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August 18 MLB DFS: Agent of Shield

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Daily Fantasy Rundown – August 18 MLB DFS Picks and Analysis

Welcome to Tuesday’s edition of the Daily Fantasy Rundown with “leonem”, “dinkpiece” and “thenumbersguy”. Each day throughout the MLB season our daily MLB scouting reports will highlight the best top, value and cheap plays of the day based on the Daily Fantasy Industry’s pricing for salary cap games. The goal of our analysis is to help you improve consistency and become a better player long-term.

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Weather: Couple of games to monitor for delays in PIT, STL, BLT and potentially CHC. PPD seems unlikely in all those locations.

Please see Meteorologist Mark Paquette’s game by game weather forecasts below the Analysis.

If any weather situations shift drastically, we will keep you updated with lineup alerts so make sure to check your email inbox up until roster lock.

Catcher

Top Play:

Brian McCann (NYY) – McCann’s power is always worth targeting in Yankee Stadium against below average RHP. Since coming to the Yankees in 2014, McCann has posted a .188 ISO against RHP. This season he owns a .416 wOBA and .340 ISO at home against RHP after posting a .319 wOBA and .219 ISO in the same settings last season. Mike Pelfrey has allowed a .333 wOBA against LHBs since 2013. Catcher is deep with value options, so McCann’s price tag is better suited for stacks or mini-stacks with other Yankees, but he rates as our top catching option.

Next in line: Kyle Schwarber (CHC) – He’s the best pure hitter of any of the catching options and the Cubs have an impressive 4.7 implied run total tonight. Anibal Sanchez is better against LHBs (.283 wOBA, 0.67 HR/9 allowed since 2013) than RHBs (.301 wOBA, 0.96 HR/9 allowed since 2013) but the Tigers bullpen behind him is one of the weakest in baseball. We love Schwarber in tournaments.

Value Play:

John Jaso (TB) – Jaso seems perpetually underpriced for his elite lineup spot (leadoff) and on base skills against RHP (.374 wOBA, .171 ISO since 2012). Scott Feldman has had success against LHBs (.305 wOBA, 23.4 percent hard hit rate allowed since 2013) but projection systems view him as basically a league average arm (.326 wOBA, .140 ISO allowed is ZiPS projection against LHBs). Jaso gets a nice park shift and the expected plate appearance advantage on most of his competition (leadoff man for a road team) makes up for a neutral matchup.

Additional catcher notes: Jaso stands out as the best combination of production and price tag around the industry, but the catcher position does not lack depth. Yan Gomes (CLE), Russell Martin (TOR), Wilson Ramos (WAS), and Jonathan Lucroy (MIL) all rank inside our Top 45 hitters overall. Price tag will likely guide you most often to Jaso in cash games, but the other four options are compelling choices if priced similarly. Gomes has the best individual upside given his skill against LHP (.358 wOBA, .192 ISO since 2012) and the chance at a premier lineup spot. Martin is in the most stable offense and should get pushed up to fifth without a DH available. Ramos gets a poor lineup spot but the top offense and Lucroy has historically hit LHP really well (though he’s fallen off substantially this season). I’d rank them in that order for cash game appeal.

First Base

Top Play:

David Ortiz (BOS) – Bauer has allowed a .328 wOBA and 1.37 HR/9 to LHBs since 2013. Ortiz has always crushed RHP (.408 wOBA, .282 ISO since 2012) and he gets a premier lineup spot for a Red Sox lineup that has a solid implied run total of 4.7. Ortiz cracks our Top Five hitters overall and is our top option at first base.

Value Plays:

Ryan Zimmerman (WAS) – Zimmerman ranks just a few spots behind Ortiz and it’s mostly due to the inflated scoring environment at Coors Field. Zimmerman is a solid hitter against RHP (.333 wOBA, .182 ISO since 2012) but the real value here is a cleanup spot in Coors Field where the Nationals have an implied run total north of 5.5 runs. Most sites have adjusted the price tag for Coors Field, but Zimmerman still ranks inside our Top 10 overall hitters and he’s priced a bit below the other elite first base options.

Mark Teixeira (NYY) – Teixeira left yesterday’s game with a leg issue that leaves him day-to-day for tonight’s matchup. If he’s in the lineup, he grades out very well in our model and he’s cheap on FanDuel ($3,400). The Yankees have the second highest implied run total of the evening (five runs) and the short porch in right field boosts the home run upside of all their LHBs.

Albert Pujols (LAA) – Pujols isn’t blessed with an elite hitting environment but he does have a superb matchup. John Danks has allowed a .355 wOBA and 1.43 HR/9 to RHBs since 2013. Pujols hasn’t had the kind of production (.324 wOBA) you’d expect from someone with a .219 ISO and ridiculous 38.6 percent hard hit rate against LHP but a .237 BABIP is mostly to blame there. His price tag comes with a little salary relief from Zimmerman and he projects as a Top 20 hitter in our model.

Additional first base notes: Prince Fielder (TEX) ranks just below Pujols in our model. He has a better scoring environment to work with but a tougher individual matchup. If priced below Pujols, he’s a fine alternative. Ben Paulsen (COL) and Carlos Santana (CLE) are acceptable targets if aiming for value to try and fit in high end pitching or Bryce Harper. Paulsen has a cheap tag on DraftKings while Santana is cheap on FanDuel. Anthony Rizzo (CHC) is a fun tournament option as a part of a Cubs stack or mini-stack. The Tigers bullpen offers immense upside but the Cubs ownership should be very low with so many great hitting environments in play tonight.

Second Base

Top Play:

Robinson Cano (SEA) – Cano has returned to expectations in the past six weeks (.333/.386/.574 since July 1st) and now he’s getting a big park shift in Texas while facing a RHP that simply cannot miss bats. Chi Chi Gonzalez has allowed just a .297 wOBA to LHBs but the peripherals suggest he’s far worse. He’s posted a 7.9 K Rate, 11.9 BB Rate, and allowed a 29.1 LD Rate. Cano gets a premier lineup spot for a Mariners offense that keeps going back and forth with the Yankees for second highest implied run total on the day. We have a premier value play at second base that makes Cano a less appealing cash game target but he’s a very fun tournament play.

Value Plays:

Anthony Rendon (WAS) – Rendon grades out similarly to Cano in our model but comes far cheaper. He’s historically been above average against RHP (.331 wOBA, .156 ISO as a big leaguer) but he’s fallen off substantially this season (.282 wOBA, .080 ISO). We’re still in the small sample territory (132 plate appearances) but his contact rates are down slightly and his hard hit rate has dropped dramatically. Given the matchup, the lineup spot, and the expected scoring environment; we still believe he’s the best cash game option. As a leadoff or number two hitter on the road in Coors Field, we’re looking at a half a plate appearance advantage on most of his competitors. The skill deterioration this year though does make him a fine fade in tournaments given the depth at the position.

Brian Dozier (MIN) – Dozier has crushed LHP in recent years (.369 wOBA, .229 ISO since 2012) and he faces CC Sabathia who has allowed a .368 wOBA and 1.60 HR/9 to RHBs since 2013. The second spot in the lineup should lock in three plate appearances against Sabathia before Dozier’s value evaporates into the bullpen. We prefer Rendon a bit more (Top 15 hitter) but Dozier (35 hitter) isn’t a bad alternative.

Additional second base notes: Chris Coghlan (CHC) is an intriguing cheap option popping up with second base eligibility around the industry. The wind is blowing out at Wrigley and the Cubs have an implied run total around 4.7 runs. Coghlan has hit RHP very well (.325 wOBA, .158 ISO) and typically garners a premier lineup spot (third). Cory Spangenberg (SD) is a viable pure punt play. He’s been leading off for the Padres and possesses above average speed (108 SB in five minor league seasons). A.J. Pierzynski struggles to control the running game (-13 career rSB) and Matt Wisler has allowed a .436 wOBA to LHBs in a very small sample at the big league level.

Shortstop

Shortstop notes: The shortstop position is more about starting pitching tonight than shortstop. This may seem confusing at first, but ultimately your decision at starting pitching will impact your funds at shortstop. If you’re opting for Kershaw, you’re forced to punt the position. On DraftKings, Kike Hernandez (LAD) is your best option, while on FanDuel Jean Segura (MIL) looks like your best bet. Both players come with premier lineup spots towards the top of the order, the platoon advantage, and most importantly near minimum price tags. If you’ve got some money to spend at the position Troy Tulowitzki (TOR) and Ian Desmond (WAS) top our rankings. Desmond’s ranking is a bit more volatile given his lineup spot. Assuming he’s outside the Top Five, we prefer Tulowitzki at a similar price point. Jose Reyes (COL) is a little bit cheaper and still gets you exposure to Coors Field but my initial lean is his price point might force ownership higher than you’d want in tournaments. If correct, this would leave him a bit in pricing limbo. Ketel Marte (SEA) is the other name to keep an eye on when lineups come out. He’s affordable in a few places and if leading off for a team with an implied run total approaching five runs, he’s worthy of consideration.

Third Base

Top Plays: The top of the third base rankings is really clustered and it’s shaping up like a position that you’ll likely emphasize spending. On sites where he is third base eligible, Ryan Zimmerman (WAS) ranks as our top option at the position, largely on the strength of the environment. Miguel Sano (MIN) Kris Bryant (CHC), Alex Rodriguez (NYY), and Kyle Seager (SEA) lead the next tier of third base options. They’re all priced very similarly and they rank very similarly in our model. Sano and Bryant have the highest home run scores but come with a bit more variance while Rodriguez and Seager are better overall hitters with a bit lighter home run probability. They all rank so similarly in our model that it’s difficult to give a strong opinion. My lean on ranking is: Rodriguez, Sano, Seager and then Bryant.

Additional third base notes: Trevor Plouffe (MIN) is the cheaper alternative to getting exposure to the power potential against CC Sabathia. He owns a .361 wOBA and .215 ISO against LHP since 2012 and he’s typically hitting in the fifth slot. His ownership gets pushed down by Sano sharing the same eligibility and outperforming him of late. Adrian Beltre (TEX) is a touch too cheap and Iwakuma has actually been more vulnerable to RH power (1.21 HR/9 to RHBs since 2013) in his career, which makes Beltre an interesting tournament play. Derek Dietrich (MIA) is so cheap that his power plays well as a punt option on DraftKings. Mike Moustakas (KC) is the punt play on FanDuel as I expect he’ll garner a premium lineup spot without the use of the DH. The park environment is a huge plus for power and the Reds bullpen is very RH. I’m most likely to focus my cash game decisions on the top plays group above. Nolan Arenado (COL) and Josh Donaldson (TOR) are priced in a different stratosphere. They’re fine to target as a part of stacks or mini-stacks in tournaments.

Outfield

Top Play:

Bryce Harper (WAS) – Harper has been the best hitter in baseball this season (.455 wOBA, 196 wRC+) and now he’s playing in the best hitting environment in all of baseball against a RHP that struggles with LHBs. David Hale has allowed a .352 wOBA and 1.09 HR/9 to LHBs since 2013. He’s so expensive around the industry that our model views Mike Trout (LAA) as a better value, but if spending I’m more inclined to try and figure out a way to get all the way to Harper.

Next in line: Mike Trout (LAA) – He ranks as the second overall hitter in our model and has a very favorable matchup with John Danks. His ownership might unnecessarily get pushed down by all the other great hitting environments which makes him a phenomenal tournament play.

Value Plays:

Shane Victorino (LAA) – Victorino is priced near the minimum on most sites and hits leadoff in front of Trout/Pujols which really helps his DFS value. He’s historically hit LHP well (.372 wOBA, .171 ISO since 2012) and even while his overall skill set has declined (.278 wOBA, .072 ISO) his production against LHP has been adequate (.333 wOBA, .131 ISO). For the minimum price tag, he really allows you to spend up on a Kershaw or a Harper. He’s a Top 50 hitter in our model and one of the better value plays.

Brett Gardner/Jacoby Ellsbury (NYY) – The Yankees outfielders are really cheap around the industry and provide a nice alternative to spending up on some inflated Coors Field price points. As we noted yesterday, Gardner’s skills are more solid than Ellsbury. Ellsbury has seen some deterioration in skill which makes Gardner the better play if choosing among the two. We like both. They each rank inside our Top 20 hitters overall as they get a friendly matchup with Mike Pelfrey in a stadium that gives them power upside.

Seth Smith (SEA) – We’ve touched on Chi Chi Gonzalez’s weaknesses against LHBs and Smith owns a .343 wOBA and .181 ISO against RHP since 2012. He typically hits fifth, which makes him a bit more susceptible to relievers late in the game. I’d prefer to attack at near minimum or punt price points, but he is consistently discounted around the industry.

Yasiel Puig/Scott Van Slyke (LAD) – Puig has hit fifth against LHP of late and the addition of the DH in the American League should help the Dodgers overall run scoring environment. Both Puig (.377 wOBA, .183 ISO) and Van Slyke (.384 wOBA, .243 ISO) have crushed LHP in recent years (since 2012). Felix Doubront has struggled controlling RHBs (.345 wOBA, 34.4 percent hard hit rate) and the Athletics bullpen behind him has really struggled this season. The lineup spots will dictate how much we like these two as values, but they both rate highly in our model (Puig – Top 25, Van Slyke – Top 40).

Additional outfield notes: Jayson Werth (WAS) is unusually cheap on DraftKings. He’s a near must play at the $3,500 price tag. He ranks inside our Top 10 hitters overall. Ryan Braun (MIL) is going to be an afterthought with all the elite scoring environments in play, but he’s facing a below average LHB in a park that inflates home runs. He’s a strong tournament play. Carlos Gomez (HOU) is discounted around the industry and worthy of tournament consideration on price point alone. If Carlos Beltran (NYY) is elevated to a premier lineup spot with Teixeira hampered, he’d earn value play consideration. Michael Taylor (WAS) has been leading off for the Nationals of late. If that continues, he’s a solid value play and someone I’d consider right after the Gardner/Ellsbury grouping above. Khris Davis (MIL) is another intriguing secondary value play that probably makes better sense in a tournament. He has big power and a strong lineup spot against a shaky LHP. Ryan Raburn (CLE) is a cheap shot at power in a park that really helps RH pull hitters.

Starting Pitcher

Rankings (price not considered):

Tier One

1) Clayton Kershaw (LAD)

Tier Two

2) Francisco Liriano (PIT)

3) Lance Lynn (STL)

4) James Shields (SD)

Tier Three

5) Jacob deGrom (NYM)

6) Garrett Richards (LAA)

Tier Four

7) Jake Odorizzi (TB)

8) Jason Hammel (CHC)

9) Anibal Sanchez (DET)

Top Play:

Clayton Kershaw (LAD) – The question with Kershaw is less about talent and matchup and more about price point and opportunity cost. Kershaw leads the league in xFIP (2.08) and is one tenth of a percentage point behind Chris Sale in K Rate (32.7 percent). The Athletics offense has slipped to 20th in wRC+ against LHP and they play in a very difficult environment for run scoring. The Athletics are above average at making contact and their home park deflates strikeouts due to a huge foul territory that helps turn foul balls into outs. Kershaw is exceptionally likely to pitch well, but this matchup and environment push his strikeout expectation down slightly. He remains the safest source of points at any position and a primary target in cash games, but this evening seems like one where the projected strikeout upside makes him an acceptable fade in tournaments.

Next in line:

Francisco Liriano (PIT) – The Diamondbacks RH heavy offense is scary to attack with LHP but they rank just 15th in wRC+ and they sport an above average K Rate against lefties (21.2 percent). Vegas isn’t concerned with Liriano’s run prevention as the Diamondbacks implied run total (2.9) is the second lowest of the night. I’m more likely to use Liriano in tournaments than cash games given his price point, but our model ranks him solidly as our second best SP option.

Lance Lynn (STL) – The gap in price point between Liriano and Lynn is more significant than the gap in our model ratings between the two. As a result, we’re a bit more likely to utilize Lynn than Liriano in cash games though Liriano’s upside still earns the nod in tournaments. Lynn gets a watered down version of the Giants’ offense. Without Joe Panik and Angel Pagan, they project as a slightly below average offense against RHP and most importantly one that isn’t so contact heavy. Lynn falls a bit in limbo this evening. We prefer another value pitcher over him in cash games and we prefer Liriano’s upside over him in tournaments. His usage will correspond to price point. On sites, he’s priced closely with James Shields, he’ll earn consideration as a primary value SP option. On sites, he’s priced well above and closer to Liriano, he’ll end up as a secondary tournament play.

Value Play:

James Shields (SD) – Shields is our favored value play on multiple SP spots and is a viable alternative to Kershaw in cash games. Shields faces a Braves offense without Freddie Freeman that simply lacks power. On the season the Braves rank 28th in wRC+ against RHP and 29th in ISO. The moves made over the deadline and into August have brought more strikeouts into their lineup (Bourn – 23 percent/.048 ISO, Swisher – 23.5 percent/.114 ISO) without adding much in the way of actual power. Shields has given up a ton of hard contact this year (31.5 percent, 17.4 percent HR/FB Rate) but against a Braves offense devoid of power, we’re optimistic that any hard contact can stay in the park. Shields is a heavy favorite (-180) in one of the four games with a total at seven or below. His sub-par performance most of the year has kept his price tag reasonable and this matchup should hide his biggest weakness. Shields is our top value at the SP position and creates an easier path to top offensive environments than spending all the way up on Kershaw.

Additional starting pitcher notes: Garrett Richards (LAA) remains one of the bigger mysteries of the 2015 season. He’s continues to limit hard contact (24.2 percent hard, 22.8 percent weak), while generating swinging strikes (11 percent) but it hasn’t translated to strikeouts (19.2 percent). The White Sox are a below average offense against RHP (22nd in wRC+) and they’re getting a big park shift against them. Richards has an implied run total close to Lynn (3.3 vs. 3.2) but the inability to create strikeouts from his elite stuff has him below that tier in our model. Additionally, his price tag isn’t discounted for the lack of strikeouts to date. I think he’s a compelling option in tournaments where you can bet on the elite peripherals eventually translating into strikeouts. Jacob deGrom‘s (NYM) hefty price tag makes him an unnecessary tournament target in my opinion. Jake Odorizzi (TB) is an intriguing tournament option. In many ways, Odorizzi is a poor man’s Richards. He’s got a tougher opponent in a tougher park and his swinging strike rate (9.8 percent) isn’t quite as strong but it also provides additional upside beyond his current K Rate (20.8 percent). The Astros rank inside the Top 10 in wRC+ against RHP but they also are second in K Rate (23.7 percent). He’s not as safe as Richards but he also comes with a severely discounted price tag that is worthy of consideration in tournaments. On the cheap end of the spectrum for tournaments, Chase Anderson (ARZ) and Matt Wisler (ATL) are worthy of some secondary consideration. They both get park boosts and face offenses where they’ll largely have the platoon advantage.

Macro Thinking, Stacks, and Tournament Notes:

This is a new section we’ve created to try and offer more dedicated macro thinking to our analysis and hopefully add more value to those playing tournaments. The format is a bit of a work in progress and we welcome feedback (help@dailyroto.com) if you have suggestions.

Top Tournament Stacks/Cash Game Mini Stacks:

1) Washington Nationals

2) New York Yankees

3) Seattle Mariners

The slate features so many compelling offensive environments that I don’t think it’s necessary to mini-stack in cash games and it feels like a slate where you can pick at individual values at each position.

The Nationals have the strongest implied run total but come with challenging price points around the industry. They represent the offense I’m most likely to stretch for in cash games. The lineups have been inconsistent of late but Rendon-Zimmerman are the two primary targets in cash games with Werth a primary target on DraftKings and you can mix combinations of Taylor-Harper-Ramos-Desmond to fill out stacks.

The Yankees are an offense I’m more likely to mini-stack than full stack. With Teixeira likely out, Ellsbury-Gardner-Rodriguez-McCann are the obvious direction. I think they’re likely the highest owned offense after the Nationals in tournaments.

The Mariners have the second or third highest implied run total (varies by the moment with betting lines). They’re getting a big park shift in their favor and the temperatures in Arlington remain elevated, which is great for batted ball distance. Ideally, Ketel Marte would lead off giving exposure to a thin position and you could back him up with Seager-Cano-Cruz or Smith as a mini stack perhaps extending to a cheap player like Montero if he hits in a favorable lineup spot.

Contrarian/Secondary Stacks:

1) Toronto Blue Jays

2) Chicago Cubs

3) Colorado Rockies

4) Minnesota Twins

5) Texas Rangers

6) Milwaukee Brewers

The Blue Jays are an elite offense that is going to go under-owned because the perception is Aaron Nola is an above average pitcher, the Blue Jays prices are a challenge, and the other hitting environments are so much stronger. The Phillies bullpen is a disaster behind Nola and the Blue Jays are one of the top offenses on the road which guarantees them that ninth inning plate appearance. I think they’re a very strong tournament target.

The Cubs are a more affordable tournament target facing a similarly skilled pitcher but in a better overall hitting environment given the wind is blowing out. With a cheap Coghlan in the middle of the order you’ve got a good combination of position scarcity (Schwarber at catcher), value (Coghlan) and power (Bryant, Rizzo).

The Rockies and Rangers are in great scoring environments but facing above average hitters which coupled with elevated price tags should force ownership down some. I still think the environments and elevated totals push their ownership higher than the Jays and Cubs which is why I have them listed below.

The Brewers are a fun mini stack to target as they’re not particularly expensive, they disappointed owners last night, and they’ll likely go forgotten this evening. Segura-Lucroy-Braun-Davis is the mini-stack I’d target against LHP Adam Conley.

MLB Game Weather Forecasts

In the scales below, a 10 strongly favors the batter, a 1 strongly favors the pitcher and a 5 has no impact on the game.

NYM at BLT 7:05: A 10-20% chance of a delay due to a thunderstorms before 8-8:30 PM. Temps in the low to mid 80s falling into the upper 70s. Air density is an 8. Wind south-southeast 4-8 mph which blows out to left. The wind is a 6.

MIN at NYY 7:05: Dry. Temps in the low 80s falling into the mid to upper 70s. Air density is an 8. Wind south-southwest 4-8 mph which blows out to left. The wind is a 6.

TOR at PHL 7:05: Dry. Temps in the low to mid 80s falling into the upper 70s. Air density is an 8. Wind south-southeast 7-14 mph lessening to 4-8 mph which blows out to left-center. The wind is a 6.

AZ at PIT 7:05: Showers and thunderstorms diminish in coverage across western Pennsylvania as we go through the schedule game time and are gone totally by 8:30 PM. Chance of a delay before 8:30 is 20% but they will play this game. Temps near 80 falling into the low to mid 70s. Air density is an 8. Wind south-southeast 3-6 mph which blows in from right. The wind is a 4.

CLE at BOS 7:10: Dry. Temps in the upper 80s falling to near 80. Air density is an 8. Wind south-southwest 7-14 mph which blows out to left-center. The wind is a 6.

KC at CIN 7:10: Dry. Temps in the low 80s falling into the mid-70s. Air density is an 8. Wind south at speeds less than 5 mph. The wind is a 5.

SEA at TEX 8:05: Dry. Temps in the mid to upper 90s falling into the upper 80s. Air density is a 9. Wind south-southeast 10-20 mph lessening to 8-16 mph which blows in from center. The wind is a 2 becoming a 3.

DET at CHC 8:05: A line of heavy rain and thunder looks to move into the city after 11 PM. Almost all of the models I see show this late arrival time which should not impact the game much (if at all) but this is a situation to watch especially if some random thunderstorms cells fire up ahead of the main line (not currently forecast to happen but in this warm and very humid atmosphere I cannot completely rule that out). Temps near 80 falling into the mid-70s. Air density is an 8. Wind south 8-16 mph with gusts to 20 mph which blows out to left-center. The wind is a 7 and at times an 8. UPDATE: There will be a couple of random showers and/or thunderstorms ahead of the main line of rain/thunder I had mentioned earlier. Now, the coverage will be spotty over the Chicago area between 8 and 10 PM eastern (maybe 10% coverage) but if there was a delay in that time frame it looms large as the solid line looks to be quicker. It should enter the city by 9:30 to 10:30 PM. This line of rain certainly has the potential to cause delays.

MIA at MIL 8:10: Retractable roof. Similar forecast to Chicago but the thunderstorms will likely get into Milwaukee just a bit sooner. Temps in the mid to upper 70s. Air density is an 8. Wind southeast 7-14 mph which blows in from center. The wind is a 4.

TB at HOU 8:10: Retractable roof. Showers and thunderstorms around the region will likely cause the roof to be closed.

SF at STL 8:15: A solid line of rain and thunder will be pushing through the region at the scheduled start time. The rain should push off to the northeast by 9 PM eastern. At the time of this forecast, it certainly seems like a perfect situation of a delayed start (30-40%). However, a change in timing to earlier (game should start sooner) or later (game would be delayed longer or even have a 10% chance of a ppd) are both possible and will need to be monitored as we go through the day. Temps in the mid to upper 70s. Air density is an 8. Wind south 7-14 mph which blows out to left. The wind is a 6.

WSH at COL 8:40: A 10% chance of a delay due to thunderstorms. Temps in the upper 60s falling into the mid-50s. Air density is a 9 or a 10. Wind northeast 8-16 mph which blows in from right. The wind is a 3.

CHW at LAA 10:05: Dry. Temps in the low to mid 70s falling into the upper 60s. Air density is a 7 becoming a 6. Wind west-southwest 7-14 mph which blows out to right. The wind is a 6.

LAD at OAK 10:05: Dry. Temps in the low to mid 70s falling into the mid to upper 60s. Air density is a 7 becoming a 6. Wind west-northwest 9-18 mph lessening to 7-14 mph which blows out to right. The wind is a 7 becoming a 6.

ATL at SD 10:10: Dry. Temps in the mid-70s falling to near 70. Air density is a 7. Wind southwest 6-12 mph which blows out to right. The wind is a 6.

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