We have seven games going this afternoon with a solid slate of games included. Coors Field will be included on this slate and will be vastly popular, as the most expensive pitcher on the day, David Price, only will run you for $10,700. Let’s jump into some of my favorite targets for today, and, as always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
David Price – BOS vs. TBR – $10,700 – I’m a bit iffy on this matchup for Price today to be quite honest. The Rays are certainly no stranger to hitting left-handed pitching this season, as they come into today with a wOBA of .334 amongst all active hitters on the roster, with a .333 OBP and a .447 SLG. That’s quite impressive if you ask me. The strikeout potential is what has me on this matchup, as the Rays own a 24.7 K%. For as up and down as Price has been this season, he still owns a 9.7 K/9 on the season. Theoretically, Price SHOULD be able to get through this unimpressive Rays lineup, but nothing has been guaranteed with him this season, so proceed with caution here.
Archie Bradley – ARZ vs. PHI – $8,500 – I have a lot to love in this spot for Bradley. I love his matchup, his price and his strikeout potential here. First off, unless this is your first time playing fantasy baseball, we’ve seen the numbers of the Phillies as an offense, and it isn’t pretty. Facing righties this season, the Phillies own a .292 wOBA with a .290 OBP and a .389 SLG with a K% of 21.4. When it comes to Bradley, he owns a 11 K/9 at home this season with a .327 wOBA allowed. While the wOBA isn’t where I’d like it to be, I think he should be able to skate with that in this type of matchup. At just $8,500, Bradley brings some great value for today.
Daniel Norris – DET vs. MIA – $5,700 – I don’t hate Norris in this spot, but I’m not in love with it either. Looking at this pitching slate, no one really jumps out at you as a value. This is going to be a hitter heavy afternoon, and pitching is going to take some beatings. I think Norris is an intriguing option for this afternoon going up against a Marlins team that’s decent at best against lefties. They own a .317 wOBA with a .324 OBP and a .412 SLG. They do strikeouts at a decent clip against lefties with a 22.8 K%. While Norris hasn’t really had the chance to show it in the majors, he did own a 9.8 K/9 in the minors in 11 starts, so the strikeout ability is there. I’m not expecting a seven inning outing for Norris, but going five with a few strikeouts would bring his value back at just $5,700.
Marcell Ozuna (OF) – MIA vs. DET – $4,900 – Now, I may think Norris is a decent play for today, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like the lefty killer either. Ozuna continues to do his thing against lefties this season, coming into today with a .532 wOBA with a .844 SLG and a .449 OBP. Ozuna has been an automatic for me if he’s facing a left-handed pitcher.
Jean Segura (2B)- ARZ vs PHI – $5,000 – Segura has been getting on base at a rapid pace over his last 10 games with a .500 OBP. Today he faces off against Zach Eflin, who has really struggled in his first three appearances this season, owning a .448 wOBA to right-handed pitching. Segura has been stealing a ton of bases lately, as he has six over his last 10 games, which is really helping his average of 12.3 FPPG over that 10 game span. Batting lead off for the D-Backs today should be a great spot for him.
Wil Myers (1B) – SDP vs. BAL – $5,100 – Myers continues to crush the ball lately and has a fantastic matchup against Yovani Gallardo this afternoon. Facing a right-handed pitcher at Petco Park this season, Myers owns a .442 wOBA with a .681 SLG and a .328 ISO. Gallardo has only recently been back in the league after a DL-stint, but he owns a .349 wOBA with a .446 to opposing right-handed batters.
Mookie Betts (OF) – BOS vs. TBR – $4,800 – Betts has been one of the most consistent hitters for the Red Sox this season, coming into this game averaging 10.5 FPPG while hitting .289 with 16 home runs and 54 RBIs. He faces off against Matt Moore this afternoon, who is allowing a .341 wOBA to righties with 13 of his 16 home runs allowed. Betts has been at the top of the Red Sox order all season and has posted a score of 0 only once in the past two weeks.
Carlos Gonzalez (OF) – COL vs. TOR – $5,300 – Ok, I held off long enough, might as well talk about that Toronto and Rockies game. Aaron Sanchez takes the mound for the Blue Jays today as one of the more solid pitchers for this staff. While he isn’t exactly struggling against lefties, owning a .317 woBA against them, it has been his weaker point of his game. Lefties have also hit seven of the nine home runs he’s allowed this season. Gonzalez has been feasting on right-handed pitching, especially at Coors this season. He’s always a consideration in this spot.
Willson Contreras (C/OF) – CHC vs. CIN – $4,200 – We don’t have much info on Contreras, as he’s fresh up from a call up to the Cubs. However, his versatility to be eligible at catcher and the outfield instantly makes him a solid play on a day like today. In the early going, Contreras is batting .355 with three home runs, nine RBIs and a 1.136 OPS. He put up at least two points in every game since being called up on the 17th and has reached double digits four times. At just $4,200, Contreras should be a popular option here.
Hanley Ramirez (1B) – BOS vs. TBR – $3,800 – Ramirez recently said in an interview that he was on the verge of heating up at the plate. It seems like he was right, as Ramirez is averaging 9.6 FPPG in his last 10 games with three home runs. Righties own a .341 wOBA against Matt Moore, who has allowed his fair share of home runs this season, as I mentioned earlier, with 16. On the season against lefties, Ramirez owns a .431 wOBA with a .607 SLG.
Billy Hamilton (OF) – CIN vs. CHC – $3,500 Hamilton is known for his base stealing abilities, and he’s been showing them off lately. The Cubs allow the second most stolen bases in the league this season at 62, trailing the New York Mets by seven. Hamilton has stolen two bases in the first two games of the series. He’s been getting on base quite often lately, and with that going for him, he’s an immense value at $3,500 today.
Ezequiel Carrera (OF) – TOR vs. COL – $3,700 – For someone that was batting leadoff for the Jays in Coors Field to only be $3,700 today has me seeing dollar signs everywhere. The lefty is batting .308 with three home runs and eight RBIs on the season and owns a .429 wOBA against lefties. He faces off against Tyler Anderson who has looked great thus far in his first four starts, but this will be a real test for him today. It’s hard to deny the value on Carrera if he’s back in the leadoff spot.
Andres Blanco (2B/3B) – PHI vs. ARZ – $3,600 – If you’re not a fan of Bradley today, Blanco could be a sneaky pick at either second or third today. Bradley struggles against lefties, owning a .375 wOBA against them with a .506 SLG. Fortunately for Bradley, the Phillies don’t have a lot of lefties to throw at him. Blanco is a switch hitter who owns a .342 wOBA against righties this season with a .476 SLG. He’ll be under owned for sure and a potential value play if he can make something happen.