After starting June with a pair of smaller slates, Major League Baseball is back in a big way this Friday with 14 games on the MLB schedule tonight. To help you find some of the best value plays of the day, check out today’s bargain bin where you can find my top two pitchers with salaries under $8K and top three bargain hitters available for under $3.5K.
German Márquez – COL @ SD – $7,200
The Rockies salvaged one of their four-game set with the Mariners yesterday in Seattle, and tonight they’ll open a series in San Diego against the Padres. Márquez will be looking to collect at least 15 DKFP in his fifth straight start after falling just one out short of a quality outing last time out while still getting a win against St. Louis to improve to 4-2 with his 3.76 ERA.
Not surprisingly, Márquez has been better away from Coors Field. In his three road starts he is 2-0 with an impressive 1.06 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 17 innings. Tonight, he gets a great matchup against the Padres who have scored the third-fewest runs in the majors this year and had the fewest runs of any MLB team in May. Márquez has been excellent in five of his seven starts, and I think he’s a great bargain at pitcher-friendly Petco tonight.
Jake Odorizzi – TB @ SEA – $7,500
Up the coast in another pitcher-friendly park, Odorizzi is also a nice bargain as he faces the Mariners at Safeco Field. Odorizzi had a great May posting a 2-1 record in six starts with a 2.78 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 35.2 innings. He has allowed two runs or fewer in seven of his nine starts overall and comes into tonight with a solid 3.14 ERA and 1.07 WHIP for the season.
Yesterday, Seattle lost to the Rockies, but they also may have lost more than just that game. Nelson Cruz (hand) and Jean Segura (ankle) both left the game due to injury and if one or both are sidelined tonight the Mariners’ lineup will be stretched thin making them an even better matchup for Odorizzi and the Rays.
Wilmer Flores – 1B/3B – NYM vs. PIT – $3,300
Flores has been a regular in my Bargain Bin over the last month, and he continues to hit the ball extremely well while helping to hold down the middle of the Mets’ order. Flores homered yesterday giving him four long balls on the year to go with 15 RBI. He finished May 25-66 (.379) with a .906 OPS after hitting a woeful .171 in April.
Tonight, he and the Mets are at home against Gerrit Cole who has been struggling recently especially on the road. Cole definitely isn’t a “stay-away” matchup right now and Flores is 1-3 in their limited past meetings. Flores continues to eligible at either corner infield spot and is a great value play since he’s averaging 7.5 FPPG over his last 10 contests hitting .414 with a 1.038 OPS.
Jarrod Dyson – OF – SEA vs. TB – $3,100
Due to the Mariners’ injuries, Dyson may get another shot at hitting leadoff for at least the next few games depending on the status of Jean Segura. Dyson carried a lot of fantasy value when leading off the last time Segura was sidelined. He went 8-33 (.242) with eight runs scored, a double, four RBI and three stolen bases while hitting leadoff.
Coming into tonight’s matchup with the Rays, Dyson has an AL-leading 14 stolen bases on the season and has gone 6-19 (.316) over the last week with a double and three walks. If he can get on base tonight against Odorizzi who sometimes struggles with lefties, Dyson will be a really nice outfield value play.
UPDATE: Andrew Romine is not in the Tigers’ lineup today. Dixon Machado will lead off.
Andrew Romine – 2B/OF – DET vs. CWS – $3,200
Another player filling in at the top of the order due to injuries is Andrew Romine. Romine brings the added bonus of being eligible at 2B as well as outfield making him even easier than Dyson to fit on your roster. He went 0-4 on Wednesday in Kansas City, but he had hit safely in each of his previous five starts going 8-20 (.400) with a double, triple and two runs scored during that span.
Throughout the season, Romine has been especially effective in games at home where he is 15-47 (.319) compared to just 16-83 (.193) on the road. His home OPS is .815, and he’ll likely be hitting at the top of a productive lineup tonight as the Tigers host the White Sox and face Derek Holland. Romine is 2-8 in his career against Holland.
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