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.
Jacob deGrom – NYM vs. MIL – $21,500 – deGrom is VERY expensive tonight, topping the list with a $21,500 salary. He’ll be facing a Brewers team that he struggled against his first time against them, but still managed seven strikeouts, good for 27.9 Arcade Mode points. The strikeouts will certainly be the key here, as the Brewers own a 22.8 K% on the road, and more specifically, a 24.1 K% against righties. On this slate, deGrom has a good chance of leading in strikeouts, but I could also see him being one of, if not the, highest owned pitcher tonight. If you can manage the high salary, deGrom should be a solid option.
Masahiro Tanaka – NYY vs. BAL – $12,500 – Tanaka is a bit of a risky play tonight, but if his last start meant anything, he could be on the right path. After a string of poor starts, Tanaka posted 78.8 fantasy points against the Oakland A’s, lasting 7.1 innings allowing one run on five hits with a 13:0 K: BB ratio. Tonight, Tanaka will face a similar offense team, as the Orioles own the 8th highest K% against righties at 22.8% with a .310 wOBA. I suspect Tanaka will be low owned because of his recent performances, but he could potentially sneak in another good start here and rack up some Ks.
Aaron Judge – NYY vs. BAL – $10,000 – If you don’t want to spend big at pitcher, Judge could be a spot where you can spend some big salary. He’s been an Arcade Mode monster, averaging 33.1 FPPG. He’ll face the struggling Kevin Gausman at Camden Yards tonight in the midst of his 30.9 FPPG tear over his last 10 games. Judge has hit the majority of his home runs at home, but Camden Yards is another friendly park that sees its fair share of bombs.
Andrew Benintendi – BOS vs. CWS – $7,000 – Benintendi has been seeing a good amount of time in the cleanup spot for the Red Sox and will face off against Mike Pelfrey tonight. Pelfrey hasn’t seen much time at home thus far but has allowed four of his six home runs in 19 innings with three of them going to lefties. Benintendi has been his best on the road, averaging 27.3 FPPG with two home runs and five steals.
Salvador Perez – KC vs. DET – $4,500 – If you end up going with deGrom tonight, you’ll certainly be looking to save some salary. Enter Sal Perez. His $4,500 salary is so insanely low that you have to consider him. His overall numbers aren’t great, but the fact that Matt Boyd is allowing a .401 wOBA to righties on the road with a .495 SLG certainly gets my attention. Perez is no stranger to hitting home runs either, so getting that power potential at a dirt cheap price makes lots of sense here.
Miguel Cabrera – DET vs. KC – $7,500 – Cabrera hasn’t gotten it going at the plate thus far, averaging 21.8 FPPG with five home runs and 22 RBI. I do like his matchup against Ian Kennedy a lot, as Kennedy is no stranger to allowing home runs. At home, Kennedy has allowed four of his eight home runs with all of them coming off a right-handed bat in only 12.1 innings.
Dexter Fowler – STL vs. LAD – $6,000 – As always, I try to throw one obscure hitter in the mix that you may have never considered. Fowler has been a huge disappointment for the Cardinals thus far, but at home, he’s hit quite well. He enters tonight with a .367 wOBA at Busch Stadium with a .358 OBP. He faces off against Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is allowing a .383 wOBA on the road with a .500 SLG. It’s not much, but Fowler is showing some signs of life, averaging 21.8 FPPG over his last five games with two doubles and three runs scored.
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