WATCH: MLB IN 90 SECONDS – JAKE LAMB
It’s still too early to tell, but all signs point towards the No. 1 prospect in baseball gracing us with his presence tonight. The White Sox blockbuster deal that sent Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to the Yankees opened up a spot for Yoan Moncada. Chicago recalled Moncada immediately and he’ll be a hot commodity should Rick Renteria pencil him into the lineup. That said, let’s get to my targets for tonight.
Justin Verlander — DET vs. KC — $7,900 – With the night slate featuring only seven games, there are less elite SP options. Verlander has arguably the best matchup vs. the Royals and has pitched well against them this season, allowing four ER with 11 Ks over 14 IP in two starts. Kansas City has lost seven of eight dating back before the break and hasn’t scored over five runs in any of those games.
Other Options: Zack Greinke ($11,700), Drew Pomeranz ($7,200)
Kevin Gausman — BAL vs. TEX — $6,100 – This pick is a bit of a reach, but I’m banking on Gausman responding after a horrible start vs. the Cubs. O’s manager Buck Showalter basically threatened to send Gausman down to AAA, which would be both sad and embarrassing. It’s been a roller coaster season for Gausman, but his solid stretch prior to the break gives me hope he can put in a quality start vs. the Rangers.
Other Options: Mike Leake ($6,600)
Caleb Joseph — BAL vs. TEX — $3,400 – Whether Joseph or Welington Castillo ($3,300) starts behind the plate for Baltimore, either catcher will be a strong play. Rangers SP Martin Perez has looked good with a ton of rest lately but should come back down to earth. Joseph is batting .464 with two HRs and seven RBI in his last 10 games dating back to June.
Other Options: Yasmani Grandal ($3,700), Chris Iannetta ($3,500)
Manny Pina — MIL vs. PIT — $3,000 – Now that Stephen Vogt is out of the picture for a month, Pina should see the bulk of the starts for the Brewers. He has hits in three of four games since the break, including two multi-hit games. Pina doesn’t have much offensive upside but will get on base (.356 OBP on the road) and is a safe play for cash games.
Other Options: Yadier Molina ($2,900), James McCann ($2,700)
UPDATE: Josh Bell is NOT in the Pirates lineup tonight against the Brewers.
Josh Bell — PIT vs. MIL — $4,300 – With so few options at each position tonight, you’ll want to mix up your lineup a bit. Bell offers contrarian value outside the top first basemen and has one of the better matchups vs. Kyle Davies. In nine games vs. Milwaukee this season, Bell is 9-for-33 with two HRs, three doubles and 7.8 DKFP per game.
Other Options: Cody Bellinger ($5,000), Jesus Aguilar ($4,200)
Chris Davis — BAL vs. TEX — $3,500 – A lot of Orioles, right? I know, it’s not the most appealing strategy, but bear with me here. Davis exploded for two HRs, six RBI and 38 DKFP last night in Baltimore’s 12-1 rout. He’s used to hitting HRs out in Arlington and Perez has allowed eight of his 10 HRs at home this season.
Other Options: Victor Martinez ($3,200)
Dustin Pedroia — BOS vs. TOR — $4,200 – As much as this pick pains me, I’ve got to give credit to the little guy for carrying the Red Sox offense since the All-Star break. He’s on a seven-game hitting streak (11-for-31) with two doubles, three runs, two HRs and seven RBI during that stretch. I think Pedroia is the best option for cash games at his position.
Other Options: Ian Kinsler ($3,900), Brandon Drury ($3,800)
Yoan Moncada — CWS vs. LAD — $3,400 – The wait could finally be over! Moncada was recalled from AAA after the White Sox blockbuster trade that sent Todd Frazier to the Yankees. Should Moncada make his MLB debut, he’d be more than worth the risk tonight. In 79 games in the minor this season, the top prospect in baseball had 12 HRs, 36 RBI, 17 SBs and a .285 average.
Other Options: Paul DeJong ($3,300), Drew Robinson ($2,600)
Travis Shaw — MIL vs. PIT — $4,500 – Shaw is really putting together an MVP-type season for the first-place Brewers. He nearly lifted Milwaukee to a win last night with a three-run HR vs. the Pirates. Shaw is batting .333 with four HRs, nine RBI and 11 runs scored (12.1 DKFP per game) in his last 10 games. He’s also killed Pittsburgh this season (11-for-35, 4 HRs, 8 RBI in 9 games).
Other Options: Jake Lamb ($5,100), Adrian Beltre ($4,200)
Nick Castellanos — DET vs. KC — $3,600 – Talk about some much-needed rest, Castellanos has come out of the break fresh. He’s 8-for-22 with four HRs, seven runs scored and eight RBI in the past five games. Castellanos put on a hitting clinic last night, going 4-for-5 with two HRs and five RBI (45 DKFP).
Other Options: Jose Reyes ($3,500), Deven Marrero ($3,400)
Corey Seager — LAD vs. CWS — $4,800 – If there’s a position to pay up for, it’s shortstop. Seager comes in priced $900 above the fifth-highest SS on the slate, which is Asdrubal Cabrera ($3,900). The Dodgers’ slugger has arguably the highest ceiling at SS and is riding an eight-game hitting streak dating back to July 5th.
Other Options: Elvis Andrus ($4,100), Jordy Mercer ($3,800)
Alcides Escobar — KC vs. DET — $2,800 – Escobar has shaken off a minor wrist injury and has hits in four of five games since the break. He may not possess much offensive upside but he’s been a tough out vs. the Tigers. In eight games against Detroit this season, Escobar is 12-for-29 with three runs and three RBI (6.8 DKFP per game).
Other Options: Ketel Marte ($3,400), Jose Iglesias ($3,300)
David Peralta — ARI vs. CIN — $4,600 – The D-Backs are likely going to be a popular stack on tonight’s short slate. For one, they get to face Reds SP Tim Adleman, who has allowed at least three runs in five straight starts, and 14 HRs in his last nine appearances. Peralta isn’t as much of a HR threat, but he’s going to get on in front of those threats and could score plenty of runs. He’s a great cash-game play who may have lower ownership.
Other Options: Andrew McCutchen ($4,700), Eric Thames ($4,300), Adam Jones ($4,000)
Jackie Bradley Jr. — BOS vs. TOR — $3,400 – As mentioned above, the Red Sox could take advantage of Sanchez, who has only two starts since returning from injury. Bradley is a decent value at this price, and even though he’s struggling, the Blue Jays should help that out. In five games vs. Toronto this season, Bradley is 9-for-25 with five runs, two doubles and two RBI (10.4 DKFP per game).
Other Options: Trey Mancini ($3,600), Mikie Mahtook ($3,300)
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