Fantasy baseball daily notes: Pitcher and hitter rankings for Tuesday

Taijuan Walker has several factors working in his favor on Tuesday. AP Photo/John Minchillo

Most teams are running out their best or second pitcher today. That means there are fewer available options than usual to stream on the pitching side and that good matchups are harder to come by on the hitting side. Still, we'll be able to great creative and find some streamers that project well for reasons other than the opposing pitcher.

Here are Tuesday's choices to bolster your fantasy squad, with everyone available in at least half of all ESPN leagues.


Ryan Yarbrough (L), rostered in 58% of ESPN leagues, Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers: Yarbrough doesn't quite meet the usual "rostered in at least half of all leagues" criteria, but he's close and easily the best streaming option today. The Rangers offense is bad, their best hitters are lefty (Yarbs will hold the platoon advantage against them), and they take a massive park hit going into Tropicana today.

Jake Odorizzi (R), 21%, Houston Astros vs. Detroit Tigers: Odorizzi's leash may be a bit shorter than other pitchers today given it's his first start of the year, but he gets a strong matchup against one of the American League's worst offenses. And he's just a better pitcher than his rostership would have you believe, well above average with elite offense support for his win chances.

Taijuan Walker (R), 17%, New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies: The Phillies are one of the most underrated offenses in baseball, but they take a huge park factor hit today going into a premier pitching destination (Citi Field). Walker's fastball velocity was up 2 mph over 2020 in his first start, making him a strong streamer here.

Nick Margevicius (L), fewer than 1%, Seattle Mariners at Baltimore Orioles: Margevicious makes his first start today, replacing James Paxton, but hee threw 73 pitches out of the bullpen last week, so he should be able to top 90 in this good spot against the lowly Orioles.


The weather in Milwaukee is right on the borderline of the open/close decision, and if they leave it open to the 50-degree weather as they have in these situations already this year, Cubs relievers would make for very nice streamers given the park upgrade, the weather conditions, and the below-average opposing offense. Andrew Chafin and Dillon Maples are the most talented options in this bullpen outside of closer Craig Kimbrel.

For the latest team-by-team closer situations, please consult our Closer Chart.


Catcher -- Pedro Severino (R), 9%, Baltimore Orioles vs. Seattle Mariners (LHP Nick Margevicius): While you can stream Margevicius, you can certainly stream hitters against him as well, especially at the wasteland that is catcher. Severino will hold the platoon and home field advantages and is about as good as you can get at this spot.

First Base -- Rowdy Tellez (L), 7%, Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees (RHP Jameson Taillon): Taillon looked good in his first outing with the Yankees. but this is more about attacking the spot than the pitcher. Dunedin projects as an extreme hitters environment, especially once you factor in the weather (which is 76 degrees with some wind out to left today). Tellez has scuffled to start the year, but he's a talented enough hitter in an elite lineup. The same goes for Alejandro Kirk at catcher.

Second Base -- Rougned Odor (L), 2%, New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays (LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu): It's yet to be seen how often the Yankees will deploy Odor, but as mentioned with Tellez, this is a great hitting environment, and the RBI/run potential in this lineup is big if Odor cracks the lineup.

Third Base -- Eduardo Escobar (S), 39%, Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Oakland Athletics (LHP Jesus Luzardo): Luzardo is a talented young pitcher, but Escobar is a good hitter in his own right and hits better from the right side of the plate. It will be in the low-80s if the roof is open, but even closed this would still effectively be one of the hotter games of the day.

Shortstop -- Elvis Andrus (R), 23%, Oakland Athletics at Arizona Diamondbacks (RHP Zac Gallen): It's looking like Gallen could make his 2021 debut today, and it's always possible there will be some rust he'll need to shake off before settling in. Andrus will have the same positive hitting conditions as Escobar, and Gallen is a pitcher that is exploitable on the basepaths by somebody with Andrus's speed.

Corner Infield -- Renato Nunez (R), 1%, Detroit Tigers at Houston Astros (RHP Jake Odorizzi): Nunez has been hitting cleanup for the Tigers lately, and he'll benefit from Odorizzi's extreme reverse platoon split. If the roof happens to be open, we'd be looking at 80-ish degrees, but even 70 with a closed roof would still mark this among the best hitting "weather."

Middle Infield -- Ha-Seong Kim (R), 15%, San Diego Padres at Pittsburgh Pirates (RHP Chad Kuhl): Kim isn't much more than an average MLB hitter, but a rising tide lifts all boats, and the quality of the Padres lineup (even without Tatis) boosts his RBI and run equity against one of the weakest pitchers on the slate.

Outfield -- Adam Duvall (R), 10%, Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves (LHP Max Fried): The Marlins get out of the pitcher-friendly confines of loanDepot park (I'm still not used to this gross name and weird stylization) and will enjoy 78 degree temps with a bit of wind to left. Given the conditions, the platoon advantage, and the groundball/flyball advantage (Duvall is a flyball hitter, Fried a groundball pitcher, which conveys an edge to the hitter), Duvall sets up as the top streaming option on the slate. Brian Anderson and Garrett Cooper are also worthwhile streams.

Outfield -- Avisail Garcia (R), 10%, Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs (RHP Kyle Hendricks): This is purely about Avisail being a better hitter than his 2021 numbers and rostership indicate. The playing time concerns following the JBJ signing have proven moot as Avi has started all but two games all year, and while Hendricks isn't an especially attackable pitcher, Garcia does have the recency advantage, having faced him just a week ago. But more than anything, the 91st percentile Barrel%, 84th percentile Max Exit Velocity, and 72nd percentile HR Zone Launch Angle% are the reasons to roster him.

Outfield -- Justin Upton (R), 22%, Los Angeles Angels at Kansas City Royals (LHP Danny Duffy): Duffy is an extreme flyball pitcher with a very large platoon split, making him particularly susceptible to right-handed power. That's Upton's entire game in a nutshell, making this about the perfect matchup type for him.