A six-game slate of baseball will entertain our Saturday night starting at 8:15 p.m. ET. It looks as if the weather shouldn’t be an issue for this slate but it’s always best to check before lineups lock. Let’s jump into all the information for tonight and as always, you can reach me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
StudZack Greinke, ARI vs. SF, $9,500 — I have no issue if you want to pay up for Justin Verlander ($11,500) but I think this is just as good of a spot for Greinke. He draws the Giants at Oracle Park, who rank amongst the worst-hitting clubs against righties. On the road, Greinke sports a .250 wOBA with a 3.91 xFIP and eight of his 12 home runs allowed. With Coors Field on this slate, Verlander really makes it hard to fit a couple of guys in your lineup so the salary savings with Greinke is extremely helpful.
Other Option — Justin Verlander ($11,500)
ValueChris Paddack, SD vs. STL, $8,300 — The Cardinals have really been struggling at the plate. Over their past five games, they’re averaging just 2.4 runs per game and have combined for just four total runs over their past three games. With this in mind, I think it makes a lot of sense to use Paddack in this spot. At Petco Park, Paddack has a .223 wOBA with a 3.13 xFIP with four of his 12 home runs allowed. He has struggled as of late, but I think this is a really good bounce-back spot against an offense that is not hitting the ball well.
Other Option — Dakota Hudson ($6,900)
StudYasmani Grandal, MIL vs. PIT, $4,400 — Grandal is the most expensive catcher on this slate, but $4,400 doesn’t feel like much to pay up for. Grandal will be facing Jordan Lyles ($7,200) who’ll be fresh off the injured list for this start. Lyles missed three starts with a hamstring injury and doesn’t look as if he’ll have any restrictions. However, against lefties, Lyles has allowed a .367 wOBA with a 5.12 xFIP with five of his seven home runs allowed. Grabbing the lefties in this matchup could be a wise move.
Other Option — Robinson Chirinos ($4,300)
ValueFrancisco Mejia, SD vs. STL, $3,100 — I think overall this is a good spot for Dakota Hudson ($6,900) because of the lack of lefties in their lineup. With that being said, Mejia is a switch-hitter and extremely cheap. Hudson has allowed a .386 wOBA and a 5.07 xFIP with eight of his 10 home runs allowed. In the seven games he’s appeared in since returning from the minors, Mejia has a .401 wOBA with a .304 ISO, two home runs and a double.
Other Option — Carson Kelly ($3,900)
StudMax Muncy, LAD vs. COL, $5,400 — First base isn’t as strong as it normally is in terms of good matchups to target. Muncy would be the target I’d consider if you’re looking to pay up. On the road against righties, Muncy sports a .416 wOBA with a .364 ISO with nine of his 20 home runs. To be fair, Gray has been good against opposing lefties but has been hit hard by this Dodgers club once already, allowing five runs on eight hits through six innings.
Other Option — Josh Bell ($5,300)
ValueMark Canha, OAK vs. LAA, $3,600 — We’re getting a really good price on Canha, who has been much stronger against lefties than he has righties. He’ll be matched up against Tyler Skaggs ($9,000), who has been wildly inconsistent this season. Against lefties, Canha has a .329 wOBA with a .235 ISO with three home runs. He’s a really good cheap option if you’re looking to pay down.
Other Option — Matt Beaty ($3,700)
StudMike Moustakas, MIL vs. PIT, $4,700 — Going with the same theme of targeting the lefty bats on the Brewers against Lyles. Moose hasn’t exactly been crushing the ball, averaging 7 DKFP over his past 10 games, but he is still hitting for power. Against righties at home, Moose has a .400 wOBA with a .330 ISO with nine of his 23 home runs on the season.
Other Option — Ketel Marte ($5,200)
ValueKolten Wong, STL vs. SD, $3,400 — So I don’t really like any of the cheap options at second base. Wong is here because I think he’s a cool guy actually. I wouldn’t mind hanging out with him someday. Yeah, if you want to save some salary Wong is fine. That’s about it. Thanks for reading!
Other Option — Chad Pinder ($3,400)
StudAlex Bregman, HOU vs. SEA, $5,100 —Yusei Kikuchi ($4,800) has been an absolute disaster on the mound. On the road against righties, Kikuchi has a .342 wOBA with a 4.91 xFIP and five of the 19 home runs he’s allowed. Bregman is in a fantastic spot with his .418 wOBA and .259 ISO at home against lefties. This spot for him and the Astros is a really enticing one.
Other Option — Nolan Arenado ($5,000)
ValueColin Moran, PIT vs. MIL, $3,900 — Moran isn’t a guy who will go out and rack up double-digit fantasy points on a nightly basis, but he is good enough to use as a cheap option. He’ll be facing Brandon Woodruff ($8,100) who struggles against lefties. On the year, Woodruff has a .335 wOBA with seven of his 10 home runs allowed. Moran has a .330 wOBA and a .213 ISO with all 10 of his home runs against righties.
Other Option — David Fletcher ($3,800)
StudChris Taylor, LAD vs. COL, $4,800 — Taylor has quickly gone from someone who was struggling to find at-bats to someone who you can’t miss in your lineup. Over his past 10 games, he’s averaging a ridiculous 14.7 DKFP with three home runs, seven doubles and 14 (!) RBI. Shortstop is rather underwhelming so I have absolutely no issue paying up for Taylor in this spot if you can.
Other Option — Alex Bregman ($5,100)
ValueMarcus Semien, OAK vs. LAA, $4,100 —Shortstop is another position where I don’t think you can really pay down at. Semien is the lowest I would go here in his matchup against Skaggs. Against lefties, Semien sports a .357 wOBA with a .179 ISO. It’s not the greatest matchup to target but I would do so if you need to save some salary.
Other Option — Luis Rengifo ($3,700)
StudGeorge Springer, HOU vs. SEA, $5,400 — As I mentioned, I think this is a good spot to target the Astros bats against the struggling Kikuchi. Against lefties, Springer sports a .401 wOBA with a .347 ISO with five of his 18 home runs on the season. Springer has always posted some huge numbers against lefties and this will be a good opportunity to pad them.
Other Options — Christian Yelich ($5,700), Ian Desmond ($4,600)
ValueStephen Piscotty, OAK vs. LAA, $3,300 — The A’s are just so cheap that it’s hard to ignore them. Piscotty is always someone to consider against lefties and his salary makes him too cheap to simply pass over. On the year, Piscotty has a .398 wOBA with a .209 ISO against left-handed pitching. If anything, Piscotty makes a lot of hitters/pitchers fit into your lineup with the savings you get.
Other Options — Garrett Hampson ($3,200), Adam Jones ($3,700)
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