As you build your roster tonight, check out these top plays from today’s Bargain Bin featuring two pitchers under $8K and three hitters under $3.5K.
Brent Suter – MIL @ PIT – $6,200
After taking the loss in his first start of the season back on June 13th, Suter spent some time working out of the bullpen. He has made a pair of excellent starts in July, though, and he deserves a look at this price against the offensively-challenged Pirates tonight.
Suter pitched six innings allowing just one unearned run on four hits while striking out eight against the Orioles on July 3rd. He followed up his impressive 30.5 DKFP in that start with 16.7 DKFP in another strong outing this time on the road in New York. In that start, he allowed two runs on five hits in 6.1 innings while striking out five. The Brewers’ bullpen let the game get away, but Suter was again impressive. The 27-year-old lefty out of Harvard will start tonight against the Pirates who are hitting just .232 against lefties as a team this year and have scored the seventh-fewest runs in the major leagues this month.
Jerad Eickhoff – PHI @ MIA – $6,400
The Phillies avoided the sweep in Milwaukee yesterday afternoon, and they’ll continue their road trip as they give the ball to Eickhoff tonight in Miami. In his last start before the break, Eickhoff got his first win of the season to improve to 1-7. He struck out eight and threw five shutout innings against the Padres finishing with 27.1 DKFP even in that short outing.
He has double-digit DKFP in each of his last four starts, and he seems to have turned it around a bit after a rough May and June. He should be a good source of strikeouts as he faces the Marlins tonight who he went 1-3 against last year with a 4.13 ERA and 22 Ks in 24 innings. Eickhoff hasn’t lived up to expectations yet this season, but he does have enough strikeout potential to make him an interesting flier at such a cheap price tonight.
Nick Williams – OF – PHI @ MIA – $3,400
Another Phillies’ value to take a look at tonight is Nick Williams who had a huge grand slam yesterday on his way to 23 DKFP. It was Williams’ second home run of the season, and he has picked things up after a slow start after his call-up. He is 4-15 over his last four games with four homers and six RBI. He has the pedigree to produce after being ranked as the Phillies fifth-best prospect before his call up and was acquired from the Rangers in the Cole Hamels trade.
Tonight, Williams and the rest of the Phillies’ lineup will take on Tom Koehler of the Marlins. Koehler has gotten knocked around all season as demonstrated by his 1-4 record and 8.00 ERA in 10 starts. He has especially struggled against lefties like Williams allowing them to hit .357 (25-70) with a 1.177 OPS. Williams and the other left-handed bats on the Phillies should be good value tonight.
Paul DeJong – 2B/SS – STL @ NYM – $3,300
While he didn’t start the second half on fire, DeJong did start all three games for the Cardinals this weekend going 2-11 with a double. Before the All Star break, he torched the Mets in St. Louis, and he’ll hope a trip to New York returns him to form. In the three-game set, he went 9-12 with four doubles, three home runs and four RBI resulting in 22, 33 and 17 DKFP. In one of those games, he faced tonight’s starter Zack Wheeler and went 2-2 with a double and a home run.
On the season, DeJong is hitting .302 with a nice .895 OPS as a result of nine homers, four walks and 11 doubles. He has averaged over 10 FPPG over his last 10 games and facing Wheeler and the Mets make him a great value at either middle infield spot.
Zack Granite – OF – MIN vs. NYY – $2,700
The Twins called up Granite just before the break, and a trip to the DL for Byron Buxton should open up some playing time for the 24-year-old standout. He tore up Triple-A hitting .360 for the Rochester Red Wings with three home runs and a .904 OPS. His major assets are his speed (18 stolen bases in Triple-A) and his plate discipline. Manager Paul Molitor has slotted Granite second in the order in his last two starts before giving him a day off yesterday (before a pinch-hit appearance).
He has only gone 1-14 with a double and two walks in his time in the majors, but he’ll get a good matchup tonight as the Twins host the Yankees and starter Bryan Mitchell. Mitchell was just called up from Triple-A on Sunday and Granite faced him three times this season going 3-3 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored. If you have to spend under $3K, Granite is a great player to target especially if he’s near the top of the Twins’ order again.
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