With a full slate of games set for today, we have plenty of targets to look at. This slate is going to feature some very expensive pitchers and a Coors Field game, so we’re going to have to be creative here. I’ll break down some of my favorite targets for today. As always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Clayton Kershaw – LAD vs. PIT – $14,200 – In what was perceived as a tough matchup for Kershaw his last time out against the Nationals, he proved why he’s the best in the league. Kershaw went seven innings allowing one run on six hits with an 8:0 K:BB ratio. He takes on the Pirates today who also have been hitting left-handed pitching well with a .331 wOBA with a .341 OBP. The extremely enticing part of this matchup is the K% the Pirates own. Owning a 24.9 K%, which ranks the second highest in the league, plays right into Kershaw wheelhouse. While the matchup as a whole may not be the easiest, we all know the ability Kershew possesses with the strikeouts and could rack up a seriously high score here.
Johnny Cueto – SFG vs. PHI – $13,600 – I was deciding between Fernandez and Cueto in this spot, and when it came down to it, I like Cueto in slightly more than Fernandez against the Cubs. Not saying Jose is a bad choice by any means today, I think the factors that Cueto has going for him bring more of an upside than Fernandez. Cueto faces this Phillies team that owns a .289 wOBA against righties with a .286 OBP and a 21.6 K%. Pitching at home, Cueto has been fantastic, owning a 1.95 ERA with a 0.90 WHIP and a 7.8 K/9. He’s the second most expensive pitcher on the day besides Kershaw, but his matchup, like Kershaw, brings some serious potential here today. I think he should be a solid choice if you’re looking to save some change compared to Kershaw.
Bartolo Colon – NYM vs. ATL – $7,800 – Colon is going to be extremely popular today; I have no doubts about that. Going against the Braves at just $7,80 with names like Kershaw, Cueto and Fernandez on this slate is going to be a nice way to offset their huge salaries. Colon will be facing the Braves for the second time this season where he pitched one of his best games this season. In that start, Colon went eight innings allowing no runs on seven hits with a 7:0 K:BB ratio for 31.8 fantasy points. The Braves continue to drown themselves at the plate, and today should be no different. Colon certainly isn’t the power pitcher he once was, but his ability to have a solid game is still very much alive.
Adam Duvall (OF) – CIN vs. SDP – $5,600 – He’s the most expensive hitter on the slate today, but boy does he have an excellent matchup. Duvall takes on Luis Perdomo, who is allowing a .398 wOBA to lefties with a .547 SLG and six of his nine home runs allowed. Duvall has 18 of his 21 home runs off of righties with a .362 wOBA and a .604 SLG.
*Xander Bogaerts (SS)- BOS vs TEX – $5,400 * – Bogaerts continues to feast on left-handed pitching this season and faces off against Martin Perez today. On the season, Bogaerts owns a .432 wOBA against lefties with a .581 SLG. Perez, while solid against fellow lefties, owns a .337 wOBA against righties that jumps slightly to .347 at home. In the Texas heat that certainly favors hitters, Bogaerts has to be one of the top options.
Nolan Arenado (3B) – COL vs. ARZ – $5,100 – We can’t forget to give some love to Coors Field today, as Aranado will face off against a lefty in Patrick Cobrin. Arenado has been crushing left-handed pitchers at home this season, owning a .495 wOBA with a .714 SLG. Corbin is equally struggling against righties this season, owning a .348 wOBA with 12 of his 13 home runs allowed. Pitching in Coors won’t do Corbin any favors.
Khris Davis (OF) – OAK vs. LAA – $4,400 – Davis is always a threat to go deep in any type of occasion, with today being a perfect opportunity to do so. He takes on Hector Santiago, who has allowed 13 of his 15 home runs to right-handed pitching this season with a .338 wOBA. At home against lefties, Davis owns a .387 wOBA with a .667 SLG and four home runs. He is always low owned and will certainly be looked over on a slate like today.
Carlos Correa (SS) – HOU vs. KCR – $4,700 – Correa seems to finally be breaking out of the slump that he’s been in, averaging 12.4 FPPG over his last 10 with four home runs, 10 RBIs and a .737 SLG in that span. He faces off against Ian Kennedy today, who is allowing a .308 wOBA to righties, which is pretty solid, but he’s also allowed 18 home runs this season. Correa certainly has the capabilities to park one at any given moment, so I like this spot for him.
Miguel Cabera (1B) – DET vs. CLE – $4,100 – Cabrera has been seeing his price jump all over the place this season, and today he’s at a very friendly $4,100. He faces off against Josh Tomlin, who, overall, has been great this season, but he does own a .326 wOBA against righties. Cabrera has been an absolute force at home against righties, owning a .545 wOBA with a .859 SLG and 10 of his 16 home runs. At just $4,100, Cabrera feels like a steal.
Nomar Mazara (OF) – TEX vs. BOS – $3,500 – I think this is such a great spot for Mazara today going up against Clay Buchholz. On the road this season, lefties have really been rocking Buchholz, owning a .415 wOBA with a .537 SLG. Mazara owns a .355 wOBA against righties at home with a .418 SLG. For such a cheap price going up against what Buchholz is the weakest against, you have to like this spot for Mazara.
Chris Iannetta © – SEA vs. STL – $3,500 Ianetta is consistently one of my favorite catchers to play when he’s facing a left-handed pitcher. He is ALWAYS under owned and I never understand why. But hey, I’m not complaining. Against lefties at Safeco, Ianetta owns a .384 wOBA with a .471 SLG. At a cheap price like this, Ianetta certainly deserves a look to help you save some salary.
Joe Mauer (1B) – MIN vs. NYY – $3,700 – Again, we’re trying to exploit a big weakness in this matchup with Mauer taking on Eovaldi. It’s no secret that Eovaldi struggles immensely against left-handed batters. On the season, he owns a .382 wOBA against them with a .548 SLG. Mauer has been great against righties, owning a .345 wOBA and jumps slightly higher to .365 on the road.
James Loney (1B) – NYM vs. ATL – $3,300 – If you’re looking to save some salary at first base today, Loney may just be your guy. Against righties this season, Loney owns a .341 wOBA that jumps to .372 at Citi Field. Facing Bud Norris, who should get whacked around today, he owns a .390 wOBA against lefties with four of his six home runs allowed.