All 30 teams are set to take the field Friday, leaving a packed slate on Yahoo. As you sift through all the options, here are some pitchers and hitters to consider for your lineups.
Justin Steele ($46) will take on the Diamondbacks for the second time in as many starts. The last time he faced them, he finished with six strikeouts and allowed only one run over seven innings. He has been one of the best pitchers in baseball, posting a 2.49 ERA that is supported by a 2.91 FIP. The Diamondbacks have the ninth-worst OPS in baseball versus left-handed pitchers, setting up Steele to have success in this rematch.
Seth Lugo ($40) was hammered by the Astros in his last outing, giving up six runs over 4.1 innings. Prior to that, he had pitched at least six innings and allowed two earned runs or fewer in four straight starts. He has been a reliable member of the Padres' rotation, recording a 3.80 ERA and a 3.81 FIP. Look for him to exploit a matchup against an Athletics team that has scored the fewest runs in baseball.
Tarik Skubal ($44) is finishing the season on a high note. Over his last five starts, he has given up 10 runs (nine earned) and recorded 39 strikeouts across 30 innings. He didn't exactly face tough lineups, though, with his opponents during that stretch including the Guardians, Yankees and White Sox (twice). Another favorable matchup awaits him in the Angels, who are floundering with Mike Trout (wrist) and Shohei Ohtani (oblique) hurt.
It has not been an easy transition to the majors for Brandon Pfaadt ($31). He has a 6.25 ERA and a 5.74 FIP, allowing 2.2 HR/9 in the process. He also doesn't miss many bats, registering just a 20.2 percent strikeout rate. His inability to keep hitters inside the ballpark could end up being his downfall against the duo of Cody Bellinger ($21) and Seiya Suzuki ($22). Bellinger has slugged 25 home runs this season, while Suzuki is 18-for-43 (.419) with three home runs and five doubles over his last 11 games.
Alec Bohm ($15) is a top option to consider whenever he is facing a left-handed pitcher. Although right-handed pitchers have limited him to a .110 ISO and a .314 wOBA, he has a .269 ISO and a .380 wOBA versus southpaws. A game against the Cardinals brings a matchup with lefty Zack Thompson ($34), who has a 1.47 WHIP for the season.
Jon Gray ($37) got off to a great start this season, but he has floundered in the second half. Over his last 12 outings, he has a 5.32 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP. That included an outing against the Guardians in which he gave up four runs across six innings. When he faces them in this rematch, Steven Kwan ($12) is an appealing option at a cheaper salary. Although he doesn't hit for a ton of power, he is 19-for-60 (.317) with a .394 OBP over his last 15 games.
Stacks to Consider
After recently working out of the bullpen, Greinke will return to the starting rotation for at least one turn. He has had major home run issues, giving up 25 of them over 126.2 innings. That could be troublesome against this trio. Despite being limited to 99 games because of injuries, Alvarez has 27 home runs to give him a .584 slugging percentage.
The wheels have come off for Giolito. Over his last 10 starts, he has given up 49 runs (46 earned) and 19 home runs over 51.1 innings. Not only has he been giving up a lot of home runs, but he also had a 1.60 WHIP during that span. This is a stellar matchup for Seager, who enters with a career high 1.069 OPS.
The first game of this series was rained out Thursday, but the teams won't be playing a doubleheader until Saturday. Anderson will now start Friday and he has given up at least five runs in five of his last eight outings. That should set up the Giants to be one of the more popular stacks of the evening. Over his last 12 games, Yastrzemski is 14-for-34 (.412) with three home runs and five doubles.