Ranking Fantasy Baseball Pitchers, Lineup Tips For Saturday’s MLB Games

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What you need to know for Saturday’s MLB games

By Mike Sheets

  • Saturday’s 16-game slate, which includes a double-header between the Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays, is marked by two major pitching matchups. Shane McClanahan and Kevin Gausman are scheduled to square off in the first game of the day at 12:07 p.m. ET. McClanahan has been the No. 1 fantasy pitcher this season, according to ESPN’s Player Evaluator, not a bad way to start the weekend.

  • George Kirby (29% registered in ESPN leagues) was drilled for seven innings in his last start, but let’s not overreact to a poor outing. Overall, the 24-year-old right-hander has been very good since being called up in early May. Prior to this explosive outing, Kirby held a 2.17 ERA in his previous five rounds, going six frames in all but one start. If there’s any risk in riding with Kirby in his next start, it’s mitigated by his enviable matchup against the Oakland A’s. The A’s offense was the worst in MLB in June, ranking last in wRC+ (72) and wOBA (.262). Stream Kirby with confidence on Saturday.

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Despite coming off a poor outing, George Kirby should bounce back significantly against the light-hitting and rebuilding Athletics.

  • After being roughed up by the San Francisco Giants two starts ago (6 ER in 3 2/3 IP), Spencer Strider (lined at 54%) rebounded against the Los Angeles Dodgers in his last outing, shooting six white frames with seven strikeouts and no walks. Since joining the Atlanta Braves’ starting rotation, Strider boasts a 3.68 ERA over six starts with an impressive 12.9 K/9s. There’s still some volatility here given his less than stellar walk rate (3.7 BB/9) and the fact that he doesn’t induce a ton of grounders, but the upside here is undeniable. The 23-year-old is a quality streaming option on Saturday against a Cincinnati Reds team that has been a breeze (87 wRC+) against right-handed pitchers this season.

  • Adley Rutschman (50%) got off to a slow start after being promoted from Triple-A, hitting .143/.226/.196 in his first 15 games. Since then, however, the former No. 1 overall pick has produced a .310/.365/.638 triple slash with three homers and nine RBIs in 16 games. Given Rutschman’s pedigree, it’s a bit surprising that he’s so widely available, but don’t miss the chance to grab him if he’s still available in your league. You don’t have to squint really hard to imagine the rookie being a top 10 fantasy catcher for the rest.

  • Saturday presents us with a tantalizing opportunity to stream bats against Jordan Lyles of the Orioles, who has been consistently hit hard. The right-hander has been scored for at least four runs in four of his last five starts, and his ERA over his last six outings sits at 6.27. Minnesota Twins bats to target in this game include Jose Miranda (2%), Gary Sanchez (44%), Gio Urshela (23%) and Alex Kirilloff (28%), who bats .333/.349/.539 in 11 games since returning from the injured list.

Ranking of Saturday’s starting pitchers

Top hitters under-50% listed for Saturday

The best and worst hitters of the day are generated by THE BAT X, a projection system created by Derek Carty using advanced methods like those used in MLB front offices, taking into account a variety of factors, including talent players, stadiums, bullpens, weather, referees, defense, receiver framing and more.

  • Yandy Diaz (VG, 1G — 29%) at Kevin Gausman

  • Harold Ramirez (TB, LF — 2%) at Gausman

  • Isaac Paredes (VG, 2B — 27%) at Gausman

  • Christian Walker (ARI, 1B — 49%) to Austin Gomber

  • Rowdy Tellez (MIL, 1B — 50%) at Bryse Wilson

  • Santiago Espinal (TOR, 3G – 37%) against Shane McClanahan

  • Josh Lowe (TB, LF — 4%) at Gausman

  • Francisco Mejia (VG, C — 2%) at Gausman

  • Randal Grichuk (COL, RF – 48%) against Dallas Keuchel

  • Taylor Walls (VG, SS — 0%) at Gausman

Worst hitters over 50% listed for Saturday

  • Thairo Estrada (SF, SS – 64%) against Dylan Cease

  • Joc Pederson (SF, CF — 80%) against Cease

  • Mike Yastrzemski (SF, RF – 67%) against Cease

  • Andrew Vaughn (CHW, LF — 64%) at Logan Webb

  • Ryan Mountcastle (BAL, 1B — 86%) at Sonny Gray

  • Joey Gallo (NYY, LF — 51%) at Triston McKenzie

  • Christian Vazquez (BOS, C — 58%) at Alec Mills

  • Adolis Garcia (TEX, CF — 84%) at David Peterson

  • Franmil Reyes (CLE, DH — 57%) against Nestor Cortes

  • Sean Murphy (OAK, C — 64%) to George Kirby

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