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5/3 MLB DFS: James Shields is a top pitching value on Sunday

5/3 MLB DFS: James Shields is a top pitching value on Sunday
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Daily Fantasy Rundown – May 3rd, 2015 – James Shields is a top pitching value on Sunday

Welcome to Sunday’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.

Weather: No major concerns today. The weather in Wrigley strongly favors offense.

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.


Top Play:

Evan Gattis (HOU) – Gattis is the top play at the catcher position and on FanDuel he can easily be rostered (James Shields is too cheap on that site). The catcher position is usually shallow and Sundays it’s more exaggerated because of the quick turn around of night games to afternoon games but Gattis doesn’t carry this risk given that he serves as the team’s DH. Gattis has awesome skills against LHP (.372 wOBA, .253 ISO in 177 PAs against LHP) and opposing pitcher J.A. Happ isn’t missing many bats (17 percent K rate this season and his fastball velocity is sitting at 90 MPH this season after peaking at 93 MPH last season). If you’re not investing in Gattis’ DFS stock in cash game formats, you’re likely investing in the next written option below.

Value Play:

Miguel Montero (CHI) – The wind is blowing out at Wrigley Field today! Montero isn’t a great hitter even when he has the platoon edge (.339 wOBA) but he’s close to a league average hitter (against RHP) and he’s usually blessed with a good lineup spot (fifth). Those are enough contextual factors to make him a good value play and his matchup against Jimmy Nelson (has allowed .337 wOBA and 1.12 homeruns per 9 to 213 LHBs) boosts his value.

Additional catcher notes: Stephen Vogt (OAK) was out of the Athletics’ lineup last night so he should be back in the starting lineup today (will hit third). Vogt isn’t a great hitter but the hitting environment is awesome (Globe Life Park in Arlington) and Yovani Gallardo has allowed .318 wOBA and 24 percent LD rate to LHBs since 2012. He’s a fine investment in all formats today and he rates well in our model (ranked among our top 50 hitters). Brian McCann (NYY) will have the platoon advantage against Joe Kelly (.325 wOBA and 16 percent K rate against LHBs since 2012) but the hitting environment drags down left-handed power (Fenway Park decreases left-handed power by ~10 percent below the league average). McCann should only be utilized in tournament formats today (ranked just outside our top 100 hitters).

First Base

Top Play:

David Ortiz (BOS) – Ortiz is a top five hitter this afternoon but I’m being price sensitive here. On DraftKings, the priority remains fitting the tier one starting pitchers and using more of a value based approach to find hitters. Ortiz is still in play for cash games on DraftKings (enough punt options to fit him) but he’s a better overall value on FanDuel. He’s priced as an average hitter on that site ($3,200) despite being the top overall option. Ortiz is an unbelievable hitter against RHP (.412 wOBA, .283 ISO and 162 wRC+ despite playing half of his game in a park that is terrible for LHBs) and any time he goes against an underwhelming RHP (Adam Warren has surrendered a 24 percent LD rate and 1.06 homeruns per 9 to the last 363 left-handed batters he’s faced) he rates as a top five hitter in our model.

Next in line:

Jose Abreu (CHW) – Like Ortiz, Abreu is a top 10 hitter today but he has a better matchup. Pelfrey has a career 13 percent K rate and he’s allowed a .374 wOBA to RHBs in the last couple of seasons. Abreu posted a .394 wOBA and .250 ISO in 464 PA against RHP and even though he’s fully priced on DraftKings (still a great tournament option on that site), his price tag on FanDuel isn’t reflecting how good of a hitter he is. Abreu is a top 10 hitter but on FanDuel he’s priced among the top 25 hitters. There’s value in that price tag.

Anthony Rizzo (CHI) – As I mentioned in Miguel Montero‘s blurb, Wrigley Field is an awesome hitting environment when the wind is blowing out and that’s the case today (wind blowing out around 16 MPH). Rizzo (.371 wOBA, .218 ISO against RHP since 2012) should have success against Jimmy Nelson today (.337 wOBA, 1.12 homeruns per 9 allowed to LHBs) but like written options above, I’m being price sensitive. The best price tag for Rizzo is on FanDuel (ranked among our top 10 hitters today and is priced as a top 20 option on that site).

Value Play:

Adam LaRoche (CWS) – LaRoche is our top value play on this slate (regardless of position) and even though he’s not as good of a hitter as David Ortiz or Jose Abreu, he has a good skill set against RHP (.364 wOBA, .215 ISO since 2012). LaRoche has a great matchup against Mike Pelfrey (doesn’t miss any bats) and his price point offers great value around the industry. LaRoche is ranked among our top 12 hitters today despite being priced as a top 50-75 option on most sites. That’s great value for a good hitter with the platoon advantage against an awful pitcher. He also fits our plan of starting tier one pitchers today so make sure he’s in your cash game rosters on tight pricing sites.

Additional first base notes: Miguel Cabrera (DET) is good tournament play today (great hitter against both RHP and LHP) and his matchup against Jeremy Guthrie (13 percent K rate against RHBs since 2012) is favorable. My biggest issue with Cabrera is that he’s fully priced (a hitter of his caliber is usually fully priced) and the hitting environment isn’t good. Cabrera is still ranked among our top three hitters this afternoon. Adam Lind (MIL) is a comparable option to Adam LaRoche (in terms of skill set) but he’s ranked as a top 50 hitter in our model. He doesn’t offer the same value as LaRoche (or any of the options above) but he will have the platoon advantage at Wrigley Field (wind is blowing out). He’s a viable secondary value. Joey Votto (CIN) will have the platoon edge against Julio Teheran (23 percent LD rate and 1.24 homeruns per 9 allowed to LHBs since 2012) and he’s a fair value on DraftKings. Carlos Santana (CLE) has a good matchup against Drew Hutchison (.336 wOBA, 1.37 homeruns per 9 allowed to LHBs since 2012) and he’s ranked as a top 35 hitter in our model. He doesn’t have the skill set of the written options above but he’s a fair secondary value around the industry who has his value boosted on sites where he retains catcher eligibility.

Second Base

Top Play:

Jose Altuve (HOU) – Altuve is ranked among our top 15 hitters this afternoon and that’s very rare at a scarce position. However, Altuve is such an awesome hitter against LHP (.382 wOBA, 144 wRC+ against LHP since 2012) and he always carries elite speed upside (has 40-50 SB upside over a full season). He will have the platoon advantage today against J.A. Happ (doesn’t miss bats) and even though he’s priced fully around the industry, he’s a phenomenal option in all formats. Second base isn’t as scarce of a position on a full slate but Altuve is still the best DFS second baseman due to his awesome contact skills and speed upside.

Next in line:

Brian Dozier (MIN) – Like Altuve, Dozier mashes LHP (.371 wOBA, .224 ISO against southpaws in the last couple of seasons) and he has decent speed upside (he’s a 20/20 Fantasy asset over a full season). He gets the platoon advantage against John Danks (.350 wOBA, 1.51 homeruns per 9 since 2012). Danks is an awful pitcher (has been awful for quite some time) and Dozier is priced as an average hitter (ranked among our top 25 hitters today despite having top 40 prices on FanDuel). His price tag on FanDuel offers plenty of value (best value at the second base position on that site).

Value Play:

Dee Gordon (MIA) – This recommendation is pretty straightforward; Gordon’s price tag on FanDuel is too low. He has awesome SB upside and on FanDuel there are no negative points taken away for getting caught stealing. This Marlins offense has some upside since they’re playing against Severino Gonzalez (rookie pitcher who struggled to miss bats at the triple A level and got shelled in his MLB debut). Gordon has an awesome lineup position (leadoff) and this offense should get to this rookie pitcher. I would rather start Dozier or Gordon in cash games on FanDuel (instead of Jose Altuve) and that’s mostly because of the value in their price tags on that particular site.

Additional second base notes: If you’re not paying for the above written options in cash games, I suggest punting the second base position. Yangervis Solarte (SD) allows you to do just that on DraftKings. He usually possesses a good lineup spot and even though he’s not a good hitter, he maintains the platoon advantage (switch hitter). If you want to pay just a few extra dollars, Justin Turner (LAD) is a viable secondary option. He won’t have the platoon edge but he’s been awarded a good lineup spot in the last few days (second). Turner has accumulated a .364 wOBA against RHP since 2012. Robinson Cano (SEA) is a next in line option to the top second base plays but his power has seen a big drop off after leaving the short porch of Yankee Stadium. He only posted a .139 ISO last season (first season with the Mariners) after posting four straight seasons with an ISO greater than .200. Jason Kipnis (CLE) will have the platoon advantage today against Drew Hutchison (struggles against LHBs) and even though his price tag doesn’t offer much value on DraftKings, his price on FanDuel offers some value (priced as an average hitter). Kipnis is a better play for tournaments on stricter pricing sites (like DraftKings).


Additional shortstop notes: We’ve finally arrived at the worst position on this slate. Is it surprising that the worst position is the shortstop position? Not really. This position is usually barren anyways but when Troy Tulowitzki (COL) is away from Coors Field and participates in a terrible hitting environment against a good pitcher of the same handedness, he can’t be considered the top overall option. Ian Desmond (WSH) is actually the top ranked shortstop option but he’s only in play for tournaments due to his annoying spot in the lineup (usually sixth or seventh). He will have the platoon advantage today against Jon Niese (not an awful pitcher but doesn’t miss any bats) and his good skill set against southpaws gives him enough consideration for tournaments regardless of where he is in the starting lineup. If you’re looking for punt options, Jimmy Rollins (LAD), Daniel Santana (MIN) and Marcus Semien (OAK) are in play across different sites. Rollins and Semien are superior values on FanDuel (below the average price of an average hitter) and they’re blessed with a good lineup spot (second) while Santana is a nice secondary value on DraftKings (facing John Danks, an awful pitcher who doesn’t miss bats). If Jose Ramirez (CLE) hits second, he emerges as a viable punt play on a site like DraftKings (tighter pricing site).

Third Base

Top Play:

Kris Bryant (CHI) – Bryant projects to own a .353 wOBA against RHP this season (his rookie season). Very rarely do you see projection systems agree on rookie hitters but to be fair, Bryant is an exception rather than the norm. At Wrigley Field with the wind blowing out, it’s a great spot for Bryant to get his first home run of the season. Jimmy Nelson has been able to neutralize RHBs in a small sample (220 RHBs faced) but our model is very clear on who the top third baseman is today. Bryant is ranked 14th in our model overall and that’s not taking into account the weather situation. Bryant is better for tournaments today, particularly because there are cheaper values that can be played at the position. It’s a good spot to remind everyone that our main focus remains the same; paying up for tier one pitchers is a priority for us in cash games. If you can do that and still afford Bryant, by all means slot him in.

Value Plays:

Kyle Seager (SEA) – There’s awesome value in Seager’s price tag around the industry (particularly on DraftKings). Seager is ranked among our top 20 hitters today and he’s only $3,500 on DraftKings (anywhere from $500-1,100 cheaper than Bryant, Plouffe and Longoria). Seager has a matchup against the underwhelming Roberto Hernandez (.358 wOBA, 23 percent LD rate and 1.41 homeruns per 9 allowed to LHBs since 2012) and he’s shown to be a good hitter against RHP ( 358 wOBA, .188 ISO against RHP in the last few seasons). The Mariners offense will settle with a team total around 4.5 runs so it makes sense to have exposure to this offense in a cost effective way.

Trevor Plouffe (MIN) – Like Seager, Plouffe’s price point (on FanDuel) offers a tremendous investing opportunity. Plouffe is ranked among our top 30 hitters in our model and he’s close to the bare minimum ($2,400) on FanDuel. In other words, he’s priced as if he was one of the worst hitters in action today and that’s totally inaccurate. Plouffe has accumulated a .362 wOBA and .210 ISO against southpaws since 2012 and the opposing pitcher, John Danks, is beyond awful (doesn’t miss any bats and gives up plenty of hard contact). As you can see, Plouffe deserves a price tag that reflects his status as a good hitter against LHP and the contextual factors surrounding him (bad pitcher and should hit cleanup). He’s an elite value play on FanDuel.

Additional third base notes: Evan Longoria (TB) is ranked among our top 45 hitters today but his price tag (on DraftKings) is fair for the most part. He’s a better value on FanDuel where he’s priced as an average hitter even though he’s going up against a southpaw. Since 2012, Longoria has accrued a .385 wOBA and .244 ISO against LHP and opposing pitcher Wei-Yin Chen has been pretty bad against RHP (23 percent LD rate, 42 percent FB rate and a 1.30 homeruns per 9 in the last few seasons). Longoria makes a bid for next in line option to Trevor Plouffe in terms of value on FanDuel. Matt Carpenter (STL) is an awesome hitter against RHP but my main issue with him today is his price tag (more expensive than all the written options above). He’s a great tournament option in a great matchup (add Vance Worley to the mix of starting pitchers that are awful) but he can’t be utilized in cash games at his current price tag around the industry.


Top Plays:

Giancarlo Stanton (MIA) (Stanton is our top ranked hitter and he has a favorable matchup against a rookie pitcher that doesn’t miss bats but he’s fully priced around the industry, making him a better option for tournaments)

Mike Trout (LAA) (Like Stanton, Trout is fully priced on most sites and even though he’s ranked second in our model, his stock has better use in tournament formats this afternoon)

Value Plays:

George Springer (HOU) – Springer is an awesome value on FanDuel, where his price point doesn’t reflect how good of a hitter he is when he has the platoon advantage and it doesn’t take into account his awesome speed/power skill set. Springer is projected to boast a .355 wOBA against LHP this season (after posting a .342 wOBA and .194 ISO), which means projection systems are expecting more growth for Springer. He has 25/25 upside over a full season and he’s priced around guys like Charlie Blackmon and Jacoby Ellsbury on FanDuel. I’m investing on Springer in cash games on that particular site.

Carlos Gomez/Ryan Braun (MIL) – Despite not having the platoon advantage today, Gomez (ranked among our top 20 hitters) and Braun (ranked among our top 30 hitters) have nice price tags on FanDuel. Gomez (.351 wOBA, .192 ISO) and Braun (.358 wOBA, .198 ISO) have a good three-year history against RHP and the wind is blowing out at Wrigley Field today (the total from this game has been pulled, likely to reflect the great weather conditions for hitters). Jason Hammel has held RHBs in check for the most part since 2012 but Gomez and Braun are elite hitters and the weather conditions will play in their favor. Having exposure to this Brewers offense in cash games is an optimal decision this afternoon but make sure you’re price sensitive about where they offer the best value.

Joc Pederson (LAD) – If you’ve read the Daily Fantasy Rundown in the last few days, you’ve noticed that Pederson has been a focal point of our analysis. He’s been leading off for the Dodgers and that’s all he needed to become a top value play around the industry. Like I mentioned yesterday, he’s a DFS option that usually rates very well in our model but his value was dragged down by a bad lineup spot. Now that he’s leading off, those concerns are gone and he’s provided awesome results in the last three days (three straight games with a homerun). Chase Anderson has allowed a .330 wOBA and 1.27 homeruns per 9 against the last 266 left-handed batters he’s faced so we will continue to say that Pederson is in play across all formats and his price tag will likely come up to reflect his awesome skills (it’s already on the rise so take advantage while you can).

Melky Cabrera (CWS) – Cabrera is too cheap on FanDuel ($2,400) and he’s ranked among our top 30 hitters today. His price tag on FanDuel isn’t showing that he’s an above average hitter against RHP (.347 wOBA) and it’s also not taking into account his awesome matchup (Mike Pelfrey doesn’t miss bats and allows a ton of hard hit contact). There’s less need for salary relief options at the outfield position on FanDuel since James Shields is too cheap on that site but Cabrera is the only one I would consider for cash games (allows you to pay up at another position).

Additional outfielder notes: Matt Kemp and Justin Upton (SD) are good cash game options today. They have a good skill set against RHP and Kyle Kendrick is awful (doesn’t miss any bats). I still view the written values above as better cash game options but they make a bid as solid plays nonetheless (top 25 hitters in our model this afternoon). Anthony Gose (DET), Sam Fuld (OAK) and J.B. Shuck (CWS) are potential leadoff hitters that I’m considering for cash games on DraftKings. Their skill sets aren’t great but they can run and their main theme is playing for teams with healthy team totals (anywhere from 4-4.5 runs). Their salary relief allows you to pay up for tier one starting pitchers and allows you to roster a hitter like Jose Altuve (elite DFS option at second base). They’re unnecessary values on FanDuel. Brandon Moss (CLE) is ranked among our top 25 hitters and he’s close to the average price of a hitter on FanDuel. He’s a good value play on that specific site and his matchup against Drew Hutchison (allowed 1.37 homeruns per 9 to LHBs since 2012) serves as a boost to his homerun score (ranked third in our homerun score model).

Starting Pitchers

Tier 1

1a) Johnny Cueto (CIN)

1b)James Shields (SD)

Tier 2

3) Michael Wacha (CIN)

4) Anibal Sanchez (KC)

5) Sonny Gray (OAK)

Tier 3

6) Joe Kelly (BOS)

7) Julio Teheran (ATL)

8) Trevor Bauer (CLE)

Tier 4)

9) Doug Fister (WSH)

Top Play:

Johnny Cueto (CIN) – It’s a full slate of games (15 games) and I’m going to make this very clear. There are only two starting pitchers that I’m willing to play in cash games; the first one is Johnny Cueto and the second one is James Shields. Cueto has every contextual factor that I want in a starting pitcher this afternoon. First, the skill set. Cueto has a 28 percent K rate and a minuscule four percent BB rate. He’s getting hitters to chase at an awesome rate (38 percent chase rate, league average is 30 percent) and that coupled with an above average F-Strike percentage and 11.4 percent SwStr percentage (league average is 9.3 percent) fuels his awesome strikeout skills. The second contextual factor I’m looking for is the matchup. The Braves are in a clear rebuilding phase (got rid of Justin Upton, Jason Heyward and Craig Kimbrel) and they project to be a bottom 10 offense this season. The ballpark is actually an upgrade for Cueto (Turner Field is a neutral environment while Great American Ball Park is an elite hitting environment), which only adds to the awesome set of factors driving his value tonight. To conclude, his price point isn’t very restrictive around the industry and there are enough punt options to fit both Cueto and Shields in cash games (my preferred route). After Cueto and Shields, there’s a huge drop off in skill set (the rest of the starting pitchers are better for tournaments). It’s redundant at this point but Cueto is the top play and he belongs in both cash games and tournaments today.

Next in line:

James Shields (SD) – There won’t be another written option after Shields (and Cueto) and there’s a reason for this (I’ll make sure to cover in additional notes to provide a bit more context). Shields is a better value than Cueto (mostly because of the difference in price tags) and even though he has a tough matchup on paper, the Rockies are facing an extreme negative park shift. The Rockies project to be a top 10 offense this season but going from Coors Field (top offensive environment in all of MLB) to Petco Park (great pitching environment) is terrible for any offense. This can be see in the Rockies team total. The Rockies team total will settle anywhere from 3-3.5 runs and the Padres (and Shields) are -180 favorites (highest favorite on this slate). Shields has been incredible this season, posting a 32 percent K rate and 7 percent BB rate. His strikeout rate is fueled by an unbelievable 16 percent SwStr percentage (career best) and his SIERA stands at 2.64. There’s enough information here to proclaim Shields as the top value and he’s just as good of a play as Cueto. The only reason Cueto is number one a and Shields is number one b (in my rankings) is because Cueto has a better matchup.

Additional starting pitcher notes: Michael Wacha (STL) is viable for cash games (better on two starting pitcher sites). He’s not striking out many batters right now (5.54 Ks per 9) but he’s getting batters to chase (30 percent chase rate, right in line with the league average) and he’s getting ahead of batters. The strikeout rate will improve and he’s keeping the ball in the ground (55 percent GB rate). His matchup against a good Pirates offense isn’t compelling but he will be pitching in a great pitcher’s environment (Busch Stadium) and the skills are better than the other pitching options around his price range (Sonny Gray and Julio Teheran). He’s a viable secondary option for cash games on two starting pitcher sites. Anibal Sanchez (DET) is the only other option that has some cash game appeal. The matchup is very unappealing (Royals don’t strike out) but Sanchez has some nice underlying peripherals. He’s getting ahead of batters (68 percent F-Strike percentage) and he’s generating an awesome 11 percent SwStr percentage. These are reasons why Sanchez is boasting a 25 percent K rate and a six percent BB rate. He has a 5.46 ERA/3.43 SIERA this season, which tells us that there’s some expected positive growth in his run prevention. I would still rather invest in the first tier of starting pitchers in cash games but if you’re looking to save some salary, Sanchez makes for a decent option. Sonny Gray (OAK) and Julio Teheran (ATL) have some ugly underlying peripherals (falling behind hitters, not generating swinging strikes at the league average rate and allowing too many fly balls). They should only be utilized in tournament formats. Joe Kelly (BOS) has seen a nice growth in his fastball velocity (96 MPH this season compared to 94 MPH in his career) and he’s generating more strikeouts as a result. However, the underlying peripherals scream regression and he does struggle against LHBs. The Yankees will likely fill their lineup with at least seven LHBs but Kelly’s price point on DraftKings is dirt cheap ($5,300). The price tag is very accessible and he’s a solid tournament option.

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 ( if you have suggestions.

Top Tournament Stacks/Cash Game Mini Stacks:

1) Chicago Cubs

2) Houston Astros

3) Cleveland Indians

4) Boston Red Sox

Contrarian/Secondary Stacks:

1) Chicago White Sox

2) Milwaukee Brewers

3) Miami Marlins

4) New York Yankees

5) San Diego Padres

The Chicago Cubs pave the way for our tournament stacks this afternoon. Ranking these different offenses in our tournament section was very difficult, as most of these offenses were separated by a hair. The Cubs have awesome power potential with the wind blowing out at Wrigley Field and their LHBs in particular (Fowler, Rizzo and Montero) should find success against Jimmy Nelson. Despite not having the platoon advantage, Kris Bryant rates very well in our model and he can be included in a Cubs tournament or mini cash game stack.

The Houston Astros have a matchup against a LHP, which means Jose Altuve, George Springer and Evan Gattis (these RHBs are the top of the lineup) are in a great spot to utilize their speed and/or power skills. Feel free to include Chris Carter if he’s able to start and hit fifth. J.A. Happ doesn’t miss many bats and that’s great news for the Astros offense (projected to strikeout around 25 percent of the time this season).

The Cleveland Indians are my secret tournament stack today. Since there are so many offenses that we can pick on, I’m expecting the Indians to have a relatively low own percentage in tournaments. This whole offense is stackable (they will get very left-handed) and Drew Hutchison has been pretty bad against LHBs (allows a ton of hard hit contact). I expect this heavy left-handed offense to experience success against a below average pitcher.

The Boston Red Sox will have a team total of 4.5 runs today. They get a nice matchup against Adam Warren (doesn’t miss any bats) and I’m utilizing mini stacks from this offense in all formats. Warren isn’t that bad of a pitcher so it makes sense to use a mini stack instead of using most of this offense in a tournament but their healthy team total suggests that they’re stackable in just about any format today.

Here are some other pitchers you want to pick on (secondary tournament stacks):

Mike Pelfrey (MIN) – 13 percent career K rate and has a projected ROS ERA of 5.37 according to ZiPS.

Severino Gonzalez (PHI) – rookie pitcher making his second career start and he struggled to miss bats at the Minor League level. His fastball velocity peaked at 88 MPH. He has a projected ROS ERA of 5.13 according to ZiPS.

Kyle Kendrick (COL) – 13 percent career K rate and his fastball velocity peaks at 89 MPH. He’s surrendered a 26 percent LD rate this season.

MLB Game Weather Forecasts

TOR at CLE 1:10: Dry. Temps in the the mid 70s. Air density is a 7. Wind southwest at 8-16 mph which blows out to right. The wind is a 7.

WSH at NYM 1:10: Dry. Temps in the mid 70s. Air density is a 7. Wind south-southwest 5-10 mph which blows out to right. The wind is a 6.

PHL at MIA 1:10: Retractable roof. Dry. I think the roof will be open as it is not too hot. Temps near 80. Air density is a 8. Wind southeast 10-20 mph which blows in from center. The wind is a 3.

BLT at TB: Dome.

CIN at ATL 1:35: Dry. Temps near 80. Air density is a 7. Wind south at 5-10 mph which blows out to left. The wind is a 6.

DET at KC 2:10: Dry. Temps in the low 80s. Air density is a 8. Wind south-southwest 12-25 mph with gusts to 30 mph which blows out to left. The wind is a 8.

CHW at MIN 2:10: Some thunderstorms around late. Looks to me that until 5 or6 PM it is dry so they should get this game in. Temps in the low 70s. Air density is a 7. Wind southwest 10-20 mph which blows out to left. The wind is a 7.

SEA at HOU 2:10: Retractable roof. Dry. Looks like the roof should be open with temps near 80. Air density is a 8. Wind south-southeast 10-20 mph which blows out to left-center. The wind is a 7.

PIT at STL 2:15: Dry. Temps near 80. Air density is a 8. Wind south 10-20 mph which blows out to left. The wind is a 7.

MIL at CHC 2:20: Dry. Temps near 80. Air density is a 8. Wind south-southwest 12-25 mph which blows out to left-center. The wind is a 8.

OAK at TEX 3:05: Dry. Temps in the low 80s. Air density is a 8. Wind  south-southeast 8-16 mph which blows in from right center. The wind is a 3.

LAA at SF 4:05: dry. Temps in the low 60s. Air density is a 5. Wind west-southwest 10-20 mph which blows out to center. Wind is a 7.

ARI at LAD 4:10: Dry. Temps in the mid 60s. Air density is a 6. Wind west-southwest at 8-16 mph which blows out to right. The wind is a 6.

COL at SD 4:10: Dry. Temps in the upper 60s. Air density is a 6. Wind west 6-12 mph which blows from left to right. The wind is a 5.

NYY at BOS 8:00: A 10% chance of a shower. Should not impact the game. Temps in the low 60s falling into the mid 50s. Air density is a 5. Wind south-southwest 5-10 mph which blows out to left. The wind is a 6.

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