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

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What you need to know for Saturday’s MLB Games

By Mike Sheets

  • After being sidelined for a couple of weeks with right shoulder inflammation, Tyler Mahle will return from the injured list on Saturday against the Chicago White Sox. The right-hander’s velocity was reportedly fully back during Monday’s 30-pitch bullpen session in which he threw all of his pitches, so the expectation is that he won’t have any restrictions this weekend. Mahle delivered a 2.51 ERA over three starts since being acquired by the Minnesota Twins at the trade deadline, and he should be able to continue that success against a White Sox offense that has been below average versus right-handers this season (95 wRC+).

  • Nick Lodolo (13% rostered in ESPN leagues) has been a little up-and-down from start to start, but the “ups” have been worth the occasionally “downs.” The 24-year-old southpaw boasts a 3.32 ERA and 9.7 K/9 over his last seven starts. While Lodolo’s 3.9 BB/9 needs some improvement, his .357 BABIP suggests he should see some better batted-ball luck going forward. Either way, he shouldn’t have trouble holding down the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. Away from Coors Field, the Rockies sport the worst offense in the National League, ranking last in the NL in wRC+ (78+), wOBA (.281), ISO (.109) and SLG (.343). Fire up Lodolo as a streamer.

  • While Austin Voth (6% rostered) doesn’t possess Lodolo’s high-impact stuff, he has been quietly providing consistent value as a member of the Baltimore Orioles‘ rotation. Over his last nine appearances (eight starts), he has posted a 2.28 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. After Voth limited the Houston Astros to just one hit and one run over six frames his last time out, he should be able to exploit an Oakland A’s offense that has struggled to score runs over the last month, putting him squarely on the streaming radar for Saturday.

  • With rosters expanding on Thursday, the Cincinnati RedsSpencer Steer, a former third-round pick, is an intriguing prospect who got the call. Acquired from the Twins in the Mahle trade, Steer hit a combined .274/.364/.515 with 23 homers in 106 games between Double- and Triple-A, including .293/.375/.467 in 23 games at the Reds’ Triple-A affiliate. Given Jose Barrero‘s struggles this season (.151/.180/.233), Steer could carve out regular playing time at shortstop over the season’s final month. The 24-year-old is worth a speculative pickup in deeper formats.

  • Madison Bumgarner is taking the hill for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday, so it’s a great opportunity to get some exposure to the right-handed bats in Milwaukee’s lineup. The veteran left-hander has allowed a 7.36 ERA since the All-Star break, including a 9.23 mark in August, and he has surrendered a .290/.343/.500 triple slash to righty swingers. Hunter Renfroe (80%), Andrew McCutchen (55%), Luis Urias (48%) and Keston Hiura (2%) are all names worth considering in DFS and leagues with daily moves.


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Ross Stripling, who is on pace for career bests in walk and first-pitch strike rates, should make quick work of the light-hitting, rebuilding Pirates. Video by Tristan H. Cockcroft

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