Fantasy baseball pitcher rankings, lineup advice for Saturday’s MLB games

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What you need to know for Saturday’s MLB Games

By Mike Sheets

  • On Saturday, we get a monster 17-game slate, with the Cincinnati Reds taking on the St. Louis Cardinals in a doubleheader, and the Minnesota Twins playing two versus the Cleveland Guardians. In one of the Reds’ two games, Hunter Greene (24% rostered in ESPN leagues) is scheduled to return to the mound after missing a month and a half with a right shoulder strain. The hard-throwing right-hander made three rehab appearances, allowing two runs while striking out 15 in seven innings. Because he threw just three frames in his final rehab start, expect him to be on a pitch count this weekend, which obviously lowers any appeal he has as a streamer. That said, Hunter’s strikeout upside (11.1 K/9) could give him some value down the stretch.

  • After getting hammered for a 5.85 ERA through his first 19 starts and eventually landing on the injured list with a back injury, Trevor Rogers (60%) has seemingly turned a corner. Since returning from the IL, the lefty has posted a 2.95 ERA over three starts, with 22 Ks in 18 1/3 innings. Yes, it’s a small sample, but it’s still very encouraging after such a long stretch of struggles. Rogers’ recent run of success should continue against the Washington Nationals’ lackluster lineup. It’s worth noting that he’s on track to face the Nats again next week, too.

  • We’ve been highlighting George Kirby (61%) in this space for weeks now, and while his rostered percentage is slowly creeping up, it’s baffling that he’s still available in nearly 40% of ESPN leagues. As a quick refresher, Kirby has been one of the best pitchers in baseball since the All-Star break, registering a 1.90 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 10.1 K/9 and 0.95 BB/9. Over his last 11 outings, he’s given up more than two earned runs just once (and that was only three runs). There’s simply no reason Kirby should be on the waiver wire right now. Fire him up on Saturday against a Los Angeles Angels club that’s fanning at a 25.9% clip over the last month.

  • Johnny Cueto (45%) may not be as young and exciting as Kirby, but he still qualifies as a quality streamer or affordable DFS play. The veteran right-hander sports a 2.94 ERA over his last 16 starts, including a 2.30 ERA on the road, which is where he’ll square off against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday. There’s obviously very little strikeout potential here (5.7 K/9), but he won’t need to miss bats to shut down the Tigers, who sport the worst offense in the American League since the All-Star break (82 wRC+, .280 wOBA).

  • Elvis Andrus (29%) has found new life since being released by the Oakland A’s and subsequently signing with the Chicago White Sox. Since changing digs, the veteran shortstop has hit .313/.359/.525 with five homers, 20 RBI, and three steals over 24 games. Not only that, but he’s solidified himself as the White Sox’s leadoff hitter, giving himself plenty of run-scoring opportunities while hitting ahead of Jose Abreu and Eloy Jimenez. As long as he’s swinging a hot bat, Andrus looks to be a fantasy asset over the season’s final weeks. He draws the platoon edge against Detroit’s Eduardo Rodriguez on Saturday.

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