Thursday afternoon will bring us a short four-game slate for us to research. Let’s dive right into all the information for this slate, and, as always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Corey Kluber – CLE vs. OAK – $11,100 – Kluber makes his return from the disabled list after missing almost the entire month of May with a back injury. Kluber gets a friendly matchup against the A’s, a team that sports a .321 wOBA against righties with a .438 SLG and a K% of 24.2%, which ranks third-highest in the league.
Other Options – Brandon McCarthy ($9,000)
Chase Anderson – MIL vs. NYM – $7,600 – On such a short slate, it’s tough to find value when you have limited options to choose from. Chase Anderson is coming off a stellar start against the Arizona Diamondbacks, carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning before it was broken up. He’ll face a Mets team that struggles at home and has one of the worst wOBAs at .291 with a 19.5 K%.
Other Options – Zack Wheeler ($8,300)
Yasmani Grandal – LAD vs. STL – $3,200 – The most expensive catcher on this slate is $3,300, and that belongs to Yadier Molina, so a $3,200 is our stud for today. Grandal has been hitting righties extremely well thus far, posting a .389 wOBA with a .535 SLG with four of his five home runs. It certainly doesn’t hurt that Adam Wainwright has a .343 wOBA against lefties either.
Other Options Yadier Molina ($3,200)
Manny Pina – MIL vs. NYM – $2,700 – The pairing of Manny Pina and Jett Bandy has worked extremely well for the Brewers, so feel free to start whoever is in the lineup today. If it’s Pina, he’s been hitting righties well, posting a .327 wOBA against them on the road with a .419 SLG.
Other Options – Jett Bandy ($2,800)
Jay Bruce – NYM vs. MIL – $4,200 – Only a couple of players worry me if you play Chase Anderson today, and Bruce is one of them. For as good as Anderson has been, he still has issues with lefties, allowing a .344 wOBA with a .450 SLG. Bruce has done his best work at home against righties, posting a .415 wOBA with a .620 SLG and a .381 OBP.
Other Options – Carlos Santana ($4,600), Danny Valencia ($2,700), Eric Thames ($3,800)
DJ LeMahieu – COL vs. SEA – $3,900 – The reigning NL batting champion gets a matchup against Yovani Gallardo today at Safeco Field. Gallardo has been very shaky at home, allowing a .361 wOBA to righties with a .500 SLG with three of his seven home runs.
Other Options – Jason Kipnis ($4,200)
Logan Forsythe – LAD vs. STL – $3,500 – Forsythe at only $3,500 and batting leadoff for the Dodgers certainly is a value play in my eyes. Taking on Adam Wainwright and his .340 wOBA at home against righties with a .444 SLG certainly, makes you feel optimistic about Forsythe.
Other Options – Eric Sogard ($2,700)
Travis Shaw – MIL vs.NYM – $3,900 – It feels as if every time I check, Shaw is hitting another extra base hit. That certainly makes sense figuring he has 25 on the season with 15 doubles. It doesn’t hurt that his opponent today, Zack Wheeler, is allowing a .348 wOBA to lefties at home with a .477 SLG and three of his six total home runs allowed on the season.
Other Options – Nolan Arenado ($4,900)
Jedd Gyorko – STL vs. LAD – $3,300 – I’ll admit, I don’t love this matchup, but Gyorko is becoming too cheap. Gyorko has some pop, splitting his eight home runs evenly at home and on the road. Against righties at Busch Stadium, Gyorko is posting a .347 wOBA with a .475 SLG and a .333 OBP. Facing Brandon McCarthy isn’t an ideal spot for him, but at $3,300, he warrants consideration.
Other Options – Hernan Perez ($3,200)
Corey Seager – LAD vs. STL – $3,900 – I’m taking Seager because of his road numbers against righties, although I wouldn’t exactly call Busch Stadium a favorable away ballpark. Nonetheless, Seager owns a fantastic .454 wOBA in these matchups with a .630 SLG and a .450 OBP. $3,900 isn’t going to hurt your salary cap much, making Seager easy to roster.
Other Options – Jean Segura ($4,600)
Taylor Motter – SEA vs. COL – $2,900 – Motter has fallen off completely after his hot start in the month of May and is hard-pressed to get a spot in the lineup. However, if he can sneak in today, he’s a viable punt play at shortstop. Of his 16 hits at home, nine of them have gone for extra bases with six doubles and three home runs.
Other Options – Aledmys Diaz ($3,200)
Charlie Blackmon – COL vs. SEA – $5,600 – Blackmon is and continues to be the most expensive hitter on a daily basis. It makes perfect sense, as he’s averaging 10.9 FPPG. Today in Seattle, Blackmon brings his .362 wOBA against righties on the road with a .519 SLG and a .337 OBP. If you can afford him, Blackmon hasn’t disappointed in many games this year.
Other Options – Jay Bruce ($4,200), Nelson Cruz ($5,200)
Dexter Fowler – STL vs. LAD – ($3,600) – Last night in my Arcade Mode targets, I wrote how Fowler looked as if he was breaking out of his slump. He rewarded us with a solo shot last night at very low ownership. Fowler is now averaging 9.4 FPPG over his last five with two doubles, a home run and four runs scored.
Other Options – Yasiel Puig ($3,100) Tommy Pham ($3,700)
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