WATCH: PITCHING DUEL – KERSHAW VS. STRASBURG
Wednesday afternoon will bring us a short three-game slate that’ll include Coors Field. Let’s dive right into all the information, andn as always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Stephen Strasburg – WAS vs. LAD – $11,400 – Strasburg will go head on with Clayton Kershaw for the first time in his career. This game naturally has an extremely low run total of just 5.5 runs. The Dodgers are favored in this one, but I like Strasburg a bit more here. The Dodgers are prone to strikeout more than the Nationals, with L.A. owning a 23.7 K% against righties. Strasburg also gives you a $1,400 savings over Kershaw, which will certainly come into play if you’re looking at any bats for Coors Field.
Other Options – Clayton Kershaw ($12,800)
Francisco Liriano – TOR vs. OAK – $7,600 – Honestly, I’m not a big fan of anyone other than Strasburg or Kershaw. With the list of Liriano, Trevor Bauer, Jharel Cotton or Kyle Freeland, you can see what I mean. With that being said, Liriano has the best ballpark to pitch in today at the Oakland Coliseum. The A’s are striking out at a very high clip against lefties with a 25.5 K%, which currently ranks as the fourth highest in the league. The problem is, it’s tough to trust Liriano.
Other Options – Jharel Cotton ($6,500)
Russell Martin – TOR vs. OAK – $3,700 – We’re essentially picking hitters from four teams this afternoon, so be prepared to see a lot of guys on the same teams, and even batters against pitchers I showcased. Martin is currently the owner of a .350 wOBA against righties this season with a .377 OBP.
Other Options Yan Gomes ($3,600)
Yasmani Grandal – LAD vs. WAS – $3,300 – This is one of the rare occasions I’m OK with taking a Dodger hitter today. Strasburg hasn’t been necessarily bad against lefties, but Grandal has been exceptionally good against righties at home. Grandal is posting a .389 wOBA in those matchups with a .542 SLG and a .380 OBP.
Other Options – Tony Wolters ($3,200)
Mark Reynolds – COL vs. CLE – $4,600 – Reynolds continues to be a force at Coors Field, averaging 11.2 FPPG in 30 home games this season. Reynolds has hit 12 of his 16 home runs here while posting a .510 wOBA and a .781 SLG. Bauer is no stranger to the home run ball, allowing 11 so far this season.
Other Options – Carlos Santana ($4,700)
Kendrys Morales – TOR vs. OAK – $3,600 – I don’t love the park for Morales, but he’s a cheap first baseman that shows some pop. Averaging 8.7 FPPG over his last 10 contests, Morales brings his .335 wOBA and .481 SLG to the Coliseum this afternoon. Cotton has struggled against righties thus far, posting a .353 wOBA with three of his seven home runs allowed.
Other Options – Justin Smoak ($4,100)
Jason Kipnis – CLE vs. COL – $4,900 – Kipnis will take on Kyle Freeland this afternoon, a pitcher that has allowed a .367 wOBA to lefties with a .500 SLG and three of his six home runs. Kipnis has been hitting very well as of late, averaging just under 10 FPPG with three home runs, six RBI and eight runs scored.
Other Options – DJ LeMahieu ($4,600)
Chad Pinder – OAK vs. TOR – $2,800 – Pinder is very cheap this afternoon, and if he cracks the A’s lineup, he’ll likely be vastly popular. His numbers against lefties aren’t all that great, but it’s the power that’s the big attraction here. With seven home runs on the year, five of them have come in Oakland, although one was against a left-handed pitcher. Nonetheless, $2,800 will be a huge salary relief for today.
Other Options – Jed Lowrie ($3,800)
Josh Donaldson – TOR vs. OAK – $4,500 – Donaldson could end up seeing suppressed ownership this afternoon with Nolan Arenado and Jose Ramirez close in salary. Donaldson has hit four of his six home runs over the last 10 games to go with seven RBI and five runs scored. Cotton continues to struggle in the pitcher-friendly confines of Oakland, sporting a .397 wOBA with four of his seven home runs allowed.
Other Options – Nolan Arenado ($5,300)
Ryon Healy – OAK vs. TOR – $4,000 – Healy has been tearing the cover off the ball lately, averaging 13 FPPG with five home runs and 14 RBI during that span. On top of that, Healy has been crushing lefties to the tune of a .517 wOBA with a .816 SLG. He’ll be a tough one to leave on the board today.
Other Options – Logan Forsythe ($3,300)
Francisco Lindor – CLE vs. COL – $5,100 – Lindor is a strong candidate today against the left-handed Freeland. On the season, Lindor is sporting a .396 wOBA against lefties with a .577 SLG with five of his 12 home runs. Hitting near the top of the order, Lindor should get at least a couple of cracks against Freeland.
Other Options – Trevor Story ($4,600)
Troy Tulowitzki – TOR vs. OAK – $3,100 – Insert the same narrative I’ve been talking about with Cotton pitching at home. But truly, Tulo is dirt cheap today and is another great example of a salary saver. He’s been average at the plate lately, with 6.1 FPPG in his last 10 games, but he is in a very dynamic lineup that can do some damage quickly.
Other Options – Chad Pinder ($2,800)
Charlie Blackmon – COL vs. CLE – $5,400 – Blackmon continues to find his way into this article and for a good reason. His numbers at Coors Field are through the roof, averaging a whopping 12.7 FPPG in 29 games with nine home runs, EIGHT triples and six doubles. Bauer is notorious for struggling against lefties, so his .372 wOBA against them should come as no surprise.
Other Options – Michael Brantley ($5,000), Ian Desmond ($4,500)
Carlos Gonzalez – COL vs. CLE – ($3,600) – Gonzalez continues to be super cheap despite playing at Coors Field. At just $3,600 and batting in the heart of the order, he’s a bargain no matter how you slice it. After just mentioning how poorly Bauer pitches against left-handed batters, you have to consider Cargo in the lineup at his price point. He’s been average at the plate lately, but you can’t deny the savings you’ll get with him here in this matchup.
Other Options – Austin Jackson ($3,900),
Daniel Robertson ($3,100)
UPDATE: Daniel Robertson is NOT in the Indians’ lineup today against the Rockies.
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