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

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What you need to know for Saturday’s MLB games

By Todd Zola

  • There are only three matinees on Saturday’s 15-game schedule, starting in the Bronx with a meaningless game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. Well, nonsense in terms of the image of the playoffs. Aaron Judge feels otherwise as he continues to pursue the story. Judge isn’t just on home run guard, he’s battling Boston’s Xander Bogaerts and the Minnesota Twins’ Luis Arraez for the batting crown. If Judge comes out on top, he’ll be the first to capture the American League Triple Crown since Miguel Cabrera in 2012. As for the fantasy implications, starting pitchers Nick Pivetta and Domingo Germán are risky, but neither offenses is up to date. It all comes down to context and team needs, considering today’s broadcast slate is almost bland.

  • Speaking of which, topping ESPN’s list of available pitchers in more than half of the league and in a comfortable spot is San Francisco Giants right-hander Alex Cobb (34% on ESPN’s league list). That said, Cobb is on the road in the desert, facing an Arizona Diamondbacks club with a great lineup of left-handed hitters that has come together during the second half. Still, Cobb has been a matchup test as he posted a 1.57 ERA and 1.15 WHIP with 28 strikeouts on 28 2/3 in his last five games. All have been against teams with playoff aspirations at the time they played (two against the Los Angeles Dodgers and one against the Minnesota Twins, Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves).

  • The next best thing to fill a starting job is Reid Detmers when the Los Angeles Angels visit the Minnesota Twins. Detmers started September with a pair of lackluster efforts against the playoff-bound Houston Astros and Cleveland Guardians, but the left-hander rallied last time around with a solid outing against the tough Seattle Mariners lineup, limiting them. to one run in six innings. On Saturday, Detmers faces a Twins lineup that sports a generous 28% strikeout rate against lefties over the past month along with a weak .288 wOBA over that span.

  • The best of the rest are Wade Miley (7%) in Pittsburgh, Erick Fedde (1%) in Miami and Davis Martin (1%) at home against the Tigers. On paper, Miley is the best option, but the Chicago Cubs left-hander was lit up earlier in the week by the Miami Marlins. Neither Fedde nor Martin are reliable, but if you’re desperate they deal with minor offenses.

  • Saturday’s six-hitter package in a favorable spot to strengthen a lineup begins with Elvis Andrus (44%) and Gavin Sheets (4%), a Chicago White Sox pair, stepping in against Drew Hutchison. Jake McCarthy (43%) is particularly attractive to those who need steals, as he stole 19 of 22 attempts. Triston Casas (3%) takes aim at the small porch of Yankee Stadium with Sam Haggerty (1%) and Kerry Carpenter (1%) completing the sextet.


Ranking of starting pitchers for Saturday

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