Happy Father’s Day to all you Dads out there! What better way to kick off your day then with a nice cold one and some targets for the all-day slate!? I know that would be at the top of my list. As always, you can get find on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Julio Teheran – ATL vs. NYM – $11,600 – I couldn’t believe it when I saw that Teheran was the highest priced pitcher on the entire day! I double-checked that I was looking at the all day slate and I indeed was. Teheran has been fantastic this season, owning a 2.93 ERA with a 0.99 WHIP. He’s been excellent on the road, averaging 22.2 FPPG with a 2.55 ERA and a 0.78 WHIP. He faces off against the Mets today who certainly can run out some lefties on him, which is his biggest weakness. On the season, Teheran is allowing a .322 wOBA to lefties with a .439 SLG. However, on the road those numbers drop down to a .266 wOBA with a .323 SLG. With the Mets not exactly crushing right-handed pitching with a .315 wOBA and a high 23.4 K%, which is the 6th highest in the league, I think Teheran comes away with an excellent start today.
Jacob deGrom – NYM vs. ATL – $11,300 – deGrom in this matchup is another one to like against the Braves. The problem is, no one is exactly blowing the Braves away this season. deGrom has faced these Braves already this season pitching 5.2 innings allowing one run on eight hits with a 3:0 K:BB ratio for 16 DraftKings points. Not exactly a solid performance worthy of the price for deGrom. However, when we look at the other matchups for the higher priced pitchers, I can’t say I’m thrilled with them either. For what it’s worth, deGrom has been MUCH better at home than on the road this season, owning a 2.19 ERA with a 1.05 WHIP and a K/9 of 10.7. While I don’t think the Braves will get to deGrom, the possibility of the Braves keeping his score low is always a factor, as the Braves, for as bad as they are, only own a 19.9 K% against righties.
Archie Bradley – ARZ vs. PHI – $7,700 – Here I go again, loving another Diamondback pitcher against the Phillies. Archie Bradley is someone I like A LOT and I think this is yet another good spot for him. Don’t let his overall numbers fool you– Bradley is more than capable of putting a solid start together. Yes, he’s having trouble with runs I can certainly admit that, but it’s his strikeout potential that always grabs my attention. With the Phillies owning a 22.3 K% against righties, Bradley comes into this game with a K/9 of 10. At just $7,700 for the day, I think Bradley is a worthy gamble in a good matchup.
Mike Trout (OF) – LAA vs. OAK – $4,800 – In a world where we have over 21 players priced at least $5K, Trout fits nicely with his $4,800 price tag for today. His matchup is a fantastic one, taking on Eric Surkamp. On the season, Surkamp is allowing a .434 wOBA a .615 SLG to righties with four of his six home runs going to RHB’s. I realize that $4,800 isn’t exactly considered saving money, but when we take into account how many players are priced over $5K, every little bit counts.
Stephen Piscotty (OF) – STL vs. TEX – $4,200 – If you read my articles on a normal basis, you know I love taking Piscotty against lefties, as should you. He takes on Martin Perez today, who is allowing a .326 wOBA to righties this season. Piscotty has been crushing lefties all season, owning a .548 wOBA with a .786 SLG at Busch Stadium. With a price tag of $4,200, Piscotty is a nice money saver with a great matchup.
David Ortiz (1B) – BOS vs. SEA – $5,500 – Ortiz just absolutely mashes at Fenway Park, averaging 12.1 FPPG in 34 games at Fenway this season. Today he takes on Taijuan Walker, who supposedly is dealing with some foot concerns and hasn’t been good on the road to begin with. On the road against lefties, Walker is allowing a .379 wOBA with a .634 SLG. Ortiz is crushing righties at home, owning a .568 wOBA with a .899 SLG.
Carlos Gonzalez (OF) – COL vs. MIA – $4,900 – Gonzalez against a right-handed pitcher is another matchup I’m always going to take advantage of. On the season, Gonzalez owns a .406 wOBA against righties with a .577 SLG. Sure- Coors Field certainly helps, but even on the road, Gonzalez owns a .347 wOBA with a .451 SLG. Facing Tom Koehler today, who allows a .382 wOBA to lefties at home, Gonzalez is a strong selection.
Steve Pearce (1B/2B) – TBR vs. SFG – $4,300 – Pearce has been a popular option for quite some time now, as he is eligible at first and second base and never costs too much. He faces off against Jake Peavy today, who is proving to us all that his better years are behind him. On the road, Peavy is allowing a .368 wOBA to righties, a .588 SLG and five of his eight home runs allowed. Pearce owns a .371 wOBA against righties this season with four of his nine home runs coming against right handed pitching.
Jake Lamb (3B) – ARZ vs. PHI – $5,300 – If Phillies pitcher Zach Eflin pitches anything like he did in his major league debut, it’s going to be a very short outing. Facing the Blue Jays, Eflin allowed nine runs (eight earned) on nine hits in just 2.2 innings. Granted, we can’t just use that to judge him because it was only one start, but the Diamondbacks are certainly capable of putting up some runs and Lamb can take the ball yard. Lamb has hit 10 of his 13 home runs off a right-handed pitcher and owns a .398 wOBA against them.
Charlie Blackmon (OF) – COL vs. MIA – $4,200 – $4,200 is really on the border of being expensive and valuable, but I think it’s a fair price for Blackmon in a good matchup against Koehler. As I stated earlier, Koehler has his issues against lefties, allowing a .382 wOBA at home. On the road against righties, Blackmon owns a .361 wOBA with a .470 SLG. I expect Koehler to have his issues against the lefties in this game, so load up on them.
Matt Kemp (OF) – SDP vs. WAS – $4,000 – Believe it or not, the Padres crush left-handed pitching. On the season, they own a .338 wOBA with a SLG of .455. One of the big reasons for those numbers is Matt Kemp, who owns a .457 wOBA with a .754 SLG. They face Gio Gonzalez today, who is fairly good against righties with a .311 wOBA against them, but I think the Padres are in line for a good game here.
Chris Ianetta © – SEA vs. BOS – $3,600 – Ianetta is not someone I would usually start against someone like David Price, but Iannetta is hitting extremely well against lefties this season, so I almost feel compelled to do so. On the season, Ianetta owns a .405 wOBA against lefties with a .478 SLG. Even though Price has been pitching much better as of late, Ianetta is an interesting option at the catcher position at a low $3,600 price point.
Robbie Grossman (OF) – MIN vs. NYY – $3,600 – Grossman is essentially one of the only Twins players I’ll take on my roster at this point. Being a switch hitter makes him extremely valuable as well. Facing Nathan Eovaldi allows Grossman to bat from the left side, where Grossman owns a .417 wOBA against righties this season. Eovaldi continues to struggle against lefties, owning a .383 wOBA with a .540 SLG.
Travis Shaw (3B) – BOS vs. EA – $3,600 – Shaw has fallen into a bit of a cold spell lately, but I like this matchup for him against Taijuan Walker. On the road, Walker owns a .379 wOBA against lefties with a .634 SLG. Even with his slump, Shaw still owns a .403 wOBA against righties at home with a .548 SLG. I think he’ll be vastly overlooked today in a great matchup.