DRAFT MLB Lineup Advice: Friday (8/10)

by Adam Meyer | @CharlieSideHstl | Featured Writer
Aug 10, 2018

If you want the option to choose from every team in the league, DRAFT gives you that ability on Friday. The WSH/CHC game starts at 2:20 pm EST, but DRAFT still includes that matchup in one of their three time slots on Friday. You can play a 15-game slate (2:20 pm EST start), a 14-game slate (7:05 pm EST start), and/or a three-game slate (10:07 pm EST start) on DRAFT.

There are seven games with an over/under of at least nine total runs. The LAD/COL matchup leads the docket with 10.5 total runs projected at Coors Field. The Dodgers are currently favored in that contest. Speaking of favorites, we have two teams who are considered strong favorites (-200 odds, or greater) on Friday: the Yankees and Astros. Expect to see their pitchers towards the top of our rankings.

This article is posted well before lineups are released by the managers. If you have a question, feel free to reach me on Twitter @CharlieSideHstl.

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Pitchers

1. Gerrit Cole, HOU (vs. SEA)

2. Masahiro Tanaka, NYY (vs. TEX)

3. Zack Wheeler, NYM (@ MIA)

4. Nathan Eovaldi, BOS (@ BAL)

5. Shane Bieber, CLE (@ CWS)

6. Freddy Peralta, MIL (@ ATL)

7. Clay Buchholz, ARI (@ CIN)

8. Jon Gray, COL (vs. LAD)

9. Kenta Maeda, LAD (@ COL)

10. Kyle Hendricks, CHC (vs. WSH)

Cole is in a class of his own on Friday. He’s punched out at least eight batters in five consecutive starts and allowed two earned runs, or less, in four of the last five appearances. On Friday, he’ll face Seattle for the third time. In the previous two outings, Cole compiled 13 strikeouts in 13.2 innings of work and allowed only two earned runs (1.32 ERA).

One pitcher who could be overlooked on Friday is Wheeler. He’s struck out at least seven batters in four of the past five games and hasn’t allowed an earned run in back-to-back performances (13 total innings). Vegas has also given his game the lowest over/under of the slate (7.5 total runs) and the Mets are slight favorites.

Infielders

1. Jose Ramirez, CLE (@ CWS)

2. Matt Carpenter, STL (@ KC)

3. J.D. Martinez, BOS (@ BAL)

4. Francisco Lindor, CLE (@ CWS)

5. Paul Goldschmidt, ARI (@ CIN)

6. Nolan Arenado, COL (vs. LAD)

7. Jesus Aguilar, MIL (@ ATL)

8. Manny Machado, LAD (@ COL)

9. Trevor Story, COL (vs. LAD)

10. Eduardo Escobar, ARI (@ CIN)

11. Travis Shaw, MIL (@ ATL)

12. Yasmani Grandal, LAD (@ COL)

13. Brian Dozier, LAD (@ COL)

14. Gleyber Torres, NYY (vs. TEX)

15. Khris Davis, OAK (@ LAA)

16. Paul DeJong, STL (@ KC)

17. Mitch Moreland, BOS (@ BAL)

18. Edwin Encarnacion, CLE (@ CWS)

19. Whit Merrifield, KC (vs. STL)

20. Eugenio Suarez, CIN (vs. ARI)

Carpenter continues to hit dingers. He’s homered in five of the past six games while maintaining a .345 AVG in the past week (10-for-29). Burch Smith gets the start for Kansas City on Friday. He’s allowed at least five earned runs in back-to-back appearances (three total home runs) for the Royals and lefties are batting .324 against him this season.

While his numbers aren’t as impressive as Carpenter’s, Shaw is having quite the week, too. He’s homered in three of the past five games and has tallied at least two hits in three of the past four games. His opponent is Kevin Gausman on Friday night. Gausman has allowed at least five earned runs in two of the past four contests.

Outfielders

1. Mookie Betts, BOS (@ BAL)

2. Mike Trout, LAA (vs. OAK)

3. Christian Yelich, MIL (@ ATL)

4. David Peralta, ARI (@ CIN)

5. Giancarlo Stanton, NYY (vs. TEX)

6. David Dahl, COL (vs. LAD)

7. Charlie Blackmon, COL (vs. LAD)

8. Carlos Gonzalez, COL (vs. LAD)

9. Joc Pederson, LAD (@ COL)

10. Yasiel Puig, LAD (@ COL)

11. Andrew Benintendi, BOS (@ BAL)

12. Rhys Hoskins, PHI (@ SD)

13. Cody Bellinger, LAD (@ COL)

14. Brandon Nimmo, NYM (@ MIA)

15. Justin Upton, LAA (vs. OAK)

16. Eric Thames, MIL (@ ATL)

17. Eddie Rosario, MIN (@ DET)

18. Aaron Hicks, NYY (vs. TEX)

19. Marcell Ozuna, STL (@ KC)

20. Bryce Harper, WSH (@ CHC)

Peralta is pulverizing the ball right now. He’s 18-for-33 (.545) with three doubles, one triple, and three home runs in the past week. He’s notched a four-hit performance in two of the past three games, as well. His Diamondbacks will face Anthony DeSclafani on Friday. He’s allowed at least three earned runs in five of the past seven appearances.

My favorite play of the night is Stanton. He’s homered in three consecutive games and is batting .310 (9-for-29) in the past week. The Yankees are tied with the Dodgers as the slate-leader with 5.4 implied runs. Stanton leads the Yankees with a .401 ISO against left-handed pitchers. Also, in his career, Stanton is 7-for-21 (.333) with five extra-base hits (four home runs) against Mike Minor.

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