Max Scherzer, Michael Brantley headline top fantasy baseball plays for Thursday September 4th. The MLB action is limited on Thursday with only eight games taking place leaving only half the league to build fantasy rosters around.
Scherzer is the top starting pitcher taking the mound as he looks to lead the Detroit Tigers over American League Central rivals the Cleveland Indians. Scherzer has put together another big season for the Tigers posting a 15-5 record with a 3.26 earned run average. This will be the Tigers starter fourth appearance this season against the tribe.
In his previous three outings, Scherzer has a 1-0 record with a 4.82 earned run average in 18.2 innings pitched. His last start against the Indians came back on July 19th as he allowed two earned runs over 5.2 innings with four strikeouts. The Indians current roster is hitting a combined .216 in 213 career at bats with four home runs.
The lone Indian to have success against Scherzer is Michael Brantley. Brantley in his career has 14 hits in 41 at bats verse the Tigers right hander. The Indians outfielder has nine hits in last 25 at bats heading into Wednesday. Six of those 14 hits have come this season as he is hitting .600 with three doubles and three runs batted in.
Here are some of the other great MLB fantasy plays for Thursday September 4th:
Allen Craig, First Baseman: The Boston Red Sox first baseman is one of only four players playing on Wednesday with multiple home runs against the opposing starting pitcher. In his career Craig is hitting .571 with six extra base hits including two home runs against Chris Capuano with most of those coming in the National League.
Desmond Jennings, Outfielder: Jennings has a favorable fantasy matchup against Mark Buerhle. The Tampa Bay Rays outfielder has nine career hits in 22 at bats to go along with four career walks. The only concern with Jennings is with his health as he is dealing with a knee injury that has caused him to miss five straight games going into Wednesday.
Chris Tillman, Starting Pitcher: Tillman has rebounded as the Baltimore Orioles ace after some struggles early on. Over his last 10 outings the Orioles right hander has allowed three or fewer runs in all 10 starts including five outings with less than one run. Tillman is 4-1 over that stretch with six games with at least six strikeouts.
Matt Holliday, Outfielder: The St. Louis Cardinals outfielder has been hot over the past seven days heading into Wednesdays. Holliday has nine hits in 26 at bats with four home runs and 14 runs batted in during that stretch. On Thursday, Holliday will face off against Willy Peralta who he has two home runs and five runs batted in against for his career.
Michael Wacha, Starting Pitcher: Wacha will be making his first start since June 17 after dealing with a shoulder injury. Prior to landing on the 60 day disabled list, Wacha was 5-5 in 15 starts with a 2.79 earned run average. The Cardinals starter faced the Milwaukee Brewers on April 28th allowing three runs over 6.1 innings pitched.