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Wednesday afternoon features a short four-game slate for us to divulge into. Let’s jump into all the information, and as always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Felix Hernandez – Seattle Mariners vs. Miami Marlins – $10,400- Hernandez will be making his fourth start of the season as he takes on the Marlins at home this afternoon. He’s been off to a good start this season, averaging 16.7 FPPG in his first three starts with a 15:0 K:BB ratio. In what could have been considered a down year for Hernandez in 2016, he still managed a .303 wOBA at home in 84.2 innings with a .391 SLG and a .303 OBP allowed to opposing hitters. The Marlins aren’t exactly tearing the cover off the ball with a .315 wOBA against righties thus far, and they own a 24.1 K%, ranked eighth-highest in the league.
Other Options – Kyle Hendricks ($10,200).
Jesse Hahn – Oakland A’s vs. Texas Rangers – $5,500 –
Averaging 13.7 FPPG in his first two starts, that’s about what you would hope for from him at this price. Hahn has produced at his salary level in his first two starts of the season, including facing this Rangers team. In that start, Hahn pitched six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with a 3:1 K:BB ratio. With a much better backdrop at the Oakland Coliseum behind him, Hahn will look to build upon his .296 wOBA at home last season with a .398 SLG and a .286 OBP in 32.2 innings.
Other Options – Michael Wacha ($7,200)
Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates– $3,700 – Some positions this afternoon are extremely thin, with catcher being one of them. Molina will face Gerrit Cole, a pitcher that owned a .337 wOBA on the road last year with a .355 OBP. Molina has always hit right-handed pitching well, owning a .343 wOBA in 2016 with a .361 OBP.
Other Options Willson Contreras – ($4,000),
J.T. Realmuto – Miami Marlins vs. Seattle Mariners – $3,400 – Realmuto is hitting extremely well for someone that only has a salary of $3,400. Averaging 9.5 FPPG in 11 games, Realmuto owned a .410 wOBA against righties on the road last season with a .530 SLG and a .424 OBP. He could be a nice money saver on this short four-game slate.
Other Options – Francisco Cervelli ($3,200)
Eric Thames – Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs – $4,400 – Thames could be one of, if not the, hottest hitter in the league right now. Thames has blasted seven home runs in just 12 games, averaging 14.5 FPPG. He’ll face Kyle Hendricks, who doesn’t necessarily struggle against lefties, but Thames is hitting well enough that he’s worth the roster spot regardless.
Other Options – Mike Napoli ($4,000)
Josh Bell – Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals– $3,400 – Bell is suddenly looking at an expanded role now that outfielder Starling Marte has been suspended for 80 games. He’ll face off against Michael Wacha, who was hit hard at home last season. In 71.1 innings at Busch Stadium, Wacha owned a .371 wOBA with a .505 SLG and a .375 OBP.
Other Options –Ryon Healy ($3,700)
Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners vs. Miami Marlins – $4,600 – Edinson Volquez hasn’t exactly been a dominant pitcher against left-handed batters, so taking Cano on your roster makes sense this afternoon. Cano was great against righties last season, ending 2016 with a .396 wOBA, a .584 SLG and a .370 OBP.
Other Options – Ben Zobrist ($4,500)
Jed Lowrie – Oakland A’s vs. Texas Rangers – $3,000 – Lowrie isn’t going to belt two home runs for you, but he should be a low owned batter, something that can make all the difference on a slate like this. The oft-injured Lowrie has hit lefties well when he’s healthy, sporting a career .338 wOBA against them with a .346 OBP.
Other Options – Nick Franklin ($3,200).
Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers– $5,200 – Bryant on a short slate against a left-handed pitcher feels about as automatic as it gets. He ended 2016 with a .438 wOBA against them with a .641 SLG and a .419 OBP.
Other Options – Kyle Seager ($4,300)
David Freese – Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals – $3,300 – Over the long term, Freese isn’t your answer to third base on a nightly basis. However, he’s one of the hottest hitters on the Pirates at the moment. When we think about the struggles Wacha had at home last season, grabbing Freese at $3,300 makes sense. Freese is averaging 7.4 FPPG thus far with two home runs and five RBI in 12 games.
Other Options – Hernan Perez ($3,500)
Elvis Andrus – Texas Rangers vs. Oakland A’s – $3,900 –I’d rather have Andrus in my lineup if he were facing a left-handed pitcher, but shortstop is very thin this afternoon. For what it’s worth, Andrus is hitting well thus far, averaging 9.1 FPPG with three home runs. He’s also been running a bit, swiping two bags in 13 games.
Other Options – Aledmys Diaz ($4,300)
Miguel Rojas – Miami Marlins vs. Seattle Mariners – $2,300 – If you want to punt somewhere, shortstop could be your position with Rojas filling that spot. He hasn’t done anything special thus far, but he’s averaging 5.3 FPPG. Not too shabby for someone that costs almost the bare minimum on DraftKings.
Other Options – Jordy Mercer ($3,300)
Khris Davis – Oakland A’s vs. Texas Rangers – $4,200 – I wish this matchup was on the road instead of in Oakland, but it’s hard to be picky on such a short slate. Davis hits lefties extremely well, and he’s been swinging a hot stick all season thus far. Davis ended 2016 with a .367 wOBA against them with a .550 SLG and a .331 OBP.
Other Options – Ryan Braun ($5,100)
Marcell Ozuna – Miami Marlins vs. Seattle Mariners – ($3,500) – Admittedly, this matchup is not one of my favorites on this list. With that being said, Ozuna is one of the hottest hitters in baseball and at a low salary. At just $3,500, you’re rostering a player that averaging 11.8 FPPG and his belted five home runs in just 13 games.
Other Options – Matt Joyce ($2,700) Jarrod Dyson ($3,300)
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