WATCH: MLB IN 90 SECONDS – MIGUEL SANO
This afternoon brings us a four-game slate of baseball. Let’s dive right into all the information, and, as always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Marcus Stroman – TOR vs. MIL – $10,200 – Aside from two starts this season, Stroman has been quite solid in 2017. Taking out his two games against the Red Sox and Yankees, Stroman is averaging 22.9 FPPG. His matchup against the Brewers is a bit shaky, as they hit well at home with a .350 wOBA and a .481 SLG but also own a 25.6 K%. The pitching choices are quite weak this afternoon, so Stroman ends up as a very boom or bust top option.
Other Options – Sonny Gray ($8,600)
Jose Berrios – MIN vs. BAL – $7,400 – What a difference a year makes. Last season, Berrios struggled in his time in the major leagues, but he’s been dominant in his first two starts this season. Against the Indians and Rockies, Berrios has pitched 15.1 innings allowing one run on four hits with a 15:2 K: BB ratio; some truly impressive numbers for only two starts. The Orioles remain mediocre at best at Camden Yards, owning a team .318 wOBA with a .408 SLG and a 20.1 K%. It’s worth grabbing Berrios while he remains cheap, as he won’t be this price for long if he continues to pitch like this.
Other Options – Randall Delgado ($4,000)
J.T. Realmuto – MIA vs. OAK $3,400 – Realmuto has been great at the plate this season, especially on the road against righties. He enters this game against Sonny Gray owning a .420 wOBA on the road against righties with a .420 wOBA to go with a .532 SLG and a .438 OBP.
Other Options Russell Martin ($3,800)
Chris Iannetta – ARI vs. CWS – $2,800 – If Iannetta draws the start this afternoon, he’s always in play for me when he takes on a left-handed pitcher. Having spent some time on the disabled list, Iannetta has played in only 21 games this season. During that span, he’s drawn 28 plate appearances against lefties and sports a .459 wOBA with a .654 SLG and a .429 OBP.
Other Options – Jason Castro ($3,300)
Paul Goldschmidt – ARI vs. CWS – $5,500 – Left-handed pitching at Chase Field? Paul Goldschmidt is locked into my roster. Goldy has crushed in these situations as much in 2017, owning “just” a .379 wOBA with a .480 SLG. However, looking at his career numbers at Chase Field against lefties, Goldy sports a .459 wOBA with a .644 SLG and 24 home runs.
Other Options – Joe Mauer ($4,200)
Trey Mancini – BAL vs. MIN – $3,800 – One of the trouble spot for Berrios today could end up being Trey Mancini. It’s probably not the name you’d expect to fear, but Mancini has been hitting extremely well at Camden Yards. He enters the day with a .536 wOBA against righties at home with a .480 OBP and a .818 SLG. I most certainly like Berrios today, but Mancini could potentially cause some issues.
Other Options – Ryon Healy ($3,300)
Brian Dozier – MIN vs. BAL – $4,700 – Dozier has been hitting well as of late, averaging 8.6 FPPG over his last ten games and 13.7 over his last four. The power looks to be coming around, as he’s had four extra-base hits over his past four games with four runs scored.
Other Options – Dee Gordon ($3,700)
Chad Pinder – OAK vs. MIA – $2,700 – If last night was any indication, Pinder should be grabbing increased playing time as of now. He pinch hit for Adam Rosales in the sixth, and I can’t imagine he won’t be in the lineup today. Pinder will face Edinson Volquez, who is allowing a .414 wOBA to righties on the road with a .548 SLG.
Other Options – Jed Lowrie ($3,700)
Travis Shaw – MIL vs. TOR – $4,600 – Remember when I said the Brewers hit very well at home? Travis Shaw is one of those reasons why. Shaw sports a .400 wOBA against righties at home with a .576 SLG and a .375 OBP. All three of his home runs at home have come off a right-handed pitcher this season, and in my opinion, he will be one of the biggest threats against Stroman today.
Other Options – Miguel Sano ($4,900)
Todd Frazier – CWS vs. ARI – $3,900 – Frazier is making the best out of his time on the road this season, blasting all five of his home runs. Frazier is essentially a boom or bust play, as you’re looking for a big fly. He takes on Randall Delgado, who has pitched out of the bullpen all season but has allowed four home runs in 15 appearances.
Other Options – Trevor Plouffe ($3,400)
Chris Owings – ARI vs. CWS – $4,200 – Owings has posted some great numbers across the board this season, and that’s especially true at home against lefties. Owings owns a .411 wOBA in that matchup with a .424 OBP and a .533 SLG. Owings has hit for extra bases 15 times this season with six of those coming against lefties.
Other Options – Tim Anderson ($4,500)
JT Riddle – MIA vs. OAK – $2,400 – With Riddle starting to see regular at-bats, he’s subsequently picking it up at the plate. Averaging 9.8 FPPG over his last five games, Riddle is an extremely cheap option if you’re looking to punt at the shortstop position. With that being said, he’s still batting at the bottom of the order, occupying the eight spot in the lineup.
Other Options – Chad Pinder ($2,700)
Khris Davis – OAK vs. MIA – $4,200 – Davis has been heating back up at the plate, averaging 7.8 FPPG over his last 10 games. He has a very favorable matchup against Edinson Volquez, who is allowing a .414 wOBA to righties on the road with a .548 SLG. Even with playing half of the season in Oakland, Davis owns seven of his 13 home runs here while batting cleanup for the A’s.
Other Options – Yasmany Tomas ($4,100), Mark Trumbo ($4,800)
Leury Garcia – CWS vs. ARI – ($3,900) – Garcia is a nice, cheap option today, considering his 7.5 FPPG over his last 10 games. Garcia continues to put up points on a nightly basis and has been batting leadoff or in the sixth spot.
Other Options – Christian Yelich ($3,400) Matt Joyce ($3,400)
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