WATCH: MICHAEL CONFORTO’s UPSIDE IN ARCADE MODE TONIGHT
MLB Arcade Mode will bring us a four-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.
UPDATE: Jacob deGrom WILL NOT start tonight. Rafael Montero will take the mound for the Mets.
Jacob deGrom – NYM vs. SD – $19,000 – As of writing, it looks like they’ll be able to fit this game in, but make sure to check closer to first pitch. deGrom has been his best at home this season, averaging 52.3 FPPG with a .280 wOBA and a K/9 of 13.1. As we’ve stated many, many times before, the Padres are very prone to strikeouts and own a 24.4 K%, which ranks the second highest in the league. If the rain can hold off, deGrom has the most favorable matchup on the night by far.
Robbie Ray – ARI vs. MIL – $15,000 – Ray has a slightly higher salary than I’d like for this matchup tonight, but I’m still a fan of rostering him. He’s been near-lights-out on the road this year, averaging 59.2 FPPG with a .218 wOBA and a K/9 of 11.6. Like deGrom, Ray has great strikeout potential in this game taking on a Brewers club that owns a 25.2 K% against lefties, which is the second highest in the league.
Michael Conforto – NYM vs. SD – $10,000 – Who can stop Conforto!?!? He’s been on an absolute tear lately, averaging 44.3 FPPG over his last 10 games that included four doubles, a triple, five home runs and 11 RBI. Against righties at home, Conforto owns a .483 wOBA with a .707 SLG with six of his 13 home runs. It’s also worth noting that the pitcher he faces, Dinelson Lamet, is making his major league debut.
Jake Lamb – ARI vs. MIL – $9,000 – Another hitter that feels like he can’t be stopped lately, Jake Lamb. Over his last 10 games, Lamb is averaging 44.6 FPPG with two doubles, a triple, six home runs and 14 RBI. He has a very attractive matchup tonight against Zach Davies, who’s allowed a .366 wOBA to lefties at home with a .533 SLG and a three of his eight home runs.
Miguel Cabrera – DET vs. HOU – $7,000 – Cabrera at $7,000 feels awfully cheap, especially when you consider he’ll be taking on Mike Fiers and his 17 home runs allowed. Cabrera still has some sluggish numbers to date, but we all know the power he possesses. As I mentioned, Fiers has seen six of his 17 home runs leave the park at home, while allowing a .409 wOBA to righties.
Shin-Soo Choo – TEX vs. BOS – $7,000 – Drew Pomeranz hasn’t pitched against many lefties thus far, but when he has, they’ve done some serious damage. In 5.2 innings at Fenway Park, Pomeranz has allowed nine hits, two of them triples and a home run, good for a .447 wOBA. Choo has posted a .397 wOBA against lefties on the road with a .471 SLG. With his speed and a solid .371 OBP this season, he could be someone that goes overlooked.
Marwin Gonzalez – HOU vs. DET – $6,500 – Finally, your obscure hitter of the night belongs to Marwin Gonzalez. You typically aren’t targeting hitters against Justin Verlander, but his road numbers beg to differ. Verlander is averaging just 23.6 FPPG in five road starts with five of his six home runs allowed and a .376 wOBA. Gonzalez has raked at home against righties, posting a .477 wOBA with a .814 SLG with six of his 10 home runs. He could go overlooked tonight and he’s hopefully in line to do some damage.
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