WATCH: MLB IN 90 SECONDS – JOSH BELL
All 30 teams Major League teams are in action under the lights for the second night in a row giving us plenty of options. There are four pitchers who cost at least $10K and five batters at $5K or more. If you want to include one or more of those big names, you’ll need to balance your spending by going cheap at another roster spot. To help you find the best inexpensive but still productive options to consider for this Wednesday, check out these picks from tonight’s Bargain Bin.
Héctor Santiago – MIN vs. OAK – $7,500
The Twins are expected to activate lefty Héctor Santiago from the Bereavement List before tonight’s game against the Athletics. Last night, Ervin Santana held the A’s lineup in check and the Twins cruised to a 9-1 victory. Santiago will look to continue Oakland’s offensive struggles and take advantage of the good matchup. The A’s have scored the second-fewest runs in the Majors and are hitting just .227 as a team overall and .212 on the road.
On the other side of that split, Santiago has been excellent at home going 2-0 in three starts at Target Field and posting a 1.96 home ERA by allowing just four runs in 18.1 innings and striking out 16. Santiago doesn’t usually pile up strikeouts, but he should give you quality innings and be a nice sub-$8K starting pitcher tonight against the A’s.
Update: The MIL @ STL game has been postponed.
Chase Anderson – MIL @ STL – $7,300
Anderson posted over 16 DKFP in each of his first four starts this season getting his ERA all the way down to 1.13 with a 2-0 record. However, the Braves knocked him around a bit in his last outing scoring four runs on four hits in six innings. Anderson walked a season-high three batters in that outing and posted a season-low 5.3 DKFP.
He should be able to bounce back from that outing tonight against the Cardinals who have struggled at times offensively. Anderson already faced them once this season holding them to just one unearned run in six innings striking out six and walking one in a no-decision two weeks ago. His 1.07 WHIP and 24:9 strikeout-to-walk ratio show he is still a solid play tonight as he looks to rebound after one bad inning against Atlanta when he allowed all four of those runs after allowing just three earned runs in his first four starts combined.
Jay Bruce – 1B/OF – NYM @ ATL – $3,200
Bruce hit his eighth and ninth home run of the season last night in Atlanta on his way to 36 DKFP for his owners. He has three homers and two doubles in his last three games while going 6-13. Over the last week, he is 10-29 (.345) with a 1.180 OPS.
Tonight, he and the Mets try to bounce back from last night’s loss in Atlanta as they face Bartolo Colón. Bruce is only 2-7 (.286) against Colón in their limited history but both those hits were home runs and he has four RBI. His positional flexibility makes his upside at just $3.2K very enticing.
Brandon Drury – 2B – ARI @ WAS – $3,300
Drury went 2-4 in last night’s win for Arizona and is 8-19 (.421) over the past week raising his average on the year to .326. He has a healthy .813 OPS to go with eight RBI, 10 runs scored, five doubles and one home run. Drury offers a nice batting average at this price and should be in his normal six-spot in Arizona’s lineup against lefty Gio González tonight.
Drury’s career splits against lefties and righties are pretty even and he is 1-2 with a double against González in their past meetings. His home/road splits are a little lopsided towards Chase Field, but that is also because for most of his recent productive stretch he has been at home. He has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games with four multi-hit efforts in his last six games.
Kole Calhoun – OF – LAA @ SEA – $3,400
Calhoun’s price dropped from $4,500 on Sunday to just $3,400 yesterday, but he continued to produce going only 1-6 but making that one hit count for 16 DKFP since it was a two-run homer. He has double-digit DKFP in each of his last four games and five of his last six. He is 10-29 (.345) over the last week with two homers and four RBI. He’s still hitting just .250 on the year, but his bat definitely seems to be heating up a bit.
Tonight, he and the Angels will look to make it two in a row over Seattle as they take on Hisashi Iwakuma. Calhoun has a long history against Iwakuma going 10-37 (.270) with a pair of home runs. Calhoun’s main struggles this year has been with southpaws (4-27, .148), but since Iwakuma is a right-handed pitcher Calhoun is a nice, hot bat to go after.
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