It’s a solid slate on Draft.com tonight. There are plenty of mediocre lefties to pick on, as well as a variety of starting pitching options. The most intriguing of those is Kolby Allard, making his big league start. His debut could hardly come in a better spot than facing the Marlins at home. Let’s jump in and see what we can build around him.
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Trevor Bauer, SP: Early. The Twins have been a hard offense to predict. Things are feeling more desperate in Minnesota lately, though. Veterans like Brian Dozier could be moved any day. Not a great time to face a pitcher having a career year with an 11.73 K/9.
Jameson Taillon, SP: Middle. It may only be because I just traded for Taillon in The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational, but I like where his season seems to be going. He’s broken double digits in his last four starts on Draft, despite a 2-2 record. There should be a floor here with some strikeouts and a chance for the win at home.
Kolby Allard, SP: Late. Get used to young Braves aces making their debuts. They have a ton of pitching in the pipeline. For all the promising pitchers they have, many think Allard could be the best. As our man Ralph Lifshitz would say, “That curveball tho?” The Braves also haven’t seemed afraid to let some of their other young arms get into the sixth inning, which helps.
Eugenio Suarez, IF: Early. No one saw this kind of season coming for Suarez. Imagine how his year could have gone if he hadn’t fractured his thumb. He’s an auto play against LHP, slugging to the tune of .656.
Freddie Freeman, IF: Middle. Two of my favorite things intersect here: Freeman at home and underpriced Draft projections. He’ll get Dan Straily in this one, who gave up two home runs in San Francisco! It’s not that Straily is that bad, just not good on the road typically. If you can get Freddie with a middle pick, enjoy.
Kike Hernandez, IF: Late. One of the best lefty killers around. I like any Dodger righty against Wade Miley, but Kike may be the cheapest.
A.J. Pollock, OF: Early. Another of the 2018 broken thumb gang. He’s come out of the break with 2 homers and 3 doubles in 9 games. Most importantly, he’s facing Bartolo Claus.
Starling Marte, OF: Middle. Marte has scuffled a bit since being hit by a pitch on the hand, but the Pirate is still a great power/speed combo, going 16/25 HRs/SBs this season. Look for him to shake it off against Jon Lester, who’s struggled with the long ball and occasionally can’t throw to first.
Ronald Acuna, OF: Late. Get ready for Acuna to mount his defense for the title of “Hot Rookie Everyone Wants To Pimp.” Injuries derailed what should have been a breakout. He homered last night and faces previously mentioned Dan Straily. Expect him to make up some lost ground against Marlins pitching.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
There’s a threat of rain in Detroit for Reds-Tigers, and some thunderstorm possibility in the east, in Washington (Mets-Nats), Atlanta (Marlins-Braves) and Pittsburgh (Cubs-Pirates), which could put a damper on some of my favorite plays. At least Draft gives us swaps.
Doing Lines in Vegas
It feels like an easy over to hit at 9 runs for Cincinnati-Detroit with Homer Bailey, Matt Boyd, and two of the poorer bullpens handling the pitching.