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The daily picks are a mixture of Daily League specific advice and information for the more typical fantasy owner.
Today’s weather watch
There is a low chance for scattered thunderstorms in Washington D.C. and New York (NL).
Today features decent talent and plenty of depth.
Pitcher (to start): Jake Odorizzi doesn’t have a good match-up, but he does have all the upside of a young, highly regarded prospect. Expect a reasonable strikeout rate, strong walk rate, and plenty of help from the Rays defense.
Gerrit Cole hasn’t set the world on fire, mostly because he isn’t achieving the elite strikeout rate that many have hoped for, but he is putting in solid work. This time around, he’ll face the lowly Brewers.
Erasmo Ramirez is showing a bit of a home run problem, which makes his start against the Astros at Minute Maid Park a little worrisome.
Pitcher (bum): As I’ve been harping, Ethan Martin doesn’t have the command and control of a major league starter. He faces the Mets this time around, so the match-up is friendlier.
The Astros have TBA listed for tomorrow, which is likely to be Jordan Lyles.
Hitter (power): Get Justin Smoak into the lineup against Lyles.
Our base-thieving friend Eric Young Jr. is back for another appearance.
Pitchers to come
Friday: The Mariners have yet to name who will replace Aaron Harang in the rotation. Don’t believe the speculation that Danny Hultzen could get the call. He’s been out since June with a recurring shoulder injury.
That leaves you with Dillon Gee as the top option on a very thin streaming day.
Saturday: Saturday is more promising. Zack Wheeler looks like the best gambit.
Sunday: Alex Wood draws the Marlins on Sunday in a must, must, must start.
The Rays optioned Jeremy Hellickson yesterday, claiming they want him to rest for the stretch run.