Fantasy Baseball Daily Notes for Aug. 6

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The first Sunday of August treats us to a standard slate, featuring the New York Mets hosting the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Sunday night ESPN game. Two of my favorite hurlers, Luis Severino and Aaron Nola look to build on their stellar campaigns, while youngsters Lucas Sims and Erick Fedde look to build on their recent MLB debuts.

As always, Sunday marks the end of most head-to-head scoring periods. Here are some players likely available to help your last-minute push to the top.


Pitching

Patrick Corbin (L), 27 percent ownership in ESPN leagues, Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants: Corbin snapped a string of solid outings with a rough go against the Cubs last time out. Next up is one of the weaker lineups versus lefties, in a great pitcher’s park. Corbin will be opposed by the enigmatic Jeff Samardzija, he of the Cy Young peripherals but Matt Young numbers.

Hyun-Jin Ryu (L), 19 percent, Los Angeles Dodgers at New York Mets: Ryu has pitched fairly well in between trips to the disabled list. Since returning from his last visit, Ryu has fanned 20 in 17 2/3 innings, walking only five in those three outings. Ryu has the advantage of holding the platoon edge over many of the Mets’ better hitters.

Lucas Sims (R), 5 percent, Atlanta Braves vs. Miami Marlins: Considering Sims’ MLB debut was against the Los Angeles Dodgers, a six-inning, three-run effort with three whiffs and a walk is impressive. The control artist threw 92 pitches, 62 for strikes. The Marlins are a mid-pack attack, with a low walk rate. If Sims can keep Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna in the yard, he should have another quality effort.

Doug Fister (R), 2 percent, Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago White Sox: Need a win? Obviously, nothing is guaranteed, but as poor a pitcher as Fister is, he’ll be favored in this tilt against Mike Pelfrey. With the return of Joe Kelly and the acquisition of Addison Reed, the revamped Red Sox bullpen means Fister won’t have to go through the weak White Sox order a third time. To his credit, Fister is coming off a 7 2/3-frame gem against the dangerous Cleveland Indians.

Pitchers to avoid

Marcus Stroman (R), 97 percent, Toronto Blue Jays at Houston Astros: Even a depleted Astros lineup is dangerous. Stroman is coming off a solid effort against the punch-less White Sox. However, in his previous three starts, Stroman allowed a whopping 30 base runners in 19 1/3 stanzas.

For those curious, while starting Nola in Colorado is a risk, I don’t foresee a disaster, so I’m running him out there. If you’re in a close battle in ratios in your head-to-head league, benching Nola is defensible.

Bullpen

Perhaps it’s manager-speak, but Terry Francona said he’ll consider using Chad Allen in the Andrew Miller role, coming into games earlier, based on matchups. If this is the case, Bryan Shaw is the likely beneficiary in terms of saves.


Projected game scores

GS is the projected game score for the pitcher. A “*” means that the pitcher lacks requisite career major league data to produce an accurate rating; these are the author’s ratings.



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