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Manning On The Rise

Matt Manning

Matt Manning

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

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Jake McCarthy, OF, Diamondbacks -- Available in 78 percent of Yahoo leagues

Since getting regular starts in the Diamondbacks outfield in the second half, McCarthy has been one of baseball’s hottest hitters with a .333 batting average and a 14/11 K/BB ratio since the All-Star break. On the season, he’s hitting .292/.353/.431 with four homers and 12 steals across 217 plate appearances. McCarthy may not carry the best hard-hit rate. But his 98th percentile sprint speed, low strikeout rate, and 24 percent line drive rate profile for a sustainable batting average. And the 25-year-old outfielder has no platoon splits, hitting .290 against right-handers and .300 against lefties.

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Seth Brown, OF, Athletics -- Available in 83 percent of Yahoo leagues

Brown is in the midst of a 19-game homerless streak. The last home run he hit came against the Giants on August 8. So, why recommend him here? Well, the 30-year-old slugger has a few things going for him this week. First, he’d due. Second, and for more substantial reasoning, 16 of Brown’s 17 homers this season have come against right-handed pitching. The A’s are scheduled for six games this week, all projected against right-handed starters. And third, he’s been much better on the road, with 13 of his home runs away from Oakland. With the A’s set to embark on a six-game road trip this week, teams in deeper leagues looking for a shot at some power could consider taking a chance on Brown.

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Jake Fraley, OF, Reds -- Available in 75 percent of Yahoo leagues

With six games at home in hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park, it could be a good week to roster Reds hitters. Fraley has been fantastic since the All-Star break, hitting .312 with six homers. The 27-year-old outfielder has always displayed an excellent ability to get one base. He’s doing just that with a 12.6 percent walk rate and 17 runs scored in the second half. Batting from the left side, he’s much better against right-handed pitching. And the Reds have limited his exposure to southpaws. But with five projected games against right-handed starts, Fraley could be in line to play and hit leadoff for much of the week.

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Donovan Solano, 1B/3B, Reds -- Available in 92 percent of Yahoo leagues

We’re sticking with the Reds for this one as we look for more ways to take advantage of the team’s six home games. Solano has been excellent for the team all season, but especially in Great American Ball Park, where he’s slashed .354/.413/.500. The 34-year-old veteran hit cleanup for Cincinnati this week, the first time he had done so all season. With regular starts at first base and designated hitter, he could be in line to drive in some runs as the Reds take on the Cardinals and Rockies.

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Garrett Mitchell, OF, Brewers -- Available in 99 percent of Yahoo leagues

The Brewers promoted one of their top prospects this week in Mitchell. The 23-year-old outfielder was selected by the team with the 20th pick in the first round of the 2020 MLB Draft. He possesses an intriguing mix of tools, perhaps none better than his speed. Mitchell stole 17 bases in the minors during his first professional season while adding eight homers across 64 games. This year, he swiped another 17 bases in the minors with five homers. After hitting .342/.435/.466 across 85 plate appearances in Triple-A, he earned the call to the majors with center fielder Jonathan Davis on the injured list. Mitchell made his first start on Sunday, going 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI. Teams looking for a bit of speed over the final month can consider the young speedster in deeper mixed leagues.

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David Peterson, SP, Mets -- Available in 74 percent of Yahoo leagues

As long as Peterson remains widely available and continues to get starts with the Mets, he’ll keep getting featured here. The 26-year-old left-hander dazzled once again with seven strikeouts across six shutout innings against the Rockies on Saturday. The excellent start gives him a 7-3 record, 3.21 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 104 strikeouts across 89 2/3 innings. Peterson’s 12.1 swinging strike and 51.1 percent ground ball rates profile well for a starting pitcher, with the one blemish being his 10.5 percent walk rate. This week, he makes for a strong streamer in mixed leagues with a matchup against the Nationals in New York.

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Kyle Bradish, SP, Orioles -- Available in 98 percent of Yahoo leagues

Bradish has been a much-improved pitcher in the second half since returning from the injured list. The 25-year-old right-hander had posted a 7.38 ERA across 46 1/3 innings before landing on the injured list with right shoulder inflammation. Since his return on July 29, he’s recorded a 3.21 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 33 strikeouts across 33 2/3 innings over six starts. While he was incredibly unlucky with a .396 BABIP and 66.1 percent strand rate in the first half, his 3.96 FIP and 3.85 xFIP support what he’s done since his return. This week, Bradish gets a matchup against the Guardians in Cleveland on Wednesday.

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Matt Manning, SP, Tigers -- Available in 78 percent of Yahoo leagues

Just another example of why you can’t write off a prospect after a less-than-stellar debut. Manning’s second go-around in the majors has gone much better after he posted a 5.80 ERA over 85 1/3 innings in 2021. He’s coming off perhaps the best start of his career after tossing six shutout innings with eight strikeouts in a win against the Giants on Wednesday. Through 38 innings across seven starts, the 24-year-old right-hander carries a 2.37 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 31 strikeouts. Manning has been especially good over his last five starts, giving up only five runs with 26 strikeouts across 25 innings while generating a 13.7 percent swinging-strike and 20.8 percent K-BB rate. This week, he gets a pair of home starts against the Mariners and Royals.

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Cade Cavalli, SP, Nationals -- Available in 89 percent of Yahoo leagues

The Nationals promoted Cavalli, a 2020 first-round pick and one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, for his major league debut against the Reds on Friday. The 24-year-old had posted a 3.71 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 104 strikeouts across 97 innings in Triple-A this season. While the results were disappointing in his debut, with seven runs allowed, he did strike out six batters over his 4 1/3 innings. Cavalli generated an impressive 13 whiffs against the Reds, including five on the fastball and six on his curveball. This week, he’s in line for a better matchup at home against the A’s. Teams in deep leagues looking to make up some ground in strikeouts could roll the dice on the young hurler.

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Nick Martinez, RP, Padres -- Available in 92 percent of Yahoo leagues

Josh Hader is out as the Padres closer. And it doesn’t look like he’ll be ready to reclaim the job anytime soon with another blowup outing on Sunday. While the ninth-inning role is expected to remain a committee, it was Martinez who picked up two saves this week. The 32-year-old right-hander is up to six saves to go with a 3.07 ERA across 91 innings. He’s been much better as a reliever with a 1.40 ERA out of the bullpen. Teams looking to add some saves in deeper mixed leagues could look to Martinez through the final month.