Wednesday brings us a rather interesting slate of baseball. This five-game slate features a rough group of pitchers to choose from, which in turn should bring plenty of offense. Let’s dive into all the information, and, as always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Andrew Triggs – OAK vs. LAA – $8,500 – Truly, we don’t have a single “sure thing” pitcher today, but Triggs could be the closest. He’ll face the Angels for the second time this season after pitching 5.2 innings allowing one run (none earned) on four hits with an ugly 1:3 K:BB ratio. With that being said, Triggs has pitched quite well thus far and has allowed just a 25% hard hit rate to opposing hitters over his last three starts. I imagine he’ll be the most attractive pitcher on this slate.
Other Options – Joe Musgrove ($7,700)
Zach Eflin – PHI vs. SEA – $5,900 – Eflin, in my mind, is the best of the worst when it comes to the cheap pitching options today. At just $5,900, Eflin is averaging 13.4 FPPG in four starts, which, given his salary, isn’t that bad. Elfin isn’t going to get you many strikeouts, as he’s yet to exceed four in a start, but he also hasn’t walked a batter in three straight starts now. Again, I don’t feel great about his matchup, but you can’t beat his salary.
Other Options – Tommy Milone ($5,800)
Evan Gattis – HOU vs. ATL – $4,000 – Gattis has been hitting left-handed pitching extremely well as he heads into his matchup with Jaime Garcia. Coming into today, Gattis owns a .468 wOBA against lefties with a .692 SLG and a .438 OBP. Garcia owns a .344 wOBA against righties with all four of his home runs.
Other Options Miguel Montero ($4,200)
Brian McCann – HOU vs. ATL – $3,500 – McCann is also another Astros hitter that has been hitting lefties well. As of today, McCann owns a .403 wOBA with a .632 SLG and a .333 OBP. The cheaper catchers drop off dramatically after McCann, so finding a suitable player to roster would be quite difficult.
Other Options – Tyler Flowers ($3,100)
Mark Reynolds – COL vs. CHC – $4,400 – Reynolds price for playing at Coors Field isn’t as high as you may think. For a player that is averaging 9.7 FPPG with 11 home runs, $4,400 doesn’t seem to be that high. Reynolds owns a .519 wOBA at home against righties with a .804 SLG and a .453 OBP. $4,400 feels awfully cheap, doesn’t it?
Other Options – Jay Bruce ($4,700)
T.J. Rivera – NYM vs. SFG – $2,800 – Rivera is another first baseman that feels way too cheap today. He’ll take on Matt Cain, who owns a .365 wOBA against righties on the road with all three of his home runs allowed. Rivera has been crushing it against righties at Citi Field with his .408 wOBA, .545 SLG, and .400 OBP.
Other Options – Yonder Alonso ($3,600)
Update: Ben Zobrist is NOT in the Cubs lineup today agains the Rockies.
Ben Zobrist – CHC vs. COL – $5,200 – Unlike Reynolds, Zobrist feels a bit overpriced, given his production leading up to today. With that being said, it’s hard to ignore any player that bats cleanup, especially when they’re playing at Coors Field. Up until this point, Zobrist is the owner of a .314 wOBA against righties with a .337 OBP and a .363 SLG. He isn’t crushing it at the plate, but with the Cubs projected for six runs today, he’s worth considering.
Other Options – Jose Altuve ($5,300)
Jed Lowrie – OAK vs. LAA – $3,000 – Lowrie has quietly been putting together a solid 2017 season thus far and is only $3,000 on the day. Averaging 9.3 FPPG over his last 10 games, Lowrie owns a .374 wOBA against righties with a .511 SLG and a .363 OBP. Even with this game taking place in Oakland, Lowrie has hit three of his four home runs off a right-handed pitcher here.
Other Options – Cesar Hernandez ($3,800)
Nolan Arenado – COL vs. CHC – $5,600 – Believe it or not, Arenado has been STRUGGLING at Coors Field thus far in 2017. Coming into today, Arenado is the owner of a .326 wOBA at home with a .500 SLG and just a .282 OBP. With that being said, he still owns some great overall numbers, and it’s only a matter of time before he starts hitting well at home again.
Other Options – Kris Bryant ($5,700)
Marwin Gonzalez – HOU vs. ATL – $3.600 – Talk about someone who is on absolute fire right now, Gonzalez is averaging 14.4 FPPG over his last 10 games. During that span, Gonzalez is 13-28 with six home runs, two doubles, 15 RBI and seven runs scored. He currently has the DTD tag slapped on him for a foot injury, but he was available to pinch-hit last night. If he’s in the lineup, he should seriously be considered.
Other Options – Ryon Healy ($3,700)
Jean Segura – SEA vs. PHI – $4,700 – If you’re not considering Zach Eflin this afternoon, Segura should be in your plans. He’s been crushing right-handed pitching all season long, owning a .419 wOBA against them with a .424 OBP and a .544 SLG. He doesn’t possess a ton of power, but all three of his home runs have come against righties.
Other Options – Addison Russell ($4,500)
Freddy Galvis – PHI vs. SEA – $3,500 – The Phillies have been hitting well as of late, and Galvis has been a good reason for that. Averaging 8.4 FPPG over his last 10 games, Galvis will look to continue that today. He owns a .325 wOBA against righties at home with a .459 SLG and a .333 OBP.
Charlie Blackmon – COL vs. CHC – $5,700 – Blackmon has a very expensive $5,700 salary attached to his name today, but his numbers at Coors Field this season have been phenomenal. Blackmon owns a .579 wOBA against righties at home with a .951 SLG and a .489 OBP. If that wasn’t enough, in 17 home games, Blackmon is averaging an absurd 14.1 FPPG.
Other Options – George Springer ($4,600), Jay Bruce ($4,700)
Odubel Herrera – PHI vs. SEA – $3,700 – Hitting at the top of the Phillies order, Herrera will look to continue his current run of at least 12 DKFP in his last two games. He’s inexpensive, and while he hasn’t hit for power this season, all 15 of his home runs in 2016 came off of right-handed pitching. Given his spot in the order and salary, I think he’s a decent consideration on today’s short slate.
Other Options – Ender Inciarte ($3,600)
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