Scott Kazmir vs. Texas Rangers ($7400) – Kazmir has 30 strikeouts in 30 innings of work with a 0.99 ERA and a WHIP of 0.88. He gets the Texas Rangers in this one who have the second most strikeouts of any team against left-handed pitching. Kazmir is also a -140 favorite in this game. With the win likely, the strikeouts likely high, and Kazmir limiting opponent’s baserunners, this could add up to a nice score. Throw in the fact he is pretty reasonably priced and you got an almost automatic start here.
Chris Heston vs. Los Angeles Angels ($5400) – If you can forgive his one bad start against the Rockies in Coors field, Heston has been awesome. He has 18, 23, and 27 DK points in those other starts and at his price today, that would make him an elite play worthy of GPP inclusion. Even after giving up 12 baserunners and six runs in only five innings of work in Colorado, he still only sports a 2.77 ERA and a WHIP of 1.23 so you know his numbers were ridiculously low before that. Obviously there’s some risk against a good lineup off a bad performance, but that only makes him more interesting as others will likely stay away, which would mean low ownership with high upside for tournaments.
Brian McCann vs. Boston Red Sox ($4900) – He is pricey today, but the match up is elite for him. The Yankee cleanup hitter has been hot with four multi-hit games in his last six. He gets a match up today with Justin Masterson who gaveup a .320 batting average to left-handed bats in 2014 and is at .275 in the early part of this year. McCann hits righties well over his career and should see plenty of opportunities to drive in runs with the Yankees throwing a lefty heavy Lineup at Masterson.
Brayan Pena vs. Atlanta Braves ($3000) – Pena has been solid while filling in for the injured Devin Mesoraco and is scheduled for a good matchup today with Trevor Cahill. I say scheduled, because Cahill may get skipped in the rotation, so make sure to check on that as a pitching change could change this match up. Pena is a guy with some pop in his bat and Cahill struggled last year with lefty bats who hit .346 against him. Pena is a solid cheap bat with upside that can help you win a GPP if he gets a hold of one.
Joey Votto vs. Atlanta Braves ($4700) – Votto is an elite left-handed bat going up against a pitcher who is one of the worst vs. Lefty bats. Trevor Cahill gave up a .346 BA to lefties last year and Votto is the main guy I would target against him. Votto hits third in that Reds order and can hit for power and average. He has a lot of other lefty bats around him, so he has the chance to drive in runs and be driven in by others. He is also my pick for a Homerun today, which is something you have to get out of your first baseman to keep pace in tournaments.
Mike Napoli vs. New York Yankees ($3800) – Napoli has tremendous power from the right side and makes for a solid start anytime a left-handed pitcher is on the mound. Today he gets a match up with the struggling CC Sabathia, who has seen his better days. At this point, he is a guy who has huge blow up potential, especially vs. Righties. Napoli should get the start today and find himself somewhere in the heart of that Red Sox order. He has homerun upside and a chance for multiple hits and runs scored or batted in. He’s really cheap in a great match up, so it’s an easy play.
Jose Altuve vs. Seattle Mariners ($5000) – While this may seem pricey for a 5’6″ lead off man, he’s done nothing lately to make you think it is foolish. Altuve mashes left-handed pitching. He did so to the tune of .414 in 2014. Whenever a lefty is on the mound, he is in play. Roenis Elias is the young lefty he will see today. Elias gave up only a .257 BA to righties with 13 long balls last year. He just started pitching in the majors after an injury delayed his debut, so he is still rounding into shape as well. Altuve has been hot with double digit DK points in 8 of his last nine and the one game he feel short, he had 8 DK points. He is averaging 16 DK points over his last nine games and the match up today suggests that rend should continue.
Devon Travis vs. Cleveland Indians ($3300) – Travis is the new leadoff man for the Blue Jays with Reyes banged up. All he done since taking over is hit .325 with a OPS of 1.018. Those are eye popping numbers from the rookie lead off man. He does have a tough match up today with Carrasco, but Carrasco has been knocked around a little bit already, so it’s not out of the question. Travis is just too cheap to ignore the way he has been playing and is one of the better salary saving options at any position today if you need him.
Matt Carpenter vs. Pittsburgh Pirates ($4600) – You can not say enough about how solid and consistent Carpenter is. He has at least 8 DK points in seven of his last nine games and is averaging over 11 points per game during that stretch. He has been dropped from the lead off spot to the two hole, so he is in line for more RBI opportunities as well. He is a lefty bat who gets his preferred splits match up against AJ Burnett today and he should be able to keep the hits rolling in. His lineup placement makes him a good candidate to score some runs and his drop down gives him more RBI chances which only helps his upside.
Kyle Seager vs. Houston Astros ($3900) – Seager was hurt so he has seen his price drop for this one. Today is a good time to take advantage against a weak right-handed pitcher like Samuel Dudono. Dudono is a bit of a gas can and used to pitch last year for the Twins. He was a guy we targetted against in 2014, so I see no reason not to do so this year. He struggles with left-handed bats and the long ball, so Seager should be in line for multiple hits with homerun upside. He is usually more expensive, even in worse match ups, so take advantage of this now before he climbs back up to the mid $4K range.
Hanley Ramirez vs. New York Yankees ($5000) – Hanley is on fire recently. He is 9 for his last 25 with 5 homeruns. He has double digit DK scores in five of those six games and is averaging over 15 points during his present heater. He bats cleanup for the Red Sox and gets a great match up today with CC Sabathia who is struggling with homeruns allowed to right-handed bats. Take one of the hottest hitters in baseball and match him up with one of the guys struggling the most against that type of hitter and you got a good chance for a big upside game today from Ramirez.
Marcus Semein vs. Texa Rangers ($3700) – Semein has been moved up to the 2 hole for that Oakland offense. He has a bunch of guys in good spots all around him in that order. Semein is a professional hitter. He makes contact and gets on base often. He has 4 multi-hit games in his last seven. He also scores runs often. He is great for cash games, although I would not use in tourney’s as his upside is limited by being on the wrong side of the preferred splits.
Jay Bruce vs. Atlanta Braves ($4700) – This is a GPP play, because Bruce is very inconsistent, but he is a left-handed power bat that hits fastballs hard. The Braves are starting Mike Foltynewicz today who is someone that has limited innings in MLB. Last year in 8 innings against LHB, he gave up 13 hits, 4 walks, 3 homeruns, and 10 total runs. Lefties have killed him and you have to look at all the left-handed bats on the Reds. Of those guys, Bruce has the profile to suggest he can do the most damage.
Melky Cabrera vs. Minnesota Twins ($4300) – Melky is always a little underpriced for a guy who hits 2nd or third in his order in front of some big bats like Jose Abreu and Adam LaRoche. He is a switch hitter who does better from the left side as he will be batting today. He is a very consistent guy who goes fora high average. He gets a walk or a hit almost every game and scores a run here and there. He has been in positive territory for ten straight games, returning right around 2 points per thousand of cost everyday. He does not hit his ceiling often, but has a good match up to do so today. He is another one with safety for cash games and potential upside for a tournament.
Brett Gardner vs. Boston Red Sox ($4300) – Gardner is one of the table setters for a left-handed dominant Yankee order that should feast on Masterson, who really struggles with lefties. He gets on base, steals, and scores runs. I do not envision a homerun from him today, but I think he has a chance to rip a few extra base hits in Fenway park down into that right field corner. For a guy who has 12 DK points or more in three of his last four games and is averaging just shy of 10 a game, he is too cheap in a good match up at only $4300.
Ryan Raburn vs. Toronto Blue Jays ($2900) – This is an easy pick for value. Buehrle struggles against right-handed bats. He allowed a .293 BA with 11 HRs last year and is at .346 with 4 HRs through 20 innings so far this season. Raburn is a platoon guy and the one thing he does really well is hit Left-handed pitching. When they play a lefty he hits fifth in that order behind Santana. He is really cheap and batting in power spot of the order with a splits advantage in his favor. This information is not a secret, so at his price I expect hi to be very highly owned.