IMPACT PLAYER: YONDER ALONSO
With 20 teams in action under the lights tonight in the Major Leagues, it’s a great night to start your fantasy baseball week off with a win. Tonight, there are some nice options in the Bargain Bin who are worth checking out. Swing by every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to find my favorite two starting pitchers under $8,000 and my three favorite hitters priced under $3,500. Here are my picks for Monday:
Trevor Cahill – SD vs. TEX – $7,600
California-native Trevor Cahill seems to have found a spot he can thrive with the Padres, and he has been one of their best starting pitchers after working out of the bullpen for last year’s World Champion Chicago Cubs. Cahill has gone 2-2 in his five starts this season with a solid 1.17 WHIP and 3.60 ERA. He has 37 strikeouts in his 30 innings and has worked at least 5.2 innings in each of his five outings.
Tonight, he and the Padres open an interleague set with the Rangers at Petco Park. Cahill has been especially dominant at home this year allowing just one run in 13 innings at Petco while striking out 13 Rockies and Marlins and walking just one. He does come with some risk, but he has been so good at home that I think he’s a nice under-$8,000 play at pitcher tonight.
Kendall Graveman – OAK vs. LAA – $6,600
Graveman got knocked around his last start in Minnesota giving up six runs in just 3.1 innings and he took his second straight loss to drop to 2-2 on the season. His ERA is still 3.95 after that rough outing, and I think he’ll be able to bounce back with a good outing at home tonight against the Halos.
This will be his third start of the season against the Angels, and he has allowed two runs on six hits in six innings in each of his first two outings. In his 12 total innings against LA, he has struck out 11 and walked only two. Graveman is 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA at home this season after a very favorable home/road split last year as well. Since he’s back in the spacious confines of the Oakland Coliseum tonight, he should offer a solid start at a reduced rate.
Ryon Healy – 1B/3B – OAK vs. LAA – $3,300
Healy has been heating up lately with a home run and at least two hits in three straight games. He had at least 17 DKFP in each of those three contests including 25 DKFP yesterday. Oakland is putting Healy right in the middle of their lineup and he is providing solid protection for Khris Davis. Over the last week, Healy has gone 6-19 (.316) with three homers, four RBI and five runs scored. On the season, he is now hitting .257 with a .778 OPS.
Tonight, Healy will face a familiar foe as Ricky Nolasco starts for the third time this season against the A’s. Healy is 5-12 in his career against Nolasco with a double and a home run.
Zack Cozart – SS – CIN vs. NYY – $3,400
Cozart has kept up the pace after a hot start and is hitting .351 with a 1.033 OPS on the season. He went 2-4 yesterday with a home run off his former teammate Johnny Cueto. That was his third straight multi-hit game, and he has hit safely in five straight overall raising his average to .348 (8-23) over the last week.
While he has been crushing the ball everywhere, he has especially enjoyed hitting at Great American Ballpark where he and the Reds host the Yankees tonight. Cozart is 23-63 (.365) at home with both of his two homers and 12 of his 13 RBI coming at home. He has recently moved up in the batting order and regularly is hitting second with Joey Votto and the rest of the Reds’ big bats giving him a great chance to pick up runs scored if he continues to get on base so regularly.
Marcell Ozuna – OF – MIA vs. STL – $3,400
While I usually try to avoid having two bargain bin options at $3,400, Ozuna and Cozart are both too hot to pass up at this price tonight. Ozuna has picked up double-digit DKFP in six of his last eight games and is hitting .417 (15-36) over his last 10 games with three homers, five RBI and six walks helping him to a very healthy 1.250 OPS.
He and the Marlins face Carlos Martínez tonight at home at Marlins Park. Ozuna is 3-9 (.333) in his career against Martinez with a pair of doubles and two RBI. He has been absolutely insane at home, though, where he is 16-39 (.410) with five homers and a crazy 1.324 home OPS. He’s a great OF option who can save you money and also get you big fantasy points.
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