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What you need to know for Saturday’s MLB Games

By Mike Sheets

  • One of the most interesting matchups on Saturday’s 15-game slate is a duel between Joe Musgrove of the San Diego Padres and Sonny Gray of the Minnesota Twins. Surprisingly, both hurlers have struggled somewhat in July. Gray rebounded nicely in his last start (1 ER, 6 IP vs. DET) after three straight clunkers to begin July, but Musgrove has been hit hard in his last two outings (9 ER,10.1 IP combined). Musgrove is still a strong candidate to anchor your DFS lineup this weekend, but a Twins offense that sports a 114 wRC+ in July will make him work for it.

  • Dakota Hudson (8% rostered in ESPN leagues) hasn’t pitched particularly well this season. He doesn’t miss many bats (4.9 K/9) and walks too many batters (3.9 BB/9), which has resulted in an ugly 2.7 K-BB% that ranks last in baseball (min. 90 IP). The right-hander has survived by limiting hard contact and inducing lots of grounders in front of the terrific infield defense of the St. Louis Cardinals. Fortunately, that should be enough for him to keep the Pittsburgh Pirates in check on Saturday. After all, the Pirates have the worst offense in the National League this season, ranking last in wRC+ (84), wOBA (.288) and strikeout rate (25.6%). Hudson may not be an exciting streamer, but the matchup makes him a somewhat appealing one.

  • Like Hudson, Johnny Cueto (36%) doesn’t have overpowering stuff, but he boasts a 2.89 ERA across 13 games (12 starts), including a 2.38 mark over his last seven turns. The underlying numbers suggest that the veteran hasn’t fully earned that 2.89 ERA, but we probably don’t need to worry about regression hitting on Saturday against the Oakland Athletics. Oakland’s offense has actually been worse than Pittsburgh’s this season, creating a prime streaming opportunity for the 36-year-old Cueto.

  • Since the start of July, Nick Pivetta has hit a wall, getting blasted for a 9.95 ERA over his last four starts. In three of those outings, he has surrendered six-plus earned runs. Needless to say, Saturday looks like a great time to load up on Milwaukee Brewers bats. Rowdy Tellez (59%), Luis Urias (52%), Andrew McCutchen (52%) and Omar Narvaez (26%) are all available in plenty of leagues. Urias, who is hitting .292/.365/.539 over his last 24 games, is the easiest to work into your lineup, as he’s eligible at three different positions (2B, 3B, SS).

  • If you’re digging deep for saves, take a look at A.J. Puk (3%). The left-hander has picked up two saves over the past week, and it wouldn’t be at all surprising if Oakland stepped away from closer Lou Trivino, who has a 6.23 ERA over his last 10 appearances. For his part, Puk sports a 0.87 ERA in July with 13 strikeouts and only one walk over 10 1/3 innings, so he’s certainly pitching like a guy who could step into the ninth-inning role on a full-time basis.

Starting pitcher rankings for Saturday

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