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What you need to know for Saturday’s MLB games

by Mike Sheets

  • Saturday brings us a big 17-game slate, with the Atlanta Braves having a double header against the New York Mets, and the Los Angeles Angels playing two games against the Seattle Mariners. In leagues with daily moves, finding players who are likely to be in the starting lineup for both tournaments is key to maximizing hits and potential production. With two right hand set to go to the navigators, bat left angels Jared Walsh (73%), Mickey Monyak (0%), hit the switch Luis Renjevo (4%) – whoever hits 0.349 / .384 / .508 in his last 33 games – are all good bets for a tie twice on Saturday. For the brave, take a look at Michael Harris II (62%), Eddie Rosario (44%) and Orlando Archia (1%).

  • Having shown some rust when it first came out of IL, Nick Ludlow (14%) looked sharp on consecutive starts, allowing only once to run on 12 frames with 16 nets. He was particularly impressive on his last start against the Baltimore Orioles, producing a whiff rate of at least 29% for all three of his pitches (drill, curve, change). Against the Milwaukee Brewers who have been well below average against the left (88 wRC+) this season, Lodolo is a great choice for streaming on Saturday.

  • Nathan Evaldi Favorable start against the Kansas City Royals, but it’s worth noting that he’s been running at a diminishing pace lately. While the right-hander averages 96.2 mph on his heater this season, he’s been sitting just under 95 mph over his last five starts. He has a 5.92 ERA in those five games, although most of that damage came in a gruesome start against the Toronto Blue Jays (9 ER at 2.2 IP). In his most recent appearance, he actually limited the Houston Astros with two runs (zero earned) over 6 1/3 innings, so the zip streak wasn’t entirely harmful. However, it is something to watch going forward.



Diamondbacks right-hander Meryl Kelly has been fantastic in July and should be doing well this weekend at home against the Rockies, but Kelly should be included in more leagues and his confidence in the last couple of months as well. Eric Karabell video

  • Fantasy managers needing stolen bases must have benefited from the Texas Rangers call-up Bubba Thompson Thursday. In 80 games in Triple-A, Thompson hit .303/.355/.474 with 13 home runs and a whopping 49 loot bases. The 24-year-old should get regular playing time on the Rangers field, which makes him worthy of at least a speculative pickup to see if he can hit the big football. Thompson, a former first-round pick, is on the list for literally 0.0% of ESPN’s tournaments at the time of writing, so it’s safe to say he still flies under the radar.

  • The citizens of Washington were unsuccessful in the discharge Patrick Corbin On the trade deadline, so he’ll finish the season with the Nats, getting hit every fifth day. There is no Corbin sugar coating season. The left hand has a flashy 6.57 ERA over 22 starts, including a 10.29 mark over his last five laps. Do yourself a favor and get some exposure against Corbin when the Philadelphia Phillies take on him this weekend. While most of the large bats in Phillies are already on the list, Alec Boom (39%) is still available on over half of ESPN’s tournaments. Not only has he retained being the number 3 hitter on the team, but he’s hitting .349/.388/.585 for the left this season.

The bowler’s standings start on Saturday