WATCH: 2017 DEBUT – YOAN MONCADA
Wednesday night brings us a seven game slate. As you build your team for the evening, make sure to check out today’s top options from the Bargain Bin. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, you can find my top two pitchers under $8K and three hitters under $3.5K right here on the DraftKings Playbook.
Drew Pomeranz – BOS vs. TOR – $7,200
The Yankees got to Pomeranz in his last outing scoring four runs in six innings although the Red Sox bats battled back and earned him a no-decision. Before that outing, he was rolling having allowed two earned runs or fewer in 10 of his previous 11 starts. He improved to 9-4 in his last start before the All Star break, and he comes into tonight’s start with a 3.75 ERA and 1.35 WHIP.
Pomeranz typically doesn’t strike out a ton of batters, but he does average over a strikeout per inning totaling 105 strikeouts in 96 innings this season. Tonight, he faces the Blue Jays at Fenway. In his first start against Toronto, he allowed just one run on five hits over six innings to pick up the win. Even with the Red Sox bats struggling a bit, I still think Pomeranz is the best starting pitching option under $8K.
Mike Leake – STL @ NYM – $6,600
It has been a rough start to July for the Cardinals’ veteran whose ERA has climbed to 3.14 after being under 2.00 10 starts ago. He still is a good cheap option tonight, though, as he faces the Mets at Citi Field. Leake’s low strikeout rate does limit his ceiling, but he has been an effective game manager for the Cards this season and represents a low-risk play tonight compared to the rest of the pitchers around this price.
Leake has been good on the road all season going 4-2 with a 2.84 ERA. Leake hasn’t faced the Mets this season, but he is 2-3 with a 2.74 ERA against them in his career including a 1-1 record and 2.29 ERA in three starts at Citi Field.
Yoán Moncada – 2B/3B – CWS vs. LAD – $3,400
After the White Sox completed the Todd Frazier trade with the Yankees last night, they finally called up Moncada who fantasy owners have been waiting for all season. MLB Pipeline has Moncada as the top prospect in all of Major League Baseball, and he’ll get his chance tonight against Kenta Maeda.
Moncada did play eight games with the Red Sox last year going 4-19 (.211) with a double, walk and RBI before being traded to Chicago as the centerpiece of the Chris Sale deal. At Triple-A this season with the Charlotte Knights, Moncada was hitting .282 with 12 homers, nine doubles, 36 RBI, 17 stolen bases and a solid .823 OPS. He should be a great Major League talent for years to come, so get him while he’s still priced under $3.5K if you want to be a part of his first game in the majors this season.
Victor Martinez – 1B – DET @ KC – $3,200
In another pre-deadline move, the Tigers traded away half of their Martinez/Martinez combo in the middle of their lineup sending J.D. Martinez to Arizona and leaving Victor as the only Martinez in Detroit. The veteran DH has helped the Tigers in their recent surge and has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games including four multi-hit efforts. With his .288 (15-52) start to the month, he is now hitting .263 on the season with six homers and 38 RBI.
So far in the Tigers’ two wins in Kansas City, Martinez is 5-9 with a double, five RBI and three runs scored. He and the Tigers will look to take a third straight in their four-game set in KC tonight against Jason Hammel who Martinez is 2-9 against with a homer and two walks giving him a 1.000 OPS against the Royals’ scheduled starter.
Magneuris Sierra – OF – STL @ NYM – $2,700
The Cardinals have called up Sierra a few times this season due to injuries in their outfield, and tonight they will still be without Randal Grichuck and Stephen Piscotty as they face Mets’ ace Jacob deGrom. While it’s a tough matchup, Sierra has made consistent contact throughout his time in the majors and has plenty of speed to make things happen on the bases.
In his 11 games in the majors, Sierra has gone 17-44 (.386) with three RBI, three walks and a pair of stolen bases. He has yet to collect his first extra-base hit at the big club, but he has enough upside to make him the top ultra-cheap OF play tonight, even against deGrom. He showed his ceiling on Sunday in his first game after being called up going 4-4 with a stolen base and a run scored for a total of 19 DKFP.
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