Ian Kennedy (R), rostered in 23 percent of ESPN leagues, Kansas City Royals vs. Milwaukee Brewers: Kennedy had his first tough start of the season last time out, allowing six runs (four earned) thanks to a pair of homers allowed, but he had a 1.00 ERA in his first three starts, going exactly six innings in all three. Kennedy has always been a solid strikeout arm and the Brewers have the league’s highest strikeout rate since the start of 2017. Thankfully he gets the Brewers at home instead of at Milwaukee, too, so his chronic home run issue shouldn’t be as big of a problem.
The 22-year-old delivered a 2.65 ERA and 9.2 K/9 over 18 Triple-A starts, and he posted five innings of one-run ball with nine whiffs against the Brewers in his lone big league start earlier this month. Against a Pirates club that’s been struggling over the last couple of weeks with a .298 wOBA that ranks No. 24 in baseball, Flaherty is one of Saturday’s more enticing streaming options.
Walker Buehler (R), 23 percent, Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Dodgers: There are so many quality streamers today, we’ll offer up a bonus arm. Buehler, who tossed five scoreless frames against Miami in his big league debut on Monday, is slated to start in one of Saturday’s two games against San Francisco. This is another favorable matchup for the rookie right-hander, as the Giants have been non-threatening against righties this year, producing a .299 wOBA and 25 percent strikeout rate. It’s unlikely Buehler goes deep into this game, but the upside is intriguing. It’s likely he’ll be sent back to the minors after Saturday’s outing, so enjoy him while you can.
Traded for All-Star Kyrie Irving, who flirted with a 50/40/90 season despite playing on a bothersome left knee that eventually required season-ending surgery.
Adding top-end talent like Hayward and Irving was supposed to deplete Boston’s depth. But Boston’s youngest players have routinely stepped up this season, including in big-time situations.
Instead, Boston — spearheaded by emerging third-year guard Rozier — came out and finished off its win.
“Sometimes I think they’re at their best when those things happen, you know?” Stevens said after Game 1. “I think it’s just a resilient group of kids.
Greg Holland has yet to register a save this season, but the first one could be coming soon. After a rough start, the right-hander has now had four straight scoreless appearances, with five strikeouts and only one hit allowed.