WATCH: THE CASE FOR MATT HARVEY TONIGHT
Friday night baseball gets the weekend started with a jam-packed schedule featuring all 30 teams playing under the lights. With every team in the Majors in play, there are lots of great options to consider as you assemble your roster. As you blend high-salary stars with successful value plays, make sure to check out my five picks from the Bargain Bin for this Friday. You can catch posts like this Bargain Bin every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and find my top two starting pitchers under $8,000 and my top three hitters available for under $3,500. Let’s get right to the picks.
Scott Feldman – CIN @ SF – $7,800
Feldman was the Reds’ Opening Day starter, but he’s had an up-and-down year overall. He comes into tonight’s start in San Francisco 2-3 with a 3.76 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. He has at least 19 DKFP in three of his last six starts, but he has been held under 10 DKFP in his other three outings during that span.
The matchup for Feldman tonight is what makes him worth a look. San Francisco has struggled all year offensively, and have scored the second-fewest runs in the Majors. They are hitting just .229 as a team. Feldman shut them down in his last start throwing a complete-game shutout against the Giants in Cincinnati last Sunday. In that game, he allowed just four hits and one walk while striking out five on his way to 35.7 DKFP. He will try to continue his domination of the Giants tonight as he makes his second straight start against them.
Eddie Butler – CHC @ STL – $5,200
With Brett Anderson on the DL, the Cubs will give Butler his first start of the season tonight as they open their series against the Cardinals in St. Louis. Butler has spent the last three years with the Rockies where he was 6-16 with a 6.50 ERA. Part of that was definitely the Coors Field effect, but he was only 3-9 with a 5.40 ERA away from Denver.
However, if you are looking to go ultra-cheap on a pitcher tonight, I’d give Butler a look since he has been dominating at Triple-A Iowa this season. He went 1-0 in five starts with a 1.17 ERA and a 1.109 WHIP. He still only struck out 17 batters in his 30.2 innings, but he definitely limited damage. With the Cubs’ lineup behind him, Butler could get a win in his Chicago debut tonight, and I think he’s the best ultra-bargain taking the mound tonight.
Salvador Pérez – C – KC vs. BAL – $3,400
The Royals’ offense has struggled all season, but Pérez has remained productive. He has gone 11-24 (.458) over the last week including three doubles and a home run. He crushed Tampa Bay over their four-game series going 8-14 with three walks.
On the season, Pérez is hitting .283 with a .840 OPS. He comes into tonight’s start with a seven-game hitting streak as he and the Royals host the Orioles and scheduled starter Dylan Bundy. Pérez hasn’t faced Bundy in his career but is 29-89 (.326) against right-handed pitchers like Bundy this season with a 1.005 OPS.
Victor Martinez – 1B – DET @ LAA – $3,200
Martinez was back in the lineup last night after having to sit out the Tigers’ series in Arizona to start the week. He went 1-4 with a double, walk and run scored in his return to continue his turnaround after a slow start.
In April, Martinez hit just .218 (19-87) with one home run and a .557 OPS. In May, though, his bat has come alive and he is 12-28 (.429) with three doubles and a 1.021 OPS. Martinez has gone 8-18 (.444) over the last week, and he is 2-9 with a double against tonight’s scheduled opposing starter Matt Shoemaker.
Aaron Hicks – OF – NYY vs. HOU – $3,300
Hicks has been hot all season and has produced good numbers almost every time he is in the lineup. With the Yankees back home getting the DH back, he should get more regular playing time since he has started the season 25-75 (.333) with four doubles, six home runs and six stolen bases.
Last night, he started against Dallas Keuchel and went 0-1 with three walks, a run scored and a stolen base. If he’s back in the lineup for tonight’s game against Lance McCullers, he’ll be a great bargain play to include in your outfield.
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