Melky Cabrera- OF- PIT- Idea- Cabrera has been successful no matter which hand the ball is coming at him from, but against southpaws he is slashing .351/.368/.541. This bodes well for him facing Eric Lauer and the .287/.346/.496 slash line he has posted against RH hitters. Value Play- Draft Kings salary $3900
Shaun Anderson- P- SF- Rookie- Shaun Anderson made his major league debut in style yesterday, not only allowing just 2 earned runs in 5 IP on 2 hits and 3 walks while striking out 3. He also went 2-for-2 with a double at the plate. No Giants' pitcher has collected multiple hits in their debut since 1900. Anderson threw 96 pitches, 64 of them strikes. The walk total was higher than what he had shown from a 2.83 BB/9 at AAA so far this season. He had a 4.11 ERA when called up, but his FIP was 3.55. Anderson had also improved his K/9 from his first taste of AAA in 2018 (6.46) to 9.51 this season. He has 4 effective pitches, although none of them are top tier. The expectations for him are that he can develop into an innings eater in the back half of the rotation.
Chris Archer- P- PIT- Cold- Archer had a poor return from the injured list yesterday. As he did in his last start before going on the IL, he allowed 6 earned runs. There was also an unearned run allowed in his 3.2 IP. Archer's nemesis, lack of control, raised its ugly head. Only 44 of his 80 pitches were strikes and he walked 4 batters. Archer gave up 4 hits and struck out 5 in the outing. While his K/9 is a solid 9.98, his BB/9 is a woeful 4.70 and he has walked 9 in his last 12.2 IP. Archer has thrown 2 quality starts this season, in which he gave up a combined 4 walks and struck out 16 batters in 13 IP. That is the potential that is still tempting. It just doesn't show up consistently enough to translate into fantasy value.
Michael Wacha- P- STL- Caution- Although Wacha only allowed 1 ER (2 R overall) in 5 IP yesterday, there were some concerns in the outing. He threw 90 pitches, only 51 of them strikes. Wacha walked 4 batters, bringing his BB/9 for the season to an atrocious 5.57. He also gave up a homer, bringing his HR/9 to 1.71 for the season. Wacha saw his ERA for the season drop from 5.35 to 4.93 but his FIP rose from 5.46 to 5.58. His WHIP is an inflated 1.64. Despite yesterday being his first loss of the season, there are lots of danger signs all over his performance yesterday and for the course of 2019 so far.
Ian Desmond- OF- COL- Hot- Desmond has seen a relatively large time on the bench but can still produce at times. Yesterday he went 2-for-4 with a double, walk, and run scored. If he were to get more playing time, Desmond could be a serious buy low candidate. Through the same date last year, Desmond was hitting .171 with 6 homers and 3 steals. For the rest of the season he hit .259 and ended up as a member of the 20/20 club for the 5th time with a total of 22 homers and 21 steals.
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