JJ Bleday joining Athletics bench Monday
Oakland Athletics outfielder JJ Bleday is not in the lineup for Monday's series opener against right-hander Miles Mikolas and the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Athletics appear to be giving Bleday a breather after 11 straight starts in the outfield. He was the leadoff batter the past two games and went 2-for-7 with a homer and 3 runs scored. Esteury Ruiz will replace Bleday in the outfield and leadoff spot Monday.
numberFire’s models project Ruiz ($3,000) for 8.5 FanDuel points on Monday. Per our MLB Heat Map, the Athletics' implied total is 3.69 and the game total is 9.0. Mikolas has an underwhelming 4.88 xERA this season and his 16.5% strikeout rate ranks in the bottom 10th percentile of the majors.
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