We have a nice slate of games today! Here are some guys I think you should at least consider, at every position and price range. Good luck!

 

Catcher

Stud

Travis D’Arnaud ($4700) – D’Arnaud has some power, but not enough to justify this price by itself. This price has more to do with the matchup and ballpark. He faces Chris Rusin  who has allowed a .291 average to right-handed bats with 7 homeruns in 68 innings of work and a 1.49 WHIP. D’Arnaud has homered in 3 of the last 9 games. He has hits in 6 of the last 9 games and runs scored in that same 6 of the last 9. He has averaged over 8 points per game  and only one of those was in Coors so far. The Ballpark is the second reason his price is this high and that is valid as well. He makes a good tournament play as well, because not many will be able to pay up for him with so many other high priced options in good spots at other positions who are higher on the wish list.

Value

Russell Martin ($3400) – Martin has his preferred matchup against a tough opponent. He faces Andrew Heaney who has a .238 batting average allowed and 4 homeruns in 42 innings of work vs. Right-handed bats. He has not faced a group of right-handed bats like this Toronto team though. Martin has a .420 wOBA with a .243 ISO against left-handed pitching which are both the second best numbers on a the team in a pretty stacked line up. It’s not the easiest spot, but he has more potential upside than his peers at a thin position on a bad day.

First Base

Stud

Eric Hosmer ($5000) – Hosmer faces the worst pitcher on the board today in Matt Barnes. Barnes has allowed a .302 batting average to left-handed bats with a WHIP of 1.69 and 2 homers in 13 innings of work already. The game is in Boston which is a great park for runs and hits. Hosmer has been heating up again recently too. He has raised his wOBA back above .403, with a respectable .208 ISO score for a guy who plays home games in a tough park to hit homeruns in. He is not cheap, but he has a great spot for potential upside here.

Value

Adam Lind ($4100) – Adam Lind has a really nice price and matchup combination here. He is only $4100 and faces Joe Ross. While Ross has been good, he has also allowed left-handed bats a .312 batting average with 4 homeruns in 21 innings of work. Lind has a .390 wOBA and a .228 ISO score against right-handed pitching this year. Other then Scooter Gennett, the Brewers do not really have anyone to go after Ross with from the left side, so I would look for Lind to be the big bat causing the damage for them.

Second Base

Stud

Ben Zobrist ($4600) – Pretty much everything we just talked about with Barnes and lefties applies to Zobrist as much as it did for Hosmer. This guy is just not a good pitcher at this level, and Zobrist has been red hot with a .408 wOBA and a .191 ISO since coming over from Oakland. He bats second in that order, has multiple hit, homerun, and run scoring upside here and plays in a solid ballpark for runs and hits. He is pricey, but the position has been a cesspool lately, so it makes sense to reach for him if you can afford it.

Value

Scooter Gennett ($3100) – If you need a cheap option, Gennett has a matchup with a righty in Joe Ross  who we also discussed above with Lind. This combo is a lot cheaper than the Royals duo, and the matchup is just as juicy. Gennett should be leading off and has done well lately in that role. If he is able to get on base, the big bats like Lind, Braun, and Davis are all capable of driving him in. At his price, a few hits and a run scored would return good value and give you the salary savings you need.

Shortstop

Stud

Troy Tulowitzki ($3600) tulo This price is very low for a Tulo matchup with a lefty. I know Andrew Heaney has been pretty good and it’s a game in Angels Stadium, but $3600 for Tulo anywhere against any left-handed pitcher is a steal. I think he was only $3900 earlier this season against Kershaw, so I find this one a bit odd. If he is leading off on the road you may see five at-bats from him. He has mashed left-handed pitching his whole career as well, so there is really no need to not play him. The other options in the price range are far inferior talent wise, so it makes sense to roll him out there.

Value

Wilmer Flores ($3500) – Flores has not exactly set the world on fire, but he has the second best metrics of any Mets player against left-handed pitching with a wOBA of .364 and an ISO score of .220. Did I mention he also faces a lefty in Chris Rusin who has allowed right-handed bats to hit .291 with 7 homers in 68 innings of work with a 1.49 WHIP. The game is also in Coors field, which automatically would put him in play anyway.

Third Base

Stud

Miguel Sano ($5000) – It’s getting harder to fit this guy into your lineup, but he is such a stud. Sano has mashed right-handed pitching and faces a right-hander in Chris Tillman with a high homerun rate at homer friendly Camden Yards. Tillman has already allowed 12 of them in 59 innings of work, which breaks down to one per five innings. Sano has some seriously sweet numbers to start his career here. His wOBA in righty-on-righty matchups now sits at .456 with an ISO score of .347. He has jacked a bunch of homers in spots just like this one recently and that is why he is a $5000 player now when we were getting him below $4000 two weeks ago.

Value

Matt Carpenter ($3900) –carpenter molina Carpenter had a horrible game yesterday, but his price is very low here for a guy who had been swinging a hot bat. Carpenter has a good matchup with Ian Kennedy who has allowed left-handed bats to hit .260 against him  and has given up 26 homers to all batters in 122 innings of work. Carpenter has the best numbers vs. Right-handers on the Cards team. He has a .375 wOBA with a .212 ISO score and he is leading off, which means he could see five at-bats on the road. It’s rare for him to go hitless in two games, so I am looking for a nice bounce back here.

Outfield

Stud

Jose Bautista ($4300) – Andrew Heaney is getting a ton of respect off his recent starts. The Blue Jays murder left-handed pitching, but the whole team is priced pretty low here. Joey Bats is no exception. He has great numbers against left-handed pitching this year and it’s been a long time since you were able to get him this cheap. I am still expecting them t get their fair share of offense in this one, so he is definitely a guy you can use at his discounted price.

Gerrado Parra ($4300) – Parra has been on fire since the trade. He hits on top of that Baltimore order in the two spot and has provided some offensive punch against right-handed pitching. He faces Kyle Gibson who has allowed a .269 batting average with 10 homers in 69 innings of work. Parra has a .407 wOBA with a .273 ISO score since coming over, so this is a good spot and a fair price for a hot hitter in a good ballpark today.

Nelson Cruz ($5300) –NELSON CRUZ The option that makes the most sense to pay up for is Nelson Cruz. Carlos Rodon has been solid, but struggles with right-handed bats. Righties are hitting .289 against him with 9 homers in 70 innings of work. He has shut down left-handed bats, but righties have gotten to him. Cruz owns a .471 wOBA with a .328 ISO score. He has always owned lefties, but this year he has been especially good. He has homerun upside and at the very least should pick up a few walks and hits as a solid floor for cash game play.

Value

Franklin Gutierrez ($3300) – Cruz’s teammate makes for a nice cheap salary saveer here as well. Gutierrez has put up some big games lately and most of them have come against southpaws. He has the same matchup with Rodon discussed with Cruz. His .424 wOBA and .328 ISO score are some of the best numbers you can get for the cheap price here, so he is a guy I would look to roll out for salary savings and upside.