Major League Baseball has 13 games lineup up for this Wednesday night with only the Phillies, Mariners, Rockies and Giants absent from the 26 teams in action under the lights. Below you’ll find my top two pitchers under $8K and top three hitters under $3.5K.
Rick Porcello – BOS vs. MIN– $6,800
It’s unusual for a well-known commodity like Porcello who won the AL Cy Young award last year to drop below $7K, but that’s the situation tonight after he has gotten off to an inconsistent start to the season. He comes into tonight with a 5.00 ERA and a 4-9 record. He is only 3-5 at Fenway where he has a 5.27 ERA after going 13-1 with a 2.97 ERA last season.
There are a few reasons I like Porcello aside from the fact that he’s an unusual find in the Bargain Bin. Porcello looked strong in his last start getting a win against the Angels at Fenway allowing three earned runs over 6.1 innings and striking out eight to post 22.9 DKFP. He also had a good start against the Twins earlier this season in Minnesota in which he went seven strong innings allowing one run on seven hits. Porcello is high-risk, but he has a high ceiling if he can get his sinker going tonight in Boston.
Blake Snell – TB @ PIT – $6,000
Snell definitely has good enough stuff to be successful in the major leagues, but he has struggled with his control. After starting the season with Tampa Bay, he walked 25 batters in eight starts going 0-4 with a 4.71 ERA. He was sent to Triple-A to join the Durham Bulls where he made some key adjustments.
In his time in Triple-A, Snell walked fewer batters and went 5-0 with a 2.66 ERA. He is expected to get the start tonight in a good spot in Pittsburgh where he has a lot of upside if you don’t mind taking some risk on him at just $6K.
Troy Tulowitzki – SS – TOR vs. BAL – $3,200
Tulowitzki hit his fourth home run of the season last night against the Orioles for the Blue Jays’ only run in a 3-1 defeat. Tulo has now hit two homers in his last three games as part of his current four-game hitting streak. Tulowitzki is still hitting just .231 this month, but he is showing signs of heating up making him a solid bargain since his slump has caused his salary to dip.
Tonight, Tulowitzki and the Blue Jays face lefty Wade Miley at Rogers Centre. On the season, Tulowitzki is hitting .292 at home with a .755 home OPS. Besides his solid home numbers, another reason he makes sense is that he is 10-25 in his career against Miley with three doubles, four RBI and a home run.
Mikie Mahtook – OF – DET vs. KC – $2,900
Mahtook has multiple hits in each of his last three starts after going 2-4 last night while also making an exceptional catch running into the wall. The Tigers have been giving the 27-year-old LSU alum an extended look in CF, and he has been playing well this month.
In June, Mahtook is hitting .350 (14-40) with two doubles, two home runs and a .950 OPS. Mahtook had struggled badly hitting under .200 in April and May, but his recent success gives him the inside track on playing time in the Detroit outfield. He has been hitting second in the lineup over his last few games, and he’s an even better play at under $3K if he’s in that prime lineup spot tonight against Ian Kennedy and the Royals.
Corey Spangenberg – 3B/OF – SD vs. ATL – $3,100
Spangenberg is worth consideration tonight if you need a cheap source of batting average and reliable fantasy production. Spangenberg and the Padres take on the struggling Bartolo Colón and the Braves in what should be a great matchup for them at Petco Park.
Coming into that matchup, Spangenberg is 20-62 (.323) on the month with two doubles, three homers and six RBI. He has drastic home/road splits hitting .326 at Petco Park and just .192 on the road. He has a solid .828 OPS and should be one of the cheap plays to put up points tonight.
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