When you’re not too busy being thankful toward your mother, we have plenty of pitchers and hitters to target for this all day Sunday slate. Let’s jump right into who you should be targeting to bring you a successful Sunday. As always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Jake Arrieta – CHC vs. WAS – $13,200 – Well, obviously. Arrieta has picked up where left off last season, starting this season 6-0 with a 0.84 ERA with a 0.74 WHIP and a K/9 of 7.7. The strikeouts are down a bit from last season, but that clearly hasn’t mattered as he’s averaging 29.6 FPPG. Arrieta faces a Nationals team owns a .311 wOBA against right handed pitching so far this season which ranks 17th. Their K% is a bit high, at 21.7, which makes this all the more enticing for Arrieta. At this point, he’s almost impossible to fade if you can afford him.
Jose Quintana – CHW vs. MIN – $10,600 – Quintana has been a nice surprise for the White Sox so far this season, owning a 1.40 ERA with a 0.98 WHIP and averaging 23.7 FPPG. Even with a small sample size this season, the Twins have been one of the worst teams against lefties this season, owning a .277 wOBA with a K% of 26 which is third in the league. Quintana has a solid 8.6 K/9 in six starts this season with five against the Twins earlier this season. Coming in at a nice discount of $2,600 from Arrieta, Quintana is just as much in a solid spot as Arrieta here this afternoon and could be a great anchor to your lineup.
Steven Wright – BOS vs. NYY – $7,900 – For someone who is averaging 21.4 FPPG, you wouldn’t normally expect him to be priced so low at $7,900. Yet, here we have Wright doing just that. The knuckleball pitcher for the Red Sox has been a solid addition to their rotation, owning a 1.67 ERA with a 1.14 WHIP and a K/9 of 8.6. He faces off against a struggling Yankees team that owns a .287 wOBA and an OPS of .652, both ranked 28th in the league. The only downfall is that the Yankees aren’t striking out much, owning a K% of 19.4. You can’t deny how well Wright has pitched and getting him at a price of $7,900 certainly doesn’t hurt either. If you’re thinking of rostering one of the high priced guys today, Wright could be the perfect way to balance out your salary.
Chris Tillman – BAL vs. OAK – $7,700 – This certainly doesn’t look like the Tillman I remember from last season. Averaging 18 FPPG, Tillman comes into this matchup against the A’s with a 2.81 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP and a K/9 of 9.2. The A’s are not a good hitting ball club and currently own a .297 wOBA against right handed pitching with a low 18.8 K%. Just like Wright, the one downfall here for Tillman is that the A’s don’t strike out much. But once again, you’re getting player that is pitching extremely well and at a price of $7,700. That will certainly balance out your salary.
Paul Goldschmidt (1B) – ARZ vs. ATL – $4,900 – I totally understand the notion that Goldy has been a bit of a disappointment this season. Sure, he has six home runs on the season, but his .229 average is wayyyyy below his career .297 average. What entices me about him today is the matchup he has with Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz. The biggest issue with Folty, is that he can’t keep the ball in the yard. In just 4.2 innings this season, he’s allowed THREE home runs already! Last season in 86 innings last season it was 17 home runs! Goldy is in a nice spot here with a great potential to go yard.
Manny Machado (3B/SS) – BAL vs. OAK – $5,100 – When doesn’t Machado not hit well? Coming into today. Machado is averaging 10.3 FPPG hitting .345 with seven home runs, 16 RBIs, and a 1.042 OPS. He takes on Kendall Graveman today, who is allowing a .363 wOBA to righties this season while owning a .342 in his career. Machado has been an absolute force at home against righties this season with an eye popping .503 wOBA and a .400 ISO. The high price tag might be tough, but worth it.
Carlos Gonzalez (OF) – COL vs SFG – $3,900 – Gonzalez is on the border of being expensive and not at $3,900, but I figure I’ll throw him in the stud section here. He faces off against Jeff Samardzija, who owns a career .328 wOBA against left handed batters. Cargo has been crushing right handed pitching thus far, or as I should say, per the usual. Gonazlez owns a .400 wOBA with a .195 ISO. As I mentioned, he’s not terribly expensive either, which makes this matchup a no brainer.
Miguel Cabrera (1B) – DET vs. TEX – $4,500 – Cabrera has quickly turned things around for himself as of late, averaging 8.1 FPPG over his last 10 games. During that span, Cabrera is 14-41 with two doubles, a home run, and five walks. He faces off against left handed pitcher Martin Perez who comes into today’s start with a .345 wOBA against right handed batters this season. Cabrera owns a career .414 wOBA against lefties and a stack of the Tigers could be a nice play on the day with Cabrera being the focal point.
Jose Altuve (2B) – HOU vs. SEA – $5,000 – First and foremost, keep your eye on the status of Altuve, as he has an injury to his index finger, which has hindered his ability to properly grip the bat. Otherwise, he’s been as solid as you can be all season. Coming into today, Altuve is producing 12.4 FPPG while hitting .317 with nine home runs, 19 RBIs and a 1.064 OPS. He faces Hisashi Iwakuma today, who is allowing some long balls early on this season. After allowing 10 to righties last season, Iwakuma has given up three so far this season with a .332 wOBA.
David Ortiz (1B) – BOS vs NYY – $5,000 – Never a bad idea to throw a player in your lineup that is on his retirement tour. Ortiz has been crushing it this season, batting .301 with seven home runs, 25 RBIs and a 1.011 OPS. Averaging 10 FPPG, Ortiz takes on Luis Severino who owns a career .298 wOBA against lefties. While this doesn’t sound in favor of Ortiz that much, he’s always hit well at Yankee Stadium and this game takes place at night, which could keep his percentage owned down lower than it normally is.
Brandon Crawford (SS) – SFG vs COL – $3,800 – Crawford faces off against Eddie Butler today, who has ALWAYS struggled against lefties in his career. Coming into today, Butler owns a career .459 wOBA against lefties, which is truly atrocious. Crawford comes into this game owning a .346 wOBA so far this season against right handed pitching with an ISO of .232. These games have consistently had high projected runs totals, so it would be wise to try and get some exposure here.
Darin Ruf (1B) – PHI vs MIA – $3,800 – Ruf has gotten off to a slow start this season, but his career numbers against lefties are always something to consider. Against lefties, Ruf owns a career .392 wOBA with an ISO of .157. He faces off with Justin Nicolino who has a career .318 wOBA against righties with a .431 OPS. With his recent struggles, Ruf should be under owned today with a good matchup on tap.
J.D. Martinez (OF) – DET vs. TEX – $3,800 – Another player in the $3,800 club today that is under performing which could lead to him being under owned. Martinez owns a career .368 wOBA against lefties with an ISO of .230. He faces off with Martin Perez, who is one of my favorite pitchers to stack against today. Perez has allowed three home runs to righties in six starts so far this season and a wOBA of .345. Perez is right in line with his career wOBA against righties at .335.