Shelby Miller vs. Miami Marlins ($8800) – Miller has been awesome recently. He’s has not allowed over two earned runs in any start so far this season. In his last three, he has gone at least seven innings each time with at least eight strikeouts. Miller gets a matchup with the Marlins who strikeout the third most of any team vs. right=handed pitching. They do hit the ball well, so there is some risk, but the innings and strikeouts should provide a nice floor on him. The money line on Miller has dropped from +130 to +113 already and I would not be shocked if he was favored by first pitch. The run low is only seven, which is the lowest on the day as well, so that is another positive for him.
Noah Syndergaard vs. Milwaukee Brewers ($6900) – The Brewers do have some of their missing pieces back, but they are still a decent matchup for the young Mets fireballer. The have the eight worst batting average and strikeout seventh most in the league vs. right-handed pitching. Syndergaard did throw 100+ pitches in his first start, so we can expect the same today. He had six strikeouts over 5.1 innings of work and was chased from the game after allowing a two run bomb to Chris Coghlan. The Homerun ate into an otherwise solid first performance and I can only expect that to get better in his second start as he gets to pitch at home in a pitcher friendly park with the butterflies out of the way.
Buster Posey vs. Cincinnati Reds ($4300) – Posey has a four game hit streak where he has pounded out seven hits in eighteen at-bats. He gets a matchup today with Anthony DeScalfani who started the season hot and has since cooled way down. Posey should be in the lineup again today, although he could be rested with the earlier start time. If he is in, I would roll with him again in a good hitter’s park he and his Giants teammates seem to enjoy.
Evan Gattis vs. Toronto Blue Jays ($3400) – Gattis was the DH yesterday, so there’s a good chance he finds himself in the lineup again today. He gets a matchup with Mark Buehrle who has struggled with right-handed power bats lately. Gattis had a homerun yesterday and plays in a good hitter’s park again today. As long as he remains in the cleanup spot, he should have a lot of chances to produce runs.
Adrian Gonzalez vs. Colorado Rockies ($5400) – Gonzalez is batting .356 with 9 homeruns and an OPS of 1.116. He does his best work against right-handed pitching and gets a very weak one in Kyle Kendrick to feast on here. Kendrick has an ERa over seven and a half and a WHIP over one and a half. He has also been prone to give up homeruns, so this is a great matchup for Gonzalez. Dodgers Stadium is not the best hitter’s park, but Gonzalez has been smashing there all season. He is pricey to fit into a lineup, but he should be one of the top bats on the day.
Brandon Belt vs. Cincinnati Reds ($4400) – Belt has seventeen hits in his last forty-two at-bats over the last ten games. This includes consecutive games where he has gone 3-for-5 with a homerun in each so far this series. He gets a matchup with Anthony DeScalfani, who has allowed lefty bats to hit .286 so far this year with a WHIP of 1.83 and 3 homers over 19 innings of work. DeScalfani struggles with lefty bats, belt is one of the hottest in MLB right now, and the ballpark bump is in his favor, so I expect him to stay hot and pick up a few more hits.
Jason Kipnis vs. Texas ($5500) – . Jason Kipnis smashes right handed pitching and has been hot lately. Kipnis has an eight game hitting streak that includes multiple hits in six of those eight games. Here is his game log for the last 8 games: 3, 4, 2, 1, 3, 3, 3, and 1 hit. That’s 20 hits in his last 35 at-bats over that stretch. He gets Nick Martinez tomorrow who is not a great pitcher. He has come back down to earth after throwing a few gems in mid to late April. Second base is a position I think you have to pay up for today. The only question for me is do you take Kipnis or Altuve.
Jose Altuve vs. Toronto Blue Jays ($4700) – Altuve is one of the best hitter’s in the league against left-handed pitching. Buehrle at this point of his career struggles with right-handed bats and this is one of the higher total games on the day. Altuve is batting .331 on the year and has multiple hits in two of his last three games. The matchup, ballpark, and lineup placement are all what we want to see from a lead off hitter and he should be able to produce a good return today.
Matt Carpenter vs. Detroit Tigers ($4900) – Carpenter is back after missing a few days last week. He is also back in the two hole and back to increasing his RBI numbers this year. After being switched from leadoff to number two, his fantasy scores have jumped. He has at least 12 fantasy point in 6 of his last nine games. That is incredibly consistency and returns excellent value at his price. He gets a match up with Alfredo Simon who has allowed a .313 batting average to left-handed bats in 2015. It’s a really nice matchup for Carpenter and he should continue to produce.
Nolan Arrenado vs. Los Angeles Dodgers ($4100) – Arrenado is too good to be this cheap. He homered yesterday and now has a hit in four straight games, as well as eight of his last ten. He gets a matchup with Bolsinger today, who was solid in parts of last year and this season in the majors. The ballpark is not great, but Arrenado should be in the meat of the order here and the Rockies should have an easy time than they did in the last two against Kershaw and Greinke.
Alcides Escobar vs. New York Yankees ($4500) – Escobar is batting on top of the Royals order. He has hit safely in seven of his last nine games and five of those have been multi-hit games. He gets a good splits matchup against Chris Capuano who is returning from the DL for this start. While his price is up, he is one of the safest options today at the SS position.
Hanley Ramirez vs. Seattle Mariners ($4200) – Hanley is still not 100% from his injury, but he can still mash left-handed pitching. In fact mashing left-handed pitching is where he has helped the Red Sox the most this year. The Sox do not usually hit lefties well, which is why he is so important. He gets a matchup with the young lefty James Paxton who has been a little disappointing so far this year after the blistering start to his career last season. It’s a good matchup for Hanley in a tough hitter’s park, but that likely factors into the discounted price at a hard to fill position.
Michael Brantley vs. Texas Rangers ($5600) – Brantley gets a matchup with Nick Martinez who struggles with left-handed batters. Brantley has been on fire lately, with double digit scores in 10 of his last 12 games. The Left-handed bats for Cleveland are all in a good spot and they are expected to score some points today in a good hitter’s park down in Texas. Brantley is batting third in that order and should be in the mix for some production there.
George Springer vs. Toronto Blue Jays ($4800) – Springer is starting to heat up with 2 homeruns in his last four games and 4 double digit fantasy scores over his last eight. He gets a good matchup with Mark Buehrle who has allowed right-handers to hit for better average and more power against him. They play at home today in Houston, which is a hitter friendly park. I think Springer has a good chance for a homerun today, which would make him a real nice value if he does go yard.
Lorenzo Cain vs. New York Yankees ($4700) – Cain has safely hit in eight of his last ten games. He gets a good matchp today with Chris Capuano and the Royals bats should be able to do some damage against him. Cain is batting in the heart of that Royals order and is one of the big right-handed bats they do have. He has a fantasy score of at least five in 10 straight games, so he always does at least a little bit to help your team win. He is not as likely as the other two to go yard today, but he can rack up a few hits, few RBI, and a few runs scored to pay off his salary.
David Peralta vs. Philadelphia Phillies ($4000) – He burned a lot of people yesterday while he was in a good matchup in a good park. That only makes him more appealing as the masses will be off of him here today. He gets to go up against Sean O’Sullivan for the Phillies. O’Sullivan has limited experience, but so far has allowed 3 HRs to left-handed batters in 3.2 innings of work. Peralta should again be batting cleanup and the matchup is better for him today than it was yesterday. His price is reasonable and the upside here is too tantalizing to pass over.