It was nice to get back in the swing of things yesterday after a long weekend. Daily fantasy business is about to pick up with the start of college football season and you can look for the first college football article either today or tomorrow with insight into Thursday’s games. Our NFL daily fantasy articles will begin next week for the regular season. The format is to be determined, but finding good value will be at the top of the list. As for today’s MLB slate, Tuesday night features all 30 teams in action, with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies in action for a second time with a day/night double dip.
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Here are the top teams to stack for September 1:
Colorado/Arizona – If you can find a way to stack both lineups by going cheap on pitching, it might be worthwhile. The Diamondbacks squandered most of their 11 hits, while the Rockies needed ninth-inning heroics to win. The Rockies had 17 at bats with RISP on Monday night. With Rubby de la Rosa and Kyle Kendrick listed as the night game starters, this game could see a lot of runs. One possibility for a lineup with these both stacked is Clevenger, Goldschmidt, LeMahieu, Arenado, Tulowitzki, CarGo, Blackmon, Pollock, with some tandem of Nicolino, Anderson, Harang, Tillman, Banuelos, and Porcello.
Toronto – Cody Anderson doesn’t miss bats. That’s scary for the Indians right-hander as he goes up against the Blue Jays. Anderson looked decent in his last start against Milwaukee over 4.1 innings. He was limited to 76 pitches in his return from a strained oblique. This is a brutal matchup for him. He throws a lot of strikes with average command. Balls in play are inevitable in this start. The Indians defense is vastly improved, but Anderson has allowed seven home runs in 52.1 innings of work.
Pittsburgh – In a rain-soaked mess in Cleveland, Jimmy Nelson walked eight batters his last time out. Was it an off day for the right-hander or is there something more to it? Control that bad can sometimes be an indication of an injury. Hurt pitchers make command mistakes and often have trouble repeating their release points. Even if Nelson isn’t hurt, the Pirates have a lot of speed and power guys that are capable of producing big value at any time.
Here are the best value hitters for September 1:
Aaron Altherr ($2,700) – Altherr has cooled off a bit since his good start, but he draws a favorable matchup against left-hander Jon Niese in this one. Altherr owns a .316/.415/.598 slash over three levels against lefties on the season with a 16/22 K/BB ratio. He’s also swiped 17 bags over those three levels, so there’s definitely some stolen base potential there as well.
Steve Pearce ($2,800) – Pearce hasn’t been able to sustain last season’s production, but nobody expected that anyway. He’s slightly below average against LHP this season with a .250/.310/.421 slash, but he does have three homers in 84 PA. Last season, Pearce had a .327/.405/.704 slash against lefties. Drew Smyly is still trying to work his way back into a rhythm for the Rays and that means that Pearce should get some opportunities in this one.
Prince Fielder ($3,600) – Prince Fielder has been awful quiet lately. The big man owns a .316/.380/.471 slash on the year and gets a little bit of a value boost in this one because he’s been struggling of late. He owns a .349/.409/.490 slash against righties, which is good enough for a .384 wOBA and a 142 wRC+. If he plays in the NL park, he’ll be asked to rumble around the first base bag, but he should be just fine.
Here are the best value pitchers for September 1:
Marco Gonzales ($6,400) – Control problems and injuries aside, Marco Gonzales has a fairly high ceiling at this price for Tuesday night. Gonzales has missed bats at a decent clip at most levels and the unfamiliar lefty angle is one that I like to incorporate. The Nationals haven’t really hit most of the season with all of their injuries. Also, the Cardinals, as a team, are stranding over 80 percent of baserunners. That should keep Gonzales’s runs allowed to a premium.
Tyler Duffey ($7,400) – Duffey has the unfortunate task of going up against Chris Sale, but the matchup for him is extremely good. The White Sox are a bad offensive team and Duffey has struck out 20 in his 21 innings of work. The high walk rate would be a worry against a team that has some patience, so this looks like a good spot to back the youngster, who has excelled at two levels of the minors this season and has thrown the ball well at the MLB level.
Matt Shoemaker ($6,700) – After a little bit of a breather in the minors, Matt Shoemaker returned with a vengeance against the Tigers last week. He has strikeout per inning upside against the Athletics in this start. He’ll be pitching at the very forgiving O.co Coliseum against an A’s lineup that hasn’t really performed all that well this season. Shoemaker gave up 10 of his 21 home runs over his first six starts and has allowed 10 over 16 starts since, so the command definitely improved.