WATCH: PITCHERS TO CONSIDER
A weird trend for tonight’s nine-game slate are offenses on the road. The Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Rockies and Nationals are all away from home and are looking at the best matchups on the night. Pinpoint players who thrive in other ballparks. I’m currently at home, so hopefully my picks don’t struggle. Find me on Twitter @BZweimanNHL.
Chris Archer — TB vs. TEX — $11,300 – The matchup vs. the Rangers on the road isn’t great for Archer, but this is more a testament to who he’s going up against – Austin Bibens-Dirkx. Never heard of him? Me neither. Just kidding. But not really. Archer has at least 11 Ks in four of his past five starts, so even if he’s roughed up a bit, that total should be high. Couple that with a W and you’ve got a fairly safe option.
Other Options – Max Scherzer ($13,300), James Paxton ($8,200)
Jaime Garcia — ATL vs. LAA — $7,600 – There aren’t great options below the $7,000 threshold, so going with the lefty is a solid play. Garcia has been solid his past two outings, posting at least 25.4 DKFP in each. The Angels hit LHPs well (.248 as a team), but haven’t translated that into many runs (39). Without Mike Trout and potentially Cameron Maybin, this makes Garcia’s matchup even more enticing.
Other Options – Hyun-Jin Ryu ($6,700), Junior Guerra ($5,900)
Gary Sanchez — NYY vs. BAL — $4,500 – Sanchez hasn’t gotten things going since returning from the DL. That could change vs. Kevin Gausman in Baltimore tonight. Gausman has allowed nine ER on 16 hits in 10.2 IP over two starts vs. the Yankees this season. Sanchez has a solid .313 BABIP and a respectable OBP of .358 despite his struggles. I’m guessing the power comes around tonight.
Other Options – Welington Castillo ($3,500)
Christian Vazquez — BOS vs. CWS — $3,200 – If the Red Sox decide not to play Vazquez vs. RHP Mike Pelfrey, then I just don’t know what I’m doing anymore. Vazquez has hits in five of six games, including three doubles, bringing his slash line up to .345/.378/.464. His floor is high if he does get the start and would be a decent stack option in Boston’s lineup.
Other Options – Kurt Suzuki ($2,900)
Ryan Zimmerman — WAS vs. SF — $4,500 – The fact that Zimmerman leads the MLB with a .371 BA still baffles me. When will this madness end?!? Not yet, apparently. Zimmerman is batting .351 over his last 10 games, but his power numbers have regressed a bit. What’s that? Matt Cain is pitching for the Giants? That will certainly help Zimmerman out.
Other Options – Hanley Ramirez ($4,300), Matt Holliday ($4,200)
Trey Mancini — BAL vs. NYY — $3,400 – Mancini has hit the ball well this series vs. the Yankees and things only get better Wednesday with Masahiro Tanaka on the hill. Despite Tanaka’s impressive last start, I’m not buying it entirely; it was vs. the A’s. Mancini is batting .327 with a 1.107 OPS at home this season.
Other Options – Danny Valencia ($3,200)
Daniel Murphy — WAS vs. SF — $4,300 – Not crazy about Zimmerman? Murphy is also a strong candidate vs. Cain considering there isn’t much at the top at 2B. In the first two games of the series, Murphy is 5-for-9 with two doubles and three RBI. He’s raking on the road (.360, 8 HR, 24 RBI), simple as that.
Other Options – Starlin Castro ($3,900)
Chase Utley — LAD vs. STL — $3,400 – Utley is kind of relevant again. Never would have thought that after his past two seasons. He’s homered three times in his past six games and is averaging 10.0 DKFP per contest in his past 10. I mean, he was a HR away from the cycle Tuesday. Carlos Martinez is a tough draw, but Utley has a high ceiling for GPPs.
Other Options – Taylor Motter ($3,400), Daniel Robertson ($2,700)
Nolan Arenado — COL vs. SEA — $4,900 – Arenado is mired in a slump (8-for-40 in his past 10 games). So good thing he’s facing a LHP tonight. James Paxton has been solid for the Mariners, but Arenado has destroyed lefties this season, batting .407 with seven HRs and 16 RBI in 54 ABs. Coors Field would have made this pick a bit sexier, but I’ll take it anyway.
Other Options – Manny Machado ($4,000), Todd Frazier ($3,700)
Logan Forsythe — LAD vs. STL — $3,200 – Again, if you aren’t digging the Utley pick, Forsythe has dual eligibility at 2B and 3B, and has hit the ball well in two games vs. the Cardinals this series. He’s 3-for-7 with a HR and two RBI to go with three BB. Forsythe has a solid BABIP of .372 and Martinez has induced a lot of contact lately, albeit with decent K totals.
Other Options – Deven Marrero ($2,700)
Xander Bogaerts — BOS vs. CWS — $4,600 – You should be looking heavily at the Red Sox lineup vs. Mike Pelfrey tonight, particularly Bogaerts, who is heating up. He’s batting .375 with two HRs and eight RBI to go with a pair of steals in his last 10 games. Pelfrey hasn’t faced a lineup with as much talent as Boston’s this season, so expect him to get overwhelmed big time. Not just whelmed.
Other Options – Trea Turner ($4,400), Jean Segura ($4,200)
Ronald Torreyes — NYY vs. BAL — $2,800 – Make sure to follow the Yankees lineup heading into gametime, but if Torreyes draws the start at SS or 3B, there’s a lot to like at this price. Torreyes has been a reliable utility guy off the bench, batting .353 with a HR and 10 RBI on the road this season. He’s also 6-for-13 with four RBI vs. the Orioles.
Other Options – Alcides Escobar ($2,200)
Steven Souza Jr. — TB vs. TEX — $5,000 – Souza Jr. is on a five-game strikeout streak. Oh wait, that’s a negative, let me see… oh yeah, he’s 8-for-16 with two doubles, a HR and four RBI over his last three games. His price has jumped $900 since the start of the series vs. Texas and Austin Bibens-Dirkx is on the hill in Arlington. Teammate Corey Dickerson ($5,300) is also a strong play here.
Other Options – Aaron Judge ($5,400), J.D. Martinez ($4,800)
Eric Young Jr. — LAA vs. ATL — $2,600 – Another junior, this time Eric Young Jr., who was brought up after Mike Trout was ruled out 6-8 weeks. In his past two games, Young has posted a combined 25 DKFP, being featured at the top of the lineup because of his speed. Because speed kills, Young is a great upside play for GPPs. It’s also a plus he’s a switch-hitter, going up vs. LHP Jaime Garcia.
Other Options – Jayson Werth ($3,300), Joey Rickard ($3,200)
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