MLB Arcade Mode will bring us a four-game slate tonight starting at 10:10 ET. As always, you can reach me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Jacob deGrom – New York Mets vs. San Diego Padres– $22,500- deGrom is facing off against the Padres tonight, and all eyes will be on this start. With his incredibly high $22K salary, deGrom will face a Padres team with a 25.6 K% against righties, which ranks highest in the league. The rest of their numbers against righties are equally unimpressive, as they spot a .305 wOBA with a .408 SLG and a .305 OBP. It’s worth noting; however, that deGrom on the road isn’t as reliable as you may believe. He owns .324 wOBA with a .465 SLG and a 9.8 K/9. Trust me, pitchers would kill for these type of numbers, but I think it’s worth noting especially when you consider his high salary tonight. Nonetheless, the strikeout potential in this matchup is worth the roster spot.
Eduardo Rodriguez– Boston Red Sox vs. Seattle Mariners – $15,500- Aside from deGrom, Rodriguez is potentially your only other option to grab a decent amount of strikeouts on this slate. You might float the idea of James Paxton, but the Red Sox are dead last in K% against lefties at 15.7%. Rodriguez has faced this Mariners club once already at Fenway Park and was able to whiff eight of them. Rodriguez has been whiffing batters to the tune of a 9.9 K/9 on the season while keeping any damage to a minimum. Due to injuries, Rodriguez has been held to just 66.1 innings on the season but owns a .301 wOBA on the road with a .437 SLG with seven of his ten home runs. He’s a massive saving from deGrom tonight, and I expect him to be an attractive choice.
Cody Bellinger– L.A. Dodgers vs. Minnesota Twins- $9,000 – I fully expect Dodgers bats to be highly popular tonight, as they take on Bartolo Colon. The comeback of Colon doesn’t look to be going according to plan, as he allowed four runs on eight hits in four innings of work against the Yankees. At home against righties, Bellinger sports a .402 wOBA with a .638 SLG with 12 of his 27 home runs. Colon has been struggling to get anyone out, so one of the stronger bats of the Dodgers is a play to consider.
Brian Dozier – Minnesota Twins vs. L.A. Dodgers – $6,500 – On the other side of this game we have Brian Dozier taking on lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu. Dozier has been an offensive force against lefties, posting a .408 wOBA on the road against them with a .558 SLG and a .417 OBP. Ryu has been injured multiple times this season and thus has only accumulated 36.2 innings at home this season. Against righties, he’s posting a .319 wOBA with a .485 SLG with six of his 15 home runs. Dozier is just too cheap for his matchup against a lefty and his power potential.
Yoenis Cespedes– New York Mets vs. San Diego Padres– $6,500 – Another cheap bat that I like tonight is Cespedes. The Mets will be playing at Petco Park tonight against lefty Clayton Richard. Against righties, Richard owns a .375 wOBA with a .503 SLG with six off is 16 home runs. Right-handed batters have contributed to all 16 of the home runs Richard has allowed on the year. Cespedes, although slumping at the plate as of late, owns a .412 wOBA against lefties on the road with a .750 SLG.
Wilmer Flores – Atlanta Braves vs. L.A. Dodgers– $5,500 – Flores is always in play when facing a left-handed pitcher, so tonight is no different. Flores doesn’t prove you a ton of power, but he does provide a .382 wOBA against lefties on the road with a .564 SLG and a .381 OBP. Flores won’t grab you huge points on a nightly basis, but he’s capable of pulling out a big game time to time, especially against lefties. If you’re taking deGrom tonight, Flores could be your man to help recoup some of the salary for the remainder of your hitters.
Hanley Ramirez – Boston Red Sox vs. Seattle Mariners– $5,500 – One final cheap bat I like is Hanley Ramirez. After struggling against lefties to begin the year, Ramirez is posting a .437 wOBA against them since June 1 with a .690 SLG and three home runs. I figure Red Sox bats will be low owned going up against James Paxton tonight, but Ramirez is another Flores-type player who can bring some pop or points in a good matchup on the cheap.
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