Thursday afternoon brings us a six-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.
Carlos Martinez – STL vs. PHI – $13,500 – Not only is Carlos Martinez the most expensive pitcher on this slate, he is so by $4,100 over Chase Anderson. Martinez has been on quite the run as of late, averaging 30.3 fantasy points over his last five starts and just a .202 wOBA in the month of June. He’ll take on a Phillies club that has not hit well at home, owners of a .313 wOBA with a .415 SLG and a K% of 21.6. With pitching as cheap as it is with the exception of Martinez, he can easily fit in your afternoon lineup.
Other Options – Marcus Stroman ($8,700)
Chase Anderson – MIL vs. PIT – $9,400 – Usually, I wouldn’t showcase a pitcher as a “value” at $9,400, but when you’re saving $4,100 over the most expensive pitcher on the slate, it’s a value. Chase Anderson has been fantastic at Miller Park this season and faces off against the Pirates this afternoon. In seven home starts, Anderson is averaging 19.1 fantasy points with a .276 wOBA and a K/9 of 7.5. The Pirates have been hitting better as of late, but still, have an average rank on the road. Owners of a .313 and a .403 SLG, Anderson feels like a safe option at home this afternoon.
Other Options – David Paulino ($6,300)
Brain McCann – HOU vs. OAK – $3,800 – McCann will face off against Jesse Hahn this afternoon, who is allowing a .356 wOBA at home against lefties with a .455 SLG. McCann has been very productive on the road this season, posting a .388 wOBA with a .547 SLG and a .386 OBP.
Other Options Russell Martin ($4,200)
Tony Wolters – COL vs. ARI – $3,200 – Wolters is always such an enticing option at catcher because of his low salary, and because he plays at Coors Field. It’s not like he’s struggling at home either, as he’s the owner of a .368 wOBA at Coors with a .448 SLG. He’s not a home run hitter, but Wolters is always a cheap way to grab some exposure to such a high scoring game.
Other Options – Jonathan Lucroy ($3,400)
Kendrys Morales – TOR vs. TEX – $4,400 – With so many big names at first base this afternoon, I’m a fan of Morales, who will likely be low owned. He’ll face off against Martin Perez this afternoon, a matchup that Morales has succeeded in. Against lefties on the road, Morales is posting a .430 wOBA with a .621 SLG and a .400 OBP.
Other Options – Mark Reynolds ($4,200)
Marwin Gonzalez – HOU vs. OAK – $3,700 – Gonzalez is someone I love to consider because he’s always priced low, and he’s been putting up some big numbers. On the road against righties, Gonzalez is sporting a .402 wOBA with a .490 SLG and a .443 OBP! Even though he’s only hit two of his 12 home runs on the road, Gonzalez is always a source of power, which at $3,700 is a great bargain.
Other Options – Kenny Vargas ($3,400)
Brian Dozier – MIN vs. CWS – $4,300 – Dozier owes me after letting me down big time against Derek Holland a couple of nights ago. His numbers against lefties are fantastic, so you’d think he can post up some good numbers this afternoon. At home against lefties, Dozier owns a .443 wOBA with a .545 SLG and a .500 OBP. Jose Quintana has allowed 11 of his 12 home runs to righties and an overall .344 wOBA.
Other Options – Jose Altuve ($5,000)
Eric Sogard – MIL vs. PIT – $3,700 – Sogard doesn’t hit for much power, as evidenced by his three home runs, but he’s constantly putting up points. At $3,700, you’re rostering a cheap second baseman who owns a .427 wOBA at home and more specifically a .465 wOBA at home against righties with a .617 SLG. Ivan Nova has allowed a good chunk of offense against lefties on the road, allowing four of his 10 home runs and a .333 wOBA.
Other Options – Rougned Odor ($3,700)
Miguel Sano – MIN vs. CWS – $4,500 – Sano has hit very well against lefties this season, especially for extra bases. Of his 11 hits at home against lefties, seven of them have gone for extra bases with three doubles, a triple and three home runs. Granted, the majority of his home runs have come against righties, but a .538 wOBA and a .862 SLG against them at home will do just fine this afternoon.
Other Options – Josh Donaldson ($4,900)
Hernan Perez – MIL vs. PIT – $3,900 – Perez will be facing off against Ivan Nova this afternoon at a very friendly $3,900 salary. At home against righties, Perez is sporting a .354 wOBA with a .554 SLG and five of his 10 home runs on the season. Ivan Nova hasn’t particularly struggled against righties on the road, but Perez will likely be a low owned power bat with some great upside.
Other Options – Greg Garcia ($2,600)
Chris Owings – ARI vs. COL – $4,500 – Shortstop is fairly weak this afternoon, so Owings slides in as my favorite on the afternoon. He’s someone with sneaky power, owner of eight home runs on the season. Owings is sporting a .332 wOBA against righties this season with a .464 SLG and a .321 OBP.
Other Options – Trevor Story ($4,500)
Aledmys Diaz – STL vs. PHI – $3,500 – Diaz has been putting up some decent numbers as of late, solidifying him as my top value for this afternoon. Averaging 7.2 fantasy points over his last 10 games, he’ll face off against Aaron Nola in Philly this afternoon. Diaz has a .317 wOBA on the road against righties with a .438 SLG.
Other Options – Chad Pinder ($3,600)
George Springer – HOU vs. OAK – $5,200 – Springer is the second most expensive outfielder on the afternoon as he gets set to take on Jesse Hahn. He’s been crushing the ball as of late, averaging 11.8 fantasy points over his last 10 games with five home runs. On the road against righties, Springer is posting a .343 wOBA with a .505 SLG and six home runs.
Other Options – David Peralta ($4,900), Charlie Blackmon ($5,500)
Avisail Garcia – CWS vs. MIN ($3,900) – Garcia has been crushing the ball as of late and remains fairly cheap at $3,900. He’s been excellent against lefties, and today he faces Nik Turley. Garcia is posting a .470 wOBA against lefties with .657 SLG and a .471 OBP.
Other Options – Jose Bautista ($3,900) Robbie Grossman ($3,300)
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