Fantasy baseball pitcher rankings, lineup advice for Tuesday’s MLB games

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What you need to know for Tuesday’s MLB Games

By Derek Carty

  • It’s Day 6 of the MLB season, which means we get a mix of aces who pitched on the short Opening Day slate taking their second turn along with some No. 5 starters getting their first opportunity, but it’s mostly the latter. As we’ve seen, with the shortened spring, pitchers are not going as deep as they normally would in their first outings of the year, especially guys that got a late start. Stay far away from Jordan Hicks, for instance, who will be limited to just 45 pitches today.

  • The Pirates/Cubs game gives us two great streamers as well. While the Cubs may have some residual name value, they are one of the league’s weaker squads. (Obviously, so are the Pirates.) Plus, this game takes place in PNC Park, giving both pitchers a favorable park shift. Jose Quintana (rostered in 1% of ESPN leagues) and Drew Smyly (1% rostered) are nearly universally available and both in great matchups.

  • The Texas Rangers made the interesting (and fun!) decision to leave their roof open to 88-degree weather during their home opener. While this isn’t quite the launching pad that the old Globe Life used to be, a continuation of this trend could make it lean more that way. It won’t be as hot on Tuesday, but it’s still the hottest game on the slate at nearly 80 degrees, 70% humidity, and 18-mph winds to left field (also the strongest of the day). The Rangers actually project to score the most runs on the slate, according to THE BAT X.

  • There may be a prop-betting opportunity on the Orioles game today. The fences at Camden Yards were raised and moved back (a lot) over the winter, projecting to turn an elite hitters’ park into a neutral one. For fantasy, this hurts Orioles hitters, but from a betting perspective, there is opportunity. Surprisingly, there were some very favorable over odds on most of the HR props from this game yesterday, according to THE BAT X, suggesting this market has overcorrected for the fences. Since the sharper game-level Over/Under market was aligned with THE BAT X, we have plenty of reason to believe it’s the prop lines which are off. Brewers bats Andrew McCutchen and Rowdy Tellez are most likely to out-do the power expectations.

Starting pitcher rankings for Tuesday


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