Fantasy baseball pitcher rankings, lineup advice for Tuesday’s MLB games

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What you need to know for Tuesday’s MLB Games

By Derek Carty

  • The top streaming option of the day is Zach Eflin (9% rostered in ESPN leagues), who is a criminally underrated talent in a strong matchup. The Rockies are often one of the most strikeout-heavy lineups on any given day, especially on the road away from the strikeout-suppressing nature of Coors Field. He’s actually better than aces such as Kevin Gausman and Joe Musgrove today.

  • If you’re looking for another streaming option, Patrick Sandoval (50% rostered) and Chris Paddack (8%) are your best choices. Sandoval faces a weak Cleveland offense taking a park hit and has shown great promise this season. The narrative around Paddack is that he’s a bad pitcher, but that’s simply not true. He’s had a run of really bad luck, but his peripherals are solid and there will be plenty of opportunities to deploy him in good spots going forward. Against a weak Tigers offense in 45-degree weather is absolutely one of those spots.

  • THE BAT X projects just two teams to score more than five runs today: the Dodgers and Yankees. The Dodgers face pitch-to-contact Zach Davies with a chance for open-roof 90-plus-degree Arizona heat, and while most of the team is near universally rostered, Gavin Lux (77%) and any non-regular starters who wind up in the lineup might be available.

  • The Yankees are more interesting, as Joey Gallo (71%), Gleyber Torres (69%) and Isiah Kiner-Falefa (12%) could all be options for you. There’s been so much Gallo hate lately, but this is who he is as a player: a high-variance, high-HR, high-K hitter. His barrel% is 90th percentile. His maximum exit velocity is 93rd percentile. His exit velocity on flyballs is 99th percentile. He’s fine. The power explosion is coming.

  • Jorge Lopez is tied for the second-most saves in baseball, but he’s rostered in just 16% of ESPN leagues. People generally hate closers on bad teams because they “don’t win games,” but bad teams will still actually win 60 or 70 of them. Plus, the ones they do win are likely to be close games because they’re bad. In his first year as a full-time reliever, Lopez is throwing his fastball 98 mph! The ratios may wind up being just fine here too.

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