With just a handful of quality arms throwing despite a full slate, the offensive landscape for Tuesday is wide open as far as DFS goes.
Though roster rates are starting to stabilize and curbing some of the waiver-wire gems out there, I still found a few who really stood out to me not only for Tuesday, but beyond. Youth can sometimes be underserved in shallower leagues, as they are such unknown commodities.
That said, a robust waiver wire affords you the opportunity to take these chances and then find a capable replacement if they do flop.
Pitchers to stream
Griffin Canning (R), rostered in 8 percent of ESPN leagues, Los Angeles Angels at Detroit Tigers: Canning only made it through 4 1/3 innings in his MLB debut, but the stuff was filthy. He had an incredible 22 percent swinging strike rate that led to him fanning a third of the batters he faced (6 of 18).
The command was a little wobbly and while he only walked one, the Jays did run up 82 pitches in the outing. The young righty now gets a great two-start setup with trips to Detroit and Baltimore, two of the worst clubs against righties this year. The Tigers have the fourth-worst strikeout rate against them at 26 percent.
Lucas Giolito (R), 4 percent, Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians: I'm entering this one with extreme trepidation. He opened the season with a gem at the Royals, but then allowed nine earned in 9 1/3 innings over his next two starts with eight walks. He was off to another great start against the Royals when a hamstring injury took him out after logging five strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings of no-hit ball.
He returned in early May for a decent start against the soaring Red Sox, allowing three runs and striking out seven in five innings of work. Now he's generating some excitement with a two-start week at Cleveland and at Toronto. Both are toting top 10 strikeout rates against righties, including Toronto sitting 2nd-worst at 27 percent. Despite recently getting Francisco Lindor back, Cleveland has still been among the 10 worst offenses against righties with a 90 wRC+ since his return. Perhaps Giolito can finally get on a roll and start paying off on his massive prospect hype from years ago.
Tyler Mahle (R), 3 percent, Cincinnati Reds at Oakland Athletics: Home runs continue to hold Mahle back from being a true all-formats option, but some arsenal changes, including shifting from a slider to a curveball has facilitated his 19 percent K-BB ratio through 33 innings. His season-long strikeout rate is a healthy 24 percent and he's halved his walk rate to an excellent 5 percent.
Oakland has the 23rd-most homers against righties with their 10.6 percent HR/FB rate sitting 27th, so if Mahle can take advantage and keep the ball in the yard for the first time since his season opener, we could get a gem here.
The Marmolian meltdown of Jose LeClerc has opened the closer's role in Texas, at least temporarily as manager Chris Woodward has said that he wants LeClerc to find his way back into the role. We can worry about that in the future, though.
For now, Shawn Kelley is the guy and riding a seven-inning scoreless streak with six strikeouts and just three hits. Unfortunately, his biggest issue is just the last thing you want from closers: home runs. He's allowed 1.4 per nine in his career and two in his 14 innings of work this year, but he's not walking anyone and hits have been hard to come by so take what you can get from the 35-year old lefty if you're in need of saves.
Projected game scores
Robinson Chirinos (R), 11 percent, Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals (LHP Danny Duffy): Chirinos hasn't hit a homer against a lefty yet this year, but he still has a .912 OPS, which has added to his career 103-point split. He hit 11 of his 35 homers from 2017-18 against lefties in just 203 PA (30+ HR full-season pace).
Jay Bruce (L), 45 percent, Seattle Mariners at New York Yankees (RHP Masahiro Tanaka): We're fishing for a home run here. Bruce been completely boom or bust this year, leading the AL with 11 homers despite just hitting .183 on the season. In fact, the 11 tanks account for 58 percent (!) of his season hits. Meanwhile, Tanaka has the 7th-highest home run rate since 2017 among qualified starters at 1.6 per nine. Lefties have an .848 OPS with three homers in 72 PA against him so far.
Howie Kendrick (R), 7 percent, Washington Nationals at Milwaukee Brewers (RHP Adrian Houser): Anthony Rendon may return on Tuesday, but that wouldn't even necessarily keep Kendrick out of the lineup as Matt Adams hit the IL on Sunday and created an opening at first base. Kendrick has been fantastic in his limited time (80 PA), toting a .338/.400/.559 line with four homers. Outside of a rough 2016, Kendrick has quietly been a plus bat in all of the other seasons since 2011. His 111 wRC+ sits 53rd among 105 qualified hitters with at least 3500 PA in that span.
Michael Chavis (R), 40 percent, Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles (RHP David Hess): How is he only rostered in 40 percent of leagues? Even if you only believe this is a hot stretch, he neeeeds to be a roster while he this white-hot. The 3B/2B prospect has been absolutely electric with 6 HR, 2 SB, and a .333/.460/.725 line in 15 games. The 23-year old has a clear playing time path and can even bounce around off second base if Dustin Pedroia does somehow find some health and returns, but that's the least of my concerns here.
Dansby Swanson (R), 56 percent, Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers (LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu): Yes, Swanson does have a tremendous 1.104 OPS against lefties in 32 PA, but that's not really the driver behind this recommendation because Ryu has been smothering the competition and I'm not sure Swanson or any of his Braves brethren are going to do much against him.
I wanted to highlight Swanson for the longer term as someone worthy of being on more than 56 percent of rosters. Shortstop is deep this year, but Swanson is 13th on the Player Rater and should have a home in more leagues, particularly as a middle infield option. He has no doubt cooled down after a blazing start, but has just three hitless games in his last 16 starts and is pacing for a 30 HR/10 SB campaign.
Mitch Moreland (L), 17 percent, Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles (RHP David Hess): Moreland is hitting just .226 against righties thanks to a .169 BABIP but he's clubbed nine homers against them, accounting for 47 percent of his hits. Hess has allowed 2.4 HR/9 in 30 1/3 innings of work this year and a 2.0 mark in his 133 2/3 career innings. Keep an eye on Matt Olson for Oakland. If he is activated, he is still available in 43 percent of leagues and I'd recommend taking a shot on him.
Derek Dietrich (L), 10 percent, Cincinnati Reds at Oakland Athletics (RHP Mike Fiers): The dismissal of Matt Kemp opens up some more time for Dietrich, at least against righties against whom he's delivered a .266/.377/.734 line with nine homers in 77 PA. Fiers loves giving up homers and has been tattooed by lefties to the tune of a .980 OPS with 4 HR in 77 PA. This could be a fireworks show for the Reds lefties (and some of their righties as Fiers doesn't discriminate on HR allowance).
Ian Desmond (R), 57 percent, Colorado Rockies vs. San Francisco Giants (LHP Madison Bumgarner): Desmond is having another rough year, but this is a decent chance to get into the Coors game with a widely available player and at least his work against lefties is 316 points better than against righties (.793 OPS). Meanwhile, Bumgarner has a 395-point platoon split having yielded a .769 OPS against righties.
Alex Verdugo (L), 24 percent, Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves (LHP Max Fried): While Verdugo has posted a 1.026 OPS against southpaws in 26 PA, this recommendation is more about the long-term. A.J. Pollock's injury finally gives Verdugo an extended shot and he could be an all-formats option. A .300 hitter for his entire minor league career, Verdugo has fanned just 14 percent of the time as a big leaguer and if off to a .329 start in 89 PA. The bouncier ball could push his power output higher than anything we saw in the minors, too, and allow him to chase down an 18-22 HR season. Buy!
Avisail Garcia (R), 7 percent, Tampa Bay Rays vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (RHP Taylor Clarke): Garcia spent the early part of his career feasting on lefties, but has shifted that around this year with fantastic output against righties. He has a .309/.341/.531 line with all four of his homers against them. If Garcia could cut the strikeout rate and get back on track against lefties, he could be more of a long-term option, but for now I'm spot-starting in favorable matchups like this one.