We a quick three game slate this morning, I’ll provide you with some targets to go after to kick off a day of baseball. As always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24
Taijuan Walker – SEA vs. TEX – $10,000 – Walker is the most expensive pitcher on this short three game slate, but he most likely has the best chance of success here. Facing the Rangers, Walker brings his 8.3 K/9 to the hill this afternoon, which ranks the highest out of all six pitchers. In the early going of the season, the Rangers lead the league in strikeouts with 85 on the season, which makes Walker all the more enticing. Last season, Walker had moderate success against the Rangers, owning a 10:2 K:BB ratio in 16 innings last season.
Adam Conley – MIA NYM – $6,800 – I think I love what Conley can bring to the table more than I love his matchup against the Mets today. However, I do like his $6,800 price tag. Conley owned a 7.9 K/9 last season and really sparkled in his 11 starts with the big club in 2015. He backed up that 2015 campaign with a solid spring training, owning a 1.86 ERA in 10 innings pitched. The Mets rank 13th in strikeouts in the early going here, and Conley has the benefit of pitching in Citi Field, which ranks as one of the better parks for pitchers. It’s not ideal, but not many things are in a three game slate.
Gincarlo Stanton (OF) – MIA vs NYM – $5,200 – We all know that Stanton can mash a left handed pitcher whenever the opportunity arises, but no one has a better chance of going yard on a daily basis than Stanton. Even with his ability to crush lefties, Stanton hits the majority of his home runs off of right-handed pitchers, with 18 of his 27 coming off of them last season. Logan Verrett allowed six home runs last season in just 47 innings in 2015.
Kyle Seager (3B) – SEA vs TEX – $4,100 – What I like about Seager is that he has almost equal power against both types of pitchers. Hitting 26 home runs last season, Seager split it down the middle, hitting 13 off of lefties and righties. Seager owned a .322 wOBA against right-handed pitchers last season with an ISO of .168. A.J. Griffin hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since 2013, which was quite a season for him. Since that time, Griffin allowed 36 home runs with 15 of those going to a left-handed batters. For Seager’s sake, let’s hope it’s more of the same in 2016.
Billy Burns (OF) – OAK vs LAA – $4,100 – I like Burns as someone who is always a threat to steal, as I feel like people are caught up on his ability to do so. Last season against right-handed pitchers, Burns swiped 23 bags. He also isn’t too shabby at the plate either, owning a .308 wOBA against righties. Burns isn’t a big power guy, but he makes a ton of contact and doesn’t strike out much. As a base stealer, he always has the potential to hold his value.
Josh Reddick (OF) – OAK vs LAA – $4,000 – Unless he’s hitting multiple bombs a night, Reddick is someone that seems to go overlooked on a daily basis mainly because he plays on the A’s. In reality, he hits RHP fairly well. Last season, Reddick owned a .356 wOBA with an ISO of .189. 16 of his 20 home runs came against a RHP, which is what opposing pitcher Matt Shoemaker is today. Shoemaker had issues with home runs last season, allowing 24 with 13 going to righties.
Ryan Rua (OF) – TEX vs SEA – $2,500 – Rua has been taking the spot of Shin-soo Choo in the early going of the season and has been making the most of his time. In his last three games, Rua is 6-12 with two runs scored. At just $2,500, you can’t ask for much more than getting someone who is starting and on a bit of a hot streak. Rua has been batting near the bottom of the order, but if he keeps up this hitting, he’s bound to get a bump up, further accentuating his value.
Justin Bour (1B) – MIA vs NYM – $3,300 – Bour continues to fall in the low $3K range despite having 20+ home run power. Facing RHP Logan Verrett today, Bour had all 23 of his home runs come against righties in 2015. Add that with his .359 wOBA and we suddenly have some big value at the first base position. It certainly doesn’t hurt that Verrett allowed five of his six home runs to lefties either.