Just because we have a shorter than usual slate, doesn’t mean we don’t have plenty of good hitters to target tonight as you build your lineups. Let’s just right into things and as always, feel free to get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Kyle Schwarber ($4600) –Some of these picks may seem pretty obvious, but that’s why these guys are labeled as STUDS! So bare with me if you already knew you should take these guys. Schwarber comes into tonight with a .423 wOBA and a .331 ISO when facing right handed pitching this season. He gets a nice matchup against Wily Peralta, who won’t exactly be mowing the Cubs down tonight.
Tyler Flowers ($2600) –I don’t think I would normally ever throw Tyler Flowers on any type of article. However, once I dug a little deeper into his stats, he actually hits left handed pitching fairly well. Owning a .357 wOBA against them, he gets an easy matchup against Randy Wolf tonight. With Wolf allowing a .415 wOBA to righties thus far, Flowers is a nice low risk addition to your lineup.
Paul Goldschmidt ($5100) – Do we ever have a time where Goldschmidt isn’t at least a consideration for your lineup? His splits are both very impressive, but going against a left handed pitcher in Brett Andeson tonight give Goldy that extra boost. Goldschmidt owns a .476 wOBA against lefties with some huge power with an ISO of .290. $5100 for Goldy doesn’t seem so bad anymore, now does it?
Lucas Duda ($3300) – Duda is quite cheap for the matchup he has tonight. No one is complaining about it either. Coming into tonight, Duda has a .344 wOBA against righties with an ISO of .218. The numbers don’t blow you away, but finding a value player at first base is tough to do. Facing Shelby Miller tonight, who allows a. 313 wOBA to lefties, Duda could be sneaky.
Logan Forsythe ($3900) –Finding a good play at second base is a challenge on it’s own. Finding one on a short slate, now we’re pulling teeth. Forsythe would hardly classify as a “stud” play with how low his price tag is, but his numbers aren’t anything to sneeze at. Forsythe owns a .410 wOBA against left handed pitching with a .316 ISO. Facing Eduardo Rodriguez, who does pitch well to righties with a .285 wOBA, Forsythe could be someone I’d target even with how well Rodriguez does against righties. Forsythe has too good of numbers to skip.
Daniel Murphy ($3400) – Again, hard to fill out a second base position as it is, since the difference between the “stud” and “value” play is only $500. Murphy doesn’t have huge numbers coming into tonight against Shelby Miller, but it’s good enough to at least give some consideration. Murphy owns a .338 wOBA with an ISO of .183. While the ISO isn’t impressive, all of his power comes from RHP, so this will be your best shot for a bomb. Miller is allowing a .313 wOBA against lefties this season.
Kris Bryant ($4900) – Going with another Cubs player to take on Wily Peralta. Bryant enters tonight with a .384 wOBA with a nice ISO of .228. Peralta has struggled against righties his season, owning a .344 wOBA against them. Bryant under 5K is a nice little boost to his value tonight. I fully expect the Cubs to be hitting Peralta tonight, as Bryant is a great candidate to take him deep.
Anthony Rendon ($3900) – Honestly, not a huge fan of this one, but we had to fill it with someone. The only advantage I see with this, is that Ubaldo Jimenez does struggle against right handed batters for the most part. Rendon owns a .324 wOBA against righties while Jimenez checks in with a .333 wOBA. Rendon is cheap enough that he could be a good option if you were looking to go cheap on the third base position.
Jose Reyes ($4100) – Can you tell tonight is a short slate? Reyes is quite the cheap “stud” to go with at the shortstop position, however, I will give him the added boost because he’s at Coors Field tonight going against AJ Burnett. Reyes owns a .307 wOBA against righties this season with Burnett allowing a .310 to righties. Again, the appeal here is at Coors, where Reyes hits near the top of the order and hopefully has the opportunity to grab a couple of runs for us as well.
Alexei Ramirez ($3400) – If anything, I think Ramirez is more appealing than Reyes tonight. Ramirez gets his matchup against Randy Wolf, who I mentioned earlier is straight up brutal against right handed batters. Ramierz owns a .314 wOBA against lefties without much power, but power isn’t the reason you’d be rostering Ramirez to begin with. Again, it’s tough to pass up a matchup with a pitcher that has such a high wOBA split against a particular type of hitter.
Bryce Harper ($6100) –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 .498 wOBA with an ISO of .375. Poor Jimenez, has to face this monster tonight. Truly, I don’t care if Bryant cost me $50,000, I’m in. Not that it matters, but Jimenez allows a .314 wOBA to righties on the season.
Carlos Gonzalez ($4400) – I never realized how well Cargo hits right handed pitching. I also never realized how poorly Cargo hits left handed pitching. Luckily for us, AJ Burnett is a right handed pitcher, so bombs away tonight. Gonzalez owns a .408 wOBA against righties with an ISO of .332.
Jose Bautista ($5900) – Crazy high price for Bautista tonight going up against Adam Warren and the Yankees. However, Bautista owns some serious power against right handed pitching, as he comes in with a .392 wOBA and an ISO of .295. Warren has been good against righties, with a .307 wOBA, but at this point, you can’t deny the power with Bautista.
Chris Coghlan ($3500) If you haven’t picked up in the subliminal message, I’m basically telling you to stack the Cubs tonight. Get it now? Coghlan is never someone you want to play against left handed pitching, but righties are a different story. Coghlan checks in with a .361 wOBA against righties with an ISO of .217. Always a decent threat to go deep, Coghaln could supply some cheap pop on a night where so many of the outfield positions will require top dollar.