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) | 30.5% Owned

I talked about Pivetta as a spot-start yesterday, but the game got postponed. Pivetta will take to the mound today instead, with the same matchup, so everything I wrote yesterday still applies.

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).

Matt Harvey (@ SF) | 9.3% Owned

I don’t know who is crazier. Me, for recommending Harvey as a spot-start in his second game with the Reds. Or, is it you for listening to me? Regardless, going with Harvey comes with inherent risk, but also with some upside.

In his first start with the Reds, Harvey gave up just one hit and struck out two batters in 4.0 innings. The Reds yanked him after just 55 pitches as they try to stretch him back out following a stint in the Mets’ bullpen.

As ugly as Harvey’s 6.10 ERA is, his 4.55 xFIP suggests that he hasn’t been as bad as it looks from the outside. The Giants haven’t exactly been an offensive force this season either, so you can do worse than Harvey today. And, who knows, maybe a change of scenery was all he needed?

Free Agent Adds

Mark Trumbo (OF) — Orioles — 25.4% Owned

Trumbo missed the first month of the season with a quadricep injury but has not had a day-off since. Trumbo has been red-hot since making his season debut at the start of the month—he is 17-for-52 (.327) with eight runs scored, one home run and four RBIs in just 12 games. The batting average won’t last, evidenced by his elevated BABIP (.381), but his contact rates are at an all-time high, albeit in a small sample size.

Trumbo is capable of putting up monstrous numbers, having hit 47 home runs with 108 RBIs just two short years ago—dropped to 23 HR and 65 RBI last year.

Probable Starters Rankings

  1. Chris Sale (vs. OAK)
  2. Justin Verlander (@ LAA)
  3. Trevor Bauer (@ DET)
  4. Nick Pivetta (@ BAL)
  5. Miles Mikolas (@ MIN)
  6. J.A. Happ (@ NYM)
  7. Andrew Suarez (vs. CIN)
  8. Jacob Faria (@ KC)
  9. Walker Buehler (@ MIA)
  10. Jason Hammel (vs. TB)
  11. Brandon McCarthy (vs. CHC)
  12. Jameson Taillon (vs. CWS)
  13. Trevor Cahill (@ BOS)
  14. Garrett Richards (vs. HOU)
  15. Lance Lynn (vs. STL)
  16. Matt Koch (vs. MIL)
  17. Zack Wheeler (vs. TOR)
  18. Caleb Smith (vs. LAD)
  19. Matt Harvey (@ SF)
  20. Tyler Chatwood (@ ATL) 
  21. Brandon Woodruff (@ ARI)
  22. Ryan Carpenter (vs. CLE)
  23. Andrew Cashner (vs. PHI)
  24. Bartolo Colon (@ SEA)
  25. Hector Santiago (@ PIT) 

*Rankings via DailyFantasyCafe Projections*

Injury Report

Weather Report

No Weather Impact Expected

  • DET vs. CLE (1:10pm) — 🌤 Partly Cloudy
  • MIN vs. STL (1:10pm) — ☀️ Clear
  • KC vs. TB (2:15pm) — 🌤 Partly Cloudy
  • ARI vs. MIL (3:40pm) — 🏟 Dome
  • SEA vs. TEX (3:40pm) — 🏟 Dome
  • SF vs. CIN (3:45pm) — 🌤 Partly Cloudy
  • MIA vs. LAD (7:10pm) — 🏟 Dome
  • BOS vs. OAK (7:10pm) — ☁️ Overcast
  • LAA vs. HOU (9:40pm) — ☀️ Clear

Possible Weather Impact Expected

  • BAL vs. PHI (12:35pm) — 🌧 Chance of Rain (40-60%)
  • PIT vs. CWS (12:35pm) — ⛈ Chance of Thunderstorm (35-50%)
  • NYM vs. TOR (1:10pm) — 🌧 Chance of Rain (40-55%)
  • WSH vs. NYY (7:05pm) — ⛈ Chance of Thunderstorm (35-60%)
  • ATL vs. CHC (7:35pm) — ⛈ Chance of Thunderstorm (35-50%)

*via Accuweather*

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