Did your NFL week 1 go sideways on you? Come back to baseball on Draft.com, where stats are your friend. Maybe you had a great weekend of football; get some of that newly minted coin into play. Guys like Paul Goldschmidt have juicy match-ups today. Be cautious with Chris Sale, who has a two-inning limit.
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Scheduling note: Only the games starting after 7 p.m. count on Draft today, so we’ll be focusing on those.
Jacob deGrom, SP: Early. The NL Cy Young winner for my money: 1.68 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 11 K/9. Heck, the lolMets might even get him a win for a change.
Mike Foltynewicz, SP: Middle. A favorite mid-tier SP around these parts. Granted, it’ll need to be an early middle pick. Folty had a late-summer hiccup a month ago but has been fine since. Pitching in AT&T, where fly balls go to die, should only help.
Sonny Gray, SP: Late. The pantry is pretty empty once you get past the first bunch of SPs. Gray was decent in his last spot start for the Yankees against a mediocre opponent, giving them 6.1 IP and 7 Ks. The Twins’ season has come off the rails with a fourth-worst wRC+ of 81 the last two weeks. A worthwhile gamble away from Yankee Stadium.
Paul Goldschmidt, IF: Early. Goldy, unsurprisingly, has a better HR rate in Coors than anywhere else. He should be your top pick no matter what slot you draw.
Francisco Lindor, IF: Middle. How do 5 September home runs sound? Lindor goes on power binges like this, and all you have to do is hold on for the ride.
Jean Segura, IF: Late. Get a piece of an offense facing the worst pitcher on the slate. They have a few late middle-infielders that won’t cost much. Segura hitting second is my preferred route. He’s worn down in the second half, but hopefully some home cooking helps.
David Dahl, OF: Late. Get a piece of Coors any way you can. Dahl, or Ramiel Tapia should he draw the start, are the affordable way to do that.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
I can personally attest to the Philadelphia area being jungle-type rainy this week. Maybe the Phillies’ ground crew will mix it up and put the tarp on the field so they can play should a break in the rain come. All of the Mid-Atlantic has some wet weather forecast, but Philly and Boston are the most likely to be affected.
Doing Lines in Vegas