After a monster night yesterday with all 30 teams in action under the lights, Major League Baseball has 20 teams in action this Wednesday. As you build your lineup, there are some attractive options near the top of the salary structure including fantasy stars like Chris Sale, Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Charlie Blackmon. If you’re investing big money in those options you’ll need to save some salary with sleepers at other positions. Check out my picks from today’s Bargain Bin.
Erasmo Ramirez – TB vs. LAA – $5,600
If you’re trying to go with Sale as one of your starters, there are a couple of good cheap options to balance out his salary. Ramirez is extremely affordable at just $5,600 as he makes his third start of the season. His FPPG are wildly skewed since 11 of his 13 appearances this year have come out of the bullpen, but in his two starts, he has posted 22.1 DKFP and 13.8 DKFP.
Overall, he has been effective out of the bullpen as well, posting a 3.00 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP while striking out 23 in 30 innings. He probably won’t go extremely deep into his start against the Angels tonight, but his 65 pitches last time out were good enough to hold the Yankees to two runs on six hits in 5.1 innings. His ceiling isn’t extremely high, but he should be effective in a good matchup against the Angels at the Trop, where he has an 11-7 career record with a 2.73 ERA. He also has good career numbers against the Halos, going 3-2 with a 2.41 ERA in 37.1 innings.
Martín Pérez – TEX @ BOS – $6,000
Of all the pitchers under $8K, Pérez comes in with some of the best form, having allowed two earned runs in each of his last three outings posting a 2.79 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP while allowing 20 hits and just two walks and striking out 16 in his 19.1 innings. Pérez is still just 2-5 on the season after getting a win his last time out when he threw a season-high 104 pitches while going a season-high seven innings in a win over Philadelphia.
Pérez is in a risky matchup against the Red Sox who scored 11 runs last night at Fenway, but he will go against Chris Sale, who has gotten no run support all season. Overall, Pérez has good career numbers against Boston’s batters like Xander Bogaerts (1-10) and Dustin Pedroia (3-14), but he did give up 12 runs (eight earned) in two starts against the Red Sox last season. He’s high-risk, high-reward at just $6K because of the matchup.
Wilmer Flores – 1B/3B – NYM vs. SD – $3,300
Last night’s 2-4 brought Flores’s batting average on the season to .298, and he has been on fire in the month of May. He’s 19-46 this month with four doubles, a homer and eight RBI. He has looked very comfortable as the team’s 3B and should continue to get plenty of at-bats there since T.J. Rivera is slumping after a hot start to the season.
Flores and the Mets will look to make it two in a row over the Padres tonight as they face Jarred Cosart who they know well from his time in Miami. Flores is 5-13 (.385) against Cosart in his career with a double, home run and five RBI giving him a 1.077 OPS against San Diego’s scheduled starter.
Alexi Amarista – SS/OF – COL @ PHI – $2,800
While Trevor Story has been on the DL, Amarista has stepped up at SS and gives you extra flexibility by also still being available as a cheap option in the OF. Amarista has collected multiple hits and at least 10 DKFP in each of his last four starts going 10-18 with two doubles, a home run, five runs scored and seven RBI.
Tonight, the Rockies will look to keep crushing the Phillies after winning the first two games of the series 8-2 and 8-1. They’ll face Jeremy Hellickson tonight who Amarista has gone just 1-14 against in his career, but his very affordable price and current form make it worth looking past that stat for tonight.
Ben Gamel – OF – SEA @ WAS – $3,300
The Mariners whole lineup has been slumping a bit lately, scoring just one run in each of their last four games. Gamel went 0-4 last night against the Nationals, but he is still hitting .290 on the year and has a solid .826 OPS. Gamel usually has been hitting second in a great spot in the order between Jean Segura and the big bats of Robinson Canó and Nelson Cruz. He has shown good plate discipline this season with 15 walks and has scored 15 runs while driving in 14.
Gamel should be back in the second spot in the order tonight as the Mariners face Tanner Roark. Roark has the potential to dominate but he has struggled badly in May, allowing 17 runs in 21.2 innings and going 0-2 while watching his ERA climb to 4.73 on the season. He has walked at least three batters in five of his last six starts, so look for Gamel and the rest of the Mariners to get back on track tonight at Nationals Park.
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