Even though it’s Wednesday, the MLB isn’t slowing down or splitting the schedule, leaving us a packed 14-game fantasy baseball slate as the season continues to wind down. There are plenty of compelling playoff races to monitor along with some new players making splashes as they get their first Major League action. Only four of the matchups are divisional contests, so there are some unfamiliar opponents going head-to-head, including three unusual interleague matchups.
As you break down each of the options on the slate and build your lineup, there are plenty of options to choose from with only the Yankees and Tigers absent from the player pool. If you find yourself stretched for salary as you round out your roster, check out these five bargains, who appear poised to outperform their affordable salaries.
SP LOGAN WEBB, SF vs. PIT, $8,000
The Giants called Webb up in mid-August after the 22-year-old went 2-4 with a 1.85 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 63 innings across four minor league teams. He looked good in his first three starts, going 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 15 1/3 innings but was knocked around in his most recent outing by the Cardinals.
He should be able to bounce back as he comes home and faces the Pirates, who have struggled badly since the All-Star break. San Francisco and Pittsburgh split the first two games in this series, and Webb will look to step up and help the Giants take the rubber game. His good strikeout rate and favorable matchup give him nice upside at only $8K.
SP JOSE URQUIDY, HOU vs. OAK, $7,000
The Athletics went off for 21 runs on 25 hits Tuesday, but I still like Urquidy as a value option. The 24-year-old is only 1-1 with a 5.33 ERA in the Majors this season but has shown promise as well. He had back-to-back strong starts at the end of July, posting 34.6 and 19.9 DKFP while allowing just two runs in 13 innings and striking out 15 against the Rangers and Cardinals, respectively.
Urquidy spent August in Triple-A and pitched fairly well for Round Rock aside from one disastrous 11-run outing, which skews his overall numbers. He allowed one run on two hits in four innings in his first appearance since returning last Thursday. While there is risk in a matchup with the Athletics, he brings better upside than any other value starter. With a good lineup behind him and a matchup with Brett Anderson ($5,900), Urquidy could end up being a great value if he can quiet the A’s bats.
2B/SS MAURICIO DUBON, SF vs. PIT, $3,500
Another young Giants prospect worth a look on this slate is Dubon, who San Francisco acquired in the Drew Pomeranz trade from the Brewers. Dubon hit .302 with 20 homers and 10 stolen bases in 123 games at Triple-A.
He has been a regular for the Giants since being called up and has gone 11-for-32 (.343) with two homers, three doubles, two stolen bases and a .931 OPS over his past 10 games. Dubon has hit safely in five of his past six games. In each of his first 10 starts with the Giants, Dubon hit eighth, but Tuesday he moved to the top of the lineup and went 2-for-4 with a double and 10 DKFP. If he stays in the top of the lineup, he’ll have even more upside, but he’s worth a look wherever he’s batting against Pirates struggling starter Daniel Agrazal ($5,300), who has allowed 12 runs in 14 1/3 innings over his past three starts.
OF MANUEL MARGOT, SD vs. CHC, $3,400
It hasn’t been a breakout season for Margot, who has struggled with consistency and is hitting just .240 on the year. However, he has found success against southpaws, going 31-for-85 (.365) against lefties with a .954 OPS.
Margot led off Tuesday night against a left-handed starting pitcher and went 2-for-5 with a triple and 19 DKFP in the Padres’ 9-8 extra-inning victory. He could return to the leadoff spot again as the Padres face Cole Hamels ($9,200), who Margot homered against last season.
1B/OF RYAN MCBROOM, KC at CWS, $3,000
McBroom made his MLB debut earlier this month for the Royals and looks ready to carry over his success from a big year in Triple-A. In 117 games for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders, McBroom had a team-high 26 home runs and 66 RBI while posting a .976 OPS. Despite the big season, the Yankees traded him to the Royals for cash considerations on Aug. 31 as a minor-league trade. McBroom was added to the 40-man roster and likely will get a chance to prove himself with plenty of playing time this month.
So far, McBroom has gone 6-for-20 (.300) with two doubles, two walks and four RBI in seven games. He and the Royals will face Reynaldo López ($9,800) on Wednesday. López is coming off a great start but has given up 11 runs in 21 2/3 innings this season to the Royals. McBroom didn’t start the first game of the series but likely will return to the lineup in this matchup. His raw power gives him good upside and will make him a boom-or-bust value to watch the rest of the month as he tries to prove he’s ready for Major League time next season either with the Royals or for another team.
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