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Sorare: MLB Buy, Hold, Trade May Chase

Sorare: MLB Buy, Hold, Trade May Chase

One of the most exciting ways to enjoy the MLB fantasy experience, Sorare gamifies card collecting in a fantasy baseball setting. How does it work? Collect cards (buy, sell, and trade), compete with them (fantasy baseball and collection game), and win rewards (cards, cash, VIP experiences, and more). Sorare has undergone a facelift for the 2024 season, so be sure to give yourself some time before the new Game Week starts to familiarize yourself with the new interface. For more information, check out our overview here.

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Sorare: MLB Buy, Hold, Trade May Chase

If you are ever looking for some players to target, Sorare curates a grouping of players on a hot streak as well as top performers by position. This is my go-to when I scour the marketplace as it can house great offers or give me an idea of the current market value for players I am targeting.

May Chase Targets

May Chase is a two week competition that combines the Game Weeks from the last two calendar weeks of the month. You set a lineup for each of the Game Week’s, with your top three scores being counted towards your final cumulative score. When playing a multi-week competition, looking ahead to projected matchups is key not only for pitching but for hitting as well. These are the players I targeted for Sorare’s May Chase competition.

Luis Gil (P – NYY): Fresh off a 14 K performance with sparkling ratios on the season
Yoshinobu Yamamoto (P – LAD): The ERA is higher than one would like, but we can live with the K/9 and WHIP numbers he boasts
Dylan Cease (P – SD): Should squeeze in up to three starts; did not have a great start as he got knocked out of the game in the fourth on Monday
Framber Valdez (P – HOU): Valdez was the top ranked two-start pitcher for the first week of the competition but struggled mightily on Monday. He will look to bounce back against an Athletics team he dominated last week.
Jose Berrios (P – TOR): it wasn’t pretty, but Berrios added another win to the ledger on Monday while scoring a solid if unspectacular 23 fantasy points at Sorare
Chris Sale (P – ATL): An oldie but a goodie, Sale has been dominant for the Braves so far and was my top target of this week’s projected two-start pitchers

Aside from Gil, the goal here was to target pitchers who project to get three starts during the course of the competition. These players would provide the most value if added to my roster for the May Chase competition. For hitters, my focus is on games played and recent performance, but I exclusively target players with great projected matchups. In other words, players who have teams like the Miami Marlins, Colorado Rockies, or Los Angeles Angels on the schedule. Streaming hitters based on pitcher matchups is more difficult for this sort of competition, as rostering new players is more involved than simply adding and dropping.

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Jo Adell (OF – LAA)
While Game Week 14 wasn’t great for Adell at Sorare, he has been one of the most welcomed breakouts of the season as he is finally putting together the pieces of a player who was always a sensational five tool prospect. The power-speed combo has always been the appeal but he is now hitting enough and getting enough playing time to become a fantasy factor. Jo is worth consideration if you are looking for outfield help at Sorare.

Maikel Garcia (3B/SS – KC)
A favorite of our own Joe Pisapia this offseason, Garcia has emerged as an elite option on the strength of five home runs and 11 swipes on .263 hitting. He was always a four tool player but has found a power stroke this season, hitting five long balls in 198 at-bats versus just four in 464 at-bats last season. If he can maintain this pace, he will be an excellent add to any Sorare roster.

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Bo Bichette (SS – TOR)
Bichette has been struggling at the plate this season but is due for some positive regression based on his hard hit and contact numbers. He has been showing some signs of life and should creep closer to his career averages the rest of the way. He may never be the player he was when he was ‘protected’ by one of the most potent lineups in baseball, but is not someone to consider trading when his value is in the tank.

Matt Olson (1B – ATL)
Matt Olson has started to heat up for the Braves but has still been a massive disappointment to this point of the season. After hitting 54 home runs, batting in 139 RBI, and scoring 127 runs on a .285 average last season, Olson is on pace for around 30 home runs, 95 RBI, and 65 runs with a .227 average. He still has the name equity to net you a decent return in a trade but is likely far more valuable as someone to keep rostered and starting in good matchups. It hasn’t been all bad for Olson this year, and he is showing signs of life, so hold despite the dip in his power metrics.

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Kevin Gausman (P – TOR)
Gausman has been a disaster. He is sporting a 4.89 ERA with a telling 5.41 xERA, and there are no indications that he will emerge from his Orioles form anytime soon. I was just as surprised as the next guy that he finally started to put it all together in the NL after being an end-of-rotation type in Baltimore. I was even more surprised that he continued to pitch well after getting a new contract. However, Gausman seems to be turning back into the player we thought he was before his emergence. He has minimal trade value in the Sorare marketplace but is someone you want to start to consider streaming in and out of lineups based on matchups going forward. At least until he shows some signs of life.

Corbin Carroll (OF – ARI)
Carroll has been struggling at the plate, and the advanced metrics do not suggest that he has simply been unlucky. His hard hit rate and barrel rate are both down from his promising rookie season, and his HR/Fly ball rate has taken a massive nosedive. Carroll’s 25/54 season on .285 hitting now seems like a distant memory. He should be able to adjust to being featured on the scouting report eventually, but his metrics do not project that happening anytime soon or even this season. If you would have told a fantasy baseball player that through 183 at-bats that Carroll would have just two home runs and eight stolen bases on .191 hitting, they probably would have hurled all sorts of insults at you and questioned your prognostication skills. Alas, Corbin’s fantasy production has fallen off a cliff at Sorare since Game Week 8. He has found success against the Chicago Cubs and took advantage of Tigers recently, so try to trade his name equity before his stock starts falling again.

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