certainly going to cost you tonight.
J.C. Ramirez – LAA vs. TB – $12,000 – This pick is a bit risky, I will admit, but I think it could end up paying off. Ramirez is facing the Rays, who top the league in strikeouts against both righties and lefties. Against lefties, the Rays own a 28.3 K%, which leads the Oakland A’s by 3.2%. On top of that, the Rays own a measly .299 wOBA against lefties with a .319 OBP and a .355 SLG. Ramirez has found more success at home than on the road, but he does carry a 10.1 K/9 in three road starts against the Royals, Astros and Rangers. It’s hard to land on how popular he will be, but I think this could be a great salary saver with the potential for a big score.
Chris Davis – BAL vs. MIN – $8,500 – Davis is hot at the plate at the right time, as he now gets a matchup with Kyle Gibson tonight. Over his last 10 games, Davis is averaging 37.6 FPPG with five home runs and nine RBI. Gibson has struggled against lefties all season long, allowing a .441 wOBA with a .623 SLG with four of his six home runs allowed. With Gibson always capable of giving up a big fly (or four), Davis fits perfectly into our plans tonight.
Kris Bryant – CHC vs. SFG – $9,000 – Bryant is 11-29 off of lefties this season and has made almost every hit count. Out of those 11 hits, eight them have gone for extra bases with four doubles and four home runs. Tonight he faces off against Ty Blach, who’s allowed all three of his home runs off a right-handed bat. Blach has barely pitched away from AT&T Park this season, and the Cubs are implied for just under six runs tonight.
UPDATE: Kennys Vargas is NOT in the Twins’ lineup tonight.
Kennys Vargas – MIN vs. BAL – $7,500 – Vargas falls on the cheaper side of the hitters tonight with a salary of $7,500. I like his matchup against Jimenez, as he’s struggled immensely against lefties. Jimenez has allowed eight of his 10 home runs to lefties with a .443 wOBA and a .710 SLG. Vargas is averaging 28.1 FPPG in eight road games this season.
Tommy Joseph – PHI vs. COL – $6,500 – Joseph typically flies under-the-radar and most likely isn’t one of the first names you’d consider for tonight. With that being said, he’s posted a .471 wOBA during the month of May with a .727 SLG and a .422 OBP. He’ll take on Jeff Hoffman, who has only started one game this season against the Dodgers. However, if we look to last season, you’ll see that Hoffman gave up five home runs on the road with righties hitting three of those in 17.1 innings. With Joseph most likely batting cleanup and the Phillies being one of the top hitting teams at home, he could be a nice low-owned producer tonight.
Ender Inciarte – ATL vs. PIT – $7,000 – Ya know, we’ve had a couple of hitters you may not have even considered tonight before reading this, so what’s one more? Gerrit Cole has struggled in the early going to lefties on the road this season, posting a .362 wOBA with a .544 SLG and three of his seven home runs. Inciarte has hit extremely well at home, sporting a .380 wOBA with a .509 SLG and a .383 OBP. He’s shown some pop this season with five home runs and even steals the occasional bag with nine on the year. Cole isn’t exactly the keeper of the gate when it comes to holding runners on, so if Inciarte gets the chance, he can swipe you some points.
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