Wednesday afternoon brings us a four-game slate of baseball. Let’s dive right into all the information for this slate, and, as always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Max Scherzer – WAS vs. MIA – $14,100 – Scherzer is by far the most expensive pitcher on this slate, checking in with a massive $14,100 salary. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, as he’s averaged 39.5 FPPG over his last five contests. During that span, Scherzer has double-digit strikeouts, averaging out to a K/9 of 10.4. He’ll face off against a Marlins team that owns a .328 wOBA at home with a .433 SLG and a 19.4 K%.
Other Options – Drew Pomeranz ($8,500)
Dan Straily – MIA vs. WAS – $7,500 – Aside from Scherzer, we don’t have much to pick from regarding a solid option on the mound. Straily has pitched extremely well at home this season, so he ends up being my value pick for today. His matchup isn’t the greatest against the high-powered Nationals offense, but Straily is posting a .256 wOBA at home with a .298 SLG and a K/9 of 8.8. At $7,500, he’s most certainly worth a GPP flier this afternoon, as he’d only need to score in the mid-teens to return value.
Other Options – Eddie Butler ($6,100)
Salvador Perez – KC vs. BOS – $3,700 – Perez will be facing off against Drew Pomeranz this afternoon, who has been wildly inconsistent as of late. Pomeranz is posting a .329 wOBA on the road with a .427 SLG and five of his 11 home runs allowed. Perez hasn’t been particularly strong at home this season, but catcher is mighty thin this afternoon.
Other Options Devin Mesoraco ($3,500)
Miguel Montero – CHC vs. SD – $3,100 – Montero has seen very sporadic playing time this season, but if he cracks the lineup today, he’s a great value play at catcher. Against righties at home, Montero is sporting a .443 wOBA with a .647 SLG and a .425 OBP.
Other Options – Jesus Sucre ($2,700)
Logan Morrison – TB vs. CIN – $4,700 – Morrison will face off against Tim Adleman this afternoon, who’s allowing a .330 wOBA to lefties and a .374 wOBA to them on the road. Lefties have accounted for seven of the 12 home runs Adleman has allowed along with six of his 12 doubles. Morrison owns a .344 wOBA at home against righties this season.
Other Options – Anthony Rizzo ($5,000)
Mitch Moreland – BOS vs. KC – $3,500 – Moreland at $3,500 feels quite cheap this afternoon, as he drops almost $1,000 in salary since Tuesday. His production certainly hasn’t dropped off, averaging 8.8 fantasy points over his last 10 games hitting two home runs, knocking in seven runs and two doubles. While Ian Kennedy has been decent at home, he has allowed 14 of his 26 hits at home to go for extra bases.
Other Options – Will Myers ($4,300)
Scooter Gennett – CIN vs. TB – $4,000 – Gennett should draw the start this afternoon against right-handed pitcher Erasmo Ramirez. Gennett has put up some big numbers as of late and boasts a career .339 wOBA against righties. Ramirez has allowed a .326 wOBA to lefties at Tropicana Field this season with a .410 SLG and a .349 OBP.
Other Options – Jose Pirela ($3,600)
Whit Merrifield – KC vs. BOS – $3,900 – Merrifield has only been up in the majors for about a year and a half now, but he’s hit left-handed pitching extremely well in that span. Entering today, Merrifield owns a .432 wOBA against lefties at Kauffman Stadium with a .563 SLG and a .457 OBP. He’s one of my favorite value plays on this entire slate today.
Other Options – Javier Baez ($3,500)
Kris Bryant – CHC vs. SD – $4,900 – Bryant’s name sticks out on this thin selection of third basemen. At home against right-handed pitching, Bryant is posting a .399 wOBA with a .583 SLG with nine of his 15 home runs on the year. Miguel Diaz has barely pitched in the majors, logging just 29.1 innings, but he’s allowed seven home runs and 25 runs in that span.
Other Options – Mike Moustakas ($4,100)
Cory Spangenberg – SD vs. CHC – $3,000 – Spangenberg is a punt play at third base this afternoon as he’s set to take on Eddie Butler. Spangenberg doesn’t sport any impressive numbers, but Butler is allowing a .361 wOBA to lefties thus far with a .451 SLG. If you need to save some salary, Spangenberg could be the route to take here.
Other Options – Eugenio Suarez ($3,700)
Xander Bogaerts – BOS vs. KC – $4,600 – Bogaerts has been hitting the ball well lately, averaging 8.5 fantasy points over his last 10 games. He’s putting up good numbers on the road as well, sporting a .348 wOBA with a .467 SLG and a .353 OBP.
Other Options – Trea Turner ($5,300)
Alcides Escobar – KC vs. BOS – $2,700 – One quick look at Escobar’s overall numbers and you very likely would move on to another player. With that being said, it’s worth nothing that the majority of his production have come in his matchups at home against lefties, even if the number are still small. Escobar owns a .282 wOBA against lefties at home (which is his highest overall) with a .303 OBP. Again, nothing mind-blowing, but his $2,700 salary is hard to argue.
Other Options – Javier Baez ($3,500)
Mookie Betts – BOS vs. KC – $5,300 – Betts has been posting some fantastic numbers on the road this season, and I don’t see how he can’t continue that today. Against righties on the road, Betts owns a .393 wOBA with a .579 SLG with nine of his 12 home runs. Even with Kennedy pitching decently at home, he’s still allowed six of his 12 home runs at Kauffman Stadium.
Other Options – Corey Dickerson ($4,500), Lorenzo Cain ($4,800)
Scott Schebler – CIN vs. TB – ($3,800) – It’s not very often you can grab a player with 19 home runs on the year for under $4K, but here we are with Schleber. He’s sporting a .402 wOBA on the road against righties with a .634 SLG and a .351 OBP. Playing at Tropicana Field certainly isn’t an ideal spot, but his salary with the power he possesses is hard to pass up.
Other Options – Colby Rasmus ($3,800) Jackie Bradley ($4,200)
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