We have five games going this afternoon with plenty of cheap pitching options, as none of them are over $10,000. As always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Jose Quintana – CHW vs. DET – $9,800 – We don’t have a single pitcher that is over $10K on this slate, so Quintana ends up being the most expensive at $9,800. With his price being that way, I’m ok with targeting him against the Tigers this afternoon. He’s faced Detroit twice already this season with mixed results. All in all, Quintana has pitched a combined 11.1 innings against the Tigers allowing five runs on 12 hits with a 8:4 K:BB ratio. All five of those runs came in his first start against them, as he shut them out just two starts ago on July 24th. The Tigers are not overpowering against lefties, owning a .318 wOBA with a .324 OBP and a .416 SLG. At his price, Quintana makes a fine play this afternoon.
Matt Moore – SFG vs. PHI – $8,400 – Moore will make his Giants debut this afternoon as he takes on the Phillies. Prior to being traded, Moore had just ended his best month this season, owning a 1.60 ERA in his prior five starts with a 1.10 WHIP and a .272 wOBA in the month of July. Moore has never been a huge strikeout guy, owning a 7.5 K/9 on the season, but the Phillies do strikeout at a decent clip against lefties with a 22.8 K%. Moore has only had double-digit strikeouts twice this season in games against the Astros and White Sox. Going up against a weak Phillies lineup and facing a pitcher, Moore should succeed in the National League and that trend should start today.
Max Kepler (OF) – MIN vs. CLE – $5,300 – Kepler is on an insane run right now, and it doesn’t seem like he will ever slow down. Grabbing another two hits and two RBIs last night brings his totals over the last seven days to an 11-23 run with five home runs, 12 RBIs and a 1.130 SLG. At this point, he’s worth grabbing while he’s on this insane hot streak.
Stephen Piscotty (OF) – STL vs. CIN – $4,900 – It’s a bold move to keep Piscotty on the board when he’s going up against a left-handed pitcher. Coming into today’s game, Piscotty owns a .465 wOBA against them with a .667 SLG and seven of his 15 home runs that he’s hit. Going up against Brandon Finnegan, who has allowed 21 of his 22 home runs, I think Piscotty is a great play.
Mike Napoli (1B)- CLE vs MIN – $4,800 – I didn’t understand the trade for the Twins, as they acquired Hector Santiago from the Angels for Ricky Nolasco. Santiago is set to make his debut today against the Indians at Progressive Field. Santiago is always a candidate to let up some home runs, with 20 allowed on the season. Napoli is hitting left-handed pitching well, especially at home, with a .445 wOBA and a .595 SLG.
Cameron Maybin (OF) – DET vs. CHW – $4,400 – Maybin may have a tough matchup on paper against Jose Quintana, but he’s been fantastic against lefties this season. Maybin comes into this matchup with a .388 wOBA against lefties and a .407 at home. Quintana has been tough on lefties this season, but this should drive down the ownership on Maybin in a matchup that he does have some upside in.
Francisco Lindor (SS) – CLE vs. MIN – $4,000 – I really like the Indians against Santiago this afternoon, so Lindor in your lineup seems like a natural fit. The switch-hitting shortstop owns a .347 wOBA against lefties that jumps to .382 at Progressive Field. Lindor isn’t a big power guy, but he does have a decent .500 SLG against lefties at home this season. For just $4,000, he’s a great pick for today.
Brad Miller (SS) – TBR vs. KCR – $4,000 – Miller is easily someone to overlook because of his spot on the Rays, but he quietly is putting up some decent numbers. Miller has hit 18 home runs on the season, including one last night, bringing his total at Tropicana Field to 15. He faces Ian Kennedy, who is certainly no stranger to giving up some home runs with 26 on the season. With a .335 wOBA and 10 of his home runs on the road against lefties, Kennedy is a great pitcher to target against with Miller today.
Salvador Perez (CATCH) – KCR vs. TBR – $2,900 – The entire Royals team is struggling at the plate, but only $2,900 for Perez this afternoon? That’s a tough one to pass up in my opinion. Perez is taking on Drew Smyly, who can turn any slumping team into a hitting machine in just one start. Perez owns a .336 wOBA against lefties with six of his 16 home runs. He’s too cheap to not take flier on.
Victor Martinez (1B) – DET vs. CHW – $3,400 – Martinez is one of the hardest guys to get into a lineup. If you’re doing a Detroit stack you have to leave out Miguel Caberea to get Martinez, which is never easy. A switch-hitter, Martinez owns a .330 wOBA at home against lefties. He’s always an underowned hitter on any slate, so with his decent numbers against lefties, he could be an intriguing option against Quintana.
Kendrys Morales (1B) – KCR vs. TBR – $3,500 – Morales is another cheap way to get some pop into your lineup. Morales has 17 home runs on the season and is only going to cost you $3,500. Going up against Smyly, Morales has a .346 wOBA against lefties with six of his 17 home runs.
Maikel Franco (3B) – PHI vs. SFG – $3,600 Another cheap option for power is Franco with the Phillies. I have no doubt that Matt Moore could have a solid game today, but he could have some issues with Franco. Against lefties, Franco has a .369 wOBA with a .550 SLG. Franco has hit 20 home runs this season, which matches how many Moore has allowed. Of the 20, 17 of those have come off the bat of a right-handed batter.
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