After a light day on the diamond with just nine games, we’re back to a full dance card on Tuesday. Those that are playing full day contests need to remember today’s one lone day game, but our focus here will be the 14 night games on the schedule. There are a lot of great stacking options and low-priced pitching options, so this is the kind of day when our format can have a lot of value to daily fantasy baseball players. Let’s see what we can find.
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Here are the top teams to stack for August 9:
Atlanta – It takes a lot to recommend a stack of the lowly Atlanta Braves, but Wily Peralta can make strange things happen. Peralta hung a 6.68 ERA with a 5.59 FIP and a 4.78 xFIP before the Brewers sent him down to Triple-A. In Triple-A, Peralta made 10 starts covering 41.1 innings of work and posted a 6.31 ERA with a 4.70 FIP. It’s fair to mention that Milwaukee’s Triple-A affiliate is in Colorado Springs, so the altitude probably had an effect, but Peralta is terrible and any team is worth a stack against him.
Baltimore – The Orioles will get their cuts against Zachary Neal on Tuesday night and they will be putting a lot of balls in play. That will put a lot of emphasis on Oakland’s mediocre defensive squad and won’t give Neal much relief from the Baltimore onslaught. Neal had a solid 3.21 ERA in Triple-A, but he doesn’t miss bats. In 24 MLB innings, he has 10 strikeouts. He’s given up 14 runs on 29 hits with a 5.25 ERA. The Orioles are not a great matchup for him.
Boston – Promising prospect Luis Severino is back in the Yankees rotation. Severino was recalled in late July and made a couple of scoreless relief appearances before going 4.1 innings in his start against the Mets on August 3. Severino has a lot of tools and a lot of talent, but his command isn’t Major League-ready yet and the Red Sox have the top offense in baseball against right-handed pitchers. It could be a rough ride for the youngster and the Boston offense seems to be a ticking time bomb here of late.
Here are the top value hitters for August 9:
Corey Dickerson ($2,800) – It hasn’t been the season that Corey Dickerson envisioned, but the Rays outfielder has put up good power numbers against right-handed pitching this season. Dickerson has a .475 SLG with the platoon split, including all 15 of his home runs, 19 of his 20 doubles, and all three triples. With 37 extra-base hits against righties, there’s some hope here that he can string a couple of them together and put up a nice number.
Jorge Polanco ($3,300) – Jorge Polanco is enjoying the pressure-free environment in the Twin Cities this year. Polanco is batting .333/.385/.521 against righties so far this season and he had a couple of knocks for us when we streamed him the other day. This is another good matchup against Mike Fiers, a non-threatening right-hander with average stuff. It seems like a good spot to stream Polanco.
Carlos Santana ($3,500) – Power meets power when Carlos Santana takes on Max Scherzer. Part of the appeal here with Santana is that you can never get him at this price, so it feels like a little bit of a bargain, even if he’s facing an elite-level starter like Scherzer. Scherzer has given up some home runs this season and Santana has hit 24 long balls. That’s the hope here. Santana’s a patient hitter and he could bait Scherzer into a mistake that leaves the yard.
Here are the top value pitchers for August 9:
Chad Kuhl ($6,800) – Likely on a pitch count, Chad Kuhl still has some value against the Padres because he throws right-handed and the Padres can’t hit anybody that throws right-handed. San Diego is 29th in wOBA against right-handed pitching at .294. Only the Braves are worse at .293. Kuhl doesn’t have to do a whole lot to validate this low salary, so there is a bit of value in this price.
Matt Moore ($7,900) – At the Trade Deadline, it’s important to watch for pitchers that went to teams that are better defensively. Matt Moore is one of those guys. With the move to the Giants, Moore improved by about 30 runs defensively and by a significant amount in UZR. To be fair, the Rays had a lot of outfield injuries, but Moore has to be happy to be in a different situation and that’s a contributing factor to why he’s a good option today.
Kenta Maeda ($9,700) – Kenta Maeda has 125 strikeouts in his 125.2 innings of work and a strikeout per inning is always an exciting starting point for a pitcher. Add in that he’s facing the Philadelphia Phillies today and Maeda is a perfect streaming candidate. Maeda has a 3.22 ERA with a 3.42 FIP and a 3.70 xFIP, so he’s also thrown the ball well and has worked out of jams for the majority of the season.