Lineup advice and rankings for fantasy baseball pitchers in Saturday’s MLB games

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What you need to know about Saturday

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  • St. Louis is buzzing with excitement over the promotion of two top prospects. First, we have Matthew Liberatore(1% rostered by ESPN leagues), who will make his MLB debut this Saturday. Liberatore, acquired by the Tampa Bay RaysIn 2020, the Randy ArozarenaDeal, a former first-round selection, posted a 3.83 ERA and a 10.4 K/9 as well as a 2.7 BB/9 during seven Triple-A starts. Although it is risky to trust a rookie hurler during his debut, he has a good chance of landing against a strong team. Pittsburgh PiratesA team with a bottom-five (86) wRC+ to go along a 24.6% striking rate. While the young southpaw isn’t considered a “must start” in standard 10-team leagues. Saturday’s performance is worth keeping an eye on.

  • It is also possible that the Cardinals will call up Nolan Gorman(4% rostered). Friday's rostering was a result of Gorman's HR spree at Triple-A. The 22-year-old hit 15 home runs in 34 games while batting.308/.367/.677. Gorman's swing-and-miss approach to his game is a concern. Gorman whiffed 34% in Triple-A, which could make it difficult to transition to the major leagues. The power and size of the team is worth the risk. Gorman will not have the platoon edge on Saturday so he is more of a long-term player than a streamer for one day.

  • Opposition to Liberatore Jose Quintana(18%). This makes him a popular streaming option, given his early season success. Over seven starts, he has a 2.19 ERA with a 1.08 WHIP. This includes five consecutive outings with two or fewer earned runs. Although the veteran left-hander has potential to keep it up for a few more runs, his career-worst fastball velocity of 90.7 mph and a 4.50 xERA which suggests that his 2.19 ERA may be a bit shaky, there is a real risk. Take care not to over-achieve. St. Louis CardinalsThe best lineup in baseball against left-handed pitchers with a.367 WOBA and a of 141 WRC+.

  • Alex FaedoHe has only three big-league appearances under his belt, but he's already made a positive impression with a 2.87 ERA and 15 1/3 frames. While his strikeouts numbers (note the 18.8% Krate) aren’t quite there yet, he did show an ability to miss bats in minor leagues (10.5 K/9 for Double-A). Faedo's slider has a 44.4% whiffrate and looks like it could be a good pitch. Saturday's matchup will be between the 26-year-old righty and the Cleveland GuardiansHe was promoted to streamer status in the deeper formats. Although the Guardians' lineup has performed well, they have been slowing down lately, as illustrated by an 81 WRC+ in the last week.

  • Michael Lorenzen(24%) is coming off his best start to the season with a seven-inning, single-run performance against The Oakland Athletics. Lucky for him, he receives the same A's again Saturday, which makes him an appealing streaming option. Lorenzen is still a low-upside player considering how much he pitches to contact. However, he has improved his control (2.8 BB/9). He is also producing a lot of grounders (55%), as well as limiting hard contact (25.2%). He should not have any trouble containing an Oakland offense that ranks last in MLB in wOBA (.265) as well as wRC+ (79).

Starter pitcher rankings for Saturday

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