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

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

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What you need to know for Saturday’s MLB games

by Mike Sheets

  • Saturday is “Shin Buzz Day” as the right-hand man is set to make his debut in 2022 after being sidelined for nearly three months following arthroscopic elbow surgery in March. In four rehabs starting in Triple-A, Baz looked like his normal self, spreading a 1.38 ERA with 20 strikes on 13 tires. He managed 4 1/3 innings on 79 stadiums on his last start, so he should be good to go five rounds this weekend against the Minnesota Twins. Available in over 25% of ESPN leagues, Baz (who has the stuff to be a total fantasy hero) must be listed in 100% of leagues. The window to get it closes quickly.

  • MacKenzie Gore (77%) is already on the list in the majority of ESPN’s leagues, but surprisingly, his name isn’t even on the list globally. All he did in nine appearances (eight starts) was post a 1.50 ERA with a 1.06 WHIP and 10.7k/9. Only once in those nine matches did Gore give up more than two winning rounds. Honestly, the 23-year-old promotes like a frontier ace. Gore is now charting a Colorado Rockies offense that has largely been dormant away from Coorse Stadium with the 80 wRC+. He’s a great anchor at DFS on Saturday and he picks up right away if he’s still on exemption in the standard tournaments.

  • Hunter Greene (34%) may have had an ugly 5.40 Era over the course of 11 starts, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. While the 22-year-old still struggles with some consistency from start to finish, he’s also showing some dominance. Over his last six innings, Greene has put together an ERA of 3.67 with 11.3k/9. He’s also given up no more than one winning game in three of his last five starts, including a seven-round finale for a one-off shot against the Arizona Diamondbacks last him in it. The former No. 2 candidate has a tough test against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, but if he can get through that outing unscathed, it could be worth keeping him for the long haul. Not many arms on the waiver wire hold this kind of upside.

  • Fantasy directors were understandably slow to include Christian Walker (35%) due to his 200 hit average. Then again, it’s hard to ignore his power output. Walker ranks in the top five in baseball with 15 home runs, and Statcast metrics support penetration of strength. His 47% average ranks the hardest hit in the 86th percentile, while his 16.6% barrel average falls in the 96th percentile. On Saturday, Walker pulls a platoon edge against Ranger Suarez and gets a big park boost at Citizens Bank Ballpark, giving It makes him a strong player if you need help in a corner.

  • After throwing a triple kick against the Los Angeles Angels on his last run, Michael Wacha (44%) now holds a 1.99 ERA and 0.91 WHIP on nine. While it’s hard to ignore these impressive numbers, much of Wacha’s success this season has been done with smoke and mirrors. Not only is his 17.4% tee low in his career, he also leads with a high-level 83.8% LOB% and a very low .188 BABIP, suggesting that some steep descent is around the corner. It might be tempting to catch Wacha and run it against the Seattle Mariners, but caution is required.

The bowler classification begins on Saturday

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