Monday gets the work week off to a great start with seven games on the main MLB slate starting at 7:07 p.m. There aren’t any big-name pitchers on the mound tonight, so it’s likely to be an offense-heavy slate. If you’re bulking up your lineup, but you end up short of cash at a position, you’ll need to head to the Bargain Bin for players who have low salaries but still produce good returns. To help you find the best low-cost investments, check out the Bargain Bin every Monday, Wednesday and Friday highlighting two starting pitchers under $8,000 and two hitters under $3,500. Let’s dive right into my top picks for today:
Zack Godley – ARI vs. NYM – $6,300
Godley has only made two starts this season, but he has been solid in his MLB action earning him another start tonight. In his first start of the season, Godley posted 15.1 DKFP against the Padres at the end of April. He was even more impressive his last time out holding the Tigers to just one run on four hits in seven innings striking out six and totaling 26.8 DKFP.
After that outing, Godley should stick in the rotation especially with Shelby Miller shut down for the season after Tommy John surgery. Tonight, Godley starts at Chase Field for the third time as the D-Backs host the injury-riddled Mets. He’s risky due to his lack of track record this year, but Godley has shown he has the ceiling to be worth a gamble for such a minimal investment.
Luis Perdomo – SD vs. MIL – $6,600
Perdomo has turned in three straight quality starts, but his team hasn’t backed him up enough for him to get a win yet this season. He has five no-decisions in his five starts. His ERA for the year is 4.13 with a 1.38 WHIP, but his last three starts have been pretty impressive.
Over his last three starts, Perdomo has a 2.57 ERA going six innings in each of those three outings. He has picked up 25 strikeouts in his 28.1 innings on the season with at least five strikeouts in each of his last four starts. He probably won’t go off for a huge number tonight, but he is a great way to save money to get the bats you are shopping for.
Danny Valencia – 1B – SEA vs. OAK – $3,300
Valencia has gone 15-41 (.366) over his last 10 games with a pair of doubles and a pair of homers giving him a .970 OPS over that span. Valencia started the season extremely slow but now has his average up to .246 after going 8-22 (.364) over the last week.
After a six-game trip to the East, the Mariners are back home as they face Sean Manaea who is expected to come off the DL to start for the Athletics. If you’re looking for a cheap bat who comes in with good form, Valencia definitely fits the bill tonight at Safeco.
Guillermo Heredia – OF – SEA vs. OAK – $2,700
Heredia has helped fill in the Mariners’ outfield that has been short-handed since losing early-season fantasy-star Mitch Haniger. Heredia came up empty yesterday going 0-4 in the season finale against the Blue Jays, but he had hit safely in eight of his previous nine games with five multi-hit performances. On the season, he is hitting .305 with a .765 OPS.
In addition to his recent success, Heredia has a great history against tonight’s scheduled starter Sean Manaea. Heredia has gone 4-6 with a double and a pair of RBI. He could end hitting second tonight which would set him up to be a great ultra-value from under $3K tonight.
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