Four day games and eight night games make up the MLB schedule for September 24. It’s hard to believe that October starts in a week and the MLB playoffs start just a few days after that. The daily fantasy day on the diamond is portioned off into early and late and the same will be done in today’s post. All of the early games start at 3:10 p.m. ET or later, so that gives everybody plenty of time to organize thoughts for today’s MLB action.
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Here are the top teams to stack for September 24:
Baltimore – The Manny Machado incident may have fired something up within the Orioles, who have played pretty well over the last couple of weeks anyway. The Orioles are still playing this thing out and they draw Tanner Roark on Wednesday afternoon. This will be Roark’s fourth start since rejoining the rotation in September and he has had problems working deep into games and with his command. It’s an early game, but the Orioles should be able to do some damage.
Minnesota – Cody Anderson walked five and gave up five hits in his last start and managed to only give up one run that scored as the result of a home run. He doesn’t miss any bats and has to rely a lot on batted ball luck and sequencing. So far, it has worked out favorably, with a 3.48 ERA, a 4.31 FIP, and a 4.50 xFIP. It’s worth a gamble to see if today is one of those tough days for Anderson. Also, the Indians bullpen hasn’t been great lately and the Twins could get some good swings against that group.
Boston – I’m not sure what to think of Erasmo Ramirez, but I know that a lot of things worry me about this start in Boston. The Red Sox get a lot of offensive production from right-handed batters and Ramirez has some big reverse splits because righties aren’t as miffed by his changeup. He has a 2.43 ERA at home and a 5.03 ERA on the road, due in part to some sequencing issues, but also because Tropicana Field is a pretty good pitching environment.
Here are the best value hitters for September 24:
Neil Walker ($4,000) – The Pirates will take their hacks at Coors Field again on Thursday. Neil Walker had a huge day with a home run and six RBI on Wednesday, but his salary is actually down $300 on DraftKings. Walker is batting .279/.342/.460 against righties on the season and all 15 of his home runs have come while batting left-handed. As one of the cheapest Pirates on the board, he’s definitely worth a look at second base.
Justin Bour ($3,400) – I’ve suggested that it might be a good idea to back players approaching personal milestones. Brian Dozier inched one step closer to 30 HR and was a pick in yesterday’s article. Bour is one home run away from 20 after hitting one last night and has a favorable matchup against Alec Asher on Thursday. Asher has given up six home runs in his four starts covering 19.1 innings of work. All 19 of Bour’s home runs have come with the platoon advantage and he is batting .263/.321/.486 against lefties this season.
Alex Rodriguez ($3,900) – Chris Sale or not, getting A-Rod below $4,000 is a bargain given how his season has gone against lefties. Rodriguez has a .268/.396/.565 slash against lefties. His .401 wOBA and 157 wRC+ rank 16th in all of baseball among qualified hitters. Teammate Chris Young ($2,300) is also an excellent value play.
Here are the top value pitchers for September 24:
Patrick Corbin ($9,400) – Overshadowed by his counterpart Clayton Kershaw, Patrick Corbin probably has the best value on the early part of the DFS card. Corbin has been spectacular in his return from Tommy John with a much improved strikeout rate, a dynamite BB rate, and a 2.99/3.43/3.18 pitcher slash. There’s a lot to like about what he has done this season and the Dodgers have some left-handed bats that should be neutralized by the southpaw in this game.
Kyle Gibson ($7,200) – It’s fair to wonder how invested the Indians will be after two straight tough losses. They scored just one run on Tuesday and were held scoreless until the ninth inning on Wednesday. Gibson isn’t a great pitcher by any means, but a strikeout per inning and a quality start would be a pretty good return on investment at this price.
Michael Pineda ($8,600) – Pitch count is the only thing that could be a detriment to streaming Pineda on Thursday. The White Sox lineup isn’t very good and they haven’t seen much of Pineda, so he definitely has an advantage in that regard. Pineda pounds the strike zone and the White Sox are a low batting average team without a whole lot of power. This is the type of game where Pineda, even on a pitch count, could easily go six or seven innings of one-run ball with seven or more strikeouts.