“Kenta, do you love me? ‘Cause I want ya, and I need ya.” Kenta Maeda will be doing his own In My Feelings challenge as he takes on the Padres in what could be the most valuable start of the night on Draft. Maeda has incredible numbers this year, with a 28.7% K-rate and a 2.89 FIP, which makes it really surprising to see guys like Freddy Peralta and Luke Weaver projected for more points. Furthermore, Maeda has the best matchup that any righty could ask for at San Diego – their .287 wOBA versus righties is dead last in all of baseball, and their 25.9% is second-highest. As Drake would say, I’m down for ya always.

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Chris Sale, SP: If you’re in a smaller draft or are simply looking for the best pitcher going, Sale is your guy. He’s got a stupid good 36.8% K-rate and has double digit strikeouts in each of his last four starts. Take him first overall if you get the chance.

Jose Ramirez, IF: The Indians bats aren’t getting enough love in the projections against Tyler Mahle. Mahle isn’t bad, but he’s still got a 4.58 FIP on the year and is by no means a pitcher I would avoid. Guys like Ramirez, Lindor, and Brantley should all still produce at a discount.

Freddie Freeman, IF: Freeman has a beastly 152 wRC+ this season and can easily be nabbed in your draft if you aren’t reaching for Coors bats.

Nelson Cruz, IF: Cruz is a great upside power play against Jaime Barria, owner of a 4.79 FIP and a 1.48 HR/9.

A.J. Pollock, OF: Don’t get me confused – I certainly have no problem with grabbing a few Coors bats. Pollock should see plenty of ribbies as the DBacks cleanup hitter.

Juan Soto, OF: Childish Bambino has hardly cooled down and has a fantastic matchup against Trevor Williams, who has been getting beat around every time he pitches.

Steve Pearce, OF: Pearce actually plays most days in the Red Sox lineup, even against righties. In fact, they’ve even been batting him third or fourth. He can be the last pick in your draft and produce well against Bartolo Colon.

I’m Only Happy When It Rains

A bit of trouble in Atlanta with a 30% chance of a thunderstorm, but I wouldn’t be too worried about any weather tonight.

Doing Lines In Vegas

I like Seattle at +104 with Marco Gonzales against the Angels, who don’t hit lefties all that well.

   

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