Thursday afternoon will bring us a short four-game slate. Let’s dive right into all the information for this slate, and as always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Johnny Cueto – SFG vs. MIL – $10,800- Cueto hasn’t been the pitcher we’ve been used to seeing this season, evidenced by his lower-than-usual salary of $10,800. He’s had a fairly tough stretch on the road, sporting a .339 wOBA with a .494 SLG with a 9.6 K/9. Although his matchup against the Brewers won’t be an easy one, he still carries the most upside on this slate. With the 24.9 K% against righties held by the Brewers, Cueto can rack up some strikeouts if he can pitch effectively. His last three starts have shown some promise, as he’s amassed 25 strikeouts in that span.
Other Options – Michael Fulmer ($9,200)
Patrick Corbin – ARI vs. SD – $7,000 – Corbin will face off against the Padres for the third time this season and has produced two of his best starts in those games. Corbin has pitched 13 innings against them allowing five runs (four earned) on 13 hits with a 17:2 K:BB ratio. Corbin has been his best at Chase Field, where he sports a .322 wOBA with a .433 SLG and a K/9 of 7.1. On a normal basis, it’s been hard to trust Corbin, but he’s been able to take this team down twice already.
Other Options – Scott Feldman ($6,200)
Alex Avila – DET vs. LAA – $3,600 – J.C. Ramirez has had issues with left-handed batters regardless of if he’s at home or on the road. Today he’ll match up against Alex Avila and his .585 wOBA against righties at home this season. Avila has been producing some nice pop this season as well, smacking 10 home runs and eight doubles against righties thus far.
Chris Iannetta – ARI vs. SD – $3,200 – It would make sense if Iannetta draws the start today figuring a left-handed pitcher will be on the mound today. As he seems to do every season, Iannetta has been putting up great numbers against lefties thus far. He’ll enter this game with a .462 wOBA against them with a .700 SLG and three of his seven home runs.
Other Options – Devin Mesoraco ($2,900)
Paul Goldschmidt – ARI vs. SD – $5,400 – After a bit of a sluggish start to the season, Goldy is back to hitting lefties extremely well at Chase Field. Facing off against Clayton Richard this afternoon, Goldy sports a .420 wOBA in these matchups with a .553 SLG and a .500 OBP with two of his 13 home runs. He’s the most expensive hitter on this slate, but Goldschmidt has thrived in these matchups.
Other Options – Will Myers ($4,100)
Brandon Belt – SFG vs. MIL – $4,300 – Belt is a bit more expensive than I’d normally showcase in this section, but compared to Goldschmidt, he’s a value. Belt will be taking on Paolo Espino, who’ll be making his second start of the season. Belt on the road against righties has produced some good numbers, owning a .388 wOBA with a .512 SLG and four of his 10 home runs.
Other Options – Matt Carpenter ($4,000)
Ian Kinsler – DET vs. LAA – $4,200 – Kinsler is hardly considered an expensive option for today, as he should be manning the leadoff spot for the Tigers. While his overall numbers are lower than we’d like them to be, his matchup against J.C. Ramirez is worth a look at just $4,200. Of his 23 hits at home, Kinser has hit eight of them for extra bases including four doubles, a triple and two home runs.
Other Options – Scooter Gennett ($3,900)
Joe Panik – SFG vs. MIL – $3,500 – Another cheaper option from the Giants today is Panik. As you’d expect, his road numbers have been better than his home, with 11 extra base hits compared to his five at home. Panik owns a .351 wOBA against righties on the road with a .471 SLG and a .365 OBP.
Other Options – Eric Sogard ($3,500)
Travis Shaw – MIL vs. SFG – $4,600 – If you’re not going with Cueto this afternoon, Shaw is someone I would put on my roster. It’s hard to deny that Shaw has been crushing the ball at home, especially against right-handed pitchers. Shaw will enter this game with a .409 wOBA in those matchups with a .580 SLG and four of his 10 home runs.
Other Options – Nick Castellanos ($4,000)
Jedd Gyorko – STL vs. CIN – $3,900 – Gyorko has been hitting extremely well against righties both at home and on the road. He’ll face off against Scott Feldman on the road today, a spot where Gyorko is posting a .413 wOBA with a .588 SLG with three of his eight home runs. I think we have to consider rostering him at $3,900 while batting clean up.
Other Options – Jhonny Peralta ($3,300)
Nick Ahmed – ARI vs. SD – $3,900 – I feel as though people would instantly gravitate towards Zack Cozart in this spot, but I really like Nick Ahmed. He’s been fantastic against lefties this year, especially at home. Heading into this game, Ahmed is posting a .502 wOBA against them with a .773 SLG and a .458 OBP.
Other Options – Zack Cozart ($4,700)
Aledmys Diaz – STL vs. CIN – $3,100 – Diaz hasn’t exactly been crushing the ball lately, but $3,100 seems too cheap for him. On the road against righties, Diaz has found success with a .324 wOBA, a .457 SLG and two of his five home runs. I like this matchup for how shaky Scott Feldman has been this year and how he’s allowed 13 of his 35 hits to righties go for extra bases.
Other Options – Jose Iglesias ($3,700)
Justin Upton – DET vs. LAA – $5,000 – Upton is a very, VERY streaky hitter, so catching him on those hot streaks are essential. He’s on one currently, averaging 11.3 FPPG over his last 10 games with three home runs. He’s one of the more expensive hitters on this slate today, but with fairly cheap pitching options, you should have no problem fitting him in.
Other Options – Dexter Fowler ($4,800), J.D. Martinez ($5,300)
Hunter Renfroe – SD vs. ARI – ($3,600) – I really like Renfroe this afternoon taking on Patrick Corbin. While I have no doubt that Corbin should pull another great start against this Padres team, Renfroe is one hitter I think can do some damage. His numbers against lefties are fantastic, posting a .437 wOBA against them with a .627 SLG and a .426 OBP. For as good as Corbin has been against the Padres, he’s run into trouble many times before.
Other Options – Scott Schebler ($3,800), Scooter Gennett ($3,900)
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