We have a huge slate of games today! Here are some guys I think you should at least consider, at every position and price range. Good luck!
Buster Posey ($4400) – It’s no surprise the top priced catcher is also in the best spot today. Posey gets a matchup with David Buchanon of the Phillies who has allowed right-handed bats to hit .362 against him so far this season. Posey has a WOBa of .388 and an Isolated power (ISO) of .199. That means he is likely to rack up a good amount of bases in this game against a weak starter and an even weaker bullpen.
Matt Weiters ($3200) – The salary saver with the most upside is Weiters. He faces Jordan Zimmerman, who has allowed left-handed bats to hit .293 against him this year so far. That is about .040 points higher then he has allowed in either of the last two full seasons. Weiters has a WOBa of .360 and an ISO score of .250, which means he is a good bet for a hit and likely extra bases.
David Ortiz ($4300) – There are a number of good first baseman in solid matchups today, but the best option looks to be Big Papi at home against the Yankees. Ivan Nova is still rounding into form and has struggled thus far with left-handed bats who are hitting over .300 against him already. Papi has a robust .392 WOBa and an ISO number of .264. That means he not only is a good bet for a hit, but he is also a top option if you are looking for a homerun on the day.
Mitch Moreland ($4000) – With Moreland and Fielder both being left-handed, when there is a good matchup, most people tend to use Fielder instead. This is a mistake today and also a great reason to expect him to be underowned. Moreland has a .401 WOBa to Fielder’s .435, but he has a higher ISO number at a robust .286 to Fielder’s .175, meaning that he is the better bet for a homerun today.
Jimmy Paredes ($3600) – Paredes has a really nice price here today and has the same matchup with Zimmerman. Zimmerman is struggling with left-handed bats and Paredes should be near the top of the order. He has hit well against right-handed pitching all year and actually has a higher WOBa than Weiters or Chris Davis in this one for the O’s.
Cesar Hernandez ($3000) – Hernandez is not a big power guy, but he has been stealing a ton of bases lately. That is where he derives his value from. Vogelsong has struggled with Left-handed bats this season. If Hernandez is able to get on, he has been off to the races lately, so he would definitely be in play. HErnandez is 0 for his last 12 though, so he will need to remember how to get on base in order to really have any stolen base upside in this one. Still the price is low enough where one hit, steal, and run scored and he more then returns good value.
Alex Rodriguez ($4400) – A Rod might have been snubbed for the all-star game, but he loves hitting lefties at Fenway park. Eduardo Rodriguez has been solid this season, but has struggled a little more with right-handed bats. A Rod owns a WOBa of .373 with an ISO score of .203, which puts him in line for a nice power showing if he can get a hold on one against the young southpaw.
Mikael Franco ($3900) – Franco is not much of a discount, but he does save you $500 off the top options. Vogelson has been tough on righties this season and tough at home, but Franco is the biggest bat in that Phillies order already. He is the only guy who clears the .360 WOBa and 2.0 ISO hurdles we use to outline our plays today on the Phillies. While he is not a top option, he is definitely in play.
Hanley Ramirez ($4700) – The matchup does not scream for Hanley as a top play, but the SS position is so weak and lacks any real great options on this slate. Nova has been knocked around since his return and the spread on this game is a robust nine. Hanley has huge upside and Nova has struggled so far in limited innings. There is a lack of expensive options at other positions on this slate, so you will not have a problem fitting him in if you want him.
Mike Trout ($5500) – Trout is one of the top options on Saturday and also the most expensive one. He matches up with Hisashi Iwakuma who has struggled since returning to the bigs from injury. Iwakuma has already allowed 9 homeruns in only 20 innings of work, and Trout had two bombs yesterday so he is seeing the ball well. Trout has a .409 WOBa with a .280 ISO score in this splits matchup, so the numbers are profoundly in his favor and it is not tough to fit him in on a slate with some cheaper pitching options.
Bryce Harper ($5000) – Trout may be the top option, but Harper is not far behind. In fact Harper’s advanced numbers against right-handed pitching might be the best in the entire league. He has a WOBa of .500 and an ISO score of an .391 which is insane. He has 20 homers off right-handed pitching already and is easily the most feared bat in that Nationals lineup. Harper does have 8 walks in his last six games, which is a testament to the fact teams are afraid to pitch to him. The downside is teams have been pitching around him with all the injuries to the rest of that nationals team taking a toll.
Josh Hamilton ($3500) – This price is way too good on Hamilton today. He faces James Shields who has really struggled with left-handed bats. They are hitting .291 against him with a WHIP of 1.63 and 10 homers in 48 innings of work. Hamilton in limited at-bats so far has a WOBa of .388 with an ISO score of .286. Shields is in for a tough day against a very left-handed dominant lineup for the Rangers. Hamilton is a cheap way to add some power upside to your lineup, without breaking the bank.
Chris Young ($3400) – Chris Young is one of the best weapons the Yankees have against left-handed pitching. He actually has one of the highest WOBa numbers of any player in all of baseball against left-handed pitching at .450, with an ISO score of .299. Young tends to bat in the two hole when the Yankees face a southpaw and that puts him in a great lineup spot behind Gardner and in front of A Rod.