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

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

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What do you want to know on Saturday?

by Mike Sheets

  • Even after firing six one-ball runs with 12 strikes against the Chicago Cubs on his last outing, Aaron Ashby is still listed for only 27% of the ESPN League. A 12-K performance is enough to get most fantasy directors excited, but there’s reason to believe he can enjoy continued success. In addition to the sweep slider, the Ashby has a 98-mph contact ballast and a change that sometimes seems like the best show-off that swings and misses. The fact that he had a game Saturday against the San Diego Padres, who placed the worst World Rally Championship + (83) in the National League over the past month, is just a bonus. The 24-year-old Southpaw is an easy pickup right now.

  • If Ashby isn’t available in your league, Roansy Contreras (9%) makes a great consolation prize. Through his first five major league games (2 initiations), he’s been playing a 2.55 ERA with 1.02 WHIP and 9.2K/9. While he’s had some Triple-A control issues, walking hasn’t been an issue over the course of his career. As with any pitcher of Pittsburgh Pirates, wins will be hard to come by. However, Contreras can still provide value by losing bats and spreading a strong pedigree in a bowler-friendly PNC park. He’s a high-quality streamer against the Arizona Diamondbacks, a lower-than-average offense against a right-hand throw.

  • Spencer Stryder (13%) gave up five runs in 4 innings just 1/3 in his first major league game on Monday, and now he’s heading to Coors Field for a Saturday outing. Needless to say, it’s not necessarily a recommended streaming option this week. Having said that, the young right holder may still be worth buying as a long-term option given its upward trend. At 24 1/3 innings as a savior this season, Strider has a 2.22 ERA and a 13.7k/9 average. He even demonstrated his striking potential on his first start, fanning a seven in 4 1/3 frames. Armed with a loud ’90s fireplace to go with the slider and changer (all tunes get a ton of scents), Strider has ammo to succeed as a beginner. Skip that outing in Colorado, but consider next week for a possible start against Pittsburgh.

  • After disappointing the junior season, Andrew Vaughn (39%) is quietly putting together a productive sophomore campaign for the Chicago White Sox. The 24-year-old hits .283/ .336/ .496 hits per season — including .327/ .359/ .510 with two homeowners and nine RBIs over his last 13 games. Those numbers are backed by the heavily impacted 47.6%, which puts him outside the top 10% in baseball. Most importantly, Vaughn now plays every day while hitting a lot for second in the batting standings. The previous #3 pick deserves to be listed for more leagues.

  • It can be hard to find consistent hunting production, but Alejandro Kirk (23%) is a staple worth listing, even on single-hunting patrols. Not only is he hitting .292/.369/.415 for the season, but he has produced .338/.400/.563 with three bombs, 11 RBI and 16 hits in his last 22 games. These 16 runs, in particular, shouldn’t be overlooked, as they are second to anglers (behind Wilson Contreras only) over the past 30 days. On Saturday, Kirk should get his lick against Dylan Bundy, who allowed the .338/.379/.538 streak to swell to opponents in May.

The bowler classification begins on Saturday

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