Wednesday afternoon brings us a quick four game slate to start our day off. As always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Kyle Hendricks – CHC vs. SDP – $12,900 – Hendricks is very expensive this afternoon at $12,900 as he takes on the San Diego Padres. If you’re wondering why his salary has skyrocketed, you can take a quick look at his game log and you’ll understand. Over his past five starts, Hendricks is averaging 24.1 FPPG allowing seven runs in 35 innings with a 31:6 K:BB ratio. Hendricks has been fooling hitters this entire month, grabbing double digit swings and misses in three of his four starts, highlighted by inducing 22 against the Cardinals. The Padres remain second in the league in K% against righties, making Hendricks one of the top options on this short slate.
Tyler Anderson – COL vs. MIL – $8,200 – Anderson is only making his fifth start on the road this season with 14 under his belt already. The surprising thing about Anderson, is that he’s proved that he can be solid at Coors Field, now it’s time to prove that on the road as well. In four road starts, Anderson owns a .286 wOBA with a .387 SLG and a .275 OBP. His strikeouts have been way down in these starts, owning a 5.6 K/9 compared to the 8.4 at Coors Field. However, he does get the Brewers, who lead the league in K% against righties. Anderson is certainly capable of grabbing some strikeouts, as he showcased how good his stuff can be with 18 swings and misses against the Cubs his last time out. At just $8,200, Anderson taking on the Brewers is a matchup I want to jump on.
Charlie Blackmon (OF) – COL vs. MIL – $5,500 – Blackmon is the most expensive hitter on this slate today, but we have no reason to scoff at that price. Grabbing another hit last night, Blackmon has been scoring in the double digits night after night as of late. Facing a right-handed pitcher on the road, Blackmon owns a .405 wOBA with a .600 SLG and a .971 OPS.
Kris Bryant (3B/OF) – CHC vs. MIA – $5,400 – Paul Clemens hasn’t been pitching in the majors very much this season, but it’s enough to see how weak he is against right-handed hitters. Coming into today, Clemens is allowing a .434 wOBA with a .655 SLG with eight of his 10 home runs in just 37 innings given up to righties. Bryant owns a .408 wOBA against righties on the road with a .584 SLG.
David Dahl (OF)- COL vs MIL – $4,600 – I remember the good ol’ days when David Dahl was $3,000 at Coors Field, sometimes even hitting cleanup. Those days are now long gone and Dahl has been adjusted accordingly. Dahl comes into today with a .399 wOBA against righties with a .570 SLG and four home runs in 27 games.
Jason Kipnis (2B) – CLE vs. OAK – $4,300 – If this game wasn’t at the Oakland Coliseum, I’d be all over every left-handed batter the Indians can throw at Kendall Graveman today. However, playing in Oakland severely cuts down the value of these hitters today. Kipnis is the best of the bunch, and against righties on the road, Kipnis owns a .330 wOBA with a .442 SLG and a .768 OPS. Graveman owns a .336 wOBA against lefties with nine of his 18 home runs allowed.
Keon Broxton (OF) – MIL vs. COL – $4,300 – Believe it or not, Broxton is second in the league in Hard Hit % since the All-Star break. He’s someone that I feel is flying under the radar and is averaging over 10 fantasy points in his last 10 games, including three home runs. I most certainly like Anderson today, but he is allowing a .362 wOBA to righties on the road, although it is a very small sample size.
Gary Sanchez (CATCH) – NYY vs. SEA – $4,700 – The kid continues to hit no matter what. Since his call up, Sanchez owns a .577 wOBA with a .474 OBP and a .926 SLG. Hisashi Iwakuma hasn’t been awful at home against righties, owning a .316 wOBA, but going with Sanchez until he cools off seems to be the best idea.
Hernan Perez (3B/OF) – MIL vs. COL – $4,000 – Again, I certainly don’t hate Anderson today, but these four game slates sometimes have you looking at hitters that are even going against your pitcher. Perez is a fantastic option, as he’s been doing a bit of everything. He steals bases, hits home runs and can get on-base. At home against a right-handed pitcher, Perez owns a .322 wOBA with a .326 OBP and a .425 SLG.
Kyle Seager (3B) – SEA vs. NYY – $3,900 – I’m not thrilled with the matchup for Seager, but I can’t deny how well he’s hitting righties this season. Coming into today, Seager owns a .401 wOBA against them with a .561 SLG. It also doesn’t hurt to see that he’s hit two home runs in this homestand thus far.
Francisco Lindor (SS) – CLE vs. OAK – $3,700 – The switch hitting shortstop for the Indians is quite cheap this afternoon, so I can overlook the park factor due to the discount. Lindor comes into today with a .350 wOBA overall against righties and a .301 wOBA on the road. Lindor has some pop and can swipe a bag, always making him an overall threat in any situation.
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