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

  • Thursday’s game between the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates — two teams with a total of 29 games under 0.500 — may not be the most exciting game on the list, but it does provide some potential one-time value for Justin Steele (4% on ESPN rosters). Since throwing a clunker against the Cincinnati Reds in late May (7 ER at 2 IP), Steele has scored 2.63 ERAs over his last four starts, including two seven-game games against the San Diego Padres and the St. Louis Cardinals. While 4.4 BB/9 and 66.4 LOB% indicate that some caution is required, this broadcast recommendation is more about the match against pirates. Not only do Pittsburgh have the bottom three against a left-handed shooter (.285), but they excel at an inflated clip of 25.3% in June.

  • 36-year-old Johnny Koito (listed at 12%) keeps screaming. He put in 2.95 ERAs and 1.10 lashes over seven games (six starts), and made his best start to the season firing seven closing frames against the Houston Astros. Although Cueto doesn’t miss much off the bat (7.0 K/9), he shows great control (2.3 BB/9) and constantly delves into the games, going at least six rounds in all his six starts. The veteran should continue to roll on Thursday against the well- below-average Baltimore Orioles on a right-hand throw, positioning him to be one of today’s top streaming options.

  • Andrew Vaughn (53%) is finally starting to live up to his promise as the No. 3 overall pick, hitting .330/.381/.505 with seven lucky catches and 31 RBI in 48 games. He’s also cemented himself as the number 2 hitter in Chicago and hits one of the most HR-friendly parks in the game. Somehow, he’s still barely on ESPN’s top 50% list. Scoop him in Thursday’s game against Dean Kramer of Baltimore, who allowed a .376 wOBA career for the right-handed swinger.

  • Despite holding a 3.52 ERA over seven starts this season, Devin Smeltzer could have some problems looming. The 5.37 FIP and 5.01 xFIP indicate that he was the recipient of some good luck, and his poor 4.5K/9 credit leaves a nearly zero margin for error. The leftist also has trouble keeping the ball in the park, having surrendered seven of the House’s barriers over his last three games. This seems to be the time to attack Smeltzer with some Bat Guardians. Amed Rosario (50%), hitting .333/.338/.478 in June, and Oscar Gonzalez (4%), are two names to consider who will have the platoon advantage on Thursday.

The bowler classification begins on Thursday

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