This article will cover the three game slate that starts at 1:08 PM EST this afternoon. As always, you can find me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuhanan24.
Tanner Roark – WAS vs. LAD – $9,000 – Roark comes into this game fresh off his spectacular 2016 season that saw him post a 2.83 ERA with 172 strikeouts and an average of 17.4 FPPG. Pitching at Nationals Park, Roark owns a .280 wOBA with a .307 SLG and a .315 OBP. Naturally, the Dodgers have hit well on the road this season, but Roark has been so good coming into this start, that he feels like the most solid option on this slate.
Clay Buchholz – BOS vs. CLE – $7,000 – The time is now for Clay Buchholz, who will try to save the 2016 season for the Boston Red Sox. Coming into the playoffs, Buchholz was quietly on a solid run on the mound, owning a .279 wOBA in the month of September with a .343 SLG and a .291 OBP. His numbers at Fenway Park are not very impressive to say the least, but a lot of that has to do with a horrific first half that saw him own a .354 wOBA with a .482 SLG with 17 home runs allowed. If we can get the Buchholz of September today, he could bring some tremendous value.
Mookie Betts (OF) – BOS vs. CLE – $5,300 – Betts has not looked like himself so far in the playoffs, but maybe a change of scenery will do him some good. He faces Josh Tomlin, who’s allowed 36 home runs on the season with 22 of them to right-handed batters. Betts owned a .397 wOBA at Fenway with a with a .588 SLG.
Carlos Santana (1B)- CLE vs. BOS – $4,900 – On a three game slate, it’s fairly tough to not have some overlap with a hitter facing a pitcher you’re taking, so Santana against Buchholz makes sense. Buchholz has allowed a .342 wOBA to lefties with a .425 SLG. Likewise, Santana owned a .366 wOBA against righties on the road with a .509 SLG.
Trea Turner (2B/OF) – WAS vs. LAD – $4,700 – Even with Rich Hill on the mound, it almost doesn’t matter who it is; Turner owns lefties at home. Turner owns a .436 wOBA in this situation with a .568 SLG and a 1.015 OPS.
Josh Donaldson (OF)- TOR vs TEX – $5,400 – Donaldson is the most expensive hitter on this slate today as he takes on Colby Lewis. In over 100 innings this season, Lewis has been pitching well compared to his career numbers, but the home runs continue to be a problem against righties. With 11 of his 19 allowed, Donaldson is always a threat to go deep.
Hanley Ramirez (1B) – BOS vs. CLE – $3,800 – Ramirez is undoubtedly the hottest hitter on the Sox right now, and getting him at just $3,800 feels like a steal. He enters this game with a .397 wOBA at Fenway Park with a .566 SLG with 19 of his 30 home runs.
Rougned Odor (2B) – TEX vs. WAS – $3,600 – Aaron Sanchez has been solid on the hill almost the entire season, but he has given up the majority of his home runs to left-handed batters. Odor has 26 home runs against right-handed pitchers this season, so $3,600 for some serious power is a nice value today.
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