For the second week in a row, we have a full Tuesday night schedule with 15 games under the lights tonight. Most teams are at or near the front of their rotation, so there are some great arms scheduled to start tonight. With all 30 teams in action, there are lots of options to consider, but here are the players I think you should have on your short list at each position whether you are looking for studs or values.
Chris Sale – BOS vs. BAL – $12,500 – Sale has been dominant in every one of his five Boston starts, but a criminal lack of run support has resulted in a 1-2 record despite a 1.19 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP. He has double-digit strikeouts in four straight games and has gone at least seven innings allowing two earned runs or fewer in each start. This will be his first start this season against Baltimore, but he is 2-1 with a 2.16 ERA against them in the last three years. Expect more of the same from Sale with a great chance for a win if he gets run support.
Other Options – Corey Kluber ($11,600), James Paxton ($9,100)
Sonny Gray – OAK @ MIN – $7,600 – The A’s activated their ace yesterday, and Gray will make his season debut tonight against the Twins. His lat injury forced him to start the season on the DL, but he looked good in his two rehab starts going 2-0 with 13 strikeouts and no walks in 11 scoreless innings. There is definitely risk rolling with Gray fresh of the DL, but he has a very attractive upside for a pitcher who costs under $8K and gets a good matchup.
Other Options – Danny Duffy ($8,800), Ervin Santana ($8,600)
Salvador Pérez – KC vs. CWS – $3,200 – There are many affordable catching options in good situations tonight, but I’ll go with Pérez. He has gone 6-12 with three runs scored, five RBI and a home run in his last three games, so he comes into tonight’s matchup heating up. He’ll face White Sox starter Jose Quintana who he has gone 19-60 (.317) against in the past with four doubles, a pair of homers and even a triple helping him to a .866 career OPS against the White Sox’s scheduled starter.
Other Options – Brian McCann ($3,300), Yadier Molina ($3,500)
Austin Romine – NYY vs. TOR – $2,700 – While filling in for the injured Gary Sanchez, Romine has been a solid producer hitting .315 on the season with a pair of homers, 10 RBI and a healthy .813 OPS. He has hit safely in four straight coming into tonight’s matchup with Mat Latos and the Blue Jays.
Other Options – Austin Hedges ($2,700), Jett Bandy ($2,500)
Paul Goldschmidt – ARI @ WAS – $4,900 – Goldschmidt is always a good play and he has been a key piece in the Diamondbacks’ surprising 16-11 start. They’ll take on the NL East-leading Nationals tonight in DC, and Goldschmidt is again a solid play. He is 11-22 (.500) over the last week with five walks, six runs scored, a pair of doubles and a home run. On the season, he’s hitting .315 with a .983 OPS.
Other Options – José Abreu ($4,300), Hanley Ramírez ($4,700)
Matt Carpenter – STL vs. MIL – $4,200 – Carpenter is still hitting just .243 on the season, but he is hitting .265 in his last nine games with a 1.023 OPS. He has hit safely in six of those nine games and connected on his fourth homer of the season last night. Tonight, Carpenter is a great play since he’ll be taking on Brewers’ starter Wily Peralta who he has owned in the past. Carpenter is 20-43 (.465) with six doubles and three home runs giving him a 1.335 OPS against Peralta.
Other Options – Buster Posey ($3,700), Logan Morrison ($3,200)
José Altuve – HOU vs. TEX – $4,700 – Altuve had averaged 10 DKFP per game over his last 10 games while hitting .324 with a 1.028 OPS. He finished with 18 DKFP last night going 1-3 with a double, RBI, stolen base and a pair of runs scored. He’ll look to continue producing against the Rangers tonight as he takes on Cole Hamels. In his career, he is 5-15 (.333) against the southpaw with a homer and a pair of RBI.
Other Options – Dee Gordon ($4,100), Robinson Canó ($4,100)
Yolmer Sánchez – CWS @ KC – $2,300 – If you have to go ultra-cheap at any position, one of the top options to take a look at is Sánchez since the White Sox will likely get the utility infielder into the lineup tonight against lefty Danny Duffy. Sánchez is 9-39 (.231) on the season with three doubles, a triple and a home run. However, he has gone 7-17 (.412) against Duffy in their past meetings which are enough of a reason to take a flier on him if he’s in the lineup at such a ultra-value price.
Other Options – César Hernández ($3,200), Marco Hernández ($3,100)
Miguel Sanó – MIN vs. OAK – $4,100 – Since he plays for the Twins, Sanó is still a little off the radar, but he has been red-hot over the past week going 11-17 (.647) with three homers and 11 RBI. He has homered in three of his last four games and has multiple hits in each of those four contests. The Twins had yesterday off, and they’ll open their homestand tonight against Sonny Gray and the A’s. It’s hard to know exactly what to expect from Gray, but Sanó looks hot enough to be matchup-proof at this point.
Other Options – Kris Bryant ($5,000), Josh Harrison ($3,900)
Jedd Gyorko – STL vs. MIL – $3,700 – Gyorko went 4-5 last night with a pair of homers to lift his average to .369 on the year with a 1.184 OPS. He’s now 11-23 (.478) over the last week and he’s hit safely in seven of his last eight starts including six multi-hit efforts. The Cardinals face Wily Peralta tonight, and Gyorko is 5-12 in his career against Peralta including a home run.
Other Options – José Ramírez ($3,500), Martín Prado ($3,400)
Trea Turner – WAS vs. ARI – $4,700 – After the loss of Adam Eaton, the Nationals look ready to give Turner back his leadoff spot on a regular basis. He only went 1-6 in Washington’s 23-5 win on Sunday, but he is hitting .317 on the season and has gone 13-31 (.419) over the last week. Turner hasn’t faced Taijuan Walker before, but he has at least seven DKFP in seven straight games making him definitely worth considering even though he doesn’t come cheap.
Other Options – Francisco Lindor ($4,100), Trevor Story ($4,600)
Freddy Galvis – PHI @ CHC – $3,100 – Galvis extended his hitting streak to 13 games last night going 1-3 against the Cubs with a homer and a pair of RBI. His average for the season is still just .273 but has been .351 over his past 10 games. Galvis is 9-27 (.333) in his last four seasons at Wrigley Field where he’ll face Jon Lester and the Cubs tonight. Against Lester, Galvis is only 3-14 (.214) but one of those hits was a home run.
Other Options – Asdrúbal Cabrera ($3,500), Kiké Hernández ($3,100)
Nelson Cruz – SEA vs. LAA – $4,200 – Cruz went 9-19 over the last week hitting .474 with four homers and an astonishing 1.658 OPS. His OPS on the season is up to 1.025 with a .315 average and 23 RBI to go with his seven homers. Cruz has hit safely in 10 games and leads the AL with a .677 wOBA. He and the Mariners are back home to face the Angels tonight, and Cruz is 7-23 (.304) with two homers off LA’s scheduled starter Matt Shoemaker.
Other Options – Charlie Blackmon ($4,800), Matt Holliday ($4,000)
Ender Inciarte – ATL vs. NYM – $3,600 – Inciarte has gone 9-27 (.333) over the last week including hitting his fifth homer of the season last night against the Mets. He’s up to .240 on the year with a .715 OPS while going a perfect 7-for-7 in stolen base attempts as well. With Freddie Freeman and Matt Kemp providing thump in the middle of the Atlanta order, Inciarte has a lot of value as a leadoff hitter. He is only 3-15 (.200) in his career against tonight’s starter Matt Harvey but he has posted at least 13 DKFP in seven straight contests.
Other Options – Justin Upton ($3,700), Delino DeShields ($3,400)
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