Brian McCann- C- ATL- Idea- McCann had the day off yesterday so he is likely to take his .288/.356/.482 slash line against RH pitchers into tonight's lineup. Elieser Hernandez has a .293/.387/.553 slash line in 47.2 career IP against LH hitters. McCann has a distinct advantage in this matchup. Value Play- Draft Kings salary $3900
Joe Ross- P- WAS- Hot- Starting seems to agree with Ross. Pitching 17 games out of the Washington bullpen before being sent to AAA Fresno, he had an ERA of 11.05. Since being recalled late last month he has pitched out of the rotation. Ross had one unsuccessful outing when he followed an opener. In his other games as a true starter he has allowed 3 ERs in 16.2 IP, giving up 12 hits, walking 9 (5 coming in one game) and striking out 14. Last night he tossed 6 shutout IP for his first quality start, allowing 3 hits, walking 2, and striking out 5. It looks like Ross may be able to make some fantasy contributions in a starter role.
Ian Happ- OF- CHC- Hot- Happ has appeared in every Cubs' game since he was recalled on July 26. It hasn't always been as a starter but he is making his presence felt. After going 2-for-4 with a grand slam yesterday Happ is slashing .320/.452/.600 with 2 homers, 5 runs, and 6 RBI in 31 PAs. His Batting EYE is at 1.00 with 19.4% as both his BB% and K%. Happ has a .353 BABIP but his career mark is .339 so it is not a huge extreme. With his production his bat will be forcing more playing time.
Drew Pomeranz- P- MIL- Hot- Pomeranz had success in a quasi-opener role with the Brewers last night. He gave up 1 hit, a solo homer, in his 3 IP. Pomeranz walked 1 and struck out 3. The homer was his first, and so far only, run allowed in 3 games with Milwaukee. Prior to last night Pomeranz had a 6.10 ERA as a starter this season. He has yet to allow an earned run out of the bullpen in 2019. Manager Craig Counsell may try this formula again to get the most out of Pomeranz. If he can go longer than the typical opener but not long enough to get pounded (his ERA in the second time through the order was 7.53) Pomeranz could provide some fantasy value especially with a K/9 of 10.89.
Greg Holland- RP- ARI- FYI- Holland was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks. He had a 4.54 ERA and had been charged with runs in 7 of his last 13 appearances, blowing 3 of 8 save opportunities. After posting a 6.22 BB/9 last year with the Cardinals and Nationals Holland looked like he was improving his control earlier this season. Through June 29 his BB/9 was at 4.33 and his ERA was 2.33. Holland did have a FIP of 4.22 at that point so there were indications of trouble. Since that date Holland walked he walked 11 in 8.2 IP to send his BB/9 up to 6.06. He collected 17 saves while with the Diamondbacks and with a K/9 of 10.35 it wouldn't be surprising if a team picks him up. Given the control problems for two seasons now, though, it seems it would be an uphill battle for Holland to hold onto a significant relief role.
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