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

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What you need to know for Sunday’s MLB games

By Mike Leaves

  • Since arriving in the majors in early May, George Kirby has posted a 3.16 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 19 starts, including a 2.17 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in his last nine starts. He has struck out more than one batter per inning (9.4 K/9) while displaying precise control at a 1.2 BB/9 rate, leading to a 7.6 K/BB ratio that ranks second in baseball only to by Aaron Nola (min. 100 IP). Kirby has also been one of the top 15 fantasy starters over the past month, according to ESPN Player Rater. Despite all that, the 24-year-old right-hander is still available in about 45% of ESPN’s leagues. Yes, there is some risk that the Mariners will limit Kirby’s innings down the stretch, but that hasn’t happened yet. Kirby is pitching like a borderline ace right now, which makes him an obvious streaming option against a Guardians offense that has been in the bottom five in wRC+ (80) for the past month.

  • After being sidelined for nearly three weeks with an oblique strain, Carlos Carrasco is set to return to the mound Sunday against the Nationals. The right-hander threw 55 pitches in a simulated game Monday, but without a rehab assignment, he may be on a pitch count in Sunday’s affair with Washington. Even against an exploitable Nationals lineup, Carrasco should be considered a risky start at DFS given workload concerns.

  • Maybe it’s the sketchy injury history or the lack of swing-and-miss stuff, but Ross Stripling (34% on ESPN’s league roster) is consistently underrated in fantasy. Since June 6, the veteran right-hander has now allowed three or fewer earned runs in 13 straight starts, posting a 2.35 ERA and 0.94 WHIP during that stretch. And it’s not like he’s throwing significantly over his head, as his 2.94 ERA isn’t too far off his 3.50 xERA. He turns Stripling on as a broadcast option Sunday against the Pirates, who rank last in the NL in wRC+ (71) and strikeout rate (25.8%) since the All-Star break.

  • Pablo Lopez still owns a solid 3.64 ERA and 1.17 WHIP on the season, but those numbers are aided by an excellent April and May. As of June 1, he has an ugly 4.86 ERA in 16 starts. It’s fair to mention that Lopez is coming off back-to-back quality starts, so he hasn’t been all bad, but he’s still been too susceptible to blowouts, as he’s been tagged out for six runs twice in the last month. Against a Braves offense that has been flying high with 118 wRC+ and .343 wOBA over the past 30 days, caution is warranted. Vanish Lopez in DFS and lower your expectations in the seasonal leagues.

  • With Jason Alexander on the mound for the Brewers on Sunday, it’s a good time to target some of Arizona’s lefty bats. After all, the Milwaukee righty has been extremely vulnerable to left-handed swingers this season, delivering a bloated .394 wOBA and a cut .324/.377/.562 triple. Top prospect Corbin Carroll (22%), who hit .307/.425/.610 with 24 homers and 31 steals between Double and Triple-A, is the most exciting player on the list here. Josh Rojas (65%), Jake McCarthy (18%) and Alek Thomas (6%) are other names to watch in DFS and daily-moving leagues.

Ranking of starting pitchers for Sunday

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