A very early, four game slate will take place this afternoon starting at 12:35 PM ET. We have some decent pitching options in this one, so let’s get set for this short but sweet slate. As always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Noah Syndergaard – NYM vs. CIN – $11,000 – It’s hard to get creative on four game slates, so taking Syndergaard against the Reds feels like the no-brainer today. He takes on the Reds for the second time this season. He’s pitched 6.2 innings allowing three runs on seven hits with a 9:0 K:BB ratio for 22.2 fantasy points. Thor has been great on the road this season, allowing just a .292 wOBA to go with a .378 SLG and a .295 OBP. The Reds remain near the bottom of the league in offensive categories against righties, owning a .310 wOBA with a .401 SLG.
Dylan Bundy – BAL vs. TBR – $8,300 – The strikeout potential is always sky high when facing the Tampa Bay Rays, so Bundy easily slides in as a value play on this slate in my opinion. He has started a game against these Rays already, but that was before they started to stretch him out as a starter. Nonetheless, it wasn’t pretty, as he went 3.1 innings allowing four runs on five hits with a 4:3 K:BB ratio. I think we could see a bit more from Bundy here, as he’s seems to have settled in as a starter nicely. Since the All-Star Break, Bundy owns a K/9 of 9 while holding opposing hitters to a .305 wOBA with a .412 SLG. He’s going to continue to have some growing pains, but the park shift and matchup are certainly in his favor.
Jose Abreu (1B) – CHW vs. DET – $5,400 – Abreu is completely locked in at the plate right now as he tries to salvage what’s left of 2016. Coming into today, he’s hit five home runs in his last 10 games along with 15 RBIs. Today he faces Anibal Sanchez, who has allowed 25 home runs on the season with 10 of those on the road against right-handed batters. Since the ASB, Abreu owns a .397 wOBA with a .555 SLG.
Manny Machado (3B/SS) – BAL vs. TBR – $4,800 – Machado is coming off a huge game last night that saw him go 3-6 with a grand slam, five RBIs and a run scored. Today he faces Drew Smyly, who was rocked by the Orioles in his only start against them this season for eight runs. Machado owns a .367 wOBA on the road against lefties with a .508 SLG and a .370 OBP.
Jay Bruce (OF) – NYM vs. CIN – $4,400 – I think it’s fair to say that Bruce has been as advertised since coming over to the Mets, although they’d tell you otherwise. He’s in line for a nice matchup today against Anthony DeSclafani, who is allowing a .356 wOBA to lefties at home with a .500 SLG. Oh, did I mention Bruce is returning to face his former club?
Albert Pujols (1B)- LAA vs OAK – $4,700 – It’s always hard to predict how a prospect will do in his first start in his major league career. Jharel Cotton is doing just that today for the A’s as he takes on the Angels. I like Pujols today because he’s hitting the ball extremely well lately, and Cotton has had some issues with the long ball in the minors. Prior to his call up, Cotton has allowed 17 home runs on the season in 97.1 innings, averaging out to 1.5 HR/9.
Todd Frazier (3B) – CHW vs. DET – $4,200 – When you’re taking Todd Frazier on a particular day, you’re looking for a big fly home run. Frazier isn’t exactly crushing the ball lately, but he does have three home runs in his last 10 games. 14 of his 35 home runs have come at home and as I mentioned earlier, Sanchez gives up plenty. He’s cheap enough to take a flier on today in my opinion.
Evan Longoria (3B) – TBR vs. BAL – $3,600 – It’s not very often you get a player with 30+ home runs on the season at just $3,600. Longoria has been scuffling at the plate lately, but you can’t deny the upside you get from taking him at this price point. Even at Tropicana Field, Longoria has belted 16 of his 31 home runs with all but one of them coming off of a right-handed pitcher.
Curtis Granderson (OF) – NYM vs. CIN – $3,800 – Once again, trying to exploit the weakness of DeSclafani, which is left-handed batters. On the road against righties, Granderson has some respectable numbers, owning a .358 wOBA with a .511 SLG and 11 of his 24 home runs.
Steve Pearce (1B/2B) – BAL vs. TBR – $3,800 – It feels as if a lot of the Orioles are really cheap today, which I think is more than enough reason to jump on them this afternoon. Pearce has seen a lot of success against lefties this season, as he comes into this game owning a .584 wOBA on the road against them with a .923 SLG and a .545 OBP. A nice value play that can fill either first or second base.
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