Jacob deGrom – NYM vs. PHI – $12,300 – Ohhh, baby how’s that price tag!? Arguably the potential favorite pitcher of the slate, deGrom gets the light hitting Phillies in this early slate. Believe it or not, deGrom had some struggles against these Phillies last season. deGrom pitched 16.1 innings allowing nine runs (eight earned) on 21 hits with a 15:4 K:BB ratio. While that doesn’t look very appealing, deGrom is someone I’d want to target because of his strikeout potential.
Jerad Eickhoff – PHI vs. NYM – $8,500 – Eickhoff, in my opinion, provides the best value on this slate. You may or may not remember his performance last season, but he was solid all around. He ended 2015 with an 8.6 K/9 with a .203 wOBA against RHB. He did struggle against lefties, as they nailed him for a .353 wOBA. But with his price point and K upside, he’s a solid pick for today.
Mike Napoli (1B) – CLE vs. CHW – $3,700 – I knew Napoli hit well against left handed pitchers, but I didn’t realize HOW well he hit them. In 2015, Napoli had an insane .403 wOBA when facing those lefties. It wasn’t just a small sample size either, this was 80 games worth. Going against John Danks, who allowed a .353 wOBA to righties, Napoli is argubly the best all around value on the slate.
Nolan Arenado (3B) – COL vs. SD – $5,100 – We don’t have much to go off of for Colin Rea, who is starting for the Padres. We do however have plenty to go off of for Arenado, which slides him into this article. Arenado hits right handed pitching extremely well, owning a .388 wOBA in 2015 to go with an ISO of .318, which is absoultely insane. It doesn’t hurt that this game is in Coors Field, which always provides a boost to hitters. Arenado had 20 home runs in Coors last season.
Carlos Beltran (OF) – NYY vs. DET – $3,600 – Beltran is still hitting right handed pitching well, even as his age continues to climb. He faces Jordan Zimmermann this afternoon, who is coming off a fairly disappointing 2015. Beltan owned a .358 wOBA against righties last season with an ISO of .196. He also hit 9 home runs on the road last season of his 19 total. Beltran is a switch hitter, so overall Zimmermann owned a .303 wOBA to opposing hitters, with a .336 against lefties.
Juan Uribe (3B) – CLE vs. CHW – $3,300 – I love Uribe today. I’m hoping he gets the start today because of his solid numbers against left handed pitchers. In 2015, Uribe owned a .379 wOBA against lefties with an ISO of .272. He’s someone that will almost certainly go overlooked today and provides some sneaky sneaky value. On slates like this, we need these types of guys to separate ourselves from the rest of the field.
Cesar Hernandez (2B) – PHI vs. NYM – $2,800 – All hail King Cesar! Seriously, this kid continues to be underpriced (please don’t change that) and quietly producing. He has a tough matchup this afternoon against deGrom, but if he gets on, he’s always a threat to steal. Hernandez stole 19 bases last season and is a switch hitter, which can always come in handy. For the price he is, it’s worth a shot in a tough position to fill. He certainly will be low owned.