Monday is a transition day in Major League Baseball this week as some teams wrap up their series which started over the weekend and others start new series with the new week. As a result, there are five games this afternoon and five more under the lights tonight. For today’s Bargain Bin post, we’ll focus on the 10 teams on the diamond under the lights tonight starting at 7:05 p.m. Here are my picks from Monday’s Bargain Bin:
Brandon Finnegan – SP – CIN @ PIT – $7,300
Finnegan will be a steal at this price if he can continue his momentum from his first start of the season last Wednesday. He dominated Philadelphia, allowing only one hit and one walk which both came in the first inning. He went on to put up an impressive 36.6 DKFP in his seven shutout innings striking out nine and getting his first win of the season.
Tonight, he gets another good matchup as the Reds open a series against Pittsburgh. The Pirates have scored the third-fewest runs in the MLB coming into tonight and are a combined 4-for-30 (.133) against lefties. Finnegan will look to continue their slow offensive start, and his strikeout potential makes him my top pitcher to play under $8K tonight.
Adam Wainwright – SP – STL @ WAS – $7,200
I don’t love Wainwright’s matchup on the road, but the Nationals did just drop two of three to the Phillies, so they aren’t quite firing on all cylinders yet. Wainwright was solid in his first start of the year but only lasted five innings taking a loss against the Cubs but still posting 16.3 DKFP on six strikeouts to go with three hits, two walks and two earned runs.
Wainwright only threw 82 pitches in that outing, so he should be able to go longer tonight as he gets to full regular season strength. He had a slow start last season, but then settled in for a very solid stretch through the middle of the year. He still has former ace pedigree, but he’s an affordable option on the road tonight in what should be a good game in D.C. I don’t like Wainwright as much as I like Finnegan, but the rest of the options under $8K are even riskier, so he gets my second SP slot this Monday.
Adam Lind – 1B – WAS vs. STL – $3,300
Lind isn’t locked into a starting spot, so make sure he’s in the lineup tonight before getting him in your fantasy batting order. He has been very nice when given opportunity in limited action this season, though. He hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer last Monday, and he got the start yesterday going a solid 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. His 1.319 OPS (albeit, in an absurdly small sample) shows he has the power potential to be a good play if he starts again tonight.
Another reason the Nats would do well to find him a spot tonight is that he has a great history against Cardinals’ starter Adam Wainwright. Lind is 4-6 in his career against the Cardinals’ scheduled starter with two doubles and a home run off him. If Lind gets the start tonight, his hot bat in a good matchup make him a potential bargain.
César Hernández – 2B – PHI vs. NYM – $3,200
The Phillies offense suddenly looked viable this weekend scoring 21 runs in their last two games and taking two of three from the Nationals. Right in the middle of most of that production was leadoff man César Hernández who had multiple hits in each of those games producing 23 DKFP on Saturday and 12 more yesterday.
Tonight, Philadelphia opens a series against the Mets and will have to face Jacob deGrom. Even in the tough matchup, though, I think Hernández is a solid value play since he has hit safely in five of his six games this season and has gone 2-8 with two walks against deGrom in his career. The leadoff man has yet to attempt a stolen base, but the potential for a swiped bag or two is definitely there if the right situation arises.
Scott Schebler – OF – CIN @ PIT – $3,400
The Reds have been platooning Schebler and Patrick Kivlehan in RF with Schebler getting most of the starts since he is the left-handed hitter of the two. Schebler has posted double-digit DKFP in three straight games with extra-base hits in each of those contests including a pair of homers and a double yesterday while going 1-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Schebler should be in right field tonight in a favorable matchup against Pirates right-hander Tyler Glasnow who will be making his first start of the season. Schebler will look to continue his run of good production, and his extra-base potential gives him a high ceiling tonight.
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