As I do every Sunday, this Targets article will cover the entire 15-game slate that will be taking place. With only two pitchers costing upwards of $10K this afternoon, we should be able to load up on hitters for this slate. As always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Jon Lester – CHC vs. STL – $13,000 – With the average price of a starting pitcher today at $6,640, grabbing someone like Lester will be a lot easier than normal. He faces the Cardinals for the third time this season, and he’s gone 14 innings allowing two runs on eight hits with a 14:2 K:BB ratio, averaging 26.8 FPPG against them. Since the beginning of August, Lester has been about as good as you can get, averaging 26.9 FPPG in nine starts allowing no more than two earned runs in any of them.
Tyler Anderson – COL vs. LAD – $8,800 – Anderson faces the Dodgers for the third time this season in this matchup at Dodger Stadium. Anderson has been fantastic against them, pitching 13.1 innings allowing just two runs on 12 hits with a 11:4 K:BB ratio, averaging out to be 23.2 FPPG. The Dodgers enter this game with the worst wOBA, OPS, SLG and OBP in the league against lefties to go along with a 22.3 K%. It’s hard not to feel good about Anderson in this matchup, as both of his prior starts against this Dodgers team have come at Coors Field. If he’s able to stifle them at home, how could you not feel good in comfy Dodger Stadium? At just $8,800, he brings some nice value at pitcher this afternoon.
Joey Votto (1B) – CIN vs. MIL – $5,200 – Believe it or not, Willy Peralta hasn’t been a complete puddle on the mound as of late, but he doesn’t have a great matchup on tap against Votto. At home this season, Peralta is allowing a .412 wOBA to lefties with a .627 SLG with seven of his 19 home runs allowed. With Votto continuing his hot streak, he’s a very attractive option today.
Manny Machado (3B/SS)- BAL vs. ARZ – $4,400 – Machado feels awfully cheap this afternoon as he takes on Braden Shipley. On the road this season, right-handed bats have been crushing Shipley, to the tune of a .413 wOBA with a .573 SLG. Likewise, Machadao has a .361 wOBA at home against righties with a .545 SLG and a .863 OPS.
Gary Sanchez (CATCH) – NYY vs. TOR – $4,900 – Does it even matter who Sanchez is matched up against at this point? Averaging 13 FPPG over his last 10 games, Sanchez is 13-40 over that span with three doubles, five home runs, 13 RBI and five walks. He takes on Marco Estrada today, who has been solid against right-handed batters with a .299 wOBA, but he has allowed 22 home runs on the season.
Nelson Cruz (OF)- SEA vs MIN – $5,100 – Cruz taking on a left-handed pitcher is well, almost a must. On the road against left-handed pitching, Cruz owns a .475 wOBA with a .764 SLG and 12 of his 39 home runs on the season. Taking on Hector Santiago, who has allowed 30 home runs on the season with 23 of them coming off a right-handed bat, Cruz is a must.
Jose Ramirez (3B/OF) – CLE vs. CHW – $4,500 – Carlos Rodon against a right-handed batter usually spells trouble. Rodon has allowed a .374 wOBA on the road against righties with a .515 SLG and 13 of his 23 home runs allowed. Ramirez has been excellent against lefties at home, owning a .419 wOBA with a .581 SLG with four of his 11 home runs coming in that split.
Chris Carter (OF) – MIL vs. CIN – $4,600 – It’s a bit of a steep price to pay for a hitter that’s batting .222 on the season. However, he has a season worth of home runs at Miller Park, with 24 of his 38 hit here. Facing Brandon Finnegan, who has allowed 29 home runs of the season with 27 by right-handed batters, he’s a worthy flier to take this afternoon.
Charlie Blackmon (OF) – COL vs. LAD – $3,900 – The park shift is certainly not in his favor, but getting Blackmon at $3,900 is awfully cheap. Averaging 11.7 FPPG over his last 10 games, Blackmon is 16-42 with two doubles, two triples, two home runs, five RBI and a stolen base. Facing Brandon McCarthy, who is coming off his second DL stint this season, Blackmon could be a fine value on the slate.
Paulo Orlando (OF) – KCR vs. DET – $3,000 – Orlando is an interesting pick for today as he’s constantly looked over, but has put up decent numbers this season. Facing Matt Boyd, who is allowing a .342 wOBA against righties at home with five home runs allowed brings some decent value to the $3,000 outfielder.
T.J. Rivera (2B/3B) – NYM vs. PHI – $2,900 An extremely cheap option eligible at both second and third base tonight is T.J. Rivera. Aside from the fact that he’s been hitting cleanup, Rivera has quickly made an impact upon his call up. Rivera is averaging 8.1 FPPG over his last 10 games with two home runs and seven RBI during that span. Taking on Jake Thompson, who is allowing a .368 against righties on the road in a short sample thus far, Rivera is a nice value today
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