Wednesday afternoon brings us a seven-game slate of baseball. Let’s dive right into all the information for this slate, and as always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Sonny Gray – OAK vs. TB – $9,600 – Gray is the second most expensive pitcher on this slate but comes as a $3,800 discount from Carlos Carrasco. While I do like the matchup and ballpark, Carrasco is simply too expensive for me this afternoon. Gray will be taking on the Rays for the second time this season after pitching six innings allowing five runs (two earned) on nine hits with a 10:1 K:BB ratio. Gray has been pitching very well as of late, averaging 22.8 fantasy points over his last three starts with a 22% hard hit rate. The attraction here is the strikeout potential, as the Rays own a 24.3 K% against righties, which ranks fourth in the league.
Other Options – Carlos Carrasco ($13,400)
Charlie Morton – HOU vs. SEA – $7,700 – Morton has been decent in his previous two starts since returning from the disabled list. Against the Blue Jays and Twins, Morton has pitched 11 innings allowing five runs on seven hits with a 10:7 K:BB ratio. He’s been keeping his hard hit contact to a minimum, as opposing hitters have accumulated just a 15% rate since his return. He’s cheap enough that he sports some great upside against a Mariners club that owns a .319 wOBA on the road this season.
Other Options – Dan Straily ($9,200)
UPDATE: Willson Contreras is NOT in the Cubs lineup today against the Braves.
Willson Contreras – CHC vs. ATL – $4,200 – Contreras continues to hit extremely well on the road, especially against right-handed pitching. Contreras has hit eight of his 13 home runs on the road against righties with a .426 wOBA and a .656 SLG. Today he takes on R.A. Dickey, who’s allowed nine of his 15 home runs to righties along with allowing a .340 wOBA.
Other Options Gary Sanchez ($4,500)
Hector Sanchez – SD vs. COL – $3,200 – Austin Hedges officially landed on the 7-day disabled list yesterday, opening up a spot for Sanchez. We’re usually hard pressed to find a starting player priced at $3,200 at Coors Field, so he’s very much in play if he starts today. Sanchez has been on a bit of a power surge lately, hitting three home runs over his last 10 games with seven RBI. The switch hitting catcher will take on Jon Gray, who is allowing a .402 wOBA to lefties in his short time pitching this season.
Other Options – J.T. Realmuto ($3,400)
Mark Reynolds – COL vs. SD – $4,800 – Reynolds hasn’t exactly been crushing left-handed pitching this season; he’s been decent at best. Against lefties at home, he’s sporting a .374 wOBA with a .459 SLG with only three of his 19 home runs. However, he faces Clayton Richard, who’s allowed all 14 of his home runs to righties with a .381 wOBA.
Other Options – Wil Myers ($4,300)
Brandon Belt – SFG vs. CLE – $3,700 – Belt is someone I like if you’re looking to punt at first base. Carrasco has been great on the road this season, but overall against lefties, he sports a .322 wOBA with a .446 SLG and nine of his 14 home runs allowed.
UPDATE: Matt Holliday is NOT in the Yankees lineup today against the Twins.
Other Options –
Matt Holliday ($3,600)
DJ LeMahieu – COL vs. SD – $4,500 – Three things you can always count on: death, taxes, LeMahieu against lefties. LeMahieu continues to post big numbers when facing lefties this season, checking in with a .461 wOBA at home with a .583 SLG and two of his four home runs. As I mentioned, Clayton Richard has allowed all 14 of his home runs to right-handed batters this season.
Other Options – Jose Ramirez ($4,500)
Dee Gordon – MIA vs. PHI – $3,800 – Gordon has been hitting extremely well as of late and looks to continue that this afternoon. Averaging 8.9 fantasy points over his last 10 games, Gordon is sporting a .338 wOBA in the month of July with a .375 OBP. He’ll take on Nick Pivetta, who owns a .384 wOBA to lefties on the road with a .460 SLG and a .421 OBP.
Other Options – Carlos Asuaje ($3,600)
Miguel Sano – MIN vs. NYY – $4,100 – Sano is one of my favorite options at third base this afternoon, and he comes with a friendly $4,100 salary. He faces off against Jordan Montgomery at home, which is a matchup he’s produced some very favorable numbers. Against lefties at home, Sano sports a .541 wOBA with a .861 SLG and a .500 OBP. Montgomery has allowed five of his 14 home runs to righties on the road this season.
Other Options – Jose Ramirez ($4,500)
Alex Bregman – HOU vs. SEA – $3,800 – Bregman doesn’t hit in an ideal spot in the Astros lineup, but he’s been one of my favorite sneaky plays against lefties. Granted, this lefty is James Paxton, but I think that will drive ownership of Bregman even lower than usual. On the season, Bregman owns a .396 wOBA against lefties with a .519 SLG and a .419 OBP.
Other Options Ronald Torreyes ($2,400)
Trevor Story – COL vs. SD – $4,200 – You may have picked up on this already, but I’m not a fan of Clayton Richard against the Rockies this afternoon. Trevor Story is another hitter that I think is a bit unappreciated when it comes to facing left-handed pitching. Story is posting a .404 wOBA against them with a .611 SLG with five of his 11 home runs on the season. Story has been extremely boom-or-bust this season, but his $4,200 salary at Coors Field with home run potential is hard to pass up.
Other Options – Francisco Lindor ($4,500)
Didi Gregorius – NYY vs. MIN – $3,400 – After a hot start to his 2017 season, Jose Berrios has struggled as of late, posting a .417 wOBA in the month of July. On the road against righties, Gregorius owns a .414 wOBA with a .608 SLG with six of his 11 home runs.
Other Options – Javier Baez ($3,600)
Giancarlo Stanton – MIA vs. PHI – $4,700 – Pivetta has struggled against right-handed batters all season long, and today he’ll face off against Stanton. Overall in these matchups, Pivetta owns a .415 wOBA with a .639 SLG with 11 of his 12 home runs allowed. Stanton owns a .411 wOBA at home against righties with a .624 SLG with 12 of his 28 bombs on the year.
Other Options – Charlie Blackmon ($5,800), Marcell Ozuna ($4,500)
Jabari Blash – SD vs. COL ($3,600) – Blash is quietly putting together quite an impressive streak of games since being called up after the All-Star game. Since that time, Blash is 9/18 with two doubles, two home runs and six RBI. If you’re looking for a cheap option at outfield, look no further than Blash playing at Coors Field this afternoon.
Other Options – Christian Yelich ($3,900) Corey Dickerson ($3,600)
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