Sunday promises another day of wall-to-wall baseball, culminating with the finale of Albert Pujols' return to St. Louis. The best pitching pairing of the day takes place in Wrigley Field with Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets wrapping up a set with Cole Hamels and the Chicago Cubs. The most intriguing matchup features the powerful New York Yankees squaring off against Justin Verlander in the Bronx.
As is always the case on Sunday, this is your last chance to make up ground in head to head formats; good luck to those aiming to secure another victory. Here are some suggestions for all formats, available in at least half of ESPN leagues.
Tyler Skaggs (L), rostered in 43 percent of ESPN leagues, Los Angeles Angels at St. Louis Cardinals: Skaggs is coming off his best game of the campaign, in which he tossed a season-high 7⅓ innings, holding the Blue Jays to just one run, fanning six along the way. Skaggs has yet to find the consistency necessary to be anything more than a streaming option. Facing a team with a below-average offense facing southpaws, this is an opportunity to roll the dice.
Jordan Yamamoto (R), 24 percent, Miami Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies: The Marlins are quietly developing one of the better young rotations in the league, with Yamamoto the latest addition. Acquired from the Cardinals in the Marcell Ozuna trade, the 23-year-old righty has twice blanked his former club, tossing seven frames in both outings, fanning a total of 12 with four free passes. The Phillies will be a good test, though they've struggled to score runs since losing Andrew McCutchen, ranking 23rd in tallies per game since that time.
Brett Anderson (L), 13 percent, Oakland Athletics vs. Tampa Bay Rays: The Rays are also in an offensive funk, averaging fewer than four runs a game over the past week. The beauty of baseball is the script can be flipped at a moment's notice, but Anderson is in a good spot, not having allowed more than three runs since May 14. His mates crush lefties, and southpaw Ryan Yarbrough is slated to be Anderson's mound foe.
Michael Pineda (R), 9 percent, Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals: Pineda ended April with a 6.21 ERA and 1.48 WHIP. Ever since, he has pitched to a 3.86 ERA and 1.01 WHIP, with 40 punchouts in those 46 ⅔ IP. Still, facing a weak Royals offense, Pineda is one of the better candidates to claim a late week win for those needing a boost in the category.
Bullpen: June has been kind to Los Angeles Angels closer Hansel Robles. In 10 outings this month, Robles has yet to allow a run over 10 frames, fanning 11 while notching five saves and a win. He's available in about 70 percent of ESPN leagues.
Catcher -- Zack Collins (L), 1 percent, Chicago White Sox at Texas Rangers (RHP Adrian Sampson): It's unclear exactly how the White Sox plan to deploy Collins in Welington Castillo's absence, but it's interesting to note he was inserted at designated hitter in his first game, the spot Castillo occupied before being placed on the IL. Collins is an on-base machine, a boon for points leagues.
First Base -- Eric Thames (L), 4 percent, Milwaukee Brewers vs. Cincinnati Reds (RHP Anthony DeSclafani): It appears Thames has slid back into the strong side of a platoon, and he has responded with a .313/.421/.688 slash since May 30. Thames is in a great spot to continue producing, as lefty swingers have their way with DeSclafani, as evidenced by a .364 wOBA (weighted on base average) against in that scenario.
Second Base -- Hanser Alberto (R), 3 percent, Baltimore Orioles at Seattle Mariners (LHP Yusei Kikuchi): Originally expected to be a bench piece, Alberto has hit himself into regular playing time, now sitting atop the Orioles lineup. Granted, it's not the most potent unit, but hitting first maximizes volume and is useful in certain matchups. Alberto is hitting much better with the platoon edge, making Sunday one of those instances to deploy him.
Third Base -- Kyle Seager (L), 24 percent, Seattle Mariners vs. Baltimore Orioles (RHP Gabriel Ynoa): Seager snapped a power slide Friday night with his first homer since June 9. It's no surprise it came against a Baltimore staff allowing a record pace of long balls, with Ynoa contributing 11 in just 43 innings, including five in his past 16 frames.
Shortstop -- Miguel Rojas (R), 3 percent, Miami Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies (RHP Enyel De Los Santos): Like Alberto, Rojas has settled into the leadoff spot, usually affording him an extra chance to contribute every game. Entering Saturday's action, Rojas has hit safely in nine of his past 10 games, posting a .316/.366/.422 triple slash.
Corner Infield -- Michael Brosseau (R), under 1 percent, Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland Athletics (LHP Brett Anderson): Brosseau was called up over the weekend with Daniel Robertson placed on the IL. He will likely fill the same role Robertson did, playing against lefty pitching. At Triple-A Durham, Brosseau was hitting a tidy .313/.406/.579 with some speed.
Middle Infield -- Michael Chavis (R), 44 percent, Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays (RHP Marcus Stroman): It's said all the time: Baseball is a game of adjustments. After getting beat with high heat, Chavis is laying off the tease and quietly owns the longest current hitting streak through Saturday's action -- a modest, 10-game stretch.
Outfield --- Franmil Reyes (R), 36 percent, San Diego Padres at Pittsburgh Pirates (LHP Steven Brault): Reyes appears to be breaking out of a mini-slump, going 5-for-14 over his past three games with two walks and most importantly not strikeouts. When Reyes puts the ball in play, good things usually follow.
Outfield -- Jarrod Dyson (L), 8 percent, Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants (RHP Shaun Anderson): With steals at a premium, Dyson could win the week for those in head-to-head formats, short a bag or two. He leads the National League in pilfers, and the Giants are not nearly as tough to run on anymore.
Outfield -- Jordan Luplow (R), 1 percent, Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers (LHP Daniel Norris): Luplow has become this season's Pavlovian start whenever a lefty is on the hill, as he has crushed southpaws with a 1.160 OPS including eight of his nine homers coming with the platoon edge.