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Daily notes: Pitcher and hitter rankings for Monday

Last year, he was pitching for the Florida Fire Frogs. On Monday, Touki Toussaint takes the mound for the Atlanta Braves. Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire

Considering we've got a truncated travel slate on Monday, there's still a lot going on. Some bonus baseball helps, as the Mets and Yankees play a makeup game, and there's a twin-bill between the Braves and Marlins. Aside from the Luis Severino-Jacob deGrom duel in the Big Apple, southpaws Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner renew acquaintances in Dodger Stadium.

However, for fantasy purposes, the big news is the debut of a pair of highly regarded pitchers. Touki Toussaint (Atlanta) and Sean Reid-Foley (Toronto) are both set to take the hill for the first time in The Show. Hitting should be interesting, as well, as there are some new names on the streaming radar.

Here's a look at the day's top streaming options, focusing on players rostered in less than 50 percent of ESPN leagues.


Pitching

Pitchers to stream

Reynaldo Lopez (R), rostered in 11 percent of ESPN leagues, Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers: Lopez is coming off two of his best efforts of the season, tossing seven frames against both the Royals and White Sox, allowing a total of three earned runs -- albeit with a tempered 10 whiffs in those 14 frames. He's in great shape for a third straight quality start, facing a depleted Tigers offense which is dead last in terms of production versus righties.

Clayton Richard (L), 9 percent, San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Angels: Many will look to Richard's mound foe, Andrew Heaney. While he is certainly in play, it's Richard who is in a sneaky-solid spot, taking on an Angels club not only without Mike Trout, but also devoid of their designated hitter. Surprisingly, for the season, Los Angeles is the fourth-weakest offense with a southpaw on the hill.

Touki Toussaint (R), under 1 percent, Atlanta Braves vs. Miami Marlins: It's all about control for the 22-year-old right-hander as Toussaint has missed plenty of bats at every level during his ascent through the Braves' loaded system. It's always a risk relying on a rookie, especially in his inaugural start, but the Marlins are the third-weakest squad versus righties and don't yet have a book on Toussaint.

Sean Reid-Foley (R), under 1 percent, Toronto Blue Jays at Kansas City Royals: The second 22-year-old rookie debuting on Monday is Reid-Foley. He's not as dominant as Toussaint but does have better control. Reid-Foley also draws a favorable opponent for his freshman effort, squaring off with the lowest-scoring offense in the league.

Bullpen

A doubleheader against a weak team could end up with Atlanta's A.J. Minter getting a pair of save chances. He's rostered in just 53 percent of ESPN leagues, so there's a chance he's available in shallower formats.

Projected game scores


Hitting

Catcher

Yan Gomes (R), 24 percent, Cleveland Indians at Cincinnati Reds (RHP Homer Bailey): The bottom line is that you want as much exposure to Bailey as possible. Hitters such as Melky Cabrera and Jason Kipnis have been featured frequently, and while they are both still in play, it's time for Gomes to be in the spotlight on a day when many fantasy teams will be looking to find a catcher, with their regular option taking the day off.

First base

Kendrys Morales (B), 9 percent, Toronto Blue Jays at Kansas City Royals (RHP Brad Keller): Here's another reminder that Morales qualifies at first base in most formats, so you don't have to have him clogging up your utility spot. Keller's surface stats look impressive, but his peripherals tell a different story. His 58 strikeouts with 38 walks in 88.1 innings is quite pedestrian.

Second base

Yolmer Sanchez (B), 13 percent, Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers (RHP Artie Lewicki): Sanchez is in a rut, so this is more about facing a middling starter followed by a weak bullpen. Having the platoon edge on the inevitable run of relievers is a plus, and maybe facing lesser competition is what Sanchez needs to get rolling again.

Third base

Johan Camargo (B), 23 percent, Atlanta Braves vs. Miami Marlins (RHP Pablo Lopez): The first thing to do when looking for lineup fortification on a day with a doubleheader is identify the available batters with the best chance of playing in both games. Charlie Culberson could potentially get a start in lieu of Camargo, but that would mean the Braves were willing to sit their top run producer since June 1, in one of two important -- and winnable -- games.

Shortstop

Adalberto Mondesi (B), 10 percent, Kansas City Royals vs. Toronto Blue Jays (RHP Sean Reid-Foley): A great tactic for fantasy is to use open roster spots early in the week to snag a few steals so that you're not chasing the category come the weekend. With a rookie pitcher on the hill, the lack of any chemistry between battery-mates makes it a bit easier for Mondesi to add to the dozen bags he has swiped in what is essentially one-quarter of a season.

Corner infield

Mark Canha (R), 5 percent, Oakland Athletics vs. Seattle Mariners (LHP Marco Gonzales): Canha continues to crush left-handed pitching, to the tune of a .960 OPS in those situations. Gonzales has hit a rough patch of late and has surrendered six long balls over his past four starts.

Middle infield

Ketel Marte (B), 37 percent, Arizona Diamondbacks at Texas Rangers (RHP Bartolo Colon): Based on recent lineups, Daniel Descalso is now a bench player with Marte and Nick Ahmed checking in as regulars up the middle for Arizona, even against right-handed pitching. That said, Descalso could well be in there, so you still need to watch for Monday's lineup card. In any event, with Colon starting -- the second-lowest-ranked hurler on today's slate -- any available Diamondbacks bat is in play. In fact, with this game being played in an American League Park, both Marte and Descalso could be in Arizona's starting 10.

Outfield

Hunter Renfroe (R), 10 percent, San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Angels (LHP Andrew Heaney): Heaney is vulnerable to right-handed power, having given up all 16 of his homers to that side of the plate. Renfroe's pop is down from last season, but he's still capable of taking one of Heaney's mistakes out of Petco Park.

Rafael Ortega (L), under 1 percent, Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves (RHP Touki Toussaint): With Justin Bour having been shipped out to the City of Brotherly Love, both Ortega and Magneuris Sierra should get a lot of run in the Marlins outfield. (Derek Dietrich will move to first base.) Ortega and Sierra will have twice the opportunity on Monday to take advantage of Atlanta's struggles to control the running game, especially with Mike Foltynewicz on the hill.

Adolis Garcia (R), 1 percent, St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals (LHP Tommy Milone): In the spirit of introducing new names, Garcia has been seeing action versus left-handed pitching, alongside Harrison Bader, with both Tyler O'Neill and Dexter Fowler hurt. Bader has been the "go-to pick" in this spot and, of course, is still in play. For deeper leagues, though, Garcia is in the mix against a very hittable Milone.

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.