MLB Arcade Mode will bring us an enormous eight-game slate tonight. If you aren’t familiar with Arcade Mode, you can brush up on everything you need to know by going here. Once you’re acclimated with the rules, we can dive into the information for tonight’s slate. As always, you can reach me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Max Scherzer – WAS vs. NYM – $19,500 – On this eight-game slate, Scherzer is my top pick at pitcher in Arcade Mode tonight. He takes on the Mets for the third time this season averaging 42.3 Arcade Mode points per start. In those games, Scherzer has pitched 14 innings allowing eight runs on 14 hits with a 16:2 K:BB ratio. The one gripe I do have here is that the Mets have tagged him with four home runs in those starts. Scherzer has only allowed 11 on the season, so the Mets accounting for 36% of those is a bit concerning. Of these two starts, the best one did take place at Citi Field where the Mets scored three runs in eight innings.
Aaron Nola – PHI vs. ARI – $8,500 – Am I being serious? Yes, I am being serious by showcasing Aaron Nola. He’s only pitched two games at home this season, and they haven’t turned out well. Tonight, however, he’s facing one of the worst road teams in the league in the Diamondbacks. Don’t believe me? I understand, but the numbers don’t lie here. Entering this game, the D-Backs are tied with the Phillies for the worst road wOBA at .287 as well as a .292 OBP and a .371 SLG. Nola has been far from perfect this season, but at $8,500 and the opportunity to load up on some bats, Nola starts to look a bit more enticing than you may think.
Corey Seager – LAD vs. CIN – $9,000 – Batting in his usual second spot tonight, Seager will be taking on Tim Adleman at the Great American Ball Park. On the road against righties, Seager is posting a .379 wOBA with a .481 SLG and a .402 OBP. Adleman is allowed six of his 11 home runs to left-handed batters with three of those coming at home.
Matt Carpenter – STL vs. BAL – $8,000 – Carpenter has turned it on at the plate lately, averaging 35.4 Arcade Mode points over his last 10 games. Tonight, he has the luxury of taking on Kevin Gausman, who has continuously imploded on the mound as of late. Gausman has a .364 wOBA at Camden Yards this year with a .458 SLG and five of his 12 home runs. Despite his early season struggles, Carpenter is sporting a .392 wOBA on the road against righties with a .545 SLG.
Corey Dickerson – TB vs. DET – $9,500 – Dickerson is frequently showcased in this article, and he continues to deliver. He’s taking on Daniel Norris on the road tonight where Dickerson has excelled. Against lefties on the road, Dickerson is posting a .452 wOBA with a .673 SLG and nine of his 18 hits going for extra bases. Norris has very limited exposure to lefties at home, but they’ve tagged him for two doubles and two home runs in 6.1 innings of work.
Kevin Pillar – TB vs. CWS – $5,500 – Pillar is a very cheap option tonight in a very favorable matchup. You may be surprised to know that at the Rogers Centre, Pillar is posting a .460 wOBA against lefties with a .727 SLG and a .405 OBP. Pillar isn’t a power bat by any means, but all it takes is a couple of hits in Arcade Mode to be worth the investment. Pillar is one of my favorite salary savers on the night.
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