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Here are my top guys to target on tonight’s eight-game, MLB slate. Hit me up on Twitter with comments or questions: @julianedlow.
Lance McCullers – HOU vs. KC – $11,200 – The Royals are projected for just 3.8 runs, which is just a fraction away from the fewest on the slate. McCullers is clearly the top pitcher on the slate and will face a subpar lineup in a pitcher’s ballpark. Current members of the Royals hit just .200 against him with 13 strikeouts in 40 plate appearances without a walk.
Other Options – Jon Lester $9,700
Jake Odorizzi – TB vs. CWS – $7,900 – Odorizzi is coming off a terrible start in his only June outing, but he really settled down in May with a 2.78 ERA in six starts. The White Sox rank just 11th in the AL in runs scored and 13th in the AL in home runs, so this isn’t an offense that scares you away.
Other Options – Ben Lively ($5,000)
J.T. Realmuto – MIA vs. PIT – $3,700 – Realmuto is one of those rare catchers that hits right in the heart of Miami’s batting order, which adds a ton of value. Realmuto can hit for power and average and has scored 26 DKFP over the past two games. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s absolutely dominated opposing starter Gerrit Cole in his career — 9-for-11 with a homer in his career.
Other Options – Evan Gattis $3,900
Salvador Perez – KC vs. HOU – $3,000 – Perez injured his thumb on Wednesday and left the game, but he is optimistic he’ll play on Thursday. Be sure to check on his status, but if he does play he feels like a great value. Not only does Perez have 29 DKFP over his last two games, but he also has a pair of bombs in six at-bats against McCullers.
Other Options – Derek Norris $2,600
Anthony Rizzo – CHC vs. COL – $4,900 – Rizzo’s hot, at home and in a good matchup … what more can you ask for? With 41 DKFP in his last two outings, the lefty is facing a RHP in Wrigley with the wind expected to be blowing out of the ballpark. Rizzo is 2-for-6 with a dinger in his career versus Tyler Chatwood.
Mitch Moreland – BOS vs. NYY – $3,300 – After homering at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, Moreland should have a good chance to replicate that performance tonight. The Red Sox face Michael Pineda, whom Moreland projects to be in the heart of the order against, and has also bashed for a pair of long balls in 4-for-11 hitting in his career.
Robinson Cano – SEA vs. MIN – $4,700 – Seattle has been on fire during its home stand, going 6-1 while averaging 8.5 runs per win. Cano hasn’t been as big a piece of the success as you’d think, failing to score any DKFP in three of his last four games, but going for 29 DKFP in the outlier. He’s in a great spot with an opposite-hand matchup against Kyle Gibson and his 7.23 ERA.
Yolmer Sanchez – CWS vs. TB – $2,800 – The switch hitter typically bats at the back end of the White Sox order, but he’s been an extremely solid value of late. Averaging 8.2 DKFP over his last 10 games and hitting .300 with three homers on the season, it’s tough to argue a better sub-$3k play on this slate.
Other Options – Cesar Hernandez $3,800
Evan Longoria – TB vs. CHI – $3,600 – Longoria’s in a perfect spot on this slate as an affordable stud in a terrific matchup. Opposing pitcher Derek Holland is getting smacked by RHP (all 11 HR allowed, his only triple allowed and 14 of 15 doubles allowed). Longoria has dominated him over his career, going 9-for-28 with four doubles and three bombs.
Other Options – Nolan Arenado $4,800
Kyle Seager – SEA vs. MIN – $3,900 – Basically just copy and paste the book on Robinson Cano here. The only difference is that Seager has been playing even better lately. He should crush it in this matchup with Gibson.
Other Options – Dan Dietrich $2,900
Carlos Correa – HOU vs. KC – $5,500 – You can’t write a targets article right now without mentioning the Astros. The best team in baseball has been dominant at the plate no matter where they play or who they face. They’re a fantastic stack option tonight, and Correa is one of the building blocks to look at, averaging 13.3 DKFP over his last 10 games.
Other Options – Trevor Story $3,900
Didi Gregorius – NYY vs. BOS – $3,800 – Gregorius has been playing really well lately, coming off a home run just last night. What appears to be a difficult matchup on the surface going lefty on lefty against ace David Price may actually not be too bad. It’s only Price’s third start of the season, and Didi is 10-for-21 with two doubles and a long ball against Price in his career.
Other Options – JT Riddle $2,600
Bryce Harper – WAS vs. BAL – $5,400 – Tough not to like Harper in this situation against a RHP who’s been horrible on the road this season. He’s in a great spot to go yard in his home ballpark tonight. There are plenty of stud outfielders on this slate, though, so make sure you give consideration to the rest of these guys too.
Other Options – George Springer $5,600, Nelson Cruz $5,100, Aaron Judge $5,200
Adam Engel CWS vs. TB – $2,100 – Nope, I haven’t heard of him either. But what I do know is that Engel will be leading off for the White Sox tonight, and at close to the minimum salary, that’s pretty difficult to pass up. If you don’t need to spend down this low, there are other great options too.
Other Options – Brian Goodwin $3,000, Guillermo Heredia $3,100, Odubel Herrera $3,700
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