Joey Lucceshi is making his first start back from the disabled list today, which is the perfect opportunity to buy him on Draft. He looks like he’s back at full strength from his hip injury, as he was pumping 96 MPH in his rehab start. Lucceshi has a 24.9% K-rate through nine starts this year with a 3.47 Deserved Run Average and has an awesome matchup against the Athletics. The A’s are awful against lefties, as they’ve got a .291 wOBA, which is third-worst in the league, and a 24.6% K-rate. Lucceshi also gets to face them at home in arguably the most pitcher-friendly park in all of baseball. He should come at great value in your drafts.
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Corey Kluber, SP: I’m not always one to take a pitcher with my first pick, but I’m definitely in favor of taking Kluber today. He’s incredibly reliable and should rack up strikeouts against a White Sox team that strikes out 25.0% of the time against righties. Ideally I’m taking Kluber with my first pick, or waiting on Lucceshi if I’m not able to land him.
Todd Frazier, IF: Chad Bettis has a 2.30 HR/9 at home this year, so I like my odds with Todd Frazier. Even if he doesn’t go deep, he should rake in some ribbies as a cleanup hitter in Colorado. Stacking him with some Mets teammates could work out well.
Mike Moustakas, IF: Speaking of RBIs, Moose already has 47 this year and can add to that total against Austin Bibens-Dirkx. Even if it’s in the Royals lineup, it’s always nice to grab a three-hole hitter.
Jose Martinez, IF: Good luck finding many hitters hotter than Martinez right now, as he’s got five homers in his last 15 games with a 1.339 OPS. Philadelphia has a nice ballpark for hitters, and Jake Arrieta has just a 16.2% K-rate, so he’s likely got more regression on the way.
Michael Brantley, OF: Brantley is in an incredible spot batting between Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez. He’s got a .376 wOBA this year and has a very high floor, making him one of the safest picks you can invest in today.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
I’d watch out for MIL-PIT, as they’re at risk to get lots of rain tonight.
Doing Lines In Vegas
I like the Dodgers at -105 against Lester with Stripling on the mound.