Pitcher and hitter ratings for Sept. 21 – ESPN
Despite facing a team that could give him trouble, David Price secures the top spot in the opener of an important American League East set between the host Toronto Blue Jays and visiting New York Yankees. By the numbers, the Yankees don’t fan much and have been handling southpaws well lately, but this is crunch time and Price has been here before. The tempered strikeout potential hurts Price in terms of GPP action, but he’s the top cash play regardless.
Ranking Dallas Keuchel ahead of Price is defensible. The Houston Astros southpaw has the softer matchup as the Los Angeles Angels journey into Minute Maid Park. While the Halos don’t strike out an excessive amount, their rate is higher than the Yankees which helps Keuchel, especially in tournament action. So let’s call it a push and give Keuchel the nod as top GPP option with Price being best for cash play.
Chris Archer is the third ace on the schedule, leading the Tampa Bay Rays into Fenway Park. If you’re looking to pay up for pitching, as good as Archer has pitched, his spot isn’t favorable because the Boston Red Sox don’t fan much and have averaged the second most runs scored per game in September.
Not only is Gio Gonzalez the play of the day in terms of value, he could easily record the highest points total among the pitchers. The Washington Nationals entertain the Baltimore Orioles in the opener of an interleague set. Since the All-Star break, when the Orioles have been on the road and facing a lefty, they’ve whiffed at a generous 26 percent clip while toting an unproductive .276 weighted on-base average. Gonzalez has punched out double-digit hitters in two of his past three games and is in a great spot to do it again.
Jason Hammel has a favorable setup as he looks to make up for a rough second half where he’s recorded a 5.43 ERA and 1.55 WHIP. The Milwaukee Brewers head into Wrigley Field, bringing with them a 23 percent strikeout rate and weak .297 wOBA.
Coming into the season, the consensus was Brett Anderson would be solid when healthy. But there was just little chance that he’d make it through the season unscathed. Well, we were half right. With two more starts, Anderson will tie his career high of 30, set in his rookie campaign back in 2009. With a home date against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Los Angeles Dodgers southpaw is a no-brainer to stream.
Jonathon Niese has had what could be the worst month of his career, checking in with an ERA of 8.77 and 1.99 WHIP over the past 30 days. Still, with a home date against the Atlanta Braves on the docket, he’s in play on a day where there just isn’t much to choose from.
The abbreviated slate doesn’t help matters, but even so, what a lousy way to start the week if you’re looking for pitching. You know it’s ugly when former fantasy stalwarts Jeff Samardzija, Jered Weaver and A.J. Burnett are on the ‘do not disturb list,’ though at least Burnett has Coors Field as an excuse. Other starters to avoid include John Lamb, Erik Johnson, Kyle Ryan and Kyle Lobstein. Look on the bright side — it can only get better.
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