Daily notes: Pitcher and hitter rankings for Monday

Nobody should be looking down on Chase Anderson and his .123 BAA over his last three starts. AP

It's the last week before the All-Star break, and we have some bonus baseball ahead of us thanks to a pair of Monday doubleheaders. Topping the card is Clayton Kershaw, making his fourth start since coming off the disabled list, and Chris Archer set to make his first start since June 2.

Here's everything you need to get your fantasy week off to a strong start, with all recommended options available in at least 50 percent of ESPN leagues.


Pitchers to stream

Chase Anderson (R), rostered in 50 percent of ESPN leagues, Milwaukee Brewers at Miami Marlins: Anderson's velocity has been on the rise, resulting in more strikeouts. In fact, the right-hander has fanned 34 batters in his past six outings, covering 34 innings. Anderson is in a great spot to continue his recent dominance, taking on the fifth-weakest offense versus righties in one of the best pitching venues in the league.

CC Sabathia (L), 48 percent, New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles: Given that Sabathia doesn't pitch deep into games anymore, he's been able to keep opposing lineups to three or fewer runs in 14 of his 16 outings this season. With the Yankees having such a deep bullpen, this is exactly what New York needs from its veteran southpaw. On Monday, Sabathia draws the Orioles and the third-weakest offense in the league with a left-hander on the hill.

Zack Wheeler (R), 16 percent, New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies: Lost in the Mets' first-half woes is the fact that several of their pitchers -- including Wheeler -- have had solid efforts. Over his last nine starts, the right-hander has posted a 3.32 ERA with a nifty 1.14 WHIP, striking out 53 batters and allowing only three home runs in 57 frames. The Phillies boast an up-and-coming lineup, but they still struggle with contact, fanning 26 percent of the time with a righty on the hill.

Andrew Suarez (L), 6 percent, San Francisco Giants vs. Chicago Cubs: Suarez is one of the reasons the Giants have been one of the first half's bigger surprises, filling in for Madison Bumgarner, Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto. Now that everyone is healthy, Suarez is staying in the rotation at the expense of Chris Stratton. Twirling a 2.40 ERA and 1.11 WHIP over his past seven starts helped facilitate this decision. The Cubs have trouble with lefties away from Wrigley Field, arriving in AT&T Park with a low .288 wOBA and high 25 percent K rate on the road versus southpaws.


Aroldis Chapman left Saturday's contest with soreness in his left knee. With a pair of games against Baltimore, David Robertson could be asked to close at least one, if not both ends of the twin bill. The Phillies are also in good shape with two scheduled games against the Mets. Philadelphia skipper Gabe Kapler has been coy with his closing plans, though Victor Arano has secured the last two saves while Seranthony Dominguez handled eighth-inning duties.

Projected game scores



Willians Astudillo (R), 2 percent, Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royals (LHP Danny Duffy): Astudillo is one of the most interesting players in the league as he both whiffed and walked in fewer than five percent of his trips to the dish in the minors. So far, in his 14 MLB plate appearances through Saturday's action, Astudillo has put the ball in play each time, resulting in five hits. The Twins have been using him all over the diamond, playing second, third, left and center, though he qualifies behind the plate. Duffy has been hit hard by righty swingers with 43 of his 86 hits allowed to batters from that side of the plate going for extra bases.

First base

Greg Bird (L), 25 percent, New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles (RHP Yefry Ramirez): With the Orioles sending a pair of weak righties to the hill followed by a subpar bullpen, Bird has a chance to play both games of the double-dip and could well display the power that's been under wraps most of the season.

Second base

Alen Hanson (B), 7 percent, San Francisco Giants vs. Chicago Cubs (RHP Kyle Hendricks): With Joe Panik on the disabled list, expect Hanson to continue playing every day, likely from the leadoff spot. After a strong start to the season, Hendricks' last 10 outings have been ugly --- with a 5.33 ERA with a 1.43 WHIP, fanning only 40 batters in those 52.1 innings.

Third base

Colin Moran (L), 8 percent, Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Washington Nationals (RHP Jefry Rodriguez): With Erick Fedde out, the Nationals are heading into the break scrambling for healthy starters. Rodriguez gets the Monday call, putting Moran and his .794 OPS versus righties into play. Moran typically hits in the cozy clean-up spot against right-handers.


Tim Beckham (R), 3 percent, Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Yankees (LHP CC Sabathia): With the Yankees starting one lefty and one righty, the Orioles will empty their bench over the course of the day, so identifying the players with a chance to play twice is tricky. Beckham's backup is Danny Valencia, another right-handed bat who could play the outfield against Sabathia. That would leave open the opportunity for Beckham to, in the words of Ernie Banks, "play two." Beckham hasn't been hitting for power since coming off the disabled list, but he has sit safely in 9-of-11 games since being activated.

Corner infield

Steve Pearce (R), 2 percent, Boston Red Sox vs. Texas Rangers (LHP Mike Minor): Pearce is doing exactly what the Red Sox hoped for when they acquired him from the Blue Jays, posting a 1.000 OPS in his five starts. On Monday, Pearce will step into Fenway Park's batter's box for the first time in a home uniform against a vulnerable southpaw.

Middle infield

Scott Kingery (R), 16 percent, Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets (RHP Zack Wheeler): The hitter you really want from the Phillies is Nick Williams, as he has the best chance of playing both games against a Mets side starting a pair of right-handers. Kingery deserves mention, though, since he also may see his name on the lineup card twice. The logical alternative is Jesmuel Valentin, but with Cesar Hernandez still out of the lineup on Sunday, Valentin may be needed to play second.


Brandon Nimmo (L), 48 percent, New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies (RHP Zach Eflin): It's a tough draw for Nimmo, as he'll face both Eflin and Aaron Nola, but doubling his plate appearances will increase his odds of production -- especially in points leagues. Nimmo has cooled considerably since taking the league by storm, but he has been getting on base lately, walking five times in his last four games through Saturday's action.

Matt Adams (L), 27 percent, Washington Nationals at Pittsburgh Pirates (RHP Ivan Nova): Adams is having a career year, slashing .296/.371/.607 versus righties. Nova isn't a bad pitcher, but his pitch-to-contact style opens him up for games like his last start, where the Dodgers took him deep five times.

Kyle Tucker (L), 9 percent, Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics (RHP Frankie Montas): I try not to feature the same player on two straight days. For Tucker, however, an exception is warranted. He's one of the top prospects in the game, reportedly earmarked for regular playing time in one of the most prolific lineups in the game. Tucker is even better for fantasy, providing the power/speed combo yearned for in all formats. Meanwhile, after starting the season with three straight wins, Montas has stumbled of late, posting a 6.63 ERA and 2.08 WHIP over his last four outings.

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.