Not only is this slate massive but the amount of pitching options to choose from is downright insane. With so many of these options priced above $10K, you might be having a tough time choosing to take for your bats, right? Let me assist you with some of my favorite options and as always, you can reach me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
StudAaron Nola, PHI vs. CWS, $10,100 — When you have six pitchers priced at $10K or above, you know you have a fantastic night of pitching ahead. Personally, I like the cheapest of the bunch with Nola facing the White Sox. This is a team that owns a .302 wOBA with a .149 ISO against right-handed pitching. They also carry one of the highest K% in the league at 25.7%, which bodes well against a pitcher with a 26.4 K% on the season. Getting Nola at this salary in a really good matchup feels like it’s almost a “must” in my opinion despite so many other options to choose from.
Other Option — Stephen Strasburg ($11,600)
ValueAdrian Sampson, TEX vs. DET, $4,500 — Sampson is basically free tonight. At $4,500, he’s only more expensive than Chad Green ($4,200) who is expected to open the second game of today’s doubleheader for the Yankees. While Sampson has taken his lumps this season, he’s facing one of the worst offenses in the league against righties. The Tigers enter this game with a league-leading 27 K% along with a .283 wOBA and a .143 ISO. Now, Sampson is someone who will go out and give you seven shutout innings but he’s been better at Globe Life Park and has a .323 wOBA with a 4.60 xFIP. Truly, you don’t need much from him here to return values and the matchup is promising.
Other Option — Dallas Keuchel ($8,200)
StudMitch Garver, MIN vs. KC, $5,200 — I don’t careeeeeee that’s Garver is the most expensive catcher today, I want all the shares. His numbers against lefties are downright ridiculous and he enters this game with a .485 wOBA, a .431 (!) ISO and eight of his 20 home runs. He draws a matchup against Danny Duffy ($7,400), who on the road to righties has allowed a .327 wOBA with a 5.02 xFIP.
Other Option — J.T. Realmuto ($4,500)
ValuePedro Severino, BAL vs. TOR, $3,900 — The Orioles have a couple of bats against lefties that are worth using and Severino is on my list for today. He’ll be facing Thomas Pannone ($5,000), who has been a disaster since joining the starting rotation. In that role, Pannone has allowed an overall .374 wOBA with a 6.10 xFIP while striking out just 18.8% of the batters he’s faced. As for Severino, he brings the thunder against lefties with his .392 wOBA, a .295 ISO and seven of the 10 home runs he’s hit.
Other Option — Yan Gomes ($3,400)
StudCarlos Santana, CLE vs. LAA, $4,600 — We have a lot to like about this Indians lineup that really bolstered up at the trade deadline. I’ll be focusing on a lot of their left-handed bats against Felix Pena ($6,200), who against them on the road has allowed a .356 wOBA with a 5.37 xFIP. Lefties have also hit 10 of the 16 home runs he’s given up on the season. As for Santana, he’s hit 13 of his 23 home runs at home against righties to go with a massive .341 ISO.
Other Option — Renato Nunez ($4,700)
ValueEdwin Encarnacion, NYY vs. BOS, $4,300 — This is a bit expensive to be a “value” on a given night but I’m writing this article and no one is going to tell me otherwise. Encarnacion is going to be hard to pass up going against the lefty Brian Johnson ($7,600), who is being activated off the IL for this start in the second game of today’s doubleheader. Encarnacion is destroying lefties and currently has a .393 wOBA with a .351 ISO and 10 of his 30 home runs. I have zero faith in Johnson pitching well so give me the Yankees here.
Other Option — Miguel Cabrera ($3,400)
Editor’s Note: McNeil is not in the lineup for tonight’s game vs. the Pirates.
Other Option — Jose Altuve ($4,600)
ValueGleyber Torres, NYY vs. BOS, $3,900 — So I’m not sure if you heard, but the Yankees are in a really good matchup against the Red Sox today and you should be loading up on them. Torres is another bat to consider against Johnson as he’s seen his best power at home against lefties. Torres has a .208 ISO to go with a .346 wOBA. He feels too cheap in this matchup to ignore if you’re looking to save some salary at this position.
Other Option — Jonathan Schoop ($3,700)
StudMiguel Sano, MIN vs. KC, $4,800 — If you’re paying up at third base, I think most will go with the obvious route and spring for Nolan Arenado ($5,000). However, Madison Bumgarner ($7,600) has pitched quite well against the Rockies this season and has a ridiculous 34.2 K% against them this season. With that in mind, I’m rolling with Sano against Duffy. Sano has been crushing lefties and brings with him a .419 wOBA with a .368 ISO.
Other Option — Jose Ramirez ($4,600)
ValueMaikel Franco, PHI vs. CWS, $3,400 — Franco is always my default if you want to save at third base and he’s facing a lefty, especially at home. In these matchups, Franco sports a .335 wOBA with a .273 ISO and four of his 15 home runs on the season. Personally, I wouldn’t be fading the high priced third base options and would be looking to pay up at this position. If all else fails, Franco is the guy.
Other Option — Tommy Edman ($3,800)
StudFrancisco Lindor, CLE vs. LAA, $5,300 — We have another Indians lefty to showcase in this matchup against Pena. Lindor has been smashing the ball since the All-Star and currently has a .388 wOBA with a .226 ISO with seven doubles and four home runs while knocking in 11. With the poor numbers Pena has against lefties, I’ll be getting Lindor in at shortstop.
Other Option — Jean Segura ($4,300)
ValueRyan Goins, CWS vs. PHI, $2,900 — If you want to totally punt at shortstop, you could do so with Goins. I do very much like Nola and he’s my favorite option to use. If you’re not using him, Goins does at least have the matchup advantage has Nola has struggled against lefties to the tune of a .340 wOBA and a 4.32 xFIP at home this season. For Nola, the White Sox don’t have many lefties to worry about, hence me liking him as much as I do. Goins, if anything, helps makes other bats fit.
Other Option — Brandon Crawford ($3,900)
StudNelson Cruz, MIN vs. KC, $5,200 — After sitting the entire series against the Marlins, Cruz responded with a 36 DKFP total game against the Royals last night with three hits and five RBI. He’s in a position to do more damage tonight against Duffy, as is the rest of the team. It’s no shock that Cruz smashes lefties and sports a .415 wOBA with a .400 (!) ISO. If you’re stacking the Twins, Cruz is very much a big reason you’re doing so.
Other Options — George Springer ($5,300), Michael Conforto ($4,500)
ValueAaron Judge, NYY vs. BOS, $4,000 — Judge is just too cheap for this matchup. For someone who was just under $5,000 a couple of night ago, there is no reason why he is only $4,000 against Johnson. At home against lefties, Judge has a .534 wOBA with a .250 ISO. Again, if you’re stacking the Yankees, which sounds like a wonderful idea, how do you not have Judge in your lineup?
Other Options — Phillip Ervin ($3,900), Alex Gordon ($3,900)
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