With 24 teams of players to choose from, there are lots of different strategies to consider as you put together your team. If your strategy includes finding the right inexpensive options, check out my picks in today’s Bargain Bin where you can find my top two pitchers under $8K and three hitters under $3.5K.
Jon Gray – COL vs CIN– $7,600
Gray is very affordable tonight partly because he’s taking the mound at Coors Field which always raises the risk of the rarified air turning a starting pitcher’s evening into a nightmare. However, last year, Gray went 7-2 with a 4.30 ERA at home, and the 25-year-old offers enough upside to be worth the risk.
He has only made four starts this year due to a trip to the DL with a foot injury. He returned after a 10-week layoff last Friday and looked sharp in a win over Arizona. Gray struck out 10 in that outing and finished with 28.7 DKFP allowing two runs on seven hits in six innings. He now has 19 strikeouts in 18 innings this year after striking out 185 in 168 innings last season. His strikeout rate gives him a high ceiling if he can limit the damage tonight at Coors Field where he’ll go head-to-head with Scott Feldman and the Reds.
Ariel Miranda – SEA vs. KC – $5,900
Miranda has only allowed more than two earned runs in two of his last 10 starts and has averaged 16.7 FPPG over that span by going 4-2 with a 3.02 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 44 strikeouts in his 62.2 innings.
He had a bad start against the Twins in Minnesota in which he lasted only four innings but has pitched at least six full innings in each of his last six starts aside from that outing. He has a solid 2.56 ERA at home where he is 3-2 and most of his rough outings have come during the day evidenced by his 5-1 record with a 3.29 nighttime ERA. Tonight, Miranda will start at home at pitcher-friendly Safeco Field against the Royals, and I think he’s a great value at under $6K.
Alex Bregman – 3B – HOU @ ATL – $3,400
Despite some inconsistency, the Astros have stuck with Bregman as their 3B this season giving the 23-year-old plenty of playing time at the hot corner. He has only hit .252 on the season but does have eight homers and 27 RBI. Bregman is affordable tonight because he is coming off a disappointing month of June in which he went just 17-79 (.215) with a .682 OPS.
Last night, though, Bregman showed signs of busting out of his slump as the Astros crushed the Braves 16-4. Bregman finished with 23 DKFP by going 3-4 with two doubles, an RBI, three runs scored and a walk. He’ll look to build on that performance tonight in a good matchup for him against lefty Jaime García. Bregman is hitting .292 (19-65) against southpaws this season with a .880 OPS and has alway hit much better on the road (.840 OPS) than at home (.634). He also has a good history against García specifically having gone 2-6 against him in their previous meetings with a homer and two RBI.
Tzu-Wei Lin – SS – BOS @ TEX – $3,000
Boston is having its own version of “Linsanity” thanks to the impact of Tzu-Wei Lin who has made quite the splash with the Major League team since being recalled from Double-A Portland late last month. Lin has appeared in 10 games going 9-25 (.360) with two triples, two RBI, three walks, a stolen base and excellent defense at SS, 2B and 3B.
Lin has started each of Boston’s last three games helping to get some players rest and splitting time in a platoon at 3B with Devan Marrero. He has totaled 44 DKFP in those three games and has three games with at least 13 DKFP in his last five starts. If manager John Farrell finds a way to get the rookie in the lineup tonight against Andrew Cashner, he’s definitely worth a look since he’s contributing in so many ways and only costs $3K.
Luke Voit – 1B – STL vs MIA – $2,700
If you decide to go cheap at a position top-heavy with big bats, Voit has a ton of potential to offer at an extremely affordable price. He started each of the last two games for the Cardinals at 1B and went 3-9 with a double, a homer and four RBI on his way to a total of 30 total DKFP. Voit now has three doubles, five runs scored and a home run in his first nine games in the major leagues.
In those nine games, Voit is hitting .368 with a 1.084 OPS. He’s become a local hero since the 26-year-old rookie was born in Wildwood, Missouri and attended Missouri State. He was hitting .322 with a .883 OPS for the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds before being called up, and he has loads of upside if he continues to get playing time tonight as the Cardinals face Edinson Volquez and the Marlins.
Bonus Bargain Bin Bats: Since my top three bargains are all infielders here is a quick list of my top five OF bargains:
- Kole Calhoun – Los Angeles Angels ($3,000)
- Guillermo Heredia – Seattle Mariners ($3,400)
- Brandon Nimmo – New York Mets ($2,800)
- Mikie Mahtook – Detroit Tigers ($3,000)
- Austin Slater – San Francisco Giants ($2,400)
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