Daily notes: Pitcher and hitter rankings for Monday

If you're in a close fight for a title and need a Monday streamer, give CC Sabathia a look. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

Congratulations to those advancing in their head-to-head playoffs. With only 16 teams in action, there's no doubt there are a few holes in daily lineups. Fortunately, there's a healthy inventory of hitters to pick up to fortify your lineup, as well as some pitchers to add an extra start or two so you aren't scrambling later in the week. The key for rotisserie leagues is not ignoring ratios, as it's a myth that you can't gain or lose in ERA and WHIP this late in the season.


Pitchers to stream

CC Sabathia (L), 37 percent ownership in ESPN leagues, New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays: Keep in mind this is a home affair for the Rays, but it will be contested at Citi Field. Both parks suppress runs, so it's a wash in terms of park factor. With Steven Souza Jr. out, the only concern is Evan Longoria, as the iron of the Rays' lineup is mostly lefty swingers and Sabathia is still quite effective when he has the platoon advantage.

Brandon Woodruff (R), 10 percent, Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates: Woodruff isn't as heralded as some of the other young pitchers making a name for themselves this season, but if he keeps it up, everyone will know who he is entering 2018 drafts. Obviously, Woodruff can't maintain the 1.52 ERA he \spun in his first four starts, but his minor league pedigree points toward a middle-of-the-rotation major league pitcher. Monday offers another chance for a solid effort, drawing a Pirates squad near the bottom of the league in production versus right-handers.

Reynaldo Lopez (R), 9 percent, Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals: Lopez is one of the pitching prospects garnering more attention than Woodruff. Though he is overshadowed by his teammate Lucas Giolito, Lopez has tossed three quality starts in his four outings since being promoted by the White Sox. He has fanned a respectable 21 in those 22 1/3 innings, albeit with 10 walks, a number he needs to trim. The Royals are a bottom-third offense versus righties, in part because they're the least patient team versus right-handers, perhaps mitigating Lopez's control issues.


There are a couple of new bullpen scenarios to report. The St. Louis Cardinals acquired Juan Nicasio, who recorded saves in his first two appearances over the weekend. Also, Brandon Maurer looks to be the one to grab in the Royals' bullpen, with Kelvin Herrera ineffective after returning from a forearm strain.

Projected game scores

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



Chris Iannetta (R), 4 percent, Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies (LHP Kyle Freeland): Chase Field isn't the hitter's paradise that is Coors Field, but it's close. Iannetta hit second the last time the Diamondbacks faced a southpaw, which would make the attractive matchup even better. If you're playing in a head-to-head league, Iannetta's patience really pays off. Kris Negron, Ketel Marte and Brandon Drury are also candidates to snake their way into your lineup.

First base

Mike Napoli (R), 13 percent, Texas Rangers vs. Seattle Mariners (LHP Ariel Miranda): Admittedly, this is low-hanging fruit, but with three weeks left, we'll mix some usual suspects with deep picks. Entering Sunday's action, Miranda was tied with Rick Porcello for the most homers allowed, with 35. Delino DeShields and Robinson Chirinos also enjoy the platoon edge on a weak southpaw.

Second base

Hernan Perez (R), 7 percent, Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (LHP Steven Brault): With 14 homers and 12 steals, Perez is quietly having a fine campaign. Lately, he has been batting leadoff with a southpaw on the hill. Domingo Santana and Jesus Aguilar are other Brewers to consider, facing a raw lefty at hitter-friendly Miller Park.

Third base

Chase Headley (B), 16 percent, New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays (RHP Jake Odorizzi): Apparently, Headley didn't get the memo that he was supposed to be a utility man down the stretch after the Yankees fortified their corner infield spots. Instead, he's hit so well, the club has moved him to the two-hole on the heels of a nine-game hitting streak. Switch-hitters make the best fill-in starters, since you're essentially looking to add at-bats and they aren't typically lifted for pinch-hitters, unlike some other pick-ups snagged based on their platoon edge.


Richard Urena (B), less than 1 percent, Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles (RHP Ubaldo Jimenez): Here's today's deep nugget, as Urena has been getting a look from the juicy leadoff spot. Urena spent the season at Double-A New Hampshire, where he was a little young for the level, helping to explain a modest .645 OPS. He's not a prototypical leadoff guy, with a low, single-digit walk rate in the minors. He makes good contact and should develop power. It's a lightning-in-a-bottle pick, but sometimes that's what you have to do in very deep leagues.

Corner infield

Greg Bird (L), 15 percent, New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays (RHP Jake Odorizzi): Odorizzi is coming off one of his better outings of the season, but the fact remains he has surrendered 28 homers in only 123 2/3 innings. This is a great spot for Bird to show the power on display in the Grapefruit League.

Middle infield

Yoan Moncada (B), 17 percent, Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals (RHP Jason Hammel): It appears Moncada is going to get most of the playing time at second base down the stretch, ostensibly to end the season on a high note that he can carry into next year. He has been hitting second, one of the more fantasy-favorable spots, especially for someone who can run.


Curtis Granderson (L), 28 percent, Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants (RHP Chris Stratton): With Corey Seager back, Granderson has been dropped in the order, but he's still a power threat, even in AT&T Park, with a hittable righty on the hill.

Denard Span (L), 5 percent, San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (RHP Kenta Maeda): Span is another stealth pickup in points leagues, as he's been getting on base at an elevated clip the past month or so.

Mitch Haniger (R), 18 percent, Seattle Mariners at Texas Rangers (LHP Cole Hamels): Hamels has been in a rut for the past month, as evidenced by a 5.09 ERA and 1.44 WHIP his past six outings. Haniger is hitting like he did to begin the season, sporting a .934 OPS the last month, including a 1.207 mark over the past week.

Hitter matchup ratings

Notes: Hitter ratings account for the opposing starting pitcher's history (three years' worth, as well as the past 21 days) and 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. So, for example, a 10 is a must-start rating, whereas 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.