Tuesday night brings us a full card of MLB games and we’ve got a lot of intriguing matchups to consider. All 30 teams play at 7:05 p.m. ET or later, so there’s no rush to finish polishing off that winning lineup. There are quite a few interleague series going on, so keep that in mind with teams that are adding or subtracting hitters to the lineup. Also, keep in mind those pitchers that may struggle a little bit more in starts with a DH in the lineup.
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Here are the top teams to stack for August 23:
St. Louis – The Cardinals have had their struggles against left-handed pitching this year and over the last couple of years, but Jon Niese is a below average starting pitcher this season and they should have plenty of chances to score runs tonight. Niese owns a 5.30 ERA with a 5.57 FIP and a 4.46 xFIP. He actually lost his rotation spot for a while, so he’s made 19 starts and nine relief appearances. He gave up four runs on four hits in 4.2 innings in his first start since July 10 last week. Expect the Redbirds to swing it well this evening.
Baltimore – Reynaldo Lopez has some good velocity in his right arm, but he’s still learning how to pitch and this is a precarious spot against a terrific Orioles lineup. In his 22.2 innings so far, Lopez has racked up the strikeouts, but he has shown some command and control issues, as most young pitchers do when they first make it to the big leagues. This will undoubtedly be Lopez’s biggest test to date and it’s probably better to assume that he has a hard time with it.
Minnesota – Is anybody buying the resurgence of Anibal Sanchez? Over his last four starts, Sanchez has pitched seven one-hit innings, eight innings of one-run ball, and six innings of one-run ball. He also gave up eight runs in a start. Surprisingly, the Twins have been one of the top offenses in baseball since the All-Star Break and they’ve seen Sanchez plenty of times. They’re cheap to stack and could be very profitable here today.
Here are the top value hitters for August 23:
Abraham Almonte ($2,900) – Terry Francona has been deploying Abraham Almonte against left-handed pitching of late and he’s been doing a pretty good job. In 40 PA, Almonte owns a .270/.300/.486 slash with six extra-base hits. Almonte has been playing with some urgency because he’s ineligible for the postseason from his PED suspension, but he’s trying to make amends by helping the Indians get there. He’s a decent look here at this price.
Nomar Mazara ($3,200) – It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on Nomar Mazara. He’s batting .280/.333/.422 on the season, with 28 extra-base hits. Mazara draws a good matchup on Tuesday against Dan Straily, an extreme fly ball pitcher working at Great American Ball Park. We know that it can be a tough place for fly ball guys and Mazara should be in great shape with the platoon advantage.
Brandon Belt ($3,400) – Good hitters sometimes struggle. Brandon Belt is struggling a little bit right now, but the Giants first baseman has a .276/.391/.475 slash on the season. He’ll have a platoon advantage against Kenta Maeda here tonight, so he should be able to get back on the right track. He’s too good of a hitter not to. Like many Giants, Belt is slumping at the same time as his teammates, but he’s a top hitter at his position given his price tonight.
Here are the top value pitchers for August 23:
Sean Manaea ($5,900) – The Indians draw Sean Manaea here in this one tonight and it could be another tough offensive night for the Tribe. Fatigue seemed to be a factor on Monday night, even though they pulled the game out. Manaea is an uncomfortable at bat with his sweepy arm angle and recent success. Manaea has a 3.69 ERA with a 4.21 FIP and a 3.74 xFIP in his last nine starts since returning from a DL stint.
Jon Gray ($7,400) – Jon Gray has really had a lot of bad luck in road starts this season. Even though opposing batters are only hitting .228/.326/.364, he has a 4.29 ERA away from Coors Field. Walks have been a bit of an issue and they could be one again here today against a patient Brewers lineup, but there’s a lot of strikeout upside here and it feels like Gray’s performance should have better bottom lines this season.
Archie Bradley ($6,000) – Strikeout upside is the biggest reason to like Archie Bradley tonight. He draws the lowly Atlanta Braves, which is a good matchup in and of itself, but Bradley has 94 strikeouts in 100 innings of work. His command has been a problem, but pitchers have a greater margin for error when they take on teams like the Braves. Bradley is a decent streaming option that would allow you to roster a better pitcher and still fill a competent lineup.