With the end of the weekend upon us, Sunday brings us a full slate of games today with some fantastic matchups. This article will cover the all-day slate featuring players from all time slots. As always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Michael Fulmer – DET vs. KCR – $10,900 – If you haven’t figured it out already, Fulmer is 100% capable of pitching in the major league. Making 13 starts this season, Fulmer owns a 2.11 ERA with a 1.10 WHIP and a K/9 of 8.4. In a way that I will never fully understand, this will only be the fourth start at Comerica Park for Fulmer, who has made 10 starts on the road. In those three starts at home, Fulmer has been almost untouchable. Owning a 1.04 ERA with a 0.81 WHIP is certainly an indication to believe in this kid. The Royals are really struggling at the plate lately, owning a .309 wOBA against righties with a .316 OBP and a .398 SLG. At just $10,900, Fulmer feels like a no brainer in this spot.
Jacob deGrom – NYM vs PHI – $10,600– deGrom has the luxury of taking on one of the worst offenses in the league today in the Philadelphia Phillies. This is the second time this season deGrom faces them, as he pitched six innings, allowing one run on five hits with a 6:0 K:BB ratio for 24.5 fantasy points. This is a Phillies team that owns a .303 wOBA with a .299 OBP and a .407 SLG on the season. The Phillies dwell in the bottom of the league at home this season, as they rank dead last in wOBA at .278, OBP at .281, and second to last in SLG at.365. To say that deGrom shouldn’t have a solid game in this spot seems asinine, as this Phillies team is struggling to even get anything going at Citizens Bank Park.
Dylan Bundy – BAL vs. TBR – $5,000 -Bundy is getting Orioles fans excited and as they should be. The 23 year old will be making his first start in the majors against the Tampa Bay Rays. Call me crazy, but I think the last relief appearance by Bundy really pushed the Orioles to give him a chance to start. In a relief effort against the Dodgers, Bundy pitched 2.1 innings, allowing no runs on three hits with a 7:2 K:BB ratio. His strikeout potential is huge, as he owned a 10.2 K/9 in eight starts down in the minors last season. Facing a team that ranks second in K% against righties at 24.6%, you have to like what Bundy can do at just $5,000. Don’t expect a complete game for Bundy, as the Orioles will certainly want to be careful of their prized pitching prospect. Realistically, five or six innings could end up being the max for him, but he certainly has the capability to rack up some quick points and making him fully worth his tiny $5,000 price tag.
Miguel Cabrera (1B) – DET vs. KCR – $5,000 – Cabrera at home against a right-handed pitcher is essentially a lock this season. In these situations, Cabrera owns a .541 wOBA with a .846 SLG and a .478 OBP. These are just some sick numbers that make me feel like Cabrera is in video game mode when he plays at Comerica Park. He takes on Yordano Ventura today, who is allowing a .375 wOBA to righties on the road with a .521 SLG. Cabrera would be a REALLY tough fade in my opinion.
Jason Kipnis (2B)- CLE vs MIN – $5,200 – Kipnis going up against Kyle Gibson is another matchup I certainly want to grab exposure to. Gibson has been brutal against left-handed batters this season, owning a .369 wOBA with a .509 SLG. Gibson doesn’t give up a ton of home runs, but three of six have come at home against lefties, so that’s a bit noteworthy as well. Kipnis continues to be a solid contributor against righties, owning a .370 wOBA with a .351 OBP and a .525 SLG.
Stephen Piscotty (OF) – STL vs. MIA – $5,200 – Ok let’s see, ah yes, we have a left-handed pitcher going against the Cardinals? Alright, let me just add Piscotty into my lineup before I finish this blurb.
Piscotty has been a lefty killer this season, owning a .462 wOBA with a .625 SLG and a .469 OBP. Conley has done a fairly good job at keeping the ball in the park this season, but all nine of his home runs have come off the bat of a right-handed hitter. Piscotty is almost a must against lefties.
Miguel Sano (3B/OF) – MIN vs. CLE – $4,200 – $4,200 for a power threat like Sano is certainly a nice way to save some salary, especially with this matchup he has on tap. Sano goes up against Josh Tomlin, who is certainly no stranger to giving up some home runs, as he’s allowed 21 this season in just 16 starts. Sano hits left-handed pitchers much better than he does right, but he owns 10 of his 14 home runs against righties.
Xander Bogaerts (SS) – BOS vs. NYY – $4,400 – Masahiro Tanaka is not even close to being the same pitcher on the road that he is at home this season. His splits are vastly different, and it favors the Red Sox immensely. At Yankee Stadium against a right-handed batter, Tanaka owns a .354 wOBA with a .492 SLG and a .336 OBP with six of 10 total home runs allowed. Bogaerts continues to crush it at the plate this season with a .369 wOBA against righties on the road. He could be a potential sneaky play with people laying off the Sox because of the start against Tanaka.
Buster Posey (CATCH) – SFG vs. SDP – $4,800 – Somehow, someway, the Padres thought it was a great idea to sign Edwin Jackson to a contract. He’s at least coming as advertised, and getting knocked around at every level he pitches in. Jackson owns a 7.11 ERA in three starts in the minors with a 2.05 WHIP and three home runs allowed. This isn’t just me recommending you to grab Posey, this is me recommending you stack the Giants as well.
Chase Headley (3B) – NYY vs. BOS – $2,600 – Headley is a super sneaky play of the day at an extremely low price of $2,600. He faces David Price today, who Headley has had a lot of success against. Headley is 10-24 with three doubles. Aside from that, Headley is batting .324 over his last 10 games with three home runs, seven RBIs, and going 11-34 overall. At such a short price, I’m more than willing to take a shot on Headley.
Adam Lind (1B) – SEA vs. HOU – $3,400 Lind is usually not at the top of your list for first baseman to roster, but this could be to our advantage today as he takes on Collin McHugh. Facing left-handed batters on the road, McHugh owns a .380 wOBA with a .551 SLG and four of his 13 home runs allowed. Lind has the majority of his home runs at Safeco Field, which makes him an intriguing option in this spot. Lind owns a .353 wOBA with a .545 SLG at home against righties this season.
J.J. Hardy (SS) – BAL vs. TBR – $2,900 – I’m always down with punting the shortstop position, as it’s usually the toughest position to fill. With that being said, if I can fill it for $2,900 with a shortstop on a bit of a hot streak in a decent matchup, why wouldn’t I? Hardy is averaging 9.1 FPPG over his last 10 games, going 13-39 with four doubles, two home runs and nine RBIs. He’s at Tropicana Field against Jake Odorizzi, who allows a .331 wOBA against righties. It’s not a slam-dunk, but I’ll take it for the price.
Sandy Leon (CATCH) – ARZ vs. SFG – $2,600 – I don’t get it, and I don’t think anyone will ever be able to explain it to me, but for whatever reason, Sandy Leon is crushing the ball. Leon is batting .458 with two home runs and 13 RBIs in 59 at-bats this season while averaging 10.1 FPPG in his last 10. As I mentioned earlier, Tanaka struggles immensely at home this season and with a $2,600 price tag, he’s worth it if he’s starting.
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