Major League Baseball gets the week off to a good start with seven new series throwing out the first pitch under the lights tonight. There aren’t many big-name pitchers on the mound tonight, so you’ll need to spend wisely to get the production you need from your lineup. If you’re searching for bargain plays, check out these top two bargain pitchers (under $8K) and top three bargain hitters (under $3.5K) for Monday.
Sean Manaea – OAK vs. TOR – $7,800
Of the pitchers available for under $8K, Manaea is my favorite play of the night as he and the Athletics host the Blue Jays. Manaea has been sharp since coming off the DL and has allowed a total of just three earned runs over his last three games despite facing the tough lineups of the Red Sox, Yankees and Indians. In those three starts, he has gone 3-0 and pitched a total of 19 innings allowing 12 hits and two walks while striking out 20. Manaea has posted over 13 DKFP in each of his four starts since coming off the DL and over 32 DKFP in each of his last two outings.
Manaea has held opponents to a .179 average this season but still has a 3.91 ERA coming into tonight’s start against Toronto. The Blue Jays lineup is starting to be formidable again now that their stars are getting healthy, but they have especially struggled with lefties like Manaea. The Blue Jays have hit just .228 against southpaws this season and are only 3-9 against left-handed starters.
Mike Fiers – HOU @ KC – $7,500
It hasn’t been a good season for Fiers despite the Astros 41-16 start to the year. Fiers is only 2-2 with a 4.96 ERA through his ten starts with 46 strikeouts in 52.2 innings. He has a very high 1.50 WHIP and has given up 18 home runs in those 10 starts. Despite those scary totals, Fiers has shown some signs of improvement lately. He has two quality starts in his last three outings and picked up a win his last time out in Minnesota where he held the Twins to two runs in six innings while striking out eight and finishing with 24.7 DKFP.
Tonight, Fiers and the Astros face another AL Central opponent as they take on the Royals. Kansas City has struggled offensively for much of the season and are last in the Majors in runs scored. Fiers faced them back at the beginning of April and held them to one earned run on five hits in six innings, so he’ll be a nice bargain play if he can duplicate that performance using the momentum from his last time out.
Yuli Gurriel – 1B – HOU @ KC – $3,300
The Astros have been making their case as the best team in baseball and enter tonight with five more wins than any other team in the Majors. They have won 10 straight games and are coming off a dominant sweep of the Rangers when the outscored Texas 20-8. While stacking the Astros has become a viable strategy every night, there are also some nice bargain options who are emerging as well including Yuli Gurriel who seems to have shaken off his May slump.
Gurriel has hit safely in five straight games going 7-20 with six runs scored, three doubles, seven RBI and a home run. He had an impressive 21 DKPF yesterday and has at least nine DKFP in four of his last five. Tonight, he and the Astros take on Ian Kennedy of the Royals who has give up four runs or more in each of his last four starts. Houston’s lineup should again be extremely productive, so get a piece of the Astros’ action at an affordable price by investing in Gurriel.
Khris Davis – OF – OAK vs. TOR – $3,300
Davis has a very high ceiling for a player in the bargain bin even though the month of May wasn’t a great one for him. His struggles going just 19-102 (.186) for the month have caused his price to drop sharply making him a very affordable play as he looks to turn things around. He has been much better lately than he was early in May and has gone 9-35 (.257) with a .876 OPS over his last 10 games producing an average of 8.8 FPPG.
Davis is often an all-or-nothing proposition hitting plenty of home runs but also striking out a lot. Tonight, though, he’s a great play at this price as the A’s host the Blue Jays and struggling starter J.A. Happ. Happ is 0-3 in four starts this year with a 4.50 ERA and six home runs allowed in just 20 innings. Davis could definitely go deep against Happ tonight especially since he is 26-98 (.265) at home with a .921 OPS compared to just 19-101 (.188) on the road with a .727 OPS. Since the A’s are at Oakland Coliseum against Happ tonight, Davis is worthy of consideration since he brings so much upside at $3.3K compared to the other cheap outfielders.
JT Riddle – SS – MIA @ CHC – $2,600
The Marlins have given their 25-year-old rookie a nice, long look at SS while Adeiny Hechavarria has been on the DL. Riddle has been playing every day and has been a productive part of the Marlins order which has helped them win seven of their last eight as they roll into Wrigley to face the Cubs to start the week.
Riddle has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games going 11-38 (.289) with three doubles, a home run, seven RBI and four runs scored. He has a .747 OPS over that span while averaging 7.0 FPPG. Tonight, he’ll face Eddie Butler who has been getting beat up by lefties like Riddle this season. If you need to go ultra-cheap at a spot today, Riddle is one of the best options to target.
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