We have a four game slate of baseball this afternoon to kick off our Wednesday. Let’s dive right into all the information, and, as always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Clayton Kershaw – LAD vs. SFG – $14,400 – You had to have known Kershaw was going to be in the slot just by default. Kershaw will face this Giants team for the third time already this season, and he’s had moderate success. In his two previous starts, Kershaw has pitched 13 innings allowing five runs (four earned) on 14 hits with a 12:1 K:BB ratio. It’s a bit surprising figuring that the Giants own one of the worst wOBA in the league against lefties at .289, along with a .301 OBP and a .355 SLG. Regardless of his past mediocre starts against them, Kershaw is the top dog this afternoon.
Other Options – Johnny Cueto ($11,500)
Lance McCullers – HOU vs. MIA – $10,800 – On a normal slate, McCullers at $10,800 would hardly be considered a “value play,” but when you have Kershaw priced at $14,400, McCullers at a $3,600 discount is a value. McCullers has been fantastic as of late, averaging 25.3 FPPG over his last three starts against the Rangers, Angels and Yankees. McCullers has allowed just two runs during that span and hasn’t allowed a run in 15.1 innings. The only problem with this matchup is the K%, as the Marlins have struck out just 19.9% of the time against righties. Other than that, they’ve struggled, owning a .306 wOBA and a .309 OBP.
Other Options – Alex Cobb ($7,500)
Evan Gattis – HOU vs. MIA – $3,700 – I think Gattis is permanently cemented as the top catcher in the early games. Gattis will take on Urena this afternoon, who’s allowed a .372 wOBA to opposing right-handed batters with a .528 SLG and a .357 OBP. It’s a small sample size, figuring Urena has only pitched 27.1 innings in the majors thus far. With that being said, his three home runs against righties already is concerning, unless of course you are Gattis.
Other Options Brian McCann ($3,500)
Chris Herrmann – ARI vs. NYM – $3,000 – As usual, the catcher position is brutal when it comes to a cheap option, so Herrmann is the best of the worst this afternoon. He’ll face the struggling Matt Harvey this afternoon, who’s allowed a .395 to righties on the road with three of his 10 home runs allowed.
Other Options – Yasmani Grandal ($3,000)
Paul Goldschmidt – ARI vs. NYM – $5,300 – The D-Backs are one of my favorite options on this slate seeing as how horrific Matt Harvey has pitched lately. Goldy has been destroying right-handed pitching at Chase Field this season, owning a .520 wOBA with a .758 SLG and a .494 OBP.
Other Options – Carlos Santana ($4,100)
Wilmer Flores – NYM vs. ARI – $3,300 – Flores is facing a left-handed pitcher, so you know I’m jumping all over that. If you haven’t heard the news already, Flores is a slayer of left-handed pitching that is always underpriced. Coming into today, Flores owns a .479 wOBA against them with a .389 OBP and a .765 SLG. Great numbers for someone so cheap.
Other Options – Yuli Gurriel ($3,100)
Neil Walker – NYM vs. ARI – $4,300 – Walker has been hot at the plate as of late, averaging 11.3 FPPG over his last 10 games with two home runs and a .659 SLG. Corbin has allowed four of his six home runs at home to a right-handed batter, placing Walker in a favorable matchup here today.
Other Options – Jose Altuve ($4,700)
Jason Kipnis – CLE vs. TB – $3,700 – I’ll admit, Kipnis does not have very sexy numbers across the board thus far, but I’m willing to give him a pass on the account that he’s played in only 21 games thus far. With that being said, he’ll face Alex Cobb today, who’s allowed a .360 wOBA to lefties with a .486 SLG and four of his six home runs allowed.
Other Options – Jose Ramirez ($3,800)
Jake Lamb – ARI vs. NYM – $4,800 – Back to picking on Harvey this afternoon. Lamb has been fantastic at home this season, averaging 9.8 FPPG with five of his eight home runs. With Harvey allowing home runs in bunches already this season, it’s certainly in play that Lamb could park one this afternoon.
Other Options – Jose Reyes ($3,800)
Jose Ramirez – CLE vs. TB – $3.800 – The switch-hitting Ramirez will be facing Alex Cobb this afternoon. At home against a right-handed pitcher, Ramirez owns a .505 wOBA with a .718 SLG and a .436 OBP. He’s struggled at the plate a bit over his last 10 games, however, averaging just four fantasy points per game in that span.
Other Options – Marwin Gonzalez ($3,400)
Chris Owings – ARI vs. NYM – $4,400 – So many members of the D-Backs are hitting well at home against right-handed pitching, so it’s hard not to showcase all of them. Owings will come into this game with a .417 wOBA at home against righties with a .387 OBP and a .593 SLG. Owings isn’t a big home run hitter, but four of his five have come here at Chase Field.
Other Options – Francisco Lindor ($4,600)
Corey Seager – LAD vs. SFG – $3,600 – I’m certainly not looking to roster many hitters from this game, but Seager is just too cheap to ignore this afternoon. At $3,600, Seager brings his .465 wOBA against righties on the road with a .453 OBP and a .660 SLG. Granted, AT&T Park certainly doesn’t favor hitters, but Seager brings enough potential to warrant a roster spot in my opinion.
Other Options – Tim Beckham ($3,300)
Michael Brantley – CLE vs. TB – $4,400 – I haven’t seen much buzz about Brantley this season, so I suppose you can say he’s quietly been beating up on right-handed pitching this season. At home, Brantley owns a .403 wOBA with a .571 SLG and a .391 OBP against righties. He hardly feels expensive with a $4,400 price tag this afternoon.
Other Options – George Springer ($4,500), Jay Bruce ($4,800)
Corey Dickerson – TB vs. CLE – ($3,900) – Dickerson has been hitting extremely well thus far this season, and I love his matchup against Josh Tomlin this afternoon. On the road against righties, Dickerson owns a .436 wOBA with a .380 OBP and a .660 SLG. Over his last 10 games, Dickerson is averaging 9.1 FPPG with five extra base hits including two triples.
Other Options – Lonnie Chisenhall ($3,400) Joc Pederson ($3,400)
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