IT’S ALMOST SUNDAY! Let’s go game-by-game and break this down. First I’ll break down the early only slate, and then I’ll publish a separate article for tonight’s main slate.
SDP @ SFG (BARN BURNER!)
Jhoulys Chacin (R): This isn’t a spot I’d use Chacin. The Giants don’t strike out.
Matt Cain (R): Definitely not.
SDP: Cory Spangenberg (Elite), Carlos Asuaje, Yangervis Solarte, Wil Myers
SFG: Denard Span (Elite), Brandon Crawford (Elite), Jarrett Parker, Joe Panik, Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval
CIN @ CHC
Jackson Stephens (R): There’s no upside here.
Jon Lester (L): The struggle is real. So are pitch counts. I’m staying away.
CIN: Billy Hamilton (Elite), Joey Votto, Patrick Kivlehan, Adam Duvall
CHC: Ian Happ (Elite), Anthony Rizzo (Elite), Kris Bryant (Elite), Kyle Schwarber, Willson Contreras, Jason Heyward
MIL @ STL
Junior Guerra (R): Guerra is still around? Hard pass.
Luke Weaver (R): This is the clear top option on the early slate. Safe and elite in all formats.
MIL: If you’re going the contrarian route: Ryan Braun, Domingo Santana, Neil Walker, Travis Shaw
STL: Tommy Pham (Elite), Jose Martinez, Paul DeJong
BAL @ TBR
Miguel Castro (R): No.
Chris Archer (R): Archer is in play in tournaments only. The Orioles gave him a hard time during his last effort.
BAL: Tim Beckham, Jonathan Schoop, Manny Machado, Chris Davis, Trey Mancini, Welington Castillo
TBR: Lucas Duda (Elite), Logan Morrison (Elite) Corey Dickerson (Elite), Kevin Kiermaier, Mallex Smith