Happy Saturday! We have two MLB playoff games ahead of us with both National League contests in their respective Game 2’s. Pitching is still pretty formidable, but there are a few hitters we can look to as options today.
Kyle Hendricks – CHC vs SFG – $9,200 – Of the two highest priced options, Hendricks is the pitcher I will want to roll with for safety. He is at home in the better matchup and there is not the threat of rain delays in Chicago like there is in Washington, DC this afternoon. Additionally, LHP Rich Hill has had blister issues on his throwing hand for the better part of the last three months, and while he is talented and a fine tournament play, Hendricks is a more prudent option in my opinion.
Jeff Samardzija – SFG at CHC – $8,500 – Samardzija has a solid history against the current hitters on his former team with a .247/.343/.529 slash line with a 29.4% strikeout rate. The eleven extra base hits allowed through 85 at bats are concerning; however, three of them belong to Chris Coghlan who is no guarantee to be in the lineup. Today we are faced with four tough matchups, so while there is no clear SP2, the strikeout upside of Samardzija is enticing enough for me to give him the slightest of nods over LHP Rich Hill and RHP Tanner Roark.
Anthony Rizzo (1B) – CHC vs SFG – $4,000 – This is a fine matchup for Rizzo against former teammate RHP Jeff Samardzija. On the season, the Cubbies power hitting first baseman has a .290 average with 32 home runs and 109 RBI. He is particularly effective in lefty/righty matchups with a .404 wOBA and a .270 ISO through 471 regular season plate appearances.
Corey Seager (SS) – LAD at WAS – $4,500 – Seager was impressive last night taking one over the fence against RHP Max Scherzer, which should make tonight’s matchup against the surprisingly effective RHP Tanner Roark seem like a piece of cake. This season against opposite-handed pitching, Seager produced a .400 wOBA with a .950 OPS demonstrating his power and patience at the plate.
Kris Bryant (3B/OF) – CHC vs SFG – $4,900 – Bryant checks the box at two different roster slots with his multi-position eligibility. This season he had 25 home runs, 26 doubles and three triples against same-handed pitching and RHP Jeff Samardzija has a 1.46 HR/9 rate against the last 880 right-handed hitters he has faced. Enjoy!
Jayson Werth (OF) – WAS vs LAD – $3,300 – Werth is still solid against lefties, and this year he accumulated a .432 wOBA and a .300 ISO in 141 plate appearances against them. LHP Rich Hill has been a puzzle to right-handed hitters over his last 113 matchups allowing a stingy .221 wOBA and a 21.4% hard contact rate; however, if anyone can solve him, it is the veteran bearded wonder.
Chris Coghlan (2B/OF) – CHC vs SFG – $3,100 – Coghlan has a solid history against RHP Jeff Samardjiza with four hits in eleven at bats including two home runs and a double. If he makes the lineup, I think he is a fine discount dandy at the keystone position or in the outfield.
Danny Espinosa (SS) – WAS vs LAD – $3,100 – The opportunity cost is steep since rolling with Espo means we will forgo SS Corey Seager. However, this season the Nationals slick gloveman had nine home runs against southpaws and a .260 ISO.
Andrew Toles (OF) – LAD at WAS – $2,400 – Toles drew the start yesterday against RHP Max Scherzer, so there is a very good chance he will be in the Dodgers’ lineup again today. While he is at risk of being removed for a pinch hitter, his near minimum price point will provide some much needed salary cap relief.
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