Fantasy baseball daily notes: Pitcher and hitter rankings for Monday

Rather than start Yonny Chirinos, the Rays will go with an opener on Monday against the Royals. AP Photo/Chris O'Meara

It's interleague week with 10 short two-game sets on the schedule, contributing to 11 teams with two days off this scoring period. All told, there's more off days than normal, rendering it even more integral to fortify Monday lineups as everyone will be scrambling for help come the weekend.

Here are the players in a favorable spot on Monday's docket, all available in at least half of ESPN leagues, most in many more.


Pitchers to stream

Frankie Montas (R), rostered in 38 percent of ESPN leagues, Oakland Athletics at Boston Red Sox: Ignore the team name and the new flag flying in center field -- the defending World Series champions are 20th in runs per game. Sure, they'll move up the ranks, but now is the time to take advantage, especially if J.D. Martinez remains out of the lineup with back spasms. Montas has pitched well early, fanning 26 with eight walks in 29 inning

John Means (L), 28 percent, Baltimore Orioles at Chicago White Sox: Means needs to demonstrate he can bring his success as a reliever to starting. He's 1-for-1 in that endeavor, holding Monday's foe, the White Sox, to one run on four hits in five frames in Camden Yards, fanning six with just one walk. The revenge game shifts to the Windy City. A repeat is optimistic, but the White Sox offense isn't to be feared, especially with Eloy Jimenez place on the IL over the weekend.

Mike Soroka (R), 17 percent, Atlanta Braves vs. San Diego Padres: This isn't your father's Padres lineup, but Soroka isn't a standard -issue rookie hurler. The youngster has fanned 13 in 10⅔ innings, albeit with five free passes. Still, with the staunch Braves offense looking at a productive game facing Nick Margevicius, Soroka is in good shape for another solid outing with a chance at a win.


Stacking with the Braves, with Arodys Vizcaino out for the season, A.J. Minter is the current Atlanta closer. Not only is in he in good shape for a save on Monday, the Braves profile as a team likely to generate a bunch of opportunities. It won't be long before Minter is present on more than 31 percent of ESPN rosters.



Tyler Flowers (R), 2 percent, Atlanta Braves vs. San Diego Padres (LHP Nick Margevicius): Flowers is a regular in this space as he's a part of a productive Atlanta offense and a fixture when a lefty is on the hill. So far this season, he's rewarded those slotting him into their lineup with a .378/.440.622 slash line.

First base

Brandon Belt (L), 9 percent, San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (RHP Kenta Maeda): Belt is arguably hindered by his home digs more than any other hitter in the league. The normally reliable Maeda is off to a sluggish start, sporting a 5.20 ERA and 1.45 WHIP through five starts with 13 walks and five homers allowed in just 27 2/3 innings.

Second base

Chad Pinder (R), 19 percent, Oakland Athletics at Boston Red Sox (LHP Eduardo Rodriguez): Rodriguez has seemingly regained form, which unfortunately includes running out of gas in the fifth inning. Pinder's .843 OPS has him in the lineup nearly every day, but historically, he's especially dangerous with the platoon edge.

Third base

Johan Camargo (S), 3 percent, Atlanta Braves vs. San Diego Padres (LHP Nick Margevicius): Camargo has begun to embrace the super-utility role, with a pair of multi-hit games late last week. Granted, the Braves lineup has improved, but last season Camargo was second on the club in RBI from June through the end of the campaign.


Hernan Perez (R), 2 percent, Milwaukee Brewers vs. Colorado Rockies (LHP Kyle Freeland): Perez has been playing the keystone with a lefty on the hill, providing power/speed potential from the right side. Freeland will be making his first start since April 18 after missing time with a blister.

Corner infield

Renato Nunez (R), 22 percent, Baltimore Orioles at Chicago White Sox (LHP Manny Banuelos): Nunez incurs the rare park downgrade when a player visits Guaranteed Rate Park. This is offset facing Banuelos, a converted reliever taking the rotation spot vacated by Ervin Santana's release. Nunez enjoys the platoon edge, then faces a weak bullpen as Banuelos isn't likely to pitch deep into the contest.

Middle infield

Brandon Lowe (L), 41 percent, Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals (RHP Brad Keller): It should be long before Lowe's name is pronounced correctly. The vowel sound is the same as in ouch, which is also what the ball says after Lowe makes contact as 12 of his 25 hits have gone for extra bases, fueling a .581 slugging percentage.


Josh Reddick (L), 18 percent, Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins (RHP Jake Odorizzi): Reddick is known for having reverse splits so this will be an interesting matchup with Reddick, a batter who has feasted on right-handed pitching throughout his career. Reddick has crushed early on, posting a .913 OPS, including three homers over the past week.

Raimel Tapia (L), 3 percent, Colorado Rockies at Milwaukee Brewers (RHP Zach Davies): Since Daniel Murphy returned, Colorado has used several different lineups so it isn't assured Tapia will play, despite enjoying the platoon edge. If Tapia isn't playing, Ryan McMahon and/or Garrett Hampson are viable. Despite three early dingers, Tapia is more of a speed guy than power hitter.

Jackie Bradley Jr. (L), 2 percent, Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland Athletics (RHP Frankie Montas): Perhaps this is looking through rose, or is that red colored glasses, but Bradley Jr. is a better hitter than exhibited thus far. That said, this is more of a gut call as his poor start is supported by advanced Statcast metrics. Bradley's average exit velocity is down and he's fanning a little more, but at least he's walking a tad above career levels. How is that for faint praise?