Fantasy baseball pitcher rankings, tips for Thursday's MLB lineup

Fantasy baseball pitcher rankings, tips for Thursday’s MLB lineup

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What you need to know for Thursday MLB games

by Mike Sheets

  • Having roughed up in his first major league appearance, Matthew Liberator (7% listed on ESPN rosters) looked better in his second round, rotating five closing frames with six strokes against the Milwaukee Brewers. The 22-year-old still has some kinks in the business as he needs to show improved leadership and gain some consistency with his secondary performances, but the pieces are there for him to be a relevant starter to the imagination. The former first-round pick found itself in a favorable position Thursday, facing the Chicago Cubs who posted the second-highest strike rate (25.6%) in May.



Eric Karabell explains why Matthew Liberator is an intriguing choice in the strike action and block run at Wrigley Field on Thursday.

  • Cory Klopper (33%) has struggled with inconsistency this season, but when he’s been good, he has been truly Good, score a game score of 70 or higher in three starts. For comparison, Gerrit Cole has only two starts this season that are clocked at 70 or higher. Plus, if you remove his explosive propensity against the Los Angeles Angels in early May (8 ER in 3 IP), Kluber exercises a 2.59 ERA in his other eight starting with a strike move nearly every half. On Thursday’s shortlist, the veteran right-hander makes a solid broadcast option against the Texas Rangers, who are ranked fifth for the .288 wOBA right-hander.

  • Tyrone Taylor (6%) finally gets the daily bat at Milwaukee Brewers Stadium, and he’s making the most of it. Over his last 13 games, he’s hit .341 with five home runs, 18 RBI, and nine runs while entering the heart of the batting standings. If Taylor keeps hitting that way, he’ll stay in the lineup – even when Hunter Renfroe returns from IL. On Thursday, he earned a platoon advantage against Shaun Manea, who has been more vulnerable to right-handed hitters this season. Get Taylor in this match and get rid of his current hot streak.

  • Alex Faedo of the Detroit Tigers has a 3.00 ERA over five big starts in the league, but the key numbers suggest some regression is coming. That downhill could start well on Thursday against the Minnesota Twins who rolled out 123 wRC+ last month. Fortunately, the Twins variety is relatively easy to spot, with Gary Sanchez (44%), Gio Urshela (21%), Trevor Larnach (3%) and Jose Miranda (1%) widely available. The four hitters have done damage to the board over the past two weeks—notably Urshela (.390/.458/.585) and Miranda (.348/.375/.609).

The bowler classification begins on Thursday

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