After three afternoon games, the MLB is scheduled to play 12 games on the main slate Wednesday night. There are multiple rain issues to keep an eye on on the East Coast and in the Midwest, so be sure to check the latest forecasts before lineups lock.
Even without the White Sox, Nationals, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Phillies and Padres, there are plenty of options to choose from. With an off day for many teams on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday have been packed with big-name pitchers, but there are also some good value options if you know where to look. As you round out your roster for this Wednesday, take a look at these five cost-saving options, who can save you some salary while still offering good production potential.
SP MARTÍN PÉREZ, MIN at CLE, $7,400
In his most recent start, Pérez was roughed up by the Rays, allowing six runs in just 2 2/3 innings and dropping to 7-2 on the year. Even with that rough outing, his ERA is a solid 3.71 and he has 59 strikeouts in 60 2/3 innings. Prior to his rocky outing, the lefty had allowed two runs or fewer while pitching at least five innings in five of his previous six starts. He had at least 11 DKFP in all six of those outings before ending up with -4.8 DKFP in Tampa Bay.
Pérez should be in a good spot to bounce back against the Tribe, who are hitting just .226 as a team this season and .219 against lefties. He hasn’t faced his division rivals since March 31, when he struck out six in 3 2/3 innings but allowed three runs while still picking up a win out of the bullpen. He has been a solid fantasy play this season aside from this most recent start and should be a nice play under $8K on this slate.
SP DANIEL MENGDEN, OAK at LAA, $6,900
Mengden has been solid for Oakland since joining the rotation in mid-May. The 26-year-old Texan has 19 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings and allowed just one run in each of his previous three contests. In one of those outings, he came in after an opener but still worked four innings, throwing 99 pitches against Seattle.
This will be his second straight start against the Angels after facing them last Wednesday. He couldn’t get through the fifth inning in that start but did strike out six in 4 1/3, giving up just one run and finishing with 15.6 DKFP. He needs to be more efficient with his pitch count to be able to go deeper into the game but offers solid upside under $7K given his decent strikeout rate and favorable matchup.
OF RANDAL GRICHUK, TOR vs. NYY, $3,200
Grichuk is available at an affordable price for a player that typically hits in the middle of the lineup. He has a tendency to run hot and cold at times but offers very nice power potential even in a tough matchup with Yankees lefty James Paxton ($11,300).
In the first game of the series against New York on Tuesday, Grichuk hit his 10th home run of the season. Seven of those 10 long balls have come at home, where he has a .245 average and .792 OPS compared to a .202 average and .592 OPS on the road. He also has done most of his damage against lefties, going 15-for-58 (.259) against southpaws with a .740 OPS. He doesn’t have much history against Paxton but has gone 2-for-3 against the Big Maple in their limited history.
2B/3B HANSER ALBERTO, BAL at TEX, $3,200
Another player in a good lineup spot and a great salary is Alberto, who typically leads off for the Orioles against lefties. He has thrived all season against southpaws, going 28-for-68 (.412) with four doubles, two home runs and a .979 OPS.
He started the Orioles’ trip to Texas with a good game Tuesday, going 4-for-5 with 16 DKFP in Baltimore’s 12-11 win. Alberto played 89 games over the past four seasons with the Rangers, so there is a bit of a revenge narrative as well as he returns to Globe Life Park in Arlington. Alberto’s production usually comes in clusters, so give him a look at an infield spot if you need to save some salary.
OF CARLOS GONZÁLEZ, CHC vs. COL, $2,700
The Indians released González in May after the former Rockies OF played 30 games for the Tribe. He signed a minor league deal with the Cubs but only waited a few days before being called up to the majors. He has started both games since being called up, going 1-for-3 in each contest and totaling 18 DKFP.
He’s facing his former team from Colorado at Wrigley Field as he takes on German Márquez ($10,300) in this matchup. Even though it’s a tough matchup, González has the potential to be a great value from the middle of a solid Cubs lineup. He isn’t the same player he was in his dominant seasons with Colorado, but he is getting a chance to prove he still has something in the tank. Chicago has multiple left-handed outfield options, but González is worth a look if he gets another start since he is available at a super cheap salary for one of your OF slots.
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