Daily notes: Fantasy rankings for Tuesday

Clayton Kershaw is one of four former Cy Young award winners starting on Tuesday. Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire

Several former Cy Young award winners take the mound on Tuesday, including Clayton Kershaw, Felix Hernandez and Dallas Keuchel, making for a compelling 14-game slate of games around the majors. Are all of these pitchers worth rostering? Here's more on that and a look at the pitchers and hitters to key in on.


Looking for a spot starter on Tuesday? Here's a list of potential options still available in more than 50 percent of ESPN.com leagues.

Starting Pitching to Stream

Wei-Yin Chen (Miami Marlins 5 percent ownership in ESPN leagues): Phillies rank 28th in ISO, 29th in wOBA, and 29th in wRC+ vs LHP since the beginning of 2016. Chen, meanwhile, is coming off of a huge start in Seattle with seven no-hit innings. Only the Braves (29) have fewer homers than Philly's 32 against lefties since the start of 2016.

Wade Miley (Baltimore Orioles, 29 percent): Miley's velo is back up to his Arizona level, which is when he did his best work. He's got a 33 percent strikeout rate right now, too, and though it's not completely backed by his 10 percent swinging strike rate, he has a good chance to stay hot against the Rays, who have the league's highest strikeout rate against lefties since the start of 2016 (26 percent).

Robert Gsellman (New York Mets, 14 percent): Just don't pitch to Freddie Freeman. Righties have actually been Gsellman's issue early on (.649 SLG), but he looked like the 2016 iteration in his last start (7 IP, 3 ER, 7 K v. PHI). He has at least five strikeouts in eight of his 10 MLB starts.

Starting Pitcher to Avoid

From now on, a pitcher to avoid with more than 50 percent ownership in ESPN leagues will be included. Unfortunately, on today's slate, no one fits the bill.


The Reds almost certainly can't keep up at their current pace as they have just 10 fewer bullpen innings than starter innings. Their 1.1 starter-to-reliever innings ratio is easily the lowest in baseball and well below the 1.8 league average and while it will eventually come to a head, it is something that can be maximized in the short-term. Their mediocre starters can be streamed for a cheap win if they can finish five solid and turn it over to that bullpen.

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.



Jason Castro (Minnesota Twins, 23 percent): Lefties are only 2-21 against Cashner this season, but I'd much rather take my chances on the Cashner vs. lefties from the previous three seasons: .277/.356/.480 in 806 AB. Both of Castro's homers this year are against righties and he has a 207-point platoon split against them for his career.

First Base

Josh Bell (Pittsburgh Pirates, 10 percent): Bell will face Kyle Hendricks, who has yet to capture the magic displayed last season. The right-hander's velocity is down, and it's not like he was a blazer to begin with. Now, also lacking pinpoint control (seven walks in 16 innings), Hendricks is vulnerable. Bell isn't a slugger, but should put the ball in play, and hopefully take advantage of the big outfield gaps in PNC Park.

Second Base

Brandon Drury (Arizona Diamondbacks, 52 percent): What do Robinson Cano and Jason Kipnis have in common? Both own a lower wOBA vs LHP since Drury entered the league in 2015. Drury has a career .301/.361/.447 line against southpaws.

Third Base

David Freese (Pittsburgh Pirates, 26 percent): He's always been better against lefties, but he can hold his own against righties and is off to a strong start with a .925 OPS and 2 HR so far.


Taylor Motter (Seattle Mariners, 13 percent): Motter has been one of the biggest early season surprises with five home runs already and perhaps most surprising is that all five are against righties. Motter, a righty himself, is clubbing righties to the tune a .300/.364/.825 with 11 of his 12 hits going for extra-bases. He will return to earth, but Zimmermann offers a chance to stay hot.


Gerardo Parra (Colorado Rockies, 13 percent): Parra is taking advantage of early playing time opened up from injuries and he's trying to make up for a weak Colorado debut last year (.671 OPS). He has an .852 OPS in the early going and holds a career 154-point platoon split favoring his work against righties. Meanwhile, Joe Ross has a gigantic 280-point platoon split with an .821 OPS against lefties.

Hunter Renfroe (San Diego Padres, 25 percent): Power is the quickest way to deliver short-term impact because home runs do so much in fantasy. Renfroe's power is unquestioned even in a tiny MLB sample of 114 PA. He has a .333/.371/.576 line against lefties with a couple homers in 35 PA. Corbin hasn't been able to consistently get righties out since the start of 2016 with an .850 OPS and 20 HR in 615 PA.

Scott Schebler (Cincinnati Reds, 3 percent): It's early, but Schebler's flyball rate has spiked thus far in 2017 and he has historically hit righties well with a .278/.342/.464 line. Meanwhile, Davies sputtered against lefties last year with a .272/.323/.445 line. All three of the homers he has allowed this year have against lefties, too.

Hitter ratings

Notes: Hitter ratings account for the opposing starting pitcher's past history (three years' worth, as well as 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, 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.