WATCH: CHASE OR FADE – JOHN LACKEY OR MAX SCHERZER
Thursday brings us a solid 6-game afternoon slate. Let’s jump right into all the information to get you ready, and, as always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Max Scherzer – WAS vs. ARI – $12,600 – This group of pitchers isn’t exactly a strong one, so Scherzer is the top pick by default. Aside from his last matchup against the Mets, Scherzer had been dominating, averaging 28.4 FPPG. He’ll face a Diamondbacks team that’s been hitting the ball extremely well but also striking out a ton. The D-Backs own a .343 wOBA against righties with a .451 SLG, but also carry a 24.3 K%, which ranks 6th highest in the league.
Other Options – Ian Kennedy ($8,500)
Joe Musgrove – HOU vs. TEX – $7,600 – Musgrove hasn’t exactly posted the numbers that make you confident in him, but I like his matchup against the Rangers today. This Rangers club is middle of the line in the league against righties this season, owning a team .317 wOBA with a .431 SLG and a .302 OBP. They’re striking out a good chunk with a 23.9 K%, which does present some upside for Musgrove today. Regarding a cheap pitcher, he’s most likely the best option on this slate.
Brain McCann – HOU vs. TEX – $3,400 – The catcher position is not exactly filled with expensive hitters today, so McCann is our stud at $3,400. He’ll face off against A.J. Griffin, who through three starts is allowing a .343 wOBA to lefties with a .522 SLG. McCann has a .350 wOBA at Minute Maid Park this season with three of his four home runs.
Other Options Evan Gattis ($3,900), Jason Castro ($2,800)
Ryan Zimmerman – WAS vs. ARI – $4,700 – Braden Shipley is being called up from Triple-A to make his first start of the 2017 season. If he pitches anything like he did last season, the Nationals could certainly go off this afternoon. Last season, Shipley allowed a .387 wOBA to righties with a .509 SLG and a .400 OBP. Zimmermann has now posted double-digit fantasy points in nine straight games.
Other Options – Anthony Rizzo ($5,200)
Yonder Alonso – OAK vs. MIN – $3,000 – Alonso is dirt cheap this afternoon and he’s been posting some solid numbers. He hit his sixth home run of the season last night, which is remarkable when you consider he had seven all of last season. He faces off against Kyle Gibson, who’s allowing a .409 wOBA to lefties with four of his six home runs allowed and a .588 SLG.
Other Options – Kennys Vargas ($3,500)
Daniel Murphy – WAS vs. ARI – $4,800 – Cue the “Braden Shipley is back on the mound for the D-Backs” narrative for today. So I talked about what he allowed to righties last season, so switching gears let’s talk about lefties. Shipley allowed 11 of his 14 total home runs to left-handed bats on his way to a .373 wOBA and a .566 SLG. I truly can’t envision a good scenario for the D-Backs’ starter today.
Other Options – Jose Altuve ($4,900)
Whit Merrifield – KC vs. CWS – $3,400 – With the way the Royals have been hitting, it’s quite rare to see one showcased in these articles as of late. However, I’m intrigued with Merrifield batting against Derek Holland this afternoon. Merrifield owns a .387 wOBA against lefties this season with a .429 OBP and a .455 SLG. Holland has been pitching well this season, but righties always give him trouble.
Other Options – Cesar Hernandez ($3,500)
Miguel Sano – MIN vs. OAK – $4,400 – Sano has been hitting the ball extremely well this season, averaging just over 11 FPPG this season. He faces off against Jharel Cotton, who’s allowing a .361 wOBA to righties with a .455 SLG. Cotton has done a great job at keeping the ball in the park thus far, allowing just one home run, but Sano is hitting so well, he’s worth the $4,400.
Other Options – Kris Bryant ($5,000), Marwin Gonzalez ($3,000)
Carlos Correra – HOU vs. TEX – $4,800 – Correra doesn’t have overly impressive numbers thus far, but he’s been showing flashes of breaking out lately. At home against righties, Correra has posted a .429 wOBA with a .405 OBP and a .622 SLG.
Other Options – Trea Turner ($5,100)
Freddy Galvis – PHI vs. CHC – $3,100 – If you’re looking to save some money and get someone who will likely go overlooked, Galvis could be your guy. He faces John Lackey today, who is allowing an overall wOBA of .357 to righties that jumps to .420 at home. Galvis owns a .341 wOBA against righties on the road with a .513 SLG.
Other Options – Jorge Polanco ($3,300)
Bryce Harper – WAS vs. ARI – $5,400 – A Nationals’ hitter – one more time! I think it’s fairly obvious why Harper is in play along with the rest of his teammates against Shipley this afternoon. Harper is ripping the cover off the ball as he owns a .443 wOBA at home with a .596 SLG.
Other Options – Khris Davis ($4,000), George Springer ($4,500)
Matt Joyce – OAK vs. MIN – ($2,500) – Joyce is always someone I consider if he’s facing a right-handed pitcher on the road. Facing Kyle Gibson, who’s allowing a .409 wOBA to lefties this season with four of his six home runs allowed, Joyce could be a nice salary saver this afternoon.
Other Options – Odubel Herrera ($3,700) Carlos Gomez ($3,700)
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