With a solid 15 game slate going on today, and we have plenty of targets we should be looking. I’ll break down some of my personal favorites that will cover the entire day of baseball. As always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Noah Syndergaard – NYM vs. MIL – $13,300 – The Mets are the heavy favorite in this game with Thor taking the mound. Syndergaard gets the title as most expensive pitcher on the day, checking in at $13,300. Syndergaard has been solid this entire season, with the exception of two starts earlier this month against the Giants and the Padres. Aside from those starts, he’s averaged at least 20 fantasy points per start. He takes on a Brewers team that owns a 25.5 K% overall and a 26.6 K% against righties, which rank second and first respectively. Syndergaard owns a 10.9 K/9 this season that jumps all the way to 12.6 at home. Unlike Jacob deGrom last night, Syndergaard has looked impressive this entire season and should be in line for a solid start here today. He’s extremely expensive but should be worth the price of admission.
Cole Hamels – TEX vs HOU – $12,200 – I really like this spot for Hamels today against an Astros team that does not hit lefties well and strikes out a good amount against them. Coming into today, the Astros own a .303 wOBA, ranked 19th, with a 26.4 K%, which ranks 3rd. I also feel as though Hamels will go under owned in this spot. If people will be paying up for pitching, they will 100% gravitate toward Syndergaard instead of Hamels. With that being said, Hamels could be a fantastic play today at potentially low ownership. Hamels has faced HOU once this season and went 6.2 innings allowing one run on five hits with a 7:3 K:BB ratio.
Danny Salazar – CLE vs. BOS – $9,100 – I’m a bit skeptical about throwing Salazar in this spot because quite frankly, no one has really been able to shut down the Red Sox offense as of late. However, if someone might be able to do it, Salazar can be that guy. He’s had elite stuff this season, compiling a 1.80 ERA with a 1.00 WHIP and a K/9 of 10.9. Honestly, if we dive into any of the numbers of what the Red Sox do against right-handed pitching, it would most likely turn you off on this start. I personally think Salazar can be a low owned, high reward type pitcher today. At $9,100, it feels like way too cheap of a price for someone that is putting up pure ace production.
Casey Kelly – PHI vs. ATL – $4,600 – Nothing screams value like a starting pitcher who is only going to run you $4,600 today. That’s exactly what Casey Kelly brings to the table in a matchup against the Phillies. Quite frankly, this isn’t a horrible spot for him against a Phillies team that owns a .282 wOBA against righties, which ranks 29th in the league. They don’t strike out a ton, owning a 21.5 K%, but it’s modest enough that Kelly, who owned a 6.9 K/9 in seven starts in the minors, could grab around four or five here. He would be a huge salary saver, especially if you were going for someone like Syndergaard or Hamels today. In a plus matchup, Kelly is intriguing.
Robinson Cano (2B) – SEA vs CIN – $5,300 – Cano is one of my top options today facing Alfredo Simon. Against right-handed pitchers on the road this season, Cano owns an absurd .516 wOBA with an ISO of .406. Cano has displayed tremendous power on the road, hitting nine home runs with a .472 wOBA. So, what’s the best part of all of this? Simon is allowing a .507 wOBA to lefties with five home runs this season. Truly, what’s not to love here!? To be honest, Seattle as whole is a target today.
Jose Bautista (OF) – TOR vs MIN – $5,100 – Bautista really seems like he’s heating up at the plate. Over his last 10 games, Bautista is averaging 12.1 FPPG going 11-35 with three home runs, three doubles and 11 RBIs. He takes on Phil Hughes today, who is certainly no stranger to giving up home runs, allowing six of his seven home runs to right-handed batters. On top of it all, Hughes owns a .368 wOBA at home with a .535 SLG. Bautista is expensive, but has been making his price worth it lately.
Miguel Cabrera (1B) – DET vs. TBR – $4,100 – The tough part about this start for Cabrera is, I don’t know which version of Chris Archer will show up. Lately, Archer has been better, but his home numbers are much better than his road numbers. Unfortunately for Archer, Cabrera has been crushing it at home, owning a .590 wOBA against righties at Comerica Park. Archer on the other hand is allowing a .448 wOBA to righties on the road. All eight of Cabrera’s home runs have come off right-handed pitching with five of them at home. At just $4,100, Cabrera is too cheap for his home production.
Lorenzo Cain (OF) – KCR vs CHW – $4,400 – Cain has been fantastic against left-handed batters this season and he faces Carlos Rodon today. Rodon is great when it comes to facing left-handed batters, but against righties he has a boatload of issues. On the season, Rodon owns a .357 wOBA against them allowing seven home runs and a .459 SLG. Cain has a .392 wOBA against lefties this season with two home runs and a .536 SLG. At $4,400, Cain is not very expensive either, making him a solid play in your lineups.
Jackie Bradley Jr. (OF) – BOS vs. CLE – $3,900 – Bradley has a tough matchup against Danny Salazar today, I can’t deny that, but I also can’t deny someone in the middle of a 26 game hit streak. At $3,900, you’re getting a player averaging 13.6 FPPG over his last ten while hitting .342 overall with eight home runs, 33 RBIs and a 1.035 OPS. The fact that he’s still under $4,000 is amazing, and it almost makes him hard to fade.
Carlos Beltran (OF) – NYY vs OAK – $4,100 – If you haven’t heard about Beltran going on a hot streak lately, I totally understand, the Yankees haven’t exactly done much to be newsworthy this season. Over his last 10 games, Beltran is averaging 9.2 FPPG going 10-34 with two home runs, four doubles and 11 RBIs. A switch hitter, Beltran takes on Jesse Hahn today with Beltran owning a .368 wOBA against righties this season. Beltran is a very streaky hitter, so grabbing him on one of his hot streaks is most certainly something to take advantage of.
Corey Seager (SS) – LAD vs. SDP – $4,700 – The young shortstop has really turned it on lately and is averaging just under 10 FPPG over his last ten games. During that span, Seager is 13-43 with four home runs, two doubles, six RBIs and seven runs scored. Facing Colin Rea today, he’s been pretty tough on lefties, but Seager is a shortstop that’s hitting well in a position hard to fill normally. I’ll go with the hot bat in this one.
Michael Conforto (OF) – NYM vs MIL – $3,700 – Conforto has cooled off a bit after his really hot start earlier this month. But even with him cooling off, he has a fantastic matchup today at home against Chase Anderson. Owning a .349 wOBA to lefties on the road this season, Conforto has been great against right-handed pitchers, owning a .432 wOBA against them. At $3,700, he feels quite cheap against a pitcher that has already surrendered 11 home runs on the season.
Carlos Gonzlez (OF) – COL vs. PIT – $3,600 – Getting Carlos Gonzalez this cheap against a right-handed pitcher is most likely something I’ll be jumping on, especially if that opposing pitcher struggles against lefties. Coming into this game, Gonzalez owns a .356 wOBA against righties with a .483 SLG. Nicasio has equally been terrible against lefties, with a .408 wOBA against them. Gonzalez has been slumping a bit, which I’m hoping will keep his percentage owned down.
Welington Castillo (CATCH) – ARZ vs STL – $3,100 – Castillo should draw the start over Chris Herrmann in this one, as Castillo hits lefties much better than Herrmann. Castillo owns a .518 wOBA against lefties this season with an .842 SLG. At just $3,100, he could be a fantastic punt play at the catcher position with a legitimate chance to have a good game against Jaime Garcia.
Matt Adams (1B) – STL vs ARZ – $2,800 This depends on a couple of factors here. First and foremost, it depends if Adams is starting, and if he is, where in the lineup is he? Over the past few games when he’s starting, he been seventh, fifth and fourth. Obviously the higher he is in the order, the more valuable he will be. He faces off against Zack Greinke today, who we all know has been extremely inconsistent this season. Adams owns a .387 wOBA against righties this season with a .529 SLG. He’s extremely cheap and would be a great way to save some salary if needed.