It’s finally Friday! After a busy week in the sports world, Major League Baseball gets the weekend started with all 30 teams in action under the lights tonight. There are so many big bats to choose from and some great aces on the mound. If you decide to build around some of the players with higher salaries, you’ll probably need to balance them out with some good value finds. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I take a look at my favorite less “spendy,” but still productive players highlighting two starting pitchers under $8K and three hitters under $3.5K. Here are today’s top bargains.
Chase Anderson – SP – MIL vs. ATL – $7,100
The Brewers have gotten off to a strong start with some surprise contributors highlighted by Eric Thames and Chase Anderson. While Thames has been providing the offense, Anderson has turned in four solid outings and comes into tonight’s start with a 1.13 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. He has 22 strikeouts in his 24 innings and has given up one earned run or fewer in three of his four starts. Anderson seemed to turn the corner in the middle of last season and carried over the momentum from his strong finish. He is 7-1 with a 2.15 ERA over his last 16 starts dating back to last season.
Tonight, Anderson and the Brew Crew host the Braves who rank in the bottom third of the Majors in almost every offensive category. Anderson is 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA against them in his career, and his favorable home splits make him an even better bet to keep his early season success rolling.
Jameson Taillon – SP – PIT @ MIA – $7,400
Taillon will look to bounce back from his worst outing of the season as he takes the mound in Miami tonight. The young Pirates’ righty had cruised through five scoreless innings before allowing four runs in the sixth. In his 25 innings before that implosion, he has allowed only two earned runs all season. Taillon comes in 1-0, and his 2.13 ERA and 1.22 WHIP show how effective he has been.
Taillon doesn’t have great strikeout numbers with just 20 in his 25.1 innings. However, he has consistently limited damage and pitched effectively. In pitcher-friendly Marlins Park, he’ll take on Adam Conley with a good shot at a win if he puts together another strong outing.
Eugenio Suárez – 3B – CIN @ STL – $3,400
Suárez has looked like he’s starting a breakout campaign so far this season and comes into tonight’s matchup in St. Louis hitting .333 (25-75) on the season with six doubles, five homers, 18 runs scored and 12 RBI. He has a very nice 1.052 OPS and offers plenty of pop from such a cheap bat at the hot corner.
Earlier this season he went 4-9 in the Reds’ first series against the Cardinals including a double and a home run. Suárez has gone 2-8 in his career against tonight’s scheduled starter Lance Lynn. Lynn has looked better in his last two starts after a bad outing in Washington, but I still think Suárez is a solid pick to produce and a good way to get a middle-of-the-order bat at a very affordable price.
Freddy Galvis – SS – PHI @ LAD – $3,000
The Phillies have been a surprising source of offense this season, and many of their hitters have been good fantasy baseball values. Lately, Galvis has been hitting the ball well coming into tonight with a nine-game hitting streak. Yesterday, he moved into the second spot in the Phillies’ lineup and went 2-4 for the second straight game while hitting his second triple of the season. Over the last week, he is 7-19 (.368) with a 1.052 OPS.
Tonight, Galvis and the Phillies are on the road in LA where they’ll face a struggling Kenta Maeda. Maeda enters his start tonight 1-2 with an 8.05 ERA after allowing 17 runs and seven homers over 19 innings in his first four starts. It’s a very small sample size, but Galvis has hit him well in the past going 3-4 with a home run. Given his form and matchup, Galvis is one of my favorite bargain bats of the day.
Steven Souza Jr. – OF – TB @ TOR – $3,400
The Rays and Jays meet in Toronto for their second series of the season, and Souza’s price drops to a very affordable level after spending the last few games over $4K. Souza has showcased his power and average potential that have made him a breakout candidate the last few years, and it looks like he could finally be ready to turn the corner. He is hitting .330 (29-88) on the year with four homers, six doubles, 14 runs scored and 17 RBI. His .961 OPS shows how effective he has been whether hitting leadoff or in the middle of the Tampa lineup.
One reason he’s a little cheaper tonight is his matchup against Marcus Stroman, but Souza is 4-12 (.333) with a double and a pair of walks in his career against Stroman. He went 7-14 against Toronto earlier this season with three doubles and a homer. While his 0-5 yesterday stung his owners, I think he’ll bounce back at Rodgers Centre where he is 18-58 (.310) in his career with three homers and a .920 OPS.
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