A relatively quiet night of baseball for a Saturday night as only five games will be played. Weather looks a little dicey for the White Sox/Rangers game but this article will include bats from that game. Let’s get into all the information and as always, you can reach me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
StudHyun-jin Ryu, LAD vs. COL, $11,500 — Ryu is by far the most attractive option on this slate in a really good matchup against the Rockies. It’s no secret on the road, this Rockies club is nowhere near the offensive team we see when they play at Coors Field. On the road against lefties, they sport just a .291 wOBA with a .176 ISO and a 30.1 K%. The loss of Trevor Story certainly doesn’t help either, as he’s been one of their best hitters against lefties. Taking this spot for Ryu is going to be extremely popular but one I’m not looking to miss out on.
Other Option — Lance Lynn ($10,100)
ValueZack Godley, ARI vs. SF, $6,900 — This is not a slate where I would recommend going down for an SP2. The selection isn’t good and if I’m writing up Godley, you know things are ugly. The selection of Godley is strictly matchup based and not necessarily because I WANT to use him. He’s been regulated to the bullpen, but injuries are forcing the Diamondbacks to give him another shot in the rotation. Lefties have been giving him the most trouble with a .400 wOBA and a 4.86 xFIP but luckily this Giants lineup is right-handed heavy. Use at your own risk.
StudGary Sanchez, NYY vs. HOU, $5,100 — Wade Miley ($8,000) has been pitching well as of late but draws one of his toughest matchups of the year against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Against lefties at home, Sanchez sports a massive .435 wOBA with a .406 ISO. Miley has been having issues with the home run ball, so this feels like a really good spot for Sanchez to hit his 24th.
Other Option — Brian McCann ($4,300)
ValueStephen Vogt, SF vs. ARI, $3,400 — From a fantasy perspective, it would make a lot of sense for Vogt to draw the start with how poor Godley is against lefties. Will they do it? I have no idea but all I know is I’d be a great manager with brilliant decisions like this. On the road against righties, Vogt has a solid .362 wOBA with a .229 ISO.
Other Option — Tyler Flowers ($3,500)
FIRST BASEEdwin Encarnacion, NYY vs. HOU, $4,900 — I still can’t believe Encarnacion is with the Yankees. That lineup is so stacked it’s downright unfair for opposing teams. Encarnacion boasts some really good power against lefties and currently owns a .313 ISO against them. As I mentioned, Miley is having issues with the long ball so what better person to crack one than Encarnacion?
Other Option — Freddie Freeman ($5,200)
ValueBrandon Belt, SF vs. ARI, $3,500 — I promise I’m not going to write up a bunch of Giants bats after writing up Godley as well. I do, however, think it’s a decent idea to take their lefties if you aren’t taking Godley. On the road against righties, Belt has a .385 wOBA with a .300 ISO with six of his nine home runs on the year. Not a bad option for someone who is only $3,500.
Other Option — Matt Adams ($4,100)
StudMax Muncy, LAD vs. COL, $5,000 — Personally, I think you’re better off paying down at second base. The value you get at this position is quite good tonight, so this isn’t a position I’ll be looking to pay up for. If you do Muncy would be the guy, going against Peter Lambert ($5,500). He’s only pitched 15 innings, so we can’t really look into his numbers seriously. As for Muncy, he has a .365 wOBA with a .213 ISO against righties at Dodger Stadium. It doesn’t hurt that he’s averaging 11.1 DKFP over his past 10 games either.
Other Option — Danny Santana ($5,500)
ValueRougned Odor, TEX vs. CWS, $3,900 — As long as the weather works out, I like this boom-or-bust spot for Odor. He’ll be taking on Odrisamer Despaigne ($5,700), who recently joined the White Sox rotation. Last season against lefties, he posted a .376 wOBA with a 4.57 xFIP. Odor is on a bit of a power streak, hitting three home runs and a double over his past 10 games. For the price you’re paying, I like paying down here.
Other Option — Jose Altuve ($3,400)
StudEduardo Escobar, ARI vs. SF, $5,100 — Escobar is someone you’re better off taking against lefties. His numbers are much more enticing in those matchups than they are against righties. However, Tyler Beede ($5,400) has been so bad against lefties that I think it’s worth taking Escobar. Beede enters this game with a .444 wOBA and a 5.98 xFIP with four of his six home runs allowed to lefties on the road.
Other Option — Alex Bregman ($4,500)
ValueYuli Gurriel, HOU vs. NYY, $3,300 — While he’s no longer in the cleanup spot, getting Gurriel in the fifth spot in the Astros lineup at $3,300 is just too much value. He’s not some huge power hitter, but he has a number of guys that get on base in front of him. If you want to pay down and save some money at third base, Gurriel is your guy.
Other Option — Nolan Arenado ($4,200)
StudTrea Turner, WAS vs. ATL, $5,200 — It’s been a rough start to the season for Mike Foltynewicz ($6,400), as evidenced by his extremely cheap price tag. He’s giving up runs and home runs in bunches, which have been his early downfall. Righties are tagging him the hardest and currently, Folty has a .371 wOBA with a 4.81 xFIP and eight of his 15 home runs allowed. Turner boasts a .337 wOBA and a .245 ISO against righties with four of his five home runs.
Other Option — Gleyber Torres ($4,500)
ValueBrandon Crawford, SF vs. ARI, $2,900 — Really not much to love in the lower-tier options at shortstop. Crawford gets immediate consideration because he’s a lefty against Godley. His numbers are nothing special and should only be considered a punt play if necessary. Against righties, Crawford has a .266 wOBA and a .143 ISO. Big whoop.
Other Option — Chris Taylor ($3,800)
StudCody Bellinger, LAD vs. COL, $5,700 — With some of the ways you can save on this slate, paying up for Bellinger is doable. His numbers at home against righties are just absurd and he’ll start this game with a .494 wOBA and a .414 ISO against them. I have very little faith that Lambert will get through this start clean and Bellinger could be a big reason why. Sure, he’s cooled off a bit as of late but still has a .397 wOBA, a .311 ISO and five home runs in the month of June.
Other Options — Shin-Soo Choo ($5,100), Aaron Judge ($4,500)
ValueGiancarlo Stanton, NYY vs. HOU, $4,100 — This is just too cheap for Stanton against a guy who is struggling with home runs. Last season at home against lefties, Stanton had a .367 wOBA with a .306 ISO and eight home runs. He’s gotten off to a bit of a slow start since returning from injury, but it only takes one good swing of the bat for him to quickly rack up 14+ DKFP.
Other Options — Yordan Alvarez ($4,200), Josh Reddick ($3,400)
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