WATCH: IMPACT PLAYER – MATT ADAMS
We’ve got a bit of a weird slate for you this Wednesday, with only 10 games on the late slate with a bunch of afternoon action. Limited options will lower your margin for error, so going with chalk when it makes sense, well, makes sense. Don’t get cute. Chalk it up.
Chris Sale — BOS vs. TEX — $13,500 – Let’s take a minute to appreciate Sale despite the uniform he wears. Since striking out only (yes, only) seven batters in his season debut, Sale has gone eight straight starts with double-digit Ks. He’s failed to pitch into the seventh inning in just one of his nine starts and the Rangers likely won’t touch him on the road. Texas is batting .227 with a .371 slugging percentage vs. LHPs this season. He’s tough to go against.
Other Options: Charlie Morton ($8,600), Kyle Hendricks ($8,500)
Robert Gsellman — NYM vs. SD — $6,200 – I’m willing to consider Gsellman because, well, the Mets are facing the Padres at home. Following a seven-game skid, New York has won three of four, scoring 24 runs over that stretch. San Diego’s offense has scored over three runs only once in the last seven games. I mean, Michael Conforto should be enough to get Gsellman a win, at the very least.
Other Options: Erasmo Ramirez ($5,600)
Salvador Perez — KC vs. NYY — $3,900 – Perez has been the Royals’ best hitter so far this season, leading the team in HRs (11), RBI (28) and OPS (.862). He has four HRs over his last 10 games, one of which came at Yankee Stadium a week earlier. New York SP Luis Severino has allowed five HRs with a 5.09 ERA in 23.0 IP at home this season.
Other Options: Matt Wieters ($3,600)
Yadier Molina — STL vs. LAD — $2,900 – Molina is a prime value play vs. LHP Rich Hill in the late game on the late slate. So far this season, Molina is batting .308 with a HR and four RBI vs. left-handed pitchers. Regardless of the matchup, Molina is on a 12-game hitting streak and is still conveniently priced for any type of contest your heart desires.
Other Options: Cameron Rupp ($3,100)
Mark Reynolds — COL vs. PHI — $4,500 – The Rockies would normally prefer to hit at Coors Field, but their second choice would most likely be Citizens Bank Park in Philly. They’ve scored eight runs in back-to-back games vs. the Phillies, and though Reynolds hasn’t factored into that much, he should Wednesday vs. Jeremy Hellickson, who has the highest SIERA (5.49) among SPs. Reynolds is due to go yard.
Other Options: Miguel Cabrera ($4,600), Hanley Ramirez ($4,600)
John Jaso — PIT vs. ATL — $3,000 – Jaso is on a five-game hitting streak, with doubles in back-to-back and a HR and four RBI during that stretch. Braves’ SP Julio Teheran was shelled in his previous start at home (9 ER in 3.0 IP), so he was pushed back in the rotation. Jaso is a great cash-game option; he has at least five DKFP in eight of his past nine games.
Other Options: Wilmer Flores ($3,300), Luis Valbuena ($3,200)
Yangervis Solarte — SD vs. NYM — $2,800 – Alright, so Gsellman is an OK value play, but he’s also prone to allowing a ton of hits. Should the latter happen, and if Solarte is in the Padres’ lineup, there is a good chance he’ll look like the player from last season. Solarte has shown signs that he’s turning things around with hits in four of six games.
Other Options: Cesar Hernandez ($3,500), Brandon Phillips ($4,400), Josh Harrison ($3,900)
Kris Bryant — CHC vs. SF — $5,100 – Your options at 3B on the late slate are very limited, so rolling with Bryant or Nolan Arenado ($5,200) seems inevitable. Bryant rakes against left-handed pitchers, batting .344 with four HRs and 10 RBI in only 32 ABs. He’ll likely have high ownership, but he is the clear-cut top play tonight.
Other Options: Joey Gallo ($4,000), Anthony Rendon ($3,700)
Wilmer Flores — NYM vs. SD — $3,300 – Again, limited resources here, so we’re going to have a bit of overlap in the recommendations. Flores has dual eligibility at 1B and 3B and has been solid in his past five games, batting .444 with three runs and a pair of RBI. His season average is nearly up to .300, and he’s a steady option despite limited power numbers.
Other Options: Daniel Robertson ($2,500)
Xander Bogaerts — BOS vs. TEX — $4,700 – If Trevor Story ($4,500) wasn’t playing so miserably this season I’d opt for him vs. the Phillies, but he is, so let’s go with Bogaerts here. In his past 29 plate appearances, Bogaerts has seven runs, four RBI and has a .438 BABIP. Rangers SP Martin Perez (3.71 ERA) may look decent on paper but has had an extremely friendly schedule thus far.
Other Options: Javier Baez ($3,900), Didi Gregorius ($3,800)
Alexi Amarista — COL vs. PHI — $2,800 – Amarista has grossly outperformed Story for the Rockies, batting .379 on the season thanks to four multi-hit outings in his past six games. Amarista is batting .556 with a HR, six runs and seven RBI during that stretch.
Other Options: Tim Beckham ($2,900), Erick Aybar ($2,300)
Aaron Judge — NYY vs. KC — $5,000 – The Judge has been quiet over the last 10 games, belting just two solo HRs. Luckily for him, Jason Hammel is on the mound at Yankee Stadium, having allowed six HRs in his past four starts, including two to the Yanks in his previous start. Despite no HRs or RBI vs. KC this season, Judge is still averaging 7.4 DKFP in five games.
Other Options: Charlie Blackmon ($5,600), Michael Conforto ($4,900)
Brett Eibner — LAD vs. STL — $2,000 – With the chances of Joc Pederson being out of the lineup tonight, Eibner should be a lock to start in the OF. He’s played well in limited action for the Dodgers since being recalled, batting .313 with two HRs and six RBI in 16 ABs. Mike Leake has been pitching worse than his ERA (2.03) would suggest considering his 3.18 FIP.
Other Options: Magneuris Sierra ($2,300)
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