Fantasy Baseball Pitcher Rankings, Lineup Advice for Friday’s MLB Games

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What you need to know for Friday’s MLB Games

By Mike Sheets

  • One of the pleasant surprises of this season, Brady Singer (63% on the list in ESPN leagues) continues to impress. Dated July 1, the KC righthander delivered a 2.28 ERA over 14 starts with more than one strikeout per inning. Friday’s game against the Seattle Mariners, who are trying to secure an AL Wild Card spot, isn’t a particularly favorable one, but Singer has earned the benefit of the doubt with his recent performance. After all, he hasn’t been phased by tough opponents, turning a combined 19 shutout innings against the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox in the second half.

  • Javier Assad (4% employed) doesn’t necessarily have an exciting profile. Relying mostly on a sinker/cutter mix, he hasn’t shown great control at the top level (5.4 BB/9), and his gear hasn’t generated much swing and miss. However, Assad made it work, as he kept opponents to one or zero runs in four of his six starts this season, leading to a solid 3.63 ERA as a starter. What the 25-year-old has in store for him on Friday is a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Since the All-Star break, the Pirates have the second-worst wRC+ (78) and worst strikeout percentage in baseball at 26.6%. This matchup is enough to put Assad on the streaming radar despite his disappointing repertoire.

  • The Milwaukee Brewers have a lot to offer in their road game against Mike Minor on Friday. Not only is Great American Ballpark one of the most hitter-friendly parks in the majors, but Minor has been a powder keg lately, burning to a 5.95 ERA on his last 11 outings, including four home runs and eight walks allowed in his last two runs. With a .414 wOBA allowed to right-handed batters this season, the Brewers’ rightful swingers – Willy Adames (91%), Hunter Renfroe (81%), Andrew McCutchen (51%), Luis Urias (46%), and Tyrone Taylor (1%) – are in a prime location on Fridays.

  • While Josiah Gray has been adept at missing bats this season (9.8 K/9), he’s even more adept at giving up home runs. His HR/9 speed currently stands at 2.4, which ranks worst in baseball (min 130 IP). In comparison, the second highest HR/9 is Sean Manaea’s 1.7. Needless to say, we were able to see fireworks in Miami on Friday night. There isn’t much power to be found in the Miami Marlins lineup, but the best bets to start digging are Garrett Cooper (7%), JJ Bleday (1%), Brian Anderson (2%) and Bryan De La Cruz (2%).

  • The latest top contender to get the call is the Colorado Rockies’ Ezequiel Tovar (1%), who is expected to join the big club on Thursday. Despite missing a lot of time this season with a groin injury, the 21-year old shortstop hit a combined .319/.387/.540 between Double- and Triple-A with 14 homeruns and 17 steals in 71 games. While the Rockies haven’t given a long line to many of their prospects in the recent past, Tovar’s elite defense at shortstop should help keep him in the lineup on a regular basis. There isn’t much time left for him to impress this season, but this combination of strength and speed at Coors Field should not be ignored.

Starting Pitching Ranking for Friday

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