We have 14 games on the docket for Friday night, with some of the best pitchers in the game toeing the rubber. It should be a fun one, so let’s break it down. Remember that the best place for last-minute info, other than DK Live of course, is Twitter. Find me there, @RyNoonan. Let’ dig in.
Clayton Kershaw – LAD vs. MIL – $13,100 – In case you need a reason to justify using Clayton Kershaw tonight when his salary takes up 26% of your salary budget, here come the Brewers! Their 26.5% strikeout rate against left-handed pitching is the highest in the league and their best bat is still out of the lineup.
Other Options – Stephen Strasburg ($12,000), Dallas Keuchel ($10,900)
Michael Fulmer – DET vs. CWS – $8,000 – Michael Fulmer has been every bit as good as his sub-3 ERA indicates, and while he doesn’t quite have the strikeout upside as some of the top-tier starters, he’s a safe option at this price point. The White Sox offense has been respectable lately, but most of their success has come against left-handers. The White Sox are a below average squad against RHP, with a 90 wRC+ and a .307 wOBA.
Other Options – Michael Pineda ($8,600)
Salvador Perez – KC vs. CLE – $3,500 – This is the perfect spot for my boy, Sal Perez. Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin is a bit of a reverse splits starter, struggling against right-handed bats, while Sal is a reverse splits hitter for the majority of his career. He also has a sizable sample of BvP vs. Tomlin, which is worth noting.
Other Options – Gary Sanchez ($4,200)
Cameron Rupp – PHI vs. SFG – $2,700 – The Phillies have one of the league’s best ISO marks when facing left-handed pitching, and Cameron Rupp is a cost-effective contributor to that number. I really like this spot for him because San Francisco starter Ty Blach doesn’t miss any bats.
Joey Votto – CIN vs. ATL – $5,200 – This is a great spot at home for Joey Votto against Mike Foltynewicz. While showing signs of improvement this year, Foltynewicz still has massive splits versus left-handed bats that are worth exploiting.
Other Options – Miguel Cabrera ($4,200), Jose Abreu ($4,100)
Ian Desmond – COL vs. SD – $3,700 – The Rockies come at a sizable discount away from home, and while Ian Desmond hasn’t been in great form lately, he has the power and speed upside that we want in tournaments. Also, given the options above him, he could go overlooked.
Other Options – Tommy Joseph ($3,600)
Robinson Cano – SEA vs. TB – $4,200 – The Mariners will likely be without Nelson Cruz tonight which will likely keep people off of Robinson Cano as well, which is a mistake. Cano is hitting lasers right now, with a hard-hit rate that’s up 10% from his season average over the past two weeks.
Other Options – Daniel Murphy ($4,400)
DJ LeMahieu – COL vs. SD – $3,600 – I’m not going to shy away from the Rockies tonight against Clayton Richard even in San Diego. The defending NL batting champ is significantly more dangerous against left-handers and is a great cash game play while hitting second on the road.
Other Options – Jason Kipnis ($4,100)
Nolan Arenado – COL vs. SD – $4,600 – Here’s a $5,000 bat for $4,600 because of the park shift. I’ve listed a few Rockies here, but if I’m only playing one, it’ll be Arenado.
Other Options – Jake Lamb ($5,200)
Ryan Schimpf – SD vs. COL – $3,700 – I love using Ryan Schimpf against pitchers that don’t miss bats. His nearly 31% strikeout rate is a problem, but against German Marquez and his 7% swinging-strike rate, I’ll be looking towards Schimpf in tournaments.
Other Options – Maikel Franco ($2,900), Nicholas Castellanos ($3,100)
Corey Seager – LAD vs. MIL – $4,200 – Milwaukee starter Jimmy Nelson has allowed left-handed bats to compile a .347 wOBA against him in his career, which doesn’t bode well for him when he’s at home. Miller Park plays well for left-handed power, and Seager is in play at $4,200.
Other Options – Trevor Story ($4,300), Francisco Lindor ($4,700)
Jose Iglesis – DET vs. CWS – $3,000 – The only punt shortstop on the board for me prior to lineups coming out is Jose Iglesis. He’s more of a cash play than a tournament play because he’s not a power or speed guy, but he handles the bat well against left-handed pitching. The Tigers face White Sox’ starter Derek Holland tonight.
J.D. Martinez – DET vs. CWS – $5,000 – I’ll keep the ball rolling here in Detroit against Derek Holland and the White Sox. J.D. Martinez has been destroying the ball since coming off the DL, with a 55% hard-hit rate and 97 mph exit velocity over the past two weeks.
Other Options – Marcell Ozuna ($4,800), Giancarlo Stanton ($4,800)
Aaron Altherr – PHI vs. SFG – $3,800 – Back to the well with the Phillies against Ty Blach. Aaron Altherr is my favorite discounted outfield bat tonight, and his .218 ISO will play well at home against Blach.
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