With 12 games being played tonight, we have a large field to choose from when it comes to our offense. However, which guys do we aim for? I’ll help you out who with you need to be targeting tonight! As always, feel free to get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Buster Posey($4300) – I have a feeling were going to see quite a few Giants hitters in this article today. Not only because it’s a shorter slate than usual, but because they face Keyvius Sampson tonight, who’s just brutal against right and left handed batters, or everyone. On the season, Posey owns a .374 wOBA against righties with an ISO of .148. The catcher position has a lot of good player at extremely friendly prices, with Posey being a perfect example of that.
Yasmani Grandal ($2900) –I really like Grandal on almost any night. He’s dirt cheap on a normal basis and quite honestly, usually forgotten about. With catcher being one of those positions that’s tough to efficiently fill, Grandal is usually my go to. On the season, he owns a .355 wOBA with an IOS of .207 against righties. With a matchup against Jonathan Gray, who allows a .349 wOBA to righties and a .335 to lefties, Grandal has the ability to choose either side to hit from, since he’s a switch hitter.
Brandon Belt ($4300) – I showcased this matchup in my Cheat Sheet because I love the price of Belt, who just so happens to be facing Sampson tonight as well. Those lucky Giants hitters. Batting from the left side of the plate, Belt has the ability to capitalize on Sampson with his .428 wOBA against lefties. Belt owns a .363 wOBA against right handed pitching with an ISO of .198. Again, cheap exposure to someone who clearly struggles when he’s on the mound. Guys like this might help you roster that pitcher that costs over 15K.
Lucas Duda ($3800) – I don’t know if I would exactly call $3800 at value, but, I like the power that Duda possess when he’s facing a left handed pitcher. Going up against Justin Nicolino, who doesn’t exactly have stellar splits, owns a .341 wOBA when facing left handed batters. Duda has a .231 ISO on the season against lefties, even though the majority of his home runs has come from the right handed pitchers. Take it for what it’s worth, but Duda could be a nice sneak play today.
Jason Kipnis ($4400) –I was surprised how well Kipnis hits right handed pitching. When it comes to Kipnis, he’s that guy that I’ll roster and he’ll put up a goose egg almost every time he’s in my lineup. If he’s not playing for me, he has a fantastic game. It never fails. When it comes to right handed pitching, he crushes it with a .392 wOBA on the season. He takes on Edinson Volquez, who has a .309 wOBA against righties. Not a bad number for Volquez by any means, but it’s hard to deny how good Kipnis is.
Chase Utley ($3200) – I’ll admit it, this one might be a bit of a reach, but with Utley getting the start with right handed pitchers on the mound, he could be a sneak one tonight. His numbers aren’t that great, but Jonathan Gray does allow a .335 wOBA to left handed batters on the season. As for Utley, he has a .292 wOBA against righties, which isn’t great, but he does have some pop with a .174 ISO. He has been making it count when he starts, so take a look at Utley if you’re looking to save some money.
Miguel Sano ($4800) – This matchup for Sano is too good to pass up. Sano faces the leftie Kyle Lobstein, who is BRUTAL against right handed batters. I mean, he’s brutal. Lobstein comes into tonight’s matchup with a .380 wOBA against righties, in his 57 innings pitched this season. Sano has been mashing pitchers no matter who they, and enters tonight with a .396 wOBA to go with a .245 ISO. The scary part is, he’s even better against righties, but we’ll save that story for a different day.
Evan Longoria ($3800) – This may or may not also have to do with the fact that Longoria has a good BvP against CC Sabathia. Again, I don’t think $3800 is exactly a value price, but Longoria has seen a lot of success against Sabathia specifically. His numbers against left handed pitching isn’t too shabby either. On the season, Longoria owns a .408 wOBA against left handed pitching with an ISO of .216. If you’re interested in the BvP, you can check it out in my Cheat Sheet article. But these numbers alone would warrant a start for Longoria.
Carlos Correa ($4600) – A stud shortstop on a shorter than normal slate is pretty tough to come by. If it wasn’t for Correa, I’m not sure what we’d do here. Correa gets Cole Hamels tonight, which I wouldn’t consider to be the easiest matchup to get prepared for. However, Correa has really hit left handed pitching well this season. He comes into tonight with a .403 wOBA with an ISO of .298. Hamels has solid splits against lefties, only allowing a .290 wOBA against them. But in a night of slim picks at this position, take the good with the bad.
Marcus Semien ($3300) – Here’s a name you probably haven’t heard in awhile, Marcus Semien. After starting the season off red hot, Semien has come back down to Earth. However, he’s hit lefties well this entire season. With a matchup with John Danks tonight, who allows a .355 wOBA to right handed batters, Semien could be a really good “punt” play at third tonight. On the year, Semien owns a .348 wOBA against lefties. A good stat for someone that will surely be overlooked.
Bryce Harper ($5900) –It’s just not possible to have an MLB Targets article without showcasing Harper against a right handed pitcher. On the season, Harper owns an insane .483 wOBA with an ISO of .355. I mean, this is video game cheat code numbers. He faces Aaron Nola who allows a .324 wOBA to lefties, but honestly, I don’t think it matters. Harper is just a freak of nature.
Mike Trout ($4700) – $4700 for Mike Trout almost seems like robbery. Granted, he’s been brutal in the second half of the season. Hitting just .256 in the second half of the season with nine home runs, it’s safe to say Trout hasn’t been having the best of times since the All Star break. So at this point, I think now is the time to pounce when the value is “lower.” He faces Tijuan Walker, who allows a .317 wOBA to right handed batters this season. Even for all his struggles, Trout owns a .407 wOBA against righties with an ISO of .285. I’m in.
David Peralta ($3700) – This one could even fall under the “value” category with the way I’ve been throwing these players out here today. Peralta gets a matchup with James Shields tonight, who really struggles against left handed hitters. On the season, Shields is allowing a .370 wOBA to lefties. It just so happens that Peralta hits right handed pitching really well! Peralta has a .383 wOBA against righties with an ISO of .220. With this price, I think this is too good to pass up.
Mikie Mahtook ($2400) This is a bit of a gamble here, as Mahtook has been stumbling a bit lately, but he crushes LHP thus far. Going up against CC Sabathia, whos allowing a .381 wOBA to righties, Mahtook owns a .408 wOBA against lefties. For some cheap money tonight, we can hopefully expose that weakness from Sabathia and get some points from ol’ Mikie!