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Some people love cake, others pie and ice cream. For pure joy in confections today, look no further than the Cleveland Indians’ ace, Carlos “Cookie” Carrasco. Carrasco has a 16-7 record this year, with a 3.38 ERA and 1.112 WHIP. Add to the mix a Tampa Bay team that hits him to a paltry .083 batting average and .328 OPS, and it makes Carlos Carrasco one tough cookie today. There are plenty of other big names on the slate, but none with a clearer path to dominance. Now let’s look at a few more early-, middle- and late-round picks for your Draft…drafts!
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Lance Lynn, SP: Middle – Lance Lynn has pitched well against the Tigers when Miggy Cabrera is in the lineup, but he’s still out. That makes Lynn a great middle-round target with a strengthened Yankee lineup behind him.
Jeff Brigham, SP: Late – I won’t lie, this is a risk, but that’s what the late pick is for. It’s his major-league debut, but he’s facing the weak and feeble Toronto Blue Jay lineup, which is a shadow of its former self, in a decent pitching park. In 9 starts for Triple-A New Orleans, he posted a 3.44 ERA, with a BB% of 6.0% and K/9 of 8.25. You could also look across to the other dugout and give Sean Reid-Foley another whirl. Yes, he was a disaster last time, but that was versus the Yankees; this is the Fish. And again, ballpark. Streamonator likes both kind of the same: $SON6 and 9, respectively (ranked 9th and 8th on the day).
Matt Carpenter, IF: Early – Carpenter is having a career year, and today in Anthony DeSclafani, he’s facing a guy he’s feasted on: .474 batting average with a 1.723 OPS and 3 home runs in 19 at-bats. Pretty good.
Giancarlo Stanton, OF: Early – All signs are pointing up for this Yankee slugger. August was his best month of the year so far and he loves facing left-handers, like Matthew Boyd of the Tigers, whom he hits to a 1.096 OPS.
Marcus Semien, IF: Middle – This main cog in the Oakland lineup has a great match-up in Felix Hernandez of the Mariners today. He hits the artist formerly known as King Felix to a .342 batting average with a 1.033 OPS, including 4 home runs in 38 at-bats.
Justin Upton, OF: Middle – He’s day-to-day and there’s a good chance he may not play today, but if he is in the lineup, grab him: some might shy away because he’s facing Gerrit Cole and the mighty Astros, but not so fast. Upton has great numbers against Cole: a .375 batting average and 1.037 OPS. If he doesn’t play, try Lorenzo Cain, who’s been hot in August. Hittertron loves him today (6th out of all outfielders) for the match-up versus Jefry Rodriguez in Washington.
Eduardo Nunez, IF: Late – He finally seems healthy and has a good match-up against no-longer-“Big-Game” James Shields: a .448 batting average and 1.311 OPS including 3 home runs and 3 steals. Pretty good for a guy who could probably be had with the 10th pick in a 10-player draft.
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