Start your week off right with a solid nine-game slate of fantasy baseball this Monday, June 12th. To help you find the best inexpensive options, here are my top two bargain pitchers (under $8K) and top three bargain hitters (under $3.5K) for tonight.
Adalberto Mejía – MIN vs. SEA – $6,500
Mejia will face the Mariners for the second straight start as he takes the mound tonight in Minnesota. He allowed three runs on just two hits (both home runs) over five innings while also striking out five in a no-decision last Wednesday. Mejía has at least 11 DKFP in four straight starts thanks in large part to an increase in his strikeout rate.
Since re-joining the Twins’ rotation in May, he has a 3.52 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 23 innings. His home/road splits are pretty even, but he has been drastically better at night (2.81 ERA in 16 innings) than during the day (5.51 ERA in 16.1 innings). Since he’ll be under the lights at Target Field tonight, Mejía is definitely worth a look if you go cheap at one of your SP slots.
Joe Musgrove – HOU vs. TEX – $7,600
Musgrove is expected to come off the DL for tonight’s start against the Rangers. He has had an uneven season so far going 4-4 with a 4.89 ERA before landing on the DL with a shoulder injury. In his last start before the injury, he was exceptional allowing just four hits in seven shutout innings against the Orioles for 29.4 DFKP.
He had at least 17 DKFP in three of his four starts before hitting the DL, but he was crushed by the Indians in his other start posting -5.9 DKFP. Tonight’s start will be his second of the season against Texas who beat him in early May by scoring five runs (four earned) on five hits in four innings. He’s a little bit riskier than Mejía since he’s just coming off the DL, but he has a high upside as he takes the mound being backed by the powerful Houston offense against Texas.
José Pirela – 2B – SD vs. CIN – $2,300
Pirela is insanely affordable given his hot start since being recalled by San Diego. The super-utility player is still only eligible at 2B, but at this price, he’s hard to pass up while he’s hitting leadoff and swinging a red-hot bat. Since being called up from Triple-A, Pirela has gone 11-22 (.500) with three doubles, a pair of home runs, five RBI and a crazy 1.469 OPS. He has averaged 13.2 FPPG over his first six games in the Majors this season.
Pirela has multiple hits in four of his last five games and has quickly become a spark plug at the top of the Padres’ lineup. He homered on Saturday and Sunday, and he’ll look to keep his production rolling against Bronson Arroyo and the Reds at Petco Park tonight. Given his recent production and affordable price, Pirela is a great bargain bin buy who is likely to be popular tonight.
Daniel Nava – OF – PHI @ BOS– $3,200
Between the injury to César Hernández and the Phillies getting a DH for their series in Boston, look for manager Pete Mackanin to find a way to get Nava’s bat in the lineup tonight against his former team the Red Sox. Nava went 2-5 yesterday with his third homer of the season.
He has struggled to get regular playing time, but he has hit .313 with a.926 OPS on the season. He is only 3-8 in June, but he’s definitely a bargain bat to keep an eye on if he gets increased at-bats. Tonight, he’ll be in a good matchup against Rick Porcello who he has gone 4-9 (.444) against in his career with a double, a walk and a RBI.
Delino DeShields – OF – TEX @ HOU – $3,400
The Rangers got a nice road sweep of the Nationals this weekend headed into their series with their in-state rivals from Houston. DeShields started all three games in Washington and was a part of the Rangers’ success going 4-12 with a double and three stolen bases. He has five steals in the last week and had four straight two-hit games before going 0-4 yesterday.
DeShields brings plenty of speed and run-scoring capability to the lineup, and he has served as the team’s leadoff hitter at times this season. Whether he’s leading off or hitting ninth, though, he can get on base in front of the Rangers’ middle of the order bats and score plenty of runs when he’s getting on base like he has over the last week (8-18, .444).
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