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

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What you need to know for Monday’s MLB games

By Todd Zola

  • Monday’s slate may have a robust 13 games, but there aren’t many solid steaming candidates for fantasy purposes, so it’s best to play it conservative and fortify pitching later in the week. In these instances, looking for available closers to pad saves is a safe approach. The Pittsburgh Pirates are in Wrigley Field against Wade Miley and the Chicago Cubs. Pirates closer Davis Bednar (46% rostered in ESPN leagues) is a great addition with six saves and 25 strikeouts through 17 innings. In Arlington, the Texas Rangers host the Los Angeles Angels. Joe Barlow (39%) has emerged as the Rangers closer with six saves and 14 punch outs in 11 1/3 frames.

  • While Yoan Moncada has helped the White Sox struggling offense, Chicago’s lineup is still sporting a below average wOBA, setting Brad Keller (24%) up as a Monday streamer for the Kansas City Royals. Keller is coming off a rough outing in Arlington, but he’s posted four quality starts in his past six efforts.

  • Zach Logue (1%) has provided a welcome boost to an injury-riddled Oakland Athletics rotation. Last time out, Logue fanned six with no walks over seven frames on the road in Detroit. On Monday, he draws a Minnesota Twins lineup scoring the eighth-fewest runs per game over the past week. Logue is a viable spot starter for those willing to roll the dice.

  • Though he struggled in his last outing, Jesus Luzardo was off to a solid start for the Miami Marlins. Unfortunately, the southpaw has been placed on the IL with a strained forearm. In his stead, Miami promoted Cody Poteet (less than 1% rostered) from the bullpen to the rotation. Poteet’s last appearance was a four-inning effort, so he should be able to handle a standard starter’s workload. The opposing Washington Nationals lineup is top loaded, but overall, they’re middle of the pack. The Marlins play well at home, putting Poteet in play as a streamer.

  • It was only a matter of time before the Boston Red Sox lineup got in gear as they’ve led the major in runs over the past week and now, they head home to a warm Fenway Park. The crux of their offense is clearly unavailable in ESPN leagues, but there are some options to get a piece of a potent offense, including Christian Vazquez (41%), Bobby Dalbec (10%) and Jackie Bradley Jr. (2%). It’s also worth checking to see if Enrique Hernandez (67%) was dropped in your league.

Starting pitcher rankings for Monday


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