We start off Saturday with a nine game slate this afternoon. With the majority of the games being played on this slate, we have plenty of targets we should be shooting for here. Let’s jump into my favorites for today, and as always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Stephen Strasburg – WAS vs. CIN – $11,900 – Pitching wise, we aren’t going to get real cute on this slate. With Strasburg and Chris Sale going today, they are by far the top options this afternoon. Strasburg gets a Reds team that is ranked 24th in the league in wOBA against righties at .300 with a 22.4 K% which ranks 10th in the league. Strasburg has been striking out batters at an alarming rate, owning an 11 K/9 in 11 starts this season. Strasburg has been almost unhittable on the road this season, owning a .248 wOBA with a 1.09 WHIP. He’s the second most expensive option for today, but he’s one that should be worth the price of admission.
Chris Sale – CHW vs. DET – $12,700 – For as good as the Tigers hit right-handed pitching, they struggle against lefties. On the season, the Tigers own a .316 wOBA, which ranks 17th, and a 23.1 K%, ranked 10th in the league. Even with some of the Tigers hitters hitting lefties well, like Ian Kinsler and J.D. Martinez, Miguel Cabrera is the exception to this, owning a .279 wOBA against lefties thus far this season. Sale has been fantastic on the road this season, allowing a 0.88 WHIP with a 1.59 ERA and two complete games. Like Strasburg, Sale is extremely expensive today but should be able to put together a solid outing against these Tigers.
Colin McHugh – HOU vs. OAK – $8,200 – If you haven’t noticed, and I don’t blame you if you haven’t, McHugh is on a solid run of starts right now. Averaging 26 fantasy points over his last three starts, McHugh really looks like he’s locked in right now. In those three games, he struck out 26 in 21.1 innings has hasn’t allowed more than three runs in a start. Facing the A’s today at Minute Maid Park, McHugh could end up being a nice value on the day at just $8,200. Against right-handed pitching, the A’s are down near the bottom of the league, making this start for McHugh a potential sneaky one.
Mike Trout (OF) – LAA vs. PIT – $5,100 – We have a lot of players that are priced in the $5K range this afternoon, with Trout rounding out that price range. He faces off against Jeff Locke today, who is allowing a .351 wOBA to righties on the road this season with four of his eight home runs allowed. Trout has a .373 wOBA against lefties this season and should be in a prime spot for a solid game against Locke.
Mookie Betts (OF) – BOS vs. TOR – $5,200 – The Red Sox take on Marcus Stroman this afternoon, whom they’ve given a lot of trouble to this season. In two starts, the Red Sox have scored 12 runs on 17 hits in 10 innings against Stroman. With Betts leading off and owning a .393 wOBA with a .563 SLG against righties, he should be one of the top options on the slate for tonight. Betts has been on a tear, averaging 13.7 FPPG over his last 10 games.
George Springer (OF) – HOU vs. OAK – $4,700 – Springer has really brought his season back to life, as he’s batting .292 with 13 home runs, 35 RBIs and averaging 9.5 FPPG. Springer faces off against Kendall Graveman, who is averaging almost two home runs a start. Springer has hit 11 of his 13 off of a right-handed pitcher while owning a .368 wOBA against them. The Astros haven’t been getting a lot of love lately, but Springer is certainly deserving of a roster spot.
Ben Zobrist (2B) – CHC vs. ARZ – $5,100 – If the last start for Edwin Escobar is any indication of how today will go, then the Cubs are in a fantastic spot for today. Escobar lasted only 3.1 innings allowing seven runs on 10 hits against the Astros. He’s a lefty, which will play right into Zobrist’s wheelhouse. On the season, Zobrist owns a .430 wOBA against lefties with a .556 SLG. He’s a bit expensive, but Escobar could be in for a short stint here today if he pitches anything like he did against the Astros.
Todd Frazier (3B) – CHW vs. DET – $4,400 – Frazier won’t be winning any batting titles anytime soon, but his ability to crush on out of the park makes him appealing on a day like today. With 17 home runs already this season, Frazier takes on Mike Pelfrey, who has allowed 10 on the season and six going to a righty. Frazier has hit seven of his home runs at home this season, where he owns a .349 wOBA with a .267 ISO. With someone like Pelfrey on the mound, I’ll take a shot with Frazier.
Paul Goldschmidt (1B) – ARZ vs. CHC – $4,300 – It was only a matter of time before Goldy started to see his bat heat up. Over his last ten games, Goldy is averaging 9.3 FPPG going 12-36 with three doubles, two home runs, and seven RBIs. Getting him at $4,300 is going to be a thing of the past pretty soon if he continues to hit at this pace. He doesn’t have the easiest matchup against Jason Hammel today, but Hammel may not be 100% after missing his last start due to cramping in his leg. Taking a shot on Goldy at this price is worth it in my opinion.
Christian Yelich (OF) – MIA vs. NYM – $4,300 – Bartolo Colon isn’t blowing away guys on the mound, but he’s doing enough to be successful on the mound. He faces off againt the Marlins and Christian Yelich today, who is hitting righties extremely well up to this point. At home against them, Yelich owns a .426 wOBA with a .563 SLG and a.434 OBP. Colon has been pretty solid most of the way, but he has allowed five home runs to lefties so far this season. Yelich isn’t overly expensive and with how well he’s swinging the bat, he should be a fine addition to your lineup.
Ian Kinsler (2B) – DET vs. CHW – $3,900 – Anytime we have someone taking on Chris Sale, I think anyone could say that it’s not an indeal matchup. However, I’m intrigued with how well Kinsler hits lefties this season. Kinsler owns a .486 wOBA with a .706 SLG and a .275 ISO. Getting Kinsler at this price AND low ownership should at least make you consider taking a shot with him today. For what it’s worth, Kinser is only 6-27 against Sale, but two of those hits did go for home runs.
Stephen Vogt (CATCH) – OAK vs. HOU – $3,200 – I know, I have a few hitters going against pitchers I like on this slate. I like giving you options because no one says you have to side with me completely. If you’re not on McHugh, you might want to consider Vogt at catcher. The left-handed batter owns a .334 wOBA against righties this season with four home runs. McHugh, for how well he’s been pitching lately, still owns a .379 wOBA against lefties at home this season with three home runs allowed. Vogt is extremely cheap today at a position I often struggle with filling.
Victor Martinez (1B) – DET vs. CHW – $3,500 – Another Tiger player against Sale? Ok, Steve, whatever you say. My reasoning for Martinez is his past numbers against Sale. They aren’t too shabby at all. Martinez is 16-34 against Sale with three doubles, four home runs, nine RBIs, and two walks. That’s not a bad line to see for someone who will most certainly be under owned and most likely left off any Tigers stacks, as Cabrera will always get the nod over Martinez.
Derek Dietrich (2B/3B) – MIA vs. NYM – $3,600 – I love the flexibility that you get from Dietrich, as you can play him at second or third base. Against righties, who he is facing today in Bartolo Colon, Dietrich owns a .397 wOBA with a .505 SLG. Dietrich has been hitting near the top of the order, which makes him even more valuable at the price he is at.