Giants recall INF Grant Green, option RHP Chris Stratton


June 15, 2016: San Francisco Giants Pitcher Chris Stratton (68) [9788] pitches in relief during the Major League Baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA. (Photo by Bob Kupbens/Icon Sportswire)

According to a report from Andrew Baggarly on Thursday, the San Francisco Giants have purchased the contract of infielder Grant Green from Triple-A Sacramento. In doing so, the Giants will allow Green to make his club debut on Thursday evening against the Oakland Athletics.

The soon-to-be 29-year-old infielder will be starting at second base for manager Bruce Bochy with ace Madison Bumgarner taking the the mound.

Green previously spent time with the Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics. A three-year big league veteran, he split his rookie campaign in 2013 between both clubs while then going onto stay in Los Angeles through last season.

Now set to make his first appearance in 2016 in addition to his Giants debut, Green currently owns a career .249 batting average with three home runs, 31 RBI and a .283 on-base percentage across 109 games and 281 at bats.

On the other hand, the Giants were forced to make several moves in order to clear a spot on their 40-man roster on Thursday. In addition to optioning right-handed pitcher Chris Stratton to Triple-A Sacramento, the club also designated fellow right-hander Jake Smith for assignment.

Leading to Thursday’s slew of transactions, starting second baseman Joe Panik is currently serving a stint on the Giants’ seven-day concussion disabled list. While it does not appear that Panik will be forced to miss an extended period of time due to the head trouble, he was originally scratched earlier in the week against the Athletics due to concussion-like symptoms.

Nonetheless, the Giants sport a 5.5-game lead in the in the National League West division as it stands today.

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Julio Urias still on the path to stardom


May 27, 2016: Los Angeles Dodgers Starting pitcher Julio Urias (78) in action during the first inning of the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets at Citi Field in Flushing, NY. (Photo by Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire)

Stats down tell the whole story. Take Julio Urias’ first seven big league starts, for example. He’s 1-2 with a 4.09 ERA, 3.62 FIP and 1.46 WHIP. He’s struck out 41 and walked 15 over 33 innings. And he’s also a 19-year-old phenom bound for superstardom.

Lazy fans and analysts will simply look at the numbers Urias is posting and mutter about unmet expectations, a rushed promotion and anything else under the sun. But try something crazy here: watch him actually pitch. Notice the arm action. The deception. The high pitching IQ. The willingness to throw off speed pitches in fastball situation. That pickoff move. That curveball. That fastball. That disappearing change up.

He’s the real deal. Through his first handful of starts, Urias had been touched up by a few batters, but had also allowed a below-average exit velocity. And though he walked six batters, Urias was finally rewarded with his first big league win this week in Milwaukee. Even when he’s wild, the proof that he’s a difficult pitcher to hit is in the pudding.

Perhaps most shockingly, Urias seems unfazed by the pressure. He has made himself at home as a regular cog in the Dodgers’ rotation, and his work to this point has been season-saving, considering the plethora of injuries the team is facing. For a player who’s still a teenager, it’s his most impressive trait.

Maybe that’s what fans should have expected with Urias, though. The comparisons to Clayton Kershaw, Sandy Koufax and Fernando Valenzuela were there from day one, when the then-16-year-old Mexican lefty inked a deal with the Dodgers.

In three short years, Urias has come a long way, and by all indications has a long way to go, too. Assuming he stays healthy, he is only going to improve. He’ll harness the wildness, maybe add a pitch and could certainly add a tick to the speed of his fastball.

The mechanics and makeup are already there. They say the mental aspect of pitching is half the battle, and Urias is way ahead of the curve. If the other half is purely the ability to make batters swing and miss, Urias is also way ahead of where he should be at such a young age.

Picture this: a 22-year-old Urias with a fully-developed arm, spinning tight curveballs, dipping change-ups and blowing 97-mph fastballs by unsuspecting batters. Picture the rare runner that does reach getting picked off by one of Urias’ slick moves.

That’s all hypothetical and may seem far-fetched, but if you’ve watched him pitch, you’d realize this isn’t some utopian fantasy. He is already one of the most intriguing arms in baseball and has the stuff to become a top-tier hurler very soon.

If Kershaw and Koufax and Valenzuela were prodigies in their own rights, maybe we should trust the Dodgers in developing young left-handed talent. Maybe we should realize that Urias is just another in a long line of pitchers raised through the team’s system and bound to be one of the league’s brightest stars.

Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised by this at all.

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MLB issues statement regarding ‘Save America’s Pastime Act’


February 13, 2015 MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred during the announcement that Miami Marlins to Host 2017 All-Star Game

While Minor League Baseball previously got behind the Save America’s Pastime Act, Major League Baseball has now issued a statement of their own regarding the matter.

The proposed piece of Congressional legislation would change the already in place Fair Labor Standards Act in order to clarify that minor league players will not be subject to the amendment.

“There are approximately 7,500 players in Minor League Baseball. MLB pays over a half a billion dollars to Minor League players in signing bonuses and salary each year. Minor League clubs could not afford these massive player costs. MLB heavily subsidizes Minor League Baseball by providing Minor League clubs with its players, allowing professional baseball to be played in many communities in the United States that cannot support a Major League franchise. Moreover, for the overwhelming majority of individuals, being a MInor League Baseball player is not a career but a short-term season apprenticeship in which the player either advances to the Major Leagues or pursues another career.”

Leading to the slew of statements and conversations, there is currently a pending lawsuit in the state of California surrounding federal overtime laws that apply to minor league players.

“Minor League Baseball players always have been salaried employees similar to artists, musicians and other creative professionals who are exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act. Like those professionals, it is simply impractical to treat professional athletes as hourly employees whose pay may be determined by such things as how long their games last, when they choose to arrive at the ballpark, how much they practice or condition to stay in shape, and how many promotional or charitable appearances they make.”

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Athletics ink No. 6 overall draft pick, starter A.J. Puk



One of the best pure talents in the recent Major league Baseball draft is under contract as the Oakland Athletics have announced they have signed hard-throwing starting pitcher A.J. Puk.

Jon Heyman of Today’ and the FanRag Sports Network reported that Puk has signed for the slot contract number, which is $4.0692 million. He was the sixth overall draft choice.

Puk has the potential to be an imposing member of the Athletics’ starting rotation for years to come. He was a dominant player for the stalwart Florida Gators for three years,

Puk, who is 6-foot-7, 230 pounds, is a left-handed pitcher. His combination of being a southpaw, having great size and have a good array of pitches made Puk a top draft prospect. Many mock drafts had him linked to the Philadelphia Phillies with the No. 1 overall, draft pick, but the Phillies went with Southern California high school outfielder Mickey Moniak.

Many draft observers were surprised that Puk fell to No. 6. The Athletics quickly ended Puk’s slide and now they have him under wraps.

Puk started 15 games this season for the Gators. He had 3.21 earned run average. He struck out 95 batters in 70 innings. Puk struck out 104 batters in 78 innings as a sophomore for Florida, which went to the College World Series in 2015. Thus, Puk had 199 strikeouts in 148 innings in his final two college seasons. That had to entice Oakland’s brass.

Last summer, Puk pitched four innings of a no hitter against Cuba for the United State Collegiate National team. It was the first time Cuba was no-hit in international play.

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Mariners place catcher Steve Clevenger on 15-day disabled list


03 JUN 2016:Texas Rangers Third base Adrian Beltre (29) [1597] is tagged out at the plate by Seattle Mariners Catcher Steve Clevenger (32) [9275] during the MLB game between the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire)

According to a statement released by the club on Thursday, the Seattle Mariners have placed catcher Steve Clevenger on the 15-day disabled list due to a fractured right hand. Exiting Wednesday’s matchup against the Pittsburgh Pirates due to the injury, Clevenger was struck in the hand as a result of an Andrew McCutchen foul ball.

Specifically, the 30-year-old catcher sustained a fractured third metacarpal in his right hand, which could require a substantial period on the sideline in order for him to fully recover.

Clevenger exited the aforementioned contest in the third inning after encountering the unfortunate occurrence. As a result of finishing the outing without an official at bat, he will head to the 15-day disabled list sporting a .221 batting average with one home run, seven RBI and a .303 on-base percentage over the course of 22 appearances including Wednesday’s 8-1 loss to the Pirates.

Currently in the midst of his first season as a member of the Mariners, Clevenger has been serving as a backup to starter Chis Iannetta, who replaced his counterpart midway through Wednesday’s outing. Making 62 appearances himself in 2016, the 33-year-old Iannetta is batting .224 with seven home runs, 20 RBI and a .316 on-base percentage.

Upon losing Clevenger, the Mariners announced that the club has recalled right-handed pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen and catcher Mike Zunino from Triple-A Tacoma while optioning fellow right-hander Donn Roach down to Triple-A Tacoma.

The Mariners own an even 39-39 record thus far into the 2016 regular season, good for third-place in the American League West division.

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Pleskoff Scouting Report: Zach Eflin


Philadelphia Phillies Pitcher Zach Eflin (56) [9858] delivers a pitch during a game between Philadelphia Phillies the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase field. (Photo by Kevin French/Icon Sportswire)

  • TEAM: Philadelphia Phillies
  • AGE: 22
  • POSITION: Pitcher
  • BATS: Right
  • THROWS: Right
  • HEIGHT: 6-foot-5
  • WEIGHT: 215 lbs
  • ACQUIRED: The San Diego Padres selected Eflin directly from Paul J. Hagerty High School in Oviedo, Florida in the 2012 First Year Player Draft. Eflin was a supplemental first round selection, being chosen at No. 33 overall.


In December 2014, Eflin was part of two separate transactions. The Padres traded him along with catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitcher Joe Wieland to the Dodgers for C Tim Federowicz, outfielder Matt Kemp and cash. The day after that trade, the Dodgers traded Eflin and pitcher Tom Windle to Philadelphia for Jimmy Rollins and cash.


Eflin has a solid fastball/slider combination that helps him navigate through a lineup.  He knows how to pitch and he sequences pitches very well. He has good command and control, walking fewer than two hitters on average per game.

He throws both a four-seam and a more sparsely used two-seam fastball. He uses his fastball to set up his sound and consistent secondary pitches, all of which appear to be above average offerings.

He began the most recent game I scouted throwing his fastball at 93 miles per hour. By the mid-innings and the second time through the lineup he had added three miles per hour to his fastball, with the pitch settling in at 96. Eflin’s fastball has late life, often rising or sinking in the strike zone and fooling the hitter. He gets sink on his two-seamer in particular and induces ground balls.  However, he mixes and matches his pitches very well and pitches to contact, letting his defense do their work.

Eflin’s slider varies in velocity from 82 to 86 miles per hour. He isn’t afraid to use that as well as his curveball and changeup at any time in the count. He pitches with confidence in his entire repertoire.

Eflin’s curveball really altered the balance of the hitters as he threw several at 74 miles per hour. It’s an impressive pitch that he shows just enough to keep the hitter honest. 

One of Eflin’s best characteristics on the mound is his ability to pitch inside. He carves out the inside of the plate and busts pitches in on the hands of both right- and left-handed hitters.

In his home park in Philadelphia and in other hitter-friendly parks like Chase Field in Arizona and Coors Field in Colorado, pitching inside at times and using the entire plate is essential.

Eflin has outstanding mound presence. He gets stronger and gains confidence the further along he gets in the game. He finds his rhythm and repeats his delivery very well.


Like any pitcher, he is not a machine. Even with good command and control, there are times he will make a mistake. Pitching up in the zone can have negative ramifications and create issues. He has had a couple hiccups hanging curveballs and sliders and getting hit. That was the exact scenario when Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb took him deep half way up the batter’s eye in center field. He got a pitch up in Lamb’s eyes and the ball was long gone to the deepest part of Chase Field.

Eflin is not a traditional strikeout pitcher. He may strike out only four-to-six hitters per nine innings, but his control and command are good enough to keep his walk rate down. But when he needs the strikeout to get out of hot water, it may not be there for him. He’ll have to rely on his defense to make plays.


Eflin pitched well enough in high school for the Padres to spend the first June 2012 supplemental draft choice on him. Instead of attending the University of Central Florida as planned, he signed with San Diego.

The Phillies are the beneficiaries of a bit of a trading frenzy in the 2014 offseason. Changing organizations twice in two days, Eflin and Philadelphia may reap the benefits of aggressive moves made first by San Diego and then the Dodgers.

Eflin is tall and carries his height well. There is a chance for him to gain even more strength as his workout regimen continues.

Hiding the ball well in his delivery, Eflin has mastered the art of pitching to his strengths and not over-throwing the ball. His pace is excellent and he knows enough to keep an arrow or two in his quiver for the next time through the lineup. Once he gets in rhythm, he is tough to hit. Getting in rhythm may take a full inning or several hitters.

Eflin made his major-league debut for the Phillies on June 14, 2016, working three innings in a rough start against the Toronto Blue Jays. He has four starts as of this writing and is gaining both confidence and momentum. He worked an inning longer in each game, going six strong innings in his June 29 start against Arizona.

So far at the big league level, Eflin is pitching equally well against both right- and left-handed hitters.


I am very bullish on the Phillies’ young pitching. The starting corps includes very good arms that belong to Aaron Nola (age 23), Vincent Velasquez (age 24), Jerad Eickhoff (age 26) and Eflin who just turned 22. That’s a very strong group of right-handed starters to lead the club to the future. The bullpen has an equal array of quality young pitchers capable of holding leagues and/or closing games.

Eflin should be able to maintain his role in the rotation. He knows what it takes to navigate through a lineup, he has a solid repertoire of big league pitches and he has the mound demeanor to win.


Eflin is on the right team at the right time to contribute to their promising future. He can be a core part of the rotation as long as he continues to get movement on his pitches and commands the strike zone in the manner I have seen. 

Eflin won’t generate strikeouts and he’ll be dependent upon good defense to reach his potential. Eflin pitches to contact to the degree that even the slightest crack in the defensive armor could lead to an inning getting out of control.

I really like the way Eflin, (and most of the Phillies pitchers) comports himself on the mound. He won’t back down from a hitter and he’ll throw his entire arsenal to get the hitter out.

EFLIN IN A PHRASE: The fun is just beginning for him

SCOUTING GRADE FOR EFLIN: 50 – A solid starting pitcher for the middle or back end of the rotation

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White Sox INF Matt Davidson suffers broken foot in club debut


February 28, 2015: Infielder Matt Davidson (22) poses for a portraits during the Chicago White Sox photo day in Glendale, AZ.

According to a statement released by the club, Chicago White Sox infielder Matt Davidson exited Thursday’s matchup against the Minnesota Twins with a fractured right foot. Upon leaving the game in the bottom half of the sixth inning, Davidson was initially believed to have sustained only soreness in the right foot.

Although obviously undergoing further testing on Thursday, the 25-year-old infielder will be officially evaluated by team doctors on Friday.

Suffering the unfortunate injury while running the bases against the Twins, Davidson was in the midst of his club debut. Recalled from Triple-A Charlotte earlier in the day on Thursday, he got the start as the club’s designated hitter while batting eighth in the order.

However, prior to exiting the eventual 6-5 victory, Davidson managed to register his first hit in a White Sox uniform. Finishing the outing 1-for-2 with one RBI, one run scored and one strikeout, he tallied a RBI single in the fourth inning while coming around to score later in the frame.

Upon making his premature departure, Davidson was replaced by outfielder Jason Coats.

Prior to arriving in the “Windy City,” the up-and-coming slugger was originally selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first-round of the 2009 MLB Draft. Going on to appear in just 31 games for the Diamondbacks, all of which came in 2013, Davidson entered play on Thursday with a .237 career batting average alongside three home runs, 12 RBI and a .333 on-base percentage.

On the brighter side of things, the club’s latest win has once again moved the White Sox above the .500 mark at 40-39 on the year.

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Kris Bryant remains grounded in second MLB season


Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (17) makes a play during a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis Missouri. The Cubs won 5-0. (Photo by Scott Kane/Icon Sportswire)

CINCINNATI — A night earlier, Kris Bryant had pulled off a batting feat like no other.

The Chicago Cubs’ third baseman became the first player in major league history to hit three home runs and two doubles in the same game in helping his team to an 11-8 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on Monday.

Yet on Tuesday afternoon, Bryant was no longer soaking in his amazing feat. Instead, he concluded an interview by saying “time to go hit.”

Yes, Bryant wanted to get into the indoor batting cages for some early swings to begin preparing for that evening’s game despite compiling 16 total bases the night before.

And following a season in which he was the National League Rookie of the Year in helping the Cubs to their first postseason appearance since 2008 and a berth in the NLCS, Bryant remains the same low-key guy. It doesn’t matter that his boyish good looks only add to his popularity and landed him a national modeling contract with Express.

“I think it tells you about the way he was raised, what his values are,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “You can tell he grew up the right way. He has his priorities straight.”

Bryant also remains a player very much on the rise at 24. He is hitting .280 with 21 home runs and a .931 OPS in 75 games while also making starts at first base, left field and right field.

Those numbers are improvement over his ROY season in which he batted .275 with 26 homers and an .858 OPS in 151 games.

“He’s learning how to play the game,” Maddon said. “He’s instinctively a good baseball player. Learning how to approach his at-bats, how to make adjustments. His defense at third base has gotten better. He’s one of the best baserunners in baseball. He’s all of that. And that kind of upper-tank power. Man, it’s special.”

Maddon also suggested that Bryant could be in the conversation for NL MVP at the end of the season. It certainly doesn’t hurt Bryant’s chances that the Cubs have the best record in the major leagues at 51-26 and hold an 11-game lead over the second-place St. Louis Cardinals — the three-time defending division champions — in the NL Central.

True to his nature, Bryant kind of blushed at that suggestion.

That is not to suggest that Bryant lacks confidence. He obviously knows he is a talented player, but he just does not revel in it.

“There are so many good players in this game, it’s just, I feel so fortunate, so thankful for this opportunity to play on a stage like this one every day, and I give it my all and I make the most of every opportunity I get,” Bryant said. “To hear that, it keeps you coming back.”

Right-hander Jake Arrieta was the starter and winner for the Cubs on Bryant’s historic night. Yet he was not surprised by Bryant’s feat.

“I got asked a lot of questions about him coming out of spring training last year,” Arrieta said. “So what do you got on Bryant?’ or ‘What kind of hitter’s he going to be?’ Most of the people that asked me, I told them he’s going to be a top-five hitter in the league as soon as he gets into the big leagues.”

High praise, to be sure, but an illustration of how grounded Bryant is came following his third home run Monday night. There were more Cubs’ fans in the stands than those of the hometown Reds and he received a long standing ovation.

Right fielder Jason Heyward tried to push Bryant out of the dugout to acknowledge the cheers with a curtain call. Bryant, completely understanding baseball etiquette, refused.

“I’ve never been the type to show up an opponent or anybody,” Bryant said. “I don’t think that’s ever happened in baseball where a visiting player took a curtain call and I definitely didn’t want to be the first.

“Bryant said of a curtain call at a road park. “I’m just not that type of player. I’m glad my teammates are having fun with it. I’m glad there are a lot of Cubs fans here, but I’m not that guy.”

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Athletics place LHP Sean Doolittle on 15-day disabled list


30 JUNE 2014: Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Sean Doolittle (62) delivers a pitch during a regular season game between the Oakland Athletics and the Detroit Tigers played at Comerica Park in Detroit, MI. The Detroit Tigers defeated the Oakland A's 5-4 on a walk off grand slam in the ninth inning.

According to a report from MLB Roster Moves on Thursday, the Oakland Athletics have placed left-handed relief pitcher Sean Doolittle on the club’s 15-day disabled list. With the move being listed as retroactive to June 26, Doolittle has been forced to the sideline due to a strained left shoulder.

Adding to the club’s slew of transactions from Thursday, the Athletics have also recalled both left-hander Daniel Coulombe and right-hander Andrew Triggs from Triple-A Nashville. With Doolittle already heading to the 15-day disabled list, the club then optioned right-hander Zach Neal down to Triple-A Nashville.

While the veteran southpaw in Doolittle has become a staple of the Athletics’ bullpen over the years, the other trio of arms have continued to waver between Oakland and Nashville thus far into the 2016 regular season.

The 29-year-old has appeared in 35 games for the Athletics this season while transitioning to more of a setup role. With Doolittle previously serving as the club’s closer, reformed starter and 35-year-old veteran Ryan Madson has taken over the ninth inning duties.

In 2014, Doolittle notably registered 22 saves for the Athletics while combining for just eight total since due to variety of injury trouble. Upon heading to the 15-day disabled list, he is sporting a 2.93 ERA over the course of 30.2 innings of work alongside 30 strikeouts, eight walks, eight holds, four saves and one blown save.

It is also worth mentioning that Madson currently leads the club with 15 saves in 2016 while Neal and John Axford have tallied one save apiece as well.

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Daily Fantasy Lineup – June 30



Tonight’s FanDuel daily contest comes down to if you want to pay up for pitching with the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner costing $12,000 or fading the San Francisco lefty and leaning on the offense to carry you to the cash line.

For our lineup, Today’s Knuckleball has chosen the latter. While it is always dangerous to fade Bumgarner, there is more value at the pitcher position than bats tonight.

Current Cash Games Record 48-29


P – John Lackey, Chicago Cubs, $9,500 (Opponent: New York Mets)

Yes, Lackey is coming off his worst start of the season in which he allowed seven earned runs over 4 ⅓ innings to the Miami Marlins. But in the 10 games prior to that hiccup, Lackey had allowed three runs or less. The Cubs’ starter is also punching guys out at a decent rate with 102 strikeouts in 98 innings pitched this season. But best of all, Lackey is facing the New York Mets.

New York has struck out in 23 percent of its at-bats against right-handed pitching this season and have been brutal of late. Over their last five games they have allowed opposing pitchers to average 44 FanDuel points and that includes a 15-point performance by the Nationals’ Giolito that had his start halted by rain.  

C – Willson Contreras, Chicago Cubs, $3,100 (Opponent: New York Mets)

The Cubs’ recent call up has performed very well since arriving to the big leagues. Contreras is 12-for-42 since the call up and has done well against lefties. The catcher has a .366 wOBA against southpaws so far this season. Look for more of the same from Contreras tonight. The Mets’ Steven Matz just hasn’t been himself of late. In his last 21 ⅓ innings he has allowed 15 runs.

1B – Brandon Moss, St. Louis Cardinals, $3,900 (Opponent: Kansas City Royals)

Moss owns the platoon advantage against the Royals’ Chris Young in a big way. Moss has crushed right-handed pitching this season while Young has gotten crushed against left-handed bats. The Cardinals’ first baseman owns a .432 wOBA and a .408 ISO against them in 2016. And the Royals’ Young has allowed a ridiculous .529 wOBA to lefty batters this season. For good measure, Moss is 5-for-19 with four home runs against the Royals’ hurler.

2B – Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals, $4,600 (Opponent: Kansas City Royals)

Just like his teammate Moss, Carpenter has strong platoon splits working to his advantage tonight. The Cardinals’ second baseman has a .437 wOBA and a .320 ISO against left-handed pitching. Carpenter also has a .381 ISO versus flyball pitchers, which the Royals’ Young happens to be. The Kansas City starter is also allowing a .364/.442/.867 slash line and a 53.3% hard contact rate against left-handed hitters in 2016.

3B – Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals, $3,200 (Opponent: Cincinnati Reds)

The Nationals’ third baseman is batting fifth tonight and has averaged 13 FanDuel points per game over his last five. With a .368 wOBA against left-handed pitching in 2016 his strong play of late should continue tonight. Especially with the Reds’ Brandon Finnegan allowing a 37.3 hard contact rate to right-handed batters this season.

SS – Javy Baez, Chicago Cubs, $3,100 (Opponent: New York Mets)

Baez has raked against left-handed pitching this season and has been hot. The Cubs’ utility man owns a .396 wOBA and a .196 ISO against left-handed pitching and has scored 53.9 FanDuel points over his last two.

OF – Stephen Piscotty, St. Louis Cardinals, $3,400 (Opponent: Kansas City Royals)

Piscotty has scored at least 15.7 FanDuel points in three of his last four. Look for him to reach double-digits again tonight against Kansas City. The Royals’ Young is allowing a 33 percent hard contact rate to right-handed pitching this season as well as a .488 wOBA on the road.

OF – Jeff Francoeur, Atlanta Braves, $2,400 (Opponent: Miami Marlins)

The Braves’ outfielder has a .348 wOBA against left-handed pitching this season, while the Marlins’ Chen has struggled against right-handed batters in 2016. The Miami starter is allowing a .344 wOBA and a 38.1 percent hard contact rate to righties.

OF – Albert Almora Jr., Chicago Cubs, $2,000 (Opponent: New York Mets)

Fresh off his first career MLB home run, the Cubs’ rookie will look to stay hot against the Mets. Almora owns a .337 wOBA and a .294 ISO against left-handed pitching during his short stint in the majors.

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