WATCH: MLB IN 90 SECONDS – MARCELL OZUNA
After afternoon games in Denver and San Diego, 28 Major League teams will be on the field tonight in the main evening contest. The Rockies and Cubs are scheduled to finish their doubleheader while the rest of the slate holds six interleague games and only two divisional matchups. As a result, most of the opponents are unfamiliar with each other making recent form the go-to indicator for success in most matchups. With every team in action tonight except the Rangers and Padres, there are plenty of options to consider, so check out the players I think make the most sense at each position whether you are looking for studs or values.
Carlos Carrasco – CLE @ TOR – $10,600 – Carrasco has been solid for Cleveland all season turning in a quality start in each of his last five outings and posting at least 19.9 DKFP in five of his six starts overall. He has at least five strikeouts in every start with a total of 39 Ks in 41.1 innings. He comes in with a very nice 0.82 WHIP and .184 batting average against. His 2.18 ERA puts him in the top 10 in the American League, and he had success in his only start last year against the Blue Jays holding them to one run in 7.1 innings for a win.
Other Options – Max Scherzer ($11,800), Robbie Ray ($9,200)
Charlie Morton – HOU vs. ATL – $7,600 – Houston has opened up a nice lead in the AL West with a 21-11 start to the season, and it sends Morton to the mound tonight as it welcomes in the Braves for a quick two-game series. Morton has been great in his last two starts posting 31.6 and 27.3 DKFP. In his 24 innings at Minute Maid Park, he has a 2.63 ERA and 1.17 WHIP while striking out 27 and walking six. He’s 3-0 at home as a result while going 0-2 with an ugly 7.20 ERA on the road. Since the Astros are hosting Atlanta, he’s my top value arm to target.
Other Options – Ariel Miranda ($6,900), Matt Andriese ($7,900)
Buster Posey – SF @ KC – $3,900 – A slow start for San Francisco has masked how hot Posey has been out of the gate this season. Posey is 9-11 (.409) over the last week and is hitting .363 on the season with a .942 OPS after hitting his third homer of the season last night. Posey and the Giants face Zack Wheeler at Citi Field tonight looking to bounce back from another tough loss.
Other Options – Gary Sánchez ($4,800), Willson Contreras ($3,500)
Brian McCann – HOU vs. ATL – $3,400 – McCann has been another big part of Houston’s success providing great offense from behind the plate. In the last week he is 5-13 (.385) with four walks, two homers and five RBI. His OPS for the season is up to .878, and he has a good matchup tonight against Bartolo Colón and the Braves.
Other Options – Sandy León ($3,200), Ryan Hanigan ($2,800)
Eric Thames – MIL vs. BOS – $4,600 – Thames and the Brewers are hosting Boston after both teams had yesterday off. The Red Sox are starting lefty Drew Pomerantz, so there’s a chance Thames won’t be in the lineup, but I think he’ll be a good play if he is. He actually has a higher batting average and OPS against lefties than righties this year and comes into tonight hitting .324 overall with a 1.170 OPS. After going without a multi-hit game for 10 games, he went 3-4 on Sunday with a double and a home run.
Other Options – Chris Davis ($4,200), Joey Votto ($4,700)
Cody Bellinger – LAD vs. PIT – $3,500 – Bellinger was expected to be a short-term call-up, but the prospect may be here to stay with Adrián González on the DL and Bellinger’s red-hot hitting. He did go 0-4 yesterday with a walk and a run scored, but in his six games in May he is 9-25 (.360) with a double, triple and three homers while driving in 12 runs. He and LA will take on Ivan Nova and the Pirates tonight at Dodger Stadium.
Other Options – Luis Valbuena ($3,300), Yonder Alonso ($2,900)
José Altuve – HOU vs. ATL – $4,900 – Altuve went 2-4 with his fifth homer of the season on Sunday raising his average to .304 with a .855 OPS, 14 RBI and nine stolen bases to lead the America League. Altuve is 7-17 (.412) in his career against opposing starter Bartolo Colón including a pair of doubles. Altuve has hit safely in seven of his last eight starts and almost always finds ways to contribute solid fantasy numbers.
Other Options – Dustin Pedroia ($4,200), Starlin Castro ($3,800)
César Hernández – PHI vs. SEA – $3,400 – Hernández continues to be a good value hitting leadoff every day for the Phillies. On the season, he is hitting .333 with four stolen bases, four home runs and a healthy .873 OPS. He is almost always good for five DKFP (eight of his last 10 games) and can go off and bring in double-digits (three of his last eight).
Other Options – Jedd Gyorko ($3,600), Josh Rutledge ($2,900)
Kris Bryant – CHC @ COL – $5,500 – Two of the best young hitters in the game are available at 3B at Coors Field tonight, but based on current form and matchup, I’m giving Bryant a slight edge over Nolan Arenado. Bryant has gone 13-37 (.351) in his last 10 games including three homers, seven walks and a 1.158 OPS powering him to over 10 FPPG. He’ll face lefty Kyle Freeland for the first time in his career in the nightcap and comes into tonight 9-24 (.375) against southpaws with an insane 1.476 OPS. He costs a ton, but in the rarified air of Coors Field he should deliver.
Other Options – Anthony Rendon ($4,600), Evan Longoria ($4,200)
Yolmer Sánchez – CWS vs. MIN – $2,400 – If you need an ultra-value play, check out Sánchez who gets another solid matchup against a lefty. In his career, Sánchez is 4-10 with a double off of opposing starter Héctor Santiago, and he has gone 8-20 (.400) with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI over the last week while regularly drawing starts at 2B. Sánchez will be an even greater value if he hits second, but he’s worth a look even at the bottom of the order if you have to save salary.
Other Options – Eugeino Suárez ($3,600), Yunel Escobar ($3,000)
Jean Segura – SEA @ PHI – $4,200 – Segura leads all SS in FPPG and has collected multiple hits in five straight games. Over the last week, he is 13-27 (.481) with a double, homer, RBI, five RBI and seven runs scored. He is also 4-5 with two walks against Jerad Eickhoff who starts for Philadelphia tonight.
Other Options – Carlos Correa ($4,800), Francisco Lindor ($4,500)
Zack Cozart – CIN vs. NYY – $3,500 – Cozart has become more patient at the plate this season and is reaping the rewards with a .351 average and 1.028 OPS. He has moved into the second spot in the Reds’ lineup which puts him in a prime place to produce runs and RBI. He has at least nine DKFP in four straight games and is 7-17 (.412) with a 1.215 OPS against lefties like opposing starter CC Sabathia.
Other Options – Pat Valaika ($3,500), Andrew Romine ($2,600)
Bryce Harper – WAS @ BAL – $5,400 – Harper returned and homered after three games off with a groin injury this weekend. He now has three homers in his last eight games and 10 on the season. He’s hitting .385 with a NL-second-best 1.261 OPS. Harper and the Nats are a good lineup to target against Ubaldo Jimémez who has give up 5+ runs in three of his five starts this season.
Other Options – Aaron Judge ($4,600), Andrew Benintendi ($4,400)
Marcell Ozuna – MIA vs. STL – $3,700 – Ozuna went yard two more times last night and comes into tonight’s game hitting .325 on the season with a 1.025 OPS. He is 12-28 (.429) over the last week with four of his 11 homers. Ozuna has been crushing it at home all season where he is 18-43 (.419) with seven homers and a 1.433 OPS.
Other Options – Seth Smith ($3,300), Magneuris Sierra ($2,500)
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