Daily notes: Pitcher and hitter rankings for Sunday

San Diego Padres pitcher Clayton Richard has tossed at least six frames in 11 consecutive outings. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Another fantasy week wraps up with the typical busy Sunday schedule. Unfortunately, those counting on a last-minute pitching boost from their ace will be disappointed, as the top-end of the ledger is relatively weak, and the streamers aren't offering much, either.

Hitting, on the other hand, has a plethora of options, with many frequent visitors among the better candidates. That said, in an effort to dig deeper, all but one of the chosen hitters for Sunday are rostered in less than 9 percent of ESPN leagues (and the other one is 14 percent). So every hitter thumbnailed is available almost everywhere.

Here's a look at the day's slate, highlighting the most interesting streaming options in ESPN standard leagues.


Pitchers to stream

Clayton Richard (L), rostered in 35 percent of ESPN leagues, San Diego Padres at Arizona Diamondbacks: Richard is a sneaky solid option in points leagues awarding points to innings pitched. The southpaw has tossed at least six frames in 11 consecutive outings, with seven lasting at least seven stanzas. Richard has eight quality starts in this stretch, though 54 strikeouts in those 75.1 innings is a little light. The Diamondbacks are an above-average unit versus left-handers, but they also do fan at an above-average clip, giving Richard a chance to punch out an extra hitter or two.

Nathan Eovaldi (R), 25 percent, Tampa Bay Rays at New York Mets: Eovaldi bounced back nicely from a couple of rough outings against the Houston Astros and New York Yankees, fanning 14 with just three walks in 12 innings against the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins. On Sunday, Eovaldi draws another lesser lineup, taking on a Mets group that's below average with a righty on the hill.

Jake Odorizzi (R), 21 percent, Minnesota Twins vs. Baltimore Orioles: Sometimes on Sundays, it's necessary to focus on a category or a stat. To be frank, Jake Odorizzi isn't a very good pitcher. However, he racks up strikeouts, so if you need help in that category, Odorizzi and his 9.6 K/9 are in play facing one of the worst offenses in the league, spurned by a 24 percent strikeout clip with a righty on the hill.

Wade LeBlanc (L), 20 percent, Seattle Mariners vs. Colorado Rockies: LeBlanc has enjoyed pitching in the Pacific Northwest, sporting a 2.45 ERA and 0.98 WHIP at home. On Sunday, the veteran southpaw entertains a Rockies club toting a league-average offense versus left-handers into Safeco field.


Earlier in the week, Bud Norris felt discomfort on his right index finger, causing issues gripping his sinker and cutter. An MRI from Friday came back clean, though it's unclear if Norris is ready to return for the St. Louis Cardinals. John Hicks could be next in line, or the Cardinals might opt to leave Hicks in setup, instead giving the call to John Brebbia in a save scenario.

Projected game scores



Chris Herrmann (L), under 1 percent, Seattle Mariners vs. Colorado Rockies (RHP Antonio Senzatela): With Mike Zunino on the shelf for a couple of weeks, Herrmann will platoon with David Freitas behind the dish. After sitting on Saturday with a southpaw starting, look for Herrmann to return to the lineup.

First base

Jake Bauers (L), 14 percent, Tampa Bay Rays at New York Mets (RHP Chris Flexen): The Rays have been creative over the weekend, getting at-bats for Bauers and C.J. Cron in a National League park. Bauers didn't start Saturday, so expect him back on Sunday, either in the outfield or at first base. Bauers has been an on-base machine, great for points leagues. Flexen's career WHIP in 51.1 innings is a bloated 2.12. He didn't fare much better for Triple-A Las Vegas, posting a 1.73 mark with the 51s.

Second base

Brandon Drury (R), 1 percent, New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays (LHP Ryan Borucki): Gleyber Torres' absence opens up some playing time for Drury against southpaw starters. The former Diamondback hasn't gotten it going yet with the Yankees, but he was a productive hitter during his time in the desert. Borucki is a soft-throwing lefty with a below-average strikeout rate, so Drury shouldn't have too much trouble putting the ball in play.

Third base

Martin Prado (R), under 1 percent, Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals (RHP Tanner Roark): Derek Dietrich, Justin Bour and JT Riddle have all been featured Marlins over the first half, along with Starlin Castro and Miguel Rojas. Let's show a little veteran respect for Prado who has recently returned from another stint on the disabled list. Prado's contact rate remains excellent, which will come in handy against Roark, who has been in a rut lately. Over his past eight outings spanning 40.1 innings, Roark has registered a high 1.79 WHIP.


Jorge Polanco (B), 9 percent, Minnesota Twins vs. Baltimore Orioles (RHP Alex Cobb): Polanco has been recommended several times since coming off suspension, as the expectation is he'll get things going and return to the fantasy asset displayed last season. I tried to find someone else for this spot, but shortstop has been a tough spot to fill all season, and Cobb is worth exploiting.

Corner infield

Ronald Guzman (L), 2 percent, Texas Rangers at Detroit Tigers (RHP Michael Fulmer): The Rangers are another club often showing up, with the likes of Rougned Odor, Jurickson Profar and Shin-Soo Choo getting the honors. Let's shift the spotlight to Guzman, recently returned after missing time with a concussion. He's 7-for-15 with a homer and double since his return. After sitting Saturday with a lefty on the hill, Guzman should be back at first base, in play along with his aforementioned teammates.

Middle infield

Brock Holt (L), 2 percent, Boston Red Sox at Kansas City Royals (RHP Jakob Junis): Alex Cora's Swiss Army knife, Holt can play all four infield positions, as well as the corner outfield spots. He usually hits low in the order, but depending on whom he's subbing for, he sometimes hits second. Boston has been crushing righties all season, so while a higher spot is better, Holt has been productive no matter where he hits.


Kyle Tucker (L), 9 percent, Houston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox (RHP Lucas Giolito): The rich get richer. Tucker is one of the top prospects in the game and looks to be ticketed for regular playing time in the Astros' outfield. A .306/.371/.520 line with 14 homers and the same number of steals for Triple-A Fresno finally forced the team's hand. Stop reading and pick him up.

Brandon Guyer (R), 1 percent, Cleveland Indians vs. Oakland Athletics (LHP Brett Anderson): Anderson is slated to be activated from the disabled to start Sunday's contest after rehabbing a left shoulder strain. The southpaw last pitched on May 18, posting a 7.63 ERA before being sidelined. Guyer is nursing an injury of his own after fouling a ball off his knee earlier in the week. However, with his history of success against left-handers, expect Guyer to do all he can to be in the lineup.

Jim Adduci (L), under 1 percent, Detroit Tigers vs. Texas Rangers (RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx): The final squad with multiple hitters often offered in the space is the Tigers. This time, we're digging extremely deep for the journeyman Adduci, who has been platooning at first base lately. The usual suspects, Jeimer Candelario, Niko Goodrum and JaCoby Jones, are also in the mix.

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.