MLB Lineup Analysis 8/22: Murphy Debuts as Leadoff Hitter

Braves?(-113) at?Pirates?(+104) — 7:05 PMPirates in: Starling Marte
Starling Marte didn't have fun playing the last two games for undisclosed reasons, but he's in the lineup vs. the Braves and right-hander?Julio Teheran on Wednesday. Marte will bat second while Francisco Cervelli hits cleanup and Josh Bell slides right down to the six hole. The Pirates is one of seven teams presently implied gain no over 4.0 runs in the primary slate, and plenty of of their hitters maintain lackluster Statcast data. The lone exception is Adeiny Hechavarria, that is batting eighth and leads they with a 245-foot recent batted ball distance. Alas, he's exceeded salary-based expectations once over the last eight starts and the man?has the best year-long wOBA within the lineup. Teheran has limited hitters to some 193-foot batted ball distance and 29% hard hit rate over the last two MLB The Show 18 Stubs outings, but his 4.9 K Prediction suppresses?his upside.
Indians?(-108) at?Red Sox?(-100) — 7:10 PM ESTIndians in: Edwin Encarnacion (right hand contusion)
Edwin Encarnacion was activated through the disabled list and definately will bat cleanup vs. the Red Sox and lefty?Brian Johnson on Wednesday. The Indians' 4.6 implied total will be the fifth-highest mark about the main slate, nevertheless the Indians don't offer much value when contemplating teams worth stacking. Their hitters with positive ISO and wOBA splits against lefties throughout the last year reside at the conclusion of the order, and Yan Gomes may be the only hitter from the lineup having a positive recent batted ball distance differential and hard hit rate differential. Gomes is just about the highest-rated catchers within the Bales Model, but his 12% Monthly Consistency Rating on DraftKings derails his cash-game relevance. At $2,400 on FanDuel, Gomes could take off for punt-play territory. Johnson has allowed a 45% recent fly ball rate — the second-highest mark for the slate.
Cubs (-180) at Tigers (+165) — 7:10 PM EST
Cubs out: Addison Russell (finger)Cubs in: Daniel Murphy
Daniel Murphy could make his Cubs debut on Wednesday colliding with leadoff after being acquired from your Nationals on Tuesday. Addison Russell is placed around the 10-day disabled list due to your sprained left middle finger. The Cubs are still implied to gain the second-most runs (5.5) in Wednesday’s main slate when they finish up a three-game series in Detroit. The matchup is exceptional as opposing pitcher Francisco Liriano has allowed hitters to record the greatest hard-hit percentage (59%) over the past 15 days. Liriano also suffers through the MLB 18 Stubs second-worst WHIP (1.586) and fourth-worst HR/9 rate (1.427) during the last year out of most starting pitchers on Wednesday. Murphy would be the highest-rated Nationals hitter within the Bales Model on both DraftKings and FanDuel despite negative splits against left-handed pitchers above the previous year. Javier Baez is quite a bit cheaper on FanDuel having a 95% Bargain Rating and leads the group with a .242 ISO against lefties.

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