Each day of the MLB season we will be releasing a “Morning Report” which will cover a variety of things.

  • Spot-start Options
  • Free Agent Adds
  • Injury Report
  • Weather Report

Spot-starts

Nick Pivetta (@ BAL) | 27.6% Owned

I hate to keep talking about the same pitchers, but Pivetta was a great spot-start for me last week, so I’m going back to the well. Pivetta threw 5.0 shutout innings while striking out seven against the Giants last Sunday and has another solid matchup tonight.

Despite a couple of rough outings, the 25-year-old has a 3.56 xFIP, which ranks 28th among qualified starters. Despite that extremely attractive xFIP, Pivetta remains under 30.0 percent owned.

After a terrible start to the season, the Orioles have turned things around as of late. They’re coming off of a 17-1 win over the Rays on Sunday and have won five of their last six while averaging 8.5 runs per game, but the Phillies’ pitching staff is a lot stronger than both the Royals and Rays. On the season, the Orioles are 22nd in OPS (.707) and 18th in runs per game (4.22).

Jack Flaherty (@ MIN) | 17.5% Owned

I touted Flaherty as a Free Agent pickup yesterdayso I’ll try not to sound like a broken record.. Flaherty is more than a streaming option because he figures to remain in the rotation for the foreseeable future while Carlos Martinezis sidelined with right lat strain.

Flaherty is the No.33 prospect in baseball and will make his third MLB start of the season. In his first two starts the 22-year-old has allowed posted a 3.60 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 11:5 K:BB ratio in 10.0 innings. During his time in the minors, Flaherty has dominated, posting a 2.27 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and absurd 41:7 K:BB ratio in 31.2 innings.

Free Agent Adds

Tyler Clippard (RP) — Blue Jays — 28.2% Owned

With Roberto Osuna on administrative leave and a suspension looming, Clippard has taken over as the Blue Jays’ closer and he will likely have that gig for an extended period of time. The 33-year-old right-hander has been outstanding as of late. Clippard has not allowed an earned run in his last 12 outings, going 12.1 innings while allowing just seven hits and a 15:6 K:BB ratio.

Clippard has had some good luck this year, evidenced by his .167 BABIP, which is tied for seventh among all qualified relievers. He also has a 100 percent left on-base% this season, which won’t last forever—only five qualified relievers have done this so far this year.

Regardless, he is pitching very well and has appears to have a firm grasp on the new closer’s job.

Tucker Barnhart (C) — Reds — 13.8% Owned

Barnhart is the Reds undisputed No.1 catcher and he’s been on a heater as of late. The 27-year-old backstop is riding a seven-game hitting streak, going 13-for-27 (.481) with three runs, one home run and six RBI over that span. Most impressive is Barnhart’s contact rates through the first 6.5 weeks of the season. Barnhart’s hard-contact% sits at a career-high 38.9% and his soft-contact% (8.9%) is the fifth best rate in the entire MLB and leads all catchers. He is also hitting more line-drives and fly-balls with an inflated HR/FB rate (11.5%)—all bode very well for him to continued success as the season wears on.

Probable Starters Rankings

  1. Zack Greinke(vs. MIL)
  2. Gerrit Cole(@ LAA)
  3. Nick Pivetta(@ BAL)
  4. Masahiro Tanaka(@ WSH)
  5. Yu Darvish(@ ATL)
  6. Tyler Mahle(@ SF)
  7. Eduardo Rodriguez(vs. OAK)
  8. German Marquez(@ SD)
  9. Jose Berrios(vs. STL)
  10. Alex Wood(@ MIA)
  11. Mike Foltynewicz(vs. CHC)
  12. Gio Gonzalez(vs. NYY)
  13. Jack Flaherty(@ MIN)
  14. Trevor Williams(vs. CWS)
  15. Noah Syndergaard(vs. TOR)
  16. Jordan Lyles(vs. COL)
  17. Jhoulys Chacin(@ ARI)
  18. Mike Minor(@ SEA)
  19. Francisco Liriano(vs. CLE)
  20. Anthony Banda(@ KC)
  21. Jaime Garcia(@ NYM)
  22. Ian Kennedy(vs. TB)
  23. Jaime Barria(vs. HOU)
  24. Reynaldo Lopez(@ PIT)
  25. Josh Tomlin(@ DET)
  26. Mike Leake(vs. TEX)
  27. Daniel Mengden(@ BOS)
  28. Andrew Cashner(vs. PHI)
  29. Wei-Yin Chen(vs. LAD)
  30. Ty Blach(vs. CIN)

*Rankings via DailyFantasyCafe Projections*

Injury Report

Weather Report

No Weather Impact Expected

  • SD vs. COL (3:40pm) — ☀️ Clear
  • MIA vs. LAD (7:10pm) — 🏟 Dome
  • DET vs. CLE (7:10pm) — ⛅️ Mostly Cloudy
  • MIN vs. STL (8:10pm) — ☀️ Clear
  • KC vs. TB (8:15pm) — ☁️ Overcast
  • ARI vs. MIL (9:40pm) — 🏟 Dome
  • LAA vs. HOU (10:07pm) — ☀️ Clear
  • SEA vs. TEX (10:10pm) — 🏟 Dome
  • SF vs. CIN (10:15pm) — 🌤 Partly Cloudy

Possible Weather Impact Expected

  • BAL vs. PHI (7:05pm)  — ⛈ Chance of Thunderstorm (25-50%)
  • WSH vs. NYY (7:05pm) — ⛈ Chance of Thunderstorm (15-50%)
  • PIT vs. CWS (7:05pm) — ⛈ Chance of Thunderstorm (25-50%)
  • NYM vs. TOR (7:07pm) — ⛈ Chance of Thunderstorm (45-50%)
  • BOS vs. OAK (7:10pm) — ⛈ Chance of Thunderstorm (45-50%)
  • ATL vs. CHC (7:35pm) — ⛈ Chance of Thunderstorm (45-50%)

*via Accuweather*

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