Daily notes: Pitcher and hitter rankings for Sunday

Joey Lucchesi has looked good in his first three starts. Can he keep up the momentum Sunday? Getty Images

A mid-April storm which caused a couple of Saturday games to be postponed has seen more of the same for Sunday, including the cancellation of both scheduled games in Motown.

Further dampening the Sunday slate is a lack of spot starters for those looking to make up ground in the last day of the scoring period in head-to-head leagues. The hitters are well-stocked for those chasing points on that side of the ledger.

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Pitchers to stream

Joey Lucchesi (L), rostered in 18 percent of ESPN leagues, San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants: Lucchesi has been impressive, striking out 16 with just four walks to open his career. The 25-year-old southpaw is set up well to keep the early momentum while facing an improved but still scuffling Giants lineup with pitcher-friendly Petco Park at his back.

Ivan Nova (R), 14 percent, Pittsburgh Pirates at Miami Marlins: Conventional wisdom warns against chasing wins. But what if you need wins? Despite a road affair, the Pirates will likely be favored against the Marlins, with Nova the beneficiary. He's protected by one of the best pitching venues in the league. So long as Nova doesn't let Justin Bour beat him, he'll keep the Bucs in the game.


Greg Holland isn't ready to take over closing duties in St. Louis yet, but his second outing was more promising than his first. After walking four in his debut, Holland walked the first batter he faced in the encore, then retired the next three Brewers. Those who roster Bud Norris should hold tight for now, as it's tough to usurp a guy punching out 12 with just one walk in 6 2/3 frames.

Projected game scores

GS is the projected game score for the pitcher. The "*" symbol means the pitcher lacks requisite career major league data to produce an accurate rating; these are the author's ratings.



Pedro Severino (R), 3 percent, Washington Nationals vs. Colorado Rockies (LHP Tyler Anderson): Severino held his own while Matt Wieters was out, slashing .308 /.455/.385. It's not a sure thing he'll play with Wieters back and coming off a great game, but with the platoon edge, this seems like a logical spot to keep Severino sharp.

First base

Colin Moran (L), 25 percent, Pittsburgh Pirates at Miami Marlins (RHP Jose Urena): Moran has been in a strict platoon, posting a .890 OPS facing right-handers. With a 13 percent walk rate and 15 percent contact rate, he's in good shape against a pitcher who usually allows plenty of baserunners.

Second base

Cesar Hernandez (B), 31 percent, Philadelphia Phillies at Tampa Bay Rays: This is a bullpen game for the Rays in which they'll trot out several relievers, as they've been doing and plan on doing every fifth game. In such instances, deploying a switch-hitter -- especially one batting leadoff -- is a strong tactical ploy. That said, the Phillies have a few moving parts in the infield, so make sure Hernandez is in the lineup.

Third base

Colin Moran (L), 25 percent, Pittsburgh Pirates at Miami Marlins (RHP Jose Urena): Moran has been in a strict platoon, posting a .890 OPS facing right-handers. With a 13 percent walk rate and 15 percent contact rate, he's in good shape against a pitcher who usually allows plenty of baserunners.


Amed Rosario (R), 16 percent, New York Mets vs. Milwaukee Brewers (RHP Jhoulys Chacin): Rosario has yet to swipe a base but has untapped speed potential that will manifest sooner rather than later. The Brewers' battery will provide a good opportunity for Rosario to show off his wheels.

Corner infield

Yuli Gurriel (R), 42 percent, Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers (RHP Bartolo Colon): It's surprising Gurriel wasn't picked up in more leagues after homering on Saturday. It won't be long before be eclipses the 50 percent cutoff typically used to identify players worthy of a pick-up. With so many postponements, don't wait! Check if Gurriel is available for this strong matchup against the hittable Colon and a weak bullpen.

Middle infield

Greg Garcia (L), 1 percent, St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds (RHP Homer Bailey): Garcia stroked a couple of homers yesterday. What are the chances he does it again? Chasing stats after a player has a great game is ill-advised, unless the matchup warrants it. If Garcia didn't crush it yesterday, he'd still be recognized for this setup against an encouraging, but "not yet convincingly back" Bailey.


Jackie Bradley Jr. (L), 42 percent, Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles (RHP Dylan Bundy): With Mookie Betts nursing a bruised foot after an awkward slide into home yesterday, not only does Bradley Jr. slide over to right field, he jumps into Betts' leadoff spot. Bundy has been impressive so far, but the chance to use a hitter of Bradley's caliber at the top of a productive lineup is enticing, not to mention an invitation to dust off his latent stolen base potential.

Mallex Smith (L), 8 percent, Tampa Bay Rays vs. Philadelphia Phillies (RHP Ben Lively): Before long, it will be a given to check Smith's availability if you need a steal or two. This being the last day of the scoring period, here's another reminder that Smith's speed is enough to bank on even though the Phillies are one of the better teams when it comes to defending the stolen base.

Franchy Cordero (L), 4 percent, San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants (RHP Tyler Beede): Cordero is forcing a tough decision when Manuel Margot returns, further clogging an already busy outfield. Cordero is just 2-for-12 since coming off the disabled list, but both knocks left the yard.

Hitter matchup ratings

Hitter ratings account for the opposing starting pitcher's history (three years' worth), as well as ballpark factors. "LH" and "RH" ratings account only for left- and right-handed batters, respectively.

Weighted on-base average (wOBA) is the primary statistic used in the calculation. Ratings range from 1 to 10, with 10 representing the best possible matchup, statistically speaking, and 1 representing the worst. For example, a 10 is a must-start rating, while a 1 should be avoided (if possible); a 1-2 is poor, 3-4 is fair, 5-6 is average, 7-8 is very good and 9-10 is excellent.