MLB Pitching Probables: Monday, Sep 17

Porcello CLE C. It's their pitching that warrants careful attention, however, what with the team getting Blake Snell and Jacob Faria back from the DL recently, and the team immediately inserting acquisition Tyler Glasnow into its "opener"-driven rotation. Morton LAA J. Plutko BOS M. Baseball Press

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Their best two plays for the week are Rich Hill and Clayton Kershaw , with the former having a good chance at a two-start week, though the prospect generally at any time and without notice of a six-man rotation and the somewhat uncertain order means that the other pitchers, many of whom could pitch at Coors, are riskier.

Again, Maeda is the closest to a "sure thing" of the four assigned to Coors -- as the best one almost assured of one start there -- but monitor the news as you decide whether to use him, Walker Buehler on Stripling in a weekly league. Speaking of that Dodgers pitching, the Oakland Athletics are their other Week 18 opponent, drawing the tough lefties Hill and Kershaw in what's a five-game week, the only such short schedule in a week where 11 other teams play as many as seven times.

The result is the league's worst hitting rating for the week 1 , and since the Athletics are a matchup-driven team set to face two lefty, two righty and one "TBD" starters, Khris Davis , Matt Chapman , Matt Olson and Stephen Piscotty appear in only mixed league-viable plays.

Sticking with the interleague theme, eight of the 10 scheduled interleague contests during Week 18 involve National League teams visiting American League venues, meaning they gain the designated hitter in those games. Gaining the DH benefits the St. Louis Cardinals ' three at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium Jose Martinez , who has only 15 starts in the Cardinals' past 27 games; the Chicago Cubs ' also three at Kauffman Stadium Ian Happ , who can have left field to himself while Kyle Schwarber DHs against three projected right-handed starters; and the Los Angeles Dodgers' two at the Oakland Coliseum offense as a whole due to their matchups-oriented approach, though Chris Taylor will probably benefit most as Justin Turner might benefit from DH duty for those two games.

All three NL teams get a noticeable benefit in Week 18, with the potential fantasy impact for the individuals ranked in that order.

Those Yankees need to capitalize upon what is by far baseball's most favorable Week 18 hitting schedule, especially after such an ugly exhibition of fundamentals in recent days granted, many of those missteps came on defense. They get three games at hitting-friendly Chicago's Guaranteed Rate Field, followed by four back home against the Texas Rangers, with the White Sox and Rangers ranked among the majors' bottom four in team ERA for the season. These are games in which the team desperately needs to pick up a lot of wins to avoid falling in danger of being locked into the upper wild-card spot and out of the AL East title race, and injuries to Aaron Judge DL: The Yankees' division rivals, the Boston Red Sox , also benefit on the hitting side, but a key to their Week 18 matchups is a favorable schedule in terms of base stealing, important considering the Red Sox have been the second most-apt team tied with the Texas Rangers to attempt a steal since the All-Star break 15 attempts, 12 successful steals.

If you've been watching the games, you'll notice their increasingly aggressive approach on the base paths, with Brock Holt available in more than 98 percent of ESPN leagues and Eduardo Nunez available in roughly half appealing additions considering the matchups. The prospect of more stolen bases than usual props up these players, and that also applies to the Washington Nationals, whose 16 attempts since the All-Star break are the majors' most.

The Nationals' best fantasy plays are more obvious of the two teams, but Adam Eaton available in roughly 25 percent could be one of the team's weekly standouts facing this schedule. Staying in the American League East, the Tampa Bay Rays draw the same two opponents as the Red Sox versus Orioles for three, at Blue Jays for three , which gives the team a sneaky-good hitting schedule of their own 7 rating.

It's their pitching that warrants careful attention, however, what with the team getting Blake Snell and Jacob Faria back from the DL recently, and the team immediately inserting acquisition Tyler Glasnow into its "opener"-driven rotation.

Could the Rays finally have three-fifths of a rotation, after it had literally zero active rotation members as of 4: ET on July 31? Snell should be immediately activated everywhere for his projected Friday start at Toronto's Rogers Centre, and those willing to roll the dice on matchups could extract good value out of Faria likely a 52 Game Score projection or Glasnow likely a 49, that low mainly due to a limited pitch count if either draws a start during the Orioles series.

Jake Bauers available in roughly 65 percent of ESPN leagues , whose Rays are projected to face six right-handed starters, has. Robinson Chirinos available in roughly 80 percent and Jurickson Profar available in more than one-third , whose Rangers are projected to face four left-handed starters, are. Foltynewicz STL A. Sanchez STL D. Ramirez NYY A. Cobb NYY A. Eovaldi NYY D. Price NYY E. Rodriguez CLE R.

Porcello CLE C. Sale CLE N. Hendricks ARI M. Montgomery ARI C. Hamels CWS J. Lester CWS J. Quintana CWS K. Covey CLE C. Rodon CLE J.

Shields CHC R. Lopez CHC L. Giolito CHC D. Lorenzen MIL M. Harvey MIA C. Reed MIA L. Castillo MIA A. Kluber CWS C. Carrasco CWS A. Plutko BOS M.

Clevinger BOS S. Bieber BOS C. Gray LAD K. Freeland LAD T. Anderson ARI G. Marquez ARI A. Senzatela ARI J. Zimmermann MIN D. Norris MIN M. Boyd KC M. Fulmer KC F. Liriano KC J. Zimmermann KC D. Valdez SEA G. Cole SEA D. Keuchel LAA C. Morton LAA J.

Verlander LAA F. Keller PIT E. Skoglund PIT H. Fillmyer DET J. Lopez DET I. Kennedy DET J. Junis DET B. Shoemaker HOU A. Heaney HOU J. Barria HOU F. Ryu COL C. Kershaw COL W. Buehler SD R. Hill SD R. Stripling SD H. Richards WSH J. Brigham CIN S. Alcantara CIN W. Chen CIN J. Urena CIN T. Miley CIN C. Anderson CIN G. Gonzalez PIT Z. Davies PIT J. Chacin PIT W.