Wednesday is a transition day this week in Major League Baseball with five games this afternoon to allow travel and nine more games under the lights tonight. With 18 teams taking the field, there are still plenty of good options to consider as you assemble your fantasy team for tonight. As you build your roster, you’ll probably need at least one player who you think can produce good points despite having an inexpensive salary. To help you find solid low-cost investments, you can check out the Bargain Bin every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to find my top two starting pitchers under $8,000 and my top three hitters available for under $3,500. Here are my picks for this Wednesday night.
Francisco Liriano – TOR vs. CLE – $7,700
It has been a wild ride this season for Liriano, who has had a mixture of very high high-points and very low low-points in his six starts this season. He comes into tonight’s start with a 2-2 record and a 4.44 ERA with 30 strikeouts in his 26.1 innings. So far, the key to knowing when Liriano will be good or not is all about location. His home/road splits are alarming since he is 2-1 with a 1.59 ERA at home and 0-1 with a 9.64 ERA on the road. He has 22 strikeouts and seven walks in his 17 innings at Rodgers Centre while striking out only eight batters on the road, walking 13 in just 9.1 innings.
The Blue Jays’ lefty is definitely risky given his tendency to implode in some starts, but since tonight’s game is in Toronto, there is also some high upside to consider. In each of his home starts he has at least 20 DKFP, and he’ll look to keep that trend going tonight against Cleveland.
Luis Perdomo – SD @ TEX – $6,000
If you’re looking to go even cheaper and still grab a pitcher with good form, check out Perdomo, who has looked good since returning from the DL. The sinker-baller didn’t start the season well at all giving up five runs in 5.1 innings against the Giants before hitting ht DL. In his three starts back, though, he has allowed a total of five earned runs in 17 innings on just 15 hits while striking out 15.
Almost all of the Rangers have never faced the 24-year-old Dominican righty, and Perdomo and the Padres are making a rare visit to Arlington tonight as the home-and-home four game series shifts to Texas after the teams split a pair at Petco.
Chris Taylor – 2B – LAD vs. PIT – $3,100
While Logan Forsythe has been out, the Dodgers have turned to Chris Taylor, who has given them much more consistent production than veteran Chase Utley who is hitting just .113. Taylor is hitting a significantly better .372 (16-43) on the season with three doubles and three homers, and he has gone 7-14 (.500) over the past week with a 1.397 OPS as a result of a double, a home run and four walks.
Even though the Dodgers face righty Chad Kuhl, I expect Taylor to be back in the lineup again tonight. He’ll be looking to post his ninth straight game with at least five DKFP.
Andrew Romine – OF/SS – DET @ ARI – $2,600
Romine has also been filling in admirably lately as Ian Kinsler continues to battle a hamstring injury that has forced him to the bench since last Wednesday. Romine went 0-2 last night but still managed to walk twice and score two runs for eight DKFP giving him four straight with at least seven DKFP.
If Kinsler is out again tonight, Romine could offer a ton of potential from a ultra-value price while leading off again for the Tigers. He is 5-19 (.263) in May with six runs scored, a pair of doubles, a triple, a stolen base and three RBI. Double-check the Tigers lineup when it comes out later today, but if Romine is at the top he’s a great cheap play to target.
Colby Rasmus – OF – TB vs. KC – $3,400
Rasmus has earned a reputation as a streaky fantasy producer throughout his career, and it looks like he’s heating up after getting a late start to the season in Tampa. Rasmus has only played seven games after missing all of April, but he has hit safely in four straight games going 5-15 (.333) with a double, triple, two home runs, four runs scored, four RBI and three walks.
Manager Kevin Cash seems to like him in the sixth-spot in the order, and he’ll likely be there tonight as the Rays host former teammate Jason Hammel and the Royals. Rasmus is 6-19 (.316) against Hammel in their previous meetings with two homers and four RBI. If you need an outfielder under $3,500, Rasmus is one of the hottest bats to take a look at especially based on his past success against the opposing starting pitcher.
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