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!
Wellington Castillo ($4100) – You can not ignore a guy swinging a bat this hot. Castillo homered again last night and now has 7 in his last 11 games. He faces the rookie Keyvius Sampson who was solid in his first start. This game is in a hitter’s park and Castillo has a .429 wOBA with a ,314 ISO score against right-handed pitching this year. Those are sick numbers for a catcher and he has been worth paying up for lately.
James McCann ($2900) – If you want a cheap option, McCann tends to fly under the radar and is easy on the salary cap. He faces Wade Miley who has allowed a .269 batting average to right-handed hitters with 11 homeruns allowed to them in 2015. McCann has a .437 wOBA with a .271 ISO score, so that is a lot of power from a guy who is dirt cheap. The Tigers profile well as a team against Miley and McCann is one of the top options to use.
Eric Hosmer ($4300) – I do not love the top expensive options today and would not go higher than Hosmer. He faces Jeff Samardzija who has allowed left-handed bats to hit .275 with 11 homers in 72 innings of work. Hosmer has a .397 wOBA against righties with an ISO score of .189. I prefer himfor cash since he is not a huge homerun guy and has a tough home ballpark to hit the ball out of. Still he is a discount to guys like Votto and Goldy who have the wrong splits today and huge price tags.
David Ortiz ($4200) – The guy I will have the most exposure to here is Big Papi. Alfredo Simon has struggled this year against left-handed power bats. Lefties are hitting .306 against him with 11 homeruns in 66 innings of work. David Ortiz has a .391 wOBA with a .275 ISO score against right-handed pitching. Ortiz has a ton of power and a great matchup to show it off. This should be a good game for him at a really square price.
Jedd Gyorko ($2500) – Gyorko has 12 hits in his last 37 at-bats and four multi-hit games in his last nine. Many of those have come against left-handed pitching, which he has owned this year. He has a wOBa of .383 with an ISO score of .179. He faces the rookie Adam Morgan from the Phillies. Right-handed bats are hitting .296 against Morgan with 6 homers in 29 innings of work. Guys like Brian Dozier and Dee Gordon make decent options as well, but I can’t pay up for them when Gyorko is this cheap and on a little bit of a heater lately.
Todd Frazier ($4700) – The New Jersey native has some great numbers against left-handed pitching this season. He faces Robbie Ray here who has been much better, but historically has problems with right-handed bats. Frazier has a wOBA of .408 with an ISO score of .398, making him one of the top power threats for his matchup here today. He is very expensive and has struggled since the all-star break. Many are pointing to him competing in the homerun derby, which is becoming MLBs answer to the Madden Curse in the NFL. His numbers are awesome, so I am comfortable rolling him out again here.
Miguel Sano ($4200) – This kid has been a monster against right-handed pitching since his call up. Sano faces Trevor Bauer who is a high strikeout guy, but has also allowed 18 homeruns already this season. Sano has sick numbers with a .463 wOBA and an ISO score of .338. He has been hitting cleanup and jacking homeruns regularly against right-handed pitching. He has some of the best wOBA/ISO splits on the day and should be in line for another upside game here.
Yunel Escobar ($3800) – With the Nationals getting healthy recently, Yunel is the one guy who seems to be staying near the top of the order not named Bryce Harper. He has been leading off some lately for the Nats and has a good matchup here. He faces Eddie Butler who has allowed a .343 average to left-handed bats with a homerun per 4 and two-thirds innings pitched. Escobar does not have a lot of power with an ISO score of only .110, but his .354 wOBA means he should be able to get on base for the big bats behind him. Shortstop is tough today, but I like the price break and matchup for an under utilized guy like Escobar with great lineup placement.
Jose Iglesias ($3100) – If you choose to go cheap here, Iglesias is the solid safe option. He faces Wade Miley who we discussed along with his struggles against right-handed bats. It’s also a revenge game for Iglesias who was traded from the Red Sox to the Tigers. He has very little power, but his .403 wOBA means he should be able to rack up a few hits. If he is in the two hole and scores a few runs as well, he will return excellent value at a cheap price.
Mike Trout ($5500) – The Birthday boy jacked another birthday homerun yesterday and it is fitting that it was his third birthday homerun and he only turned 24. Let that sink in for a minute. He faces Ubaldo Jimenez who has been worse on the road and owns a .276 batting average with 6 homers allowed to right-handed bats. Trout has a monster .427 wOBA with an equally impressive .314 ISO score on the season. He provides a ton of upside with his ability to stuff a stat sheet and is the best player in the game with the gap widening with every at-bat.
Bryce Harper ($5800) – Today is definitely a day to pay up for outfielders as the matchups are elite across the board. Harper faces Eddie Butler who allows left-handed bats to hit .343 against him with 7 homers in 34 innings of work. Harper has an absurd .480 wOBA with an obnoxious .351 ISO score. No one should be that good at hitting a baseball off anyone. His numbers are legit though as he has mashed weak righties all season. Butler is one of the worst pitchers based on the numbers in MLB, so this is as good a matchup as you can ask for.
Carlos Gonzalez ($3900) – I do not care who is pitching, Car Go has been smashing lately. He has averaged over ten points per game during the last ten and has homered in two straight. After a slow start to the season, he is back to being an elite hitter. His price though is not elite and that is why we love him. He faces Stephen Strasburg coming off the DL. Stras is not as scary as he has been in year’s past and CarGo numbers are this year. Car Go has a wOBA of .429 with an ISO score of .320. Remember he had a horrid start too, so the fact the numbers are where they are is a testament to how good he has been lately. At under $4K, there is no way he does not make at least a few of my rosters here.
David Peralta ($3600) – The clean up man for the Diamondbacks gets no respect. In matchups against a righty though, he definitely should. He too faces the rookie Sampson from Cincy today. That game last night was not the offensive explosion many expected, but Peralta did his part with an early RBI single. He owns a .372 wOBA and a .233 ISO score against right-handed pitching. At only $3600, he allows you the saving to pay up for a Trout or Harper, maybe even both.