Seven games will be played in this afternoon slate today that includes Coors Field. Let’s jump right into the information, and, as always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Carlos Martinez – STL vs. TOR – $8,900 – Martinez is the fourth-most expensive pitcher on this slate, but he’s a massive discount from the first three on the list. Noah Syndergaard (scratched, sore arm), Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber are all at least $10,000 this afternoon, followed by Martinez at $8,900. Even with two poor starts under his belt thus far, Martinez owns a 12.3 K/9 with a hard hit percentage of 36.7. Facing a Toronto offense that ranks in the bottom 10 in wOBA, OBP and SLG against righties — not to mention they’ll lose the DH position — Martinez should be in a prime spot this afternoon.
Other Options – Corey Kluber ($10,000)
Jeremy Hellickson – PHI vs. MIA – $7,900 – Hellickson has looked great thus far this season, averaging 16.2 FPPG in four starts while allowing no more than two earned runs in an outing. On the surface, it may look concerning that he only has 10 strikeouts on the season, but looking at his game log, you’ll see he’s faced the Braves, Nationals twice and the Reds. All three of these teams rank near the bottom half of the league, with the Braves in 16th in K%, the Reds 25th and the Nationals 26th. In that game against the Braves, he did strikeout five. The Marlins are currently ranked 13th in the league at 22.4%, with a .318 wOBA against righties.
Other Options – Julio Urias ($8,800)
Buster Posey – SFG vs. LAD – $3,700 – I’m not a big fan of the more expensive catchers on this slate today, so I’m more than happy to settle for Posey against a left-handed pitcher. Sure, that pitcher is the talented young Julio Urias, but Posey is posting a .463 wOBA against lefties with a .600 SLG and a .478 OBP in the early going of 2017.
Other Options Matt Wieters ($4,300)
Yasmani Grandal – LAD vs. SFG – $2,900 – Matt Moore has been struggling this season, even at home at AT&T Park where he excelled last season. Grandal had a .347 wOBA against lefties last season with a .385 OBP. He’s dirt cheap, which makes him all the more enticing on a slate where we have Coors Field and four pitchers with at least a $10,000 salary hit.
Other Options – Alex Avila ($2,700)
Edwin Encarnacion – CLE vs. HOU – $4,600 – Overall, Encarnacion doesn’t have very impressive numbers to showcase. With that being said, I’m intrigued with his matchup against Mike Fiers today. Fiers allowed 26 home runs last season with 14 of those coming on the road. In a hitter friendly park like Progressive Field, Encarnacion is a perfect candidate to take him deep.
Other Options – Mark Reynolds ($4,500)
Victor Martinez – DET vs. SEA – $3,300 – Martinez has been showing signs of life lately, which gives me some hope against Hisashi Iwakuma today. Martinez should bat from the left side today, which in a very small sample this season has given Iwakuma a very tough time. Lefties have already hit four of the six home runs he’s allowed with a .494 wOBA and a .788 SLG.
Other Options – Jose Martinez ($2,800)
DJ LeMahieu – COL vs. WAS – $4,700 – Anytime I can get LeMahieu against a left-handed pitcher at Coors Field (well, maybe not Clayton Kershaw) I’m always looking to fit him in my lineup. Last season, LeMahieu ended the season with a .437 wOBA against lefties at home with a .568 SLG and a .465 OBP. In a small sample of this season, LeMahieu is right back at it with a .443 wOBA and a .400 OBP.
Other Options – Ian Kinsler ($3,900)
Update: Cesar Hernandez is NOT in the starting lineup today.
Cesar Hernandez – PHI vs. MIA – $3,500 – Hernandez is and will continue to be one of my favorite cheap options at second base on a day-to-day basis. Hernandez comes into this afternoon slate with a .398 wOBA against righties with a .541 SLG and a .385 OBP.
Other Options – Kolten Wong ($3,000)
Nolan Arenado – COL vs. WAS – $5,400 – I don’t think a time exists where Arenado isn’t an option when he’s playing at Coors Field. Arenado has only logged 25 plate appearances against lefties so far this season, but the numbers are through the roof. Owning a .719 wOBA with a 1.167 SLG and a .560 OBP certainly grabs your attention.
Other Options – Jose Ramirez ($4,000)
Nick Castellanos – DET vs. SEA – $3,400 – As I mentioned, Iwakuma has been having a boatload of issues so far this season including his five road home runs allowed. Castellanos has been hitting well at home against righties, posting a .412 wOBA with a .571 SLG and an ISO of .286. At just $3,400, he feels like a bit of a steal in this matchup.
Other Options – Jedd Gyorko ($3,500)
Francisco Lindor – CLE vs. HOU – $4,300 – Lindor is averaging 10.2 FPPG and still hovers in the low $4K range in terms of salary. He’ll face Mike Fiers this afternoon, who I mentioned allowed a boatload of home runs last season with 26. Lindor at home against a right-handed pitcher owns a .631 wOBA thus far this season with a .625 OBP. It’s a small sample, but the price tag is certainly a friendly one.
Other Options – Trea Turner ($5,600)
Asdrubal Cabrera – NYM vs. ATL – $3,500 – I’m not a huge fan of the lower priced shortstops this afternoon, so I’m going to roll with Cabrera. He’s off to a bit of a slow start, but I’m hoping he can start to replicate the .369 wOBA he had at home last season against righties with a .538 SLG and a .336 OBP.
Other Options – Tyler Motter ($3,000)
Yoenis Cespedes – NYM vs. ATL – $4,200 – Cespedes will be home this afternoon taking on R.A. Dickey. At Citi Field last season against a right-handed pitcher, Cespedes posted a .355 wOBA with a .503 SLG and a .337 OBP. With some many of the Coors Field bats near the $5,000 range, Cespedes is an excellent relief from that with a good matchup.
Other Options – Michael Brantley ($4,700), Adam Eaton ($4,900)
Tyler Collins – DET vs. SEA – ($2,500) – Collins is nowhere near a sure thing, and I’d even go as far to say he might be a bit too risky in cash games, but I like the upside he does possess. As I’ve mentioned before, Iwakuma is struggling, especially against left-handed batters. With Collins so cheap this afternoon, he’s a fantastic save on salary in a plus matchup.
Other Options – Odubel Herrera ($3,800), Jay Bruce ($3,500)
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