As I always do on Sunday, I cover the entire slate of games taking place today. Let’s get you ready, and, as always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Danny Duffy – KCR vs. MIN – $12,900 – The Royals ace comes into this start with a 2.73 ERA to go with a 0.99 WHIP and a K/9 of 8.3 at home. He faces off against the Twins today, which worries me a bit, as they are a decent hitting team against left-handed pitching. The Twins boast a .328 wOBA against lefties with a .329 OBP and a .434 SLG. On the other hand, they are facing a starting pitcher that is averaging 33.62 fantasy points per game over his last four starts. His price tag is a bit too high for me, but it’s hard to ignore how well he’s pitching.
Corey Kluber – CLE vs. TOR – $11,800 – The Blue Jays are really struggling at the plate and continue to rack up a ton of strikeouts since the All-Star Break. They currently rank second in the league in K% since the ASB at 25.5%. So, when you get a pitcher like Corey Kluber taking the mound today with his K/9 of 9.1, your eyebrows will certainly raise. Kluber was knocked around in his only start against the Blue Jays this season, but injuries have ravaged this lineup, and it looks nothing like it once did. The Blue Jays could once again be without Josh Donaldson, which will really boost Kluber’s value today.
Ervin Santana – MIN vs. KCR – $8,700 – Santana has been quietly spinning some solid starts as of late, and his price hasn’t really changed to indicate that. Since the All-Star Break, Santana has held opposing hitters to a .256 wOBA with a .318 SLG and a .265 OBP. He isn’t a big strikeout guy but does own a 9.4 K/9 through 13.1 innings this month. The Royals are starting to come around at the plate ever so slightly as of late, but they still owns the lowest wOBA in the second half of the season at .298 with a .305 OBP and a .384 SLG. For a price tag of $8,700, he’s well worth a look.
Kris Bryant (OF/3B) – CHC vs. COL – $5,600 – Bryant proved last night that he’s built for a place like Coors Field, as he absolutely crushed a 471 foot shot to center field last night. Today he has the luxury of taking on Jorge De La Rosa, who gets rocked at home by right-handed batters. De La Rosa is allowing a .368 wOBA to righties at Coors with seven of his 15 home runs allowed.
Paul Goldschmidt (1B) – ARZ vs. SDP – $5,100 – Goldy is fantastic in almost any situation you put him in. Today he faces off against Luis Perdomo, who is about as bad as it gets against righties at home. Coming into today, Perdomo owns a .527 wOBA with a .754 SLG. Putting Goldy in this type of matchup feels like a no brainer and one I’ll certainly have exposure to.
Corey Seager (SS) – LAD vs. CIN – $5,300 – Facing a right-handed pitcher on the road is one thing, facing Anthony DeSclafani is another. DeSclafani has been getting rocked by lefties all season to the tune of a .373 wOBA overall and .347 at home. With how well Seager is hitting, especially against right-handed pitchers, whom he owns a .377 wOBA against on the road, he has to be viewed as one of the top options at shortstop today.
Christian Yelich (OF)- MIA vs PIT – $4,900 – Yelich faces off against Ryan Vogelsong today, who continues to struggle against left-handed batters. It’s a small sample size, but Vogelsong has always had issues with lefties, owning a career .341 wOBA against them. Yelich owns a .393 wOBA against righties on the road with a .537 SLG and a .925 OPS.
Carlos Correa (SS) – HOU vs. BAL – $4,900 – If Yovani Gallardo is on the mound, I’m always targeting whoever he is facing on that particular day. Correa is certainly one of these targets, owning a .368 wOBA on the road against righties with a .500 SLG with eight of his 18 home runs this season. Gallardo is allowing a .365 wOBA to righties at Camden Yards this season.
Gary Sanchez (CATCH) – NYY vs. LAA – $4,400 – The young Yankees catcher has immediately made an impact in the Yankees lineup and still comes reasonably priced. Sanchez will take on Jhoulys Chacin, who has pitched better at home than on the road, but still has been poor. Chacin is allowing a .341 wOBA to righties, while Sanchez has a .455 wOBA in his short time in the majors.
J.D. Martinez (OF) – DET vs. BOS – $4,900 – Martinez has been fantastic against lefties all season long and faces off against the young left-hander, Henry Owens. Martinez at home against a LHP owns a .435 wOBA with a .660 SLG and a 1.052 OPS.
Ian Desmond (OF) – TEX vs. TBR – $4,000 – I’m not a big fan of the park shift for Desmond today, as he’s in one of the worst parks for hitters. However, Desmond has crushed left-handed pitching and faces off against Drew Smyly today. On the season, Desmond owns a .388 wOBA against lefties with a .548 SLG and a .928 OPS.
Evan Gattis (CATCH) – HOU vs. BAL – $4,000 – It’s always peaks and valleys with Gattis at the plate. Right now, we’re on the cusp of a peak it feels like and just like Carlos Correa, I like the matchup for Gattis. His overall numbers won’t exactly impress, but Gattis is averaging 10.1 FPPG over his last 10 games with five extra base hits, two of them being home runs.
Chase Utley (2B) – LAD vs. CIN – $3,800 – Same situation as Corey Seager as we try to exploit that weakness of facing left-handed batters. Utley owns a .351 wOBA against righties on the road with a .812 OPS. With Utley batting lead-off for the Dodgers, he should be able to get a couple of cracks at DeSclafani today.
Kole Calhoun (OF) – LAA vs. NYY – $3,100 – The majority of hitters I like today seems to be in unfavorable ballparks or match ups, so if you’ve made it this far, you understand. Calhoun faces off against Chad Green today, who in his short time up in the majors is allowing a .431 wOBA to lefties with six home runs and a .667 SLG.
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