A stacked Sunday is on tap in the Major LEague Baseball world, for the last Sunday that baseball will hold the spotlight. The NFL starts next week, so we’ll have 20 straight Sundays with actual football until the week off before the Super Bowl. Sundays are always tough DFS days because of day games after night games and things of that sort, so keep track of those lineups. There are nine games early and six games late, but we’ll just look at the day as a whole and see we can’t uncover some diamonds on the diamond.
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Here are the top teams to stack for September 4:
Minnesota - The Twins and White Sox have decided to score some runs in this series, which has come as quite a surprise to me. It won’t be a surprise if the Twins continue those run-scoring ways against Anthony Ranaudo. It’s hard to find a pitcher that has been worse in his MLB time than Ranaudo. He has a 6.58 ERA with a 6.89 FIP and a 6.08 xFIP in his 79.1 career innings. The Twins do have some guys with pop and did have a long stretch after the All-Star Break where they hit everything in sight. Could happen again today.
Cleveland - It’ll be a later start in Cleveland than usual for a Sunday series wrap-up, but the Indians have raked at home all season long and they haven’t stopped in this series. We’ve talked extensively about Tom Koehler’s home/road splits throughout the year and those will be at the forefront here again today. Also, he’s not taking on a lineup with a pitcher. On the season, he has an 18/4 K/BB ratio against pitchers. It’s just 108/60 against actual hitters.
New York Yankees - Wade Miley is pitching, so that means that there are stacking opportunities, even with a Yankees team that has had some issues against lefties this season. Miley had a good outing last time to lower his ERA with Baltimore to 7.14. He still has a 4.94 FIP and it’s not like he was pitching well with Seattle and the road parks within that division. The Orioles have gotten basically nothing out of that trade and that trend could very well continue today.
Here are the top value hitters for September 4:
Josh Bell ($2,600) - Josh Bell is a decent streaming option on most days for the Pirates, but that’s especially true here today against a pitcher like Chase Anderson. Anderson has been rocked several times this season and has shown poor command throughout the year. In a small sample size of just 54 PA at the MLB level, Bell has a .286/.426/.476 slash with 11 walks against just four strikeouts.
Raimel Tapia ($3,000) - Check the lineups before locking in this one, but Raimel Tapia got the start in place of injured Charlie Blackmon on Saturday. If he’s in there again, he could be a cheap streaming option with the conditions of Coors Field working in our favor. Tapia hit over .300 with a .419 SLG against righties in the minor leagues, so he’ll have a bit of an advantage here against Archie Bradley in Denver.
Jay Bruce ($3,200) - Is Jay Bruce starting to come around? He’s got a four-game hitting streak going and he’s got a double and a dinger in that stretch. Sunday’s starter Reynaldo Lopez represents a platoon advantage for Bruce, who has done all of his damage this season against right-handed pitching. He’s also got the same command issues that we look for from young pitchers. Bruce may actually be worth a look here today, after not being worth much of anything for a while.
Here are the top value pitchers for September 4:
Seth Lugo ($4,000) - As always, we look for those guys priced as low as possible to pair with the elite-level starters of the day. Seth Lugo has made four pretty competent starts here for the Mets and that’s enough for us to roll the dice with him here today. Lugo has held batters to a .284 wOBA in his 25.2 innings as a starter, so he’s been able to mix his pitches well to turn the lineup over. At this price tag, you don’t need much and he’s shown strikeout per inning ability.
Eduardo Rodriguez ($6,500) - The Red Sox lefty draws a decent matchup here, so long as he can avoid the barrels of guys like Danny Valencia and Khris Davis. He’ll have the safety net of O.co Coliseum’s pitcher-friendly conditions, which is always nice with the expansive foul territory, the high walls, and the lack of carry. Since his recall on July 17, Rodriguez has a 3.22 ERA with a 3.89 FIP.
Jose De Leon ($7,700) - Welcome to the Show, kid. De Leon draws the best assignment possible for a young, right-handed pitcher making his debut - the San Diego Padres. De Leon had 111 strikeouts in 86.1 innings at the Triple-A level this season and that relatively low workload should mean that there’s a lot left in the tank for the rookie. We’ll see if any command issues flare up, but there should be a buzz in the ballpark with his debut.