Daily notes: Pitcher and hitter rankings for Sunday

Which White Sox bats do you want to stream Sunday against the Padres' Jered Weaver? Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The stereotype is that dads bring their sons to the ballyard. But let's not forget that there are plenty of moms going to the park with their daughters, including my sister and niece. Here's to all the moms celebrating Mother's Day by rooting on their favorite team.

And here's to all the fantasy league grinders looking for the edge to put them over the top on the last day of most league's weekly scoring period. Check out these options, all available in at least half of ESPN leagues.


Pitchers to stream

Vince Velasquez (R), 34 percent ownership in ESPN leagues, Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals: Really? Stream against the Nationals? Hear me out. This looks to be the second game of a doubleheader, so Washington is likely to use their reserves. Facing Max Scherzer isn't ideal, but if you're looking for some last-minute whiffs, Velasquez can deliver.

A.J. Griffin (R), 45 percent, Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics: Griffin is coming off a rare complete game effort, blanking the Padres on four hits in Petco Park. For the season, Griffin has issued only four free passes; one per start.

Trevor Bauer (R), 18 percent, Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins: The Twins are dangerous versus right-handers, but they're also among the league leaders in this scenario. If you're ratios are in peril, consider looking elsewhere, whiffs and a potential win are in play.

Pitchers to avoid

Masahiro Tanaka (R), 98 percent, New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros: It's hard to recommend reserving someone as talented as Tanaka, but he hasn't been sharp and this is a dangerous matchup. The Astros sport the fifth-best wOBA versus right-handers. Their strikeouts are down, and they possess several hitters capable of taking the homer-prone hurler out of Yankee Stadium.


With all the rain, we haven't had a chance to see how Dusty Baker will handle the ninth with both Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover back from the disabled list. With a pair of games scheduled in the nation's capital, there's a good chance one, or perhaps both, will be summoned for a save. Kelley is available in 77 percent of ESPN leagues, while Glover can be picked up in 89 percent.

Projected game scores

Note: W-L, ERA and WHIP are full-year 2016 statistics. 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.



Omar Narvaez (L), less than 1 percent, Chicago White Sox vs. San Diego Padres (RHP Jered Weaver): I don't care if Narvaez is a weak-hitting backstop slotted in the bottom of the order. I want as many shots at Weaver as I can manage.

First base

Lucas Duda (L), 7 percent, New York Mets at Milwaukee Brewers (RHP Wily Peralta): Duda was activated from the disabled list Friday. He's hitting lower in the order than normal, but with a date facing Peralta in homer-friendly Miller Park, he's in a great spot regardless.

Second base

Devon Travis (R), 11 percent, Toronto Blue Jays vs. Seattle Mariners (LHP Ariel Miranda): This may feel like faint praise, but it's a good sign. Travis hasn't fanned in four of his last five games. Putting the ball in play will eventually yield results. Facing a lefty with a below-average strikeout rate, Travis should be able to continue to make contact.

Third base

Derek Dietrich (L), 1 percent, Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves (RHP R.A. Dickey): Dietrich has hit lead off lately, as manager Don Mattingly is trying to spark a sluggish offense. Dee Gordon, who has been hitting ninth (after the pitcher), could be bumped back up top. Either way, Dietrich is in play with the knuckler on the hill.


Pat Valaika (R), less than 1 percent, Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (LHP Julio Urias): It's not often a Rockies hitter makes the cut, especially at home. Valaika hasn't exactly raked since taking over for the injured Trevor Story, but he's enjoying the platoon advantage against a talented, but still maturing, southpaw.

Corner infield

Matt Davidson (R), 3 percent, Chicago White Sox vs. San Diego Padres (RHP Jered Weaver): When it comes to facing Weaver, the platoon bump is secondary. All you really need is a pulse.

Middle infield

Joe Panik (L), 38 percent, San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds (RHP Tim Adleman): With Denard Span back, Panik has been dropped to sixth, but that's fine with a hittable righty on the AT&T hill.


Seth Smith (L), 2 percent, Baltimore Orioles at Kansas City Royals (RHP Chris Young): After a slow start, Smith is back to doing his usual damage against righties. With the game in Kauffman Stadium, the hitting environment is as friendly as Camden Yards. Still, with Young as the welcoming committee, Smith is in a nice spot for a productive Sunday.

Steve Pearce (R), less than 1 percent, Toronto Blue Jays vs. Seattle Mariners (LHP Ariel Miranda): The Blue Jays' bats are warming up, though Pearce is still lagging. The club brought him on to mash lefties -- here's his chance.

Melky Cabrera (B), 48 percent, Chicago White Sox vs. San Diego Padres (RHP Jered Weaver): Pig-pile on Weaver.