As I do every Sunday, this target article will cover the entire day of games. As always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Noah Syndergaard – NYM vs. COL – $12,000 – Syndergaard is one of the top options today as he goes up against the Rockies. With their strikeout potential always being high on the road at 23.6%, Syndergaard (and his K/9 of 11) will look to put up a big score today. Syndergaard has been his best at home this season as he’s holding opposing hitters to a .263 wOBA with four of his seven home runs allowed. He’s the most expensive pitcher on this slate, but I think Thor will be a solid option against this Rockies team.
Francisco Liriano – PIT vs. MIL – $6,800 -While it’s almost impossible to expect Liriano to replicate what he just did against this Brewers team, it certainly is hard to ignore. The Brewers have the highest K% in the league against lefties. Lirinao is so cheap today because he has been struggling on the road this season, owning a 6.52 ERA with a 1.71 ERA. I just think his price tag brings immense value, especially against a team he just scored 38.6 fantasy points against.
Adam Duvall (OF) – CIN vs. SDP – $4,400 – Duvall has to be considered one of the top options today with the home run potential he possesses. He faces off against Paul Clemens, who has allowed seven home runs to righties in just 18.1 innings pitched this season. Even though the sample size is small, Clemens is allowing a .475 wOBA to righties with a .805 SLG and six of those seven home runs. Duvall has split his home runs almost evenly on the road and home, with 13 of his 25 coming on the road.
Nelson Cruz (OF) – SEA vs. CHC – $4,100 – Cruz going up against a left-handed pitcher at just $4,100 tonight? Where do I sign up? Cruz will face Brian Matusz, who will be making his first start for the Cubs today after spending time in the minors with the Orioles and Cubs this season. Against lefties on the road this season, Cruz owns a .498 wOBA with a .818 SLG with 12 of his 25 home runs.
Daniel Murphy (2B)- WAS vs SFG – $5,400 – First and foremost, make sure Murphy is in the lineup today, as he’s had some tightness in his leg that had him miss time since Friday. If he is, Murphy has a fantastic matchup against Matt Cain. When facing lefties, Cain is allowing a .408 wOBA with a .555 SLG and four of his 13 home runs allowed. Murphy has been a beast at the plate this season and has a .427 wOBA against righties on the road.
Jose Altuve (2B) – HOU vs. DET – $5,400 – If you haven’t figured out that Altuve can hit, you just aren’t paying attention. His numbers this season have been through the roof and it almost doesn’t matter who he’s facing. Altuve will get Mike Pelfrey today, who is allowing a .361 wOBA to righties with seven of his 14 home runs allowed. If you can fit Altuve on any given night, you put him in.
Adrian Beltre (3B) – TEX vs. KCR – $4,600 – Beltre has been swinging a hot bat lately, averaging 10.6 FPPG over his last ten games, and has a matchup against Dillion Gee today at home. Gee, not surprisingly, has been struggling all season and is allowing a .368 wOBA to righties with a .518 SLG and eight of his 12 home runs allowed. Beltre has been better against lefties, but still has .331 wOBA against righties at home with six of his home runs.
Tyler Naquin (OF) – CLE vs. OAK – $4,300 – So many hitters that are swinging the bat well lately are so cheap today! Naquin has been nothing but consistent in his 69 games this season and is averaging 11.7 (!) FPPG over his last 10 games. He takes on Sonny Gray today, who is allowing a .322 wOBA to lefties. Naquin has been so good at home against righties, owning a .483 wOBA with a .716 SLG with seven of his 13 home runs.
Xander Bogaerts (SS) – BOS vs. LAA – $4,800 – It’s a crime to fade Bogaerts against a left-handed pitcher this season; you just can’t do it. Bogaerts comes into this game with a .419 wOBA against lefties with a .533 SLG. He faces off against Tyler Skaggs, who looked fantastic in his 2016 debut, but that was also against a Royals team that is struggling at the plate. Matchup wise, it favors Bogaerts.
Freddie Freeman (1B) – ATL vs. PHI – $4,400 – It will be interesting to see what happens to the Braves now that they’ve added Matt Kemp (does this mean that the Braves were…buyers at the deadline…?) I think it opens up a world of opportunities for Freeman now, as he’s bound to see more pitches to hit. He has an excellent matchup today against Jerad Eickhoff, who is allowing a .336 wOBA to lefties with eight of his 15 home runs allowed.
Zack Cozart (SS) – CIN vs. SDP – $3,900 – Again, going off the small sample size that Clemens has put out this season, his struggles against righties have been quite obvious. Cozart has some sneaky power with 15 home runs on the season and faces a pitcher that has allowed seven home runs to right-handed batters in just 18.1 innings. Cozart in the shortstop position at $3,900 works for me.
Salvador Perez (CATCH) – KCR vs. TEX – $3,700 Perez is a natural selection for my lineups when he facing a right-handed pitcher. Today he faces off against Lucas Harrell, who in his short time in the majors is allowing a .328 wOBA to opposing righties. Perez has a .332 wOBA against righties with 10 of his 15 home runs. For some cheap power, Perez is always an option for me.
Miguel Sano (3B/OF) – MIN vs. CHW – $3,800 – I think Rodon would be better suited as a lefty specialist out of the bullpen, but that’s a different story for a different day. Sano can benefit from Rodon’s struggles against righties, as he owns a .436 wOBA against lefties with a .578 SLG. Rodon comes into this game with a .373 wOBA against righties with 14 of his 15 home runs allowed and a .502 SLG.
David Peralta (OF) – ARZ vs. LAD – $3,700 I think Peralta is a sneaky play today because quite honestly, does anyone even know he’s off the DL again? Peralta has spent more time injured than healthy this season, but his matchup against Bud Norris is one to pounce on. Peralta has a .322 wOBA against righties this season and a .397 from last year if you want a bigger sample size. Norris has been struggling against lefties all season with a .381 wOBA, .513 SLG and seven home runs.
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