Today is a unique slate of games. We have a TON of solid pitching going, but we also have a TON of weather issues. I would certainly make sure to check closer to game time for many of these games before wrapping up your lineups. For this article, I’ll be treating it as if every game were in play. As always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Clayton Kershaw – LAD vs. SDP – $13,900 – When it comes to Kershaw, his price tag is always consistently through the roof, and today is no different. At $13,900, it’s going to be a tough pill to swallow. However, he has one of the best match ups on the slate against a very strikeout friendly Padres team. On the season, the Padres have struck out 25.3% of the time. Kershaw enters today with a 9.7 K/9. Earlier this season, Kershaw struck out nine Padres in seven innings allowing no runs on one hit. He’s worth the high price tag.
David Price – BOS vs. NYY – $11,000 – We do have some weather concerns in this one AND it’s the only game playing tonight. So, be sure to check the weather closer to this game. However, if this game does in fact play, you could be in for a fine, low owned score. Price is pitching better than his numbers indicate, and he gets a matchup against a Yankees team that owns a .295 wOBA against lefties this season with a 20.1 K%. This isn’t the safest play but one that could pay off immensely if they play.
Marcus Stroman – TOR vs. TBR – $9,200 – On a night where $13,900 is the most expensive pitcher, $9,200 does indeed feel like a value. Stroman goes up against the Rays who are struggling against right-handed pitching, owning a .288 wOBA in the 2016 season. Stroman had one of his best performances this season against the Rays, where he pitched eight innings allowing three runs on eight hits striking out five and walking one. The Rays lead the league in K% against right-handed pitchers at 27.8%, putting Stroman in a great spot.
Ricky Nolasco – MIN vs. DET – $7,300 – I’m siting here staring at my screen in disbelief. I’m featuring Nolasco in my article in a POSITIVE light. I’ll be honest, he’s been a hell of a surprise this season, owning a 3.25 ERA with a 0.90 WHIP and a K/9 of 7.8 He takes on a Tigers team .325 wOBA in the early going, which is not bad by any means. But with Nolasco pitching as well as he has, he could be an intriguing GPP play today.
Anthony Rizzo (1B) – CHC vs ATL – $5,100 – Rizzo hasn’t been hitting for average so far this season, he comes into tonight with a .218 average, but the hits he does get have been huge. Entering tonight with eight home runs, he faces off with Julio Teheran who allowed five home runs this season with four of those to left handed batters. Rizzo owns a .471 wOBA with an ISO of .446 against righties heading into today.
Giancarlo Stanton (OF) – MIA vs MIL – $5,300 – With Nolasco making it into this article as someone I’m considering playing, Peralta has to take his place as my favorite pitcher to target against. Peralta enters today with a .397 wOBA against righties and is always a threat to give up a bomb. Stanton owns a .380 wOBA with a .290 ISO against righties, hitting six of his eight home runs against them.
Carlos Gonzalez (OF) – COL vs. ARZ – $4,300 – It’s hard not to like anyone on the Rockies today as the square off with Shelby Miller. Coming into today, Gonzalez owns a .430 wOBA with an ISO of .258 ISO. Miller has gotten off to a rough start, with a .401 wOBA against right-handed batters. Almost anyone in this Rockies lineup could be an option today.
Todd Frazier (3B) – CHW vs BAL – $4,400 – Frazier is starting to heat up at the plate. Over his past ten games, he’s 11-37 with four home runs, 10 RBIs, averaging 10.7 FPPG. He takes on Ubaldo Jimenez, who owned a .333 wOBA against righties last season. Frazier has a .353 wOBA against righties this season and could be a nice low owned addition to your lineup today.
Bryce Harper (OF) – WAS vs. STL – $5,000 – I mean, when ISN’T Harper an option. He always is, but he’s been slumping a bit over his last 10. Hitting .219 in that span, Harper is still averaging 8.5 FPPG during that 10 game stretch. On the season, Harper still owns a .445 wOBA on the season against right-handed pitchers. I don’t love Harper against Carlos Martinez today, but as I said, Harper is almost always an option on any particular day.
David Ortiz (1B) – BOS vs. NYY – $4,900 – Ortiz keeps doing his thing despite saying he’s “retiring” at the end of the season. Going up against Nathan Eovaldi, who owns a .367 wOBA against lefties this season, Ortiz has been best against righties this year. With a .459 wOBA and an ISO of .373, this is a prime spot for Ortiz. Weather has me putting him lower on the list, however.
Mike Trout (OF) – LAA vs. TEX – $4,800 – Despite being on one of the worst hitting clubs in the league and starting off slow himself, Trout could be in a good spot against a less than 100% Hamels. Trout owns a .370 wOBA against lefties this season while Hamels checks in with a .352 wOBA against righties. On a slate with so many expensive pitchers, Trout could be a sneak play at a higher price.
Derek Dietrich (2B/3B) – MIA vs. MIL – $3,600 – Dietrich hit lead off for the first time in his career last night and responded well. He scored 18 points with a home run included in that mix. If he is indeed batting leadoff, his value will jump immensely. Dietrich owns a .443 wOBA against right-handed pitchers and faces off with Wily Peralta today. In other words, get him on your roster.
Joey Votto (1B) – CIN vs. PIT – $3,800 – It won’t be very often you’ll see Votto under $4K, except for today….and maybe tomorrow. Struggling along with the rest of the Reds lineup, Votto is only hitting .229. He does face Jeff Locke today, and Votto owns a career .390 wOBA against left-handed pitching. One of these days Votto is going to come back around, and today may just be it. Locke is allowing a .341 wOBA to lefties so far this season.
David Peralta (OF) – ARZ vs. COL – $3,500 – As one of the highest projected run totals of the day, Peralta takes on Chad Bettis who has allowed a career .332 wOBA to left-handed batters. Peralta, in the middle of a small slump, has a .329 wOBA against righties this season with an ISO of .178. He could be a decent sneaky play on the day.
Justin Bour (1B) – MIA vs. MIL – $3,600 – When I have three Marlins featured in this article, that may just be my subtle way of saying I like a Marlins stack today. Peralta, as I’ve eluded, struggles against both batters, but lefties especially. Peralta has allowed a .413 wOBA to them thus far this season. Bour has a .337 wOBA against righties with an ISO of .215. At $3,600, he’s a nice player to save some of that salary today.