Rangers at Mariners Fantasy Preview May 28 2018

The Seattle Mariners are doing a great job to keep things together following the Robinson Cano suspension. Earlier this week, they traded for Denard Span and Alex Colome from the Tampa Bay Rays and kept on winning to stay close with the Houston Astros in the rough-and-tumble AL West.

Pitching matchup

Marco Gonzales (4-3, 4.05 ERA) hasn’t given up an earned run in either of his last two starts while allowing seven hits, three walks and striking out eight in 12.2 innings. The 26-year-old lefty has not fallen apart in a start since mid-April.

Doug Fister (1-4, 4.22 ERA) was a disaster against the Yankees in an outing last week. The Rangers won, but not before Fister dished up three home runs en route to allowing six earned runs on 11 hits, a walk and two strikeouts.

Better play: Gonzales

Fister is a volatile starter. Sometimes he has it and others times he doesn’t. Even when he’s on, he doesn’t rack up many meaningful stats. Gonzales has a chance to notch you some strikeouts and win a game while walking very few.

Who should start

  • Kyle Seager has nice lifetime numbers against Fister: 8-for-22, three doubles and a home run. He’s due for an uptick in production, and this could be the perfect matchup to start it.
  • Shin-soo Choo’s splits against lefties aren’t great, but they are fine to keep him in your starting lineup. Even better, he has two hits in three career at-bats against Gonzales.

Who should sit

  • Denard Span’s role on the Mariners is still to be determined, but he has reverse splits. Against right-handers this season Span is batting just .226. It may be too soon to expect him to contribute.
  • Delino DeShields feasts on left-handed pitching to the tune of .343/.439/.514 in 2018. There’s a lot to like there, but every player has tough matchups. DeShields is 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against Gonzales all-time.

Prediction

Mariners too win, They have to beat up on lesser teams in order to stay within striking distance of the Astros. Many of their hitters have positive histories against Fister, where as the Texas offense is still figuring out what Gonzales has in his repetoire.

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