Tonight features a 14 game slate with PLENTY of good targets to go for tonight when building your lineups. So why don’t we go on this adventure, together. Shall we? As always, feel free to get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Editors Note: CLE SP Corey Kluber has been scratched from his start tonight. Right-hander Josh Tomlin will start in his place.
Brain McCann($4200) – I’m going a little BvP on you here, even though I’m not thrilled about it. We save the BvP for the Cheat Sheet articles. Regardless, McCann is crushing Jake Odorizzi, going 10-16 against him with six extra base hits, two of them being home runs, and a 1.960 OPS. With numbers like that and a position that usually quite thin, McCann is a fine choice tonight.
Francisco Cervelli ($3100) –Cervelli isn’t the sexiest name on a slate like tonight, but he’s been quietly putting in some work for the Pirates. He has three months this season where he hit over .300 and his a .326 wOBA against right handed pitching. going against Carlos Martinez tonight, I expect him to be low owned, which should hopefully fall into your favor.
Miguel Cabrera ($4600) – Ok, I PROMISE, we won’t keep showcasing BvP stats on here. I realize many people are like “BvP is dumb, no one uses it bahhhh.” But yeah, you can’t deny these stats either. Cabrera is 20-35 against Corey Kluber with seven extra base hits, five of them home runs, and a 1.652 OPS. If that isn’t enough for you, Cabrera has a .433 wOBA against RHP with an ISO of .215. Happy now? Take the BvP stats out and you’d still see Cabrera here. He’s too cheap tonight to keep off your roster.
Adrian Gonzalez ($3300) – Adrian is wayyyyyy to cheap tonight. At a miniscule price of $3,300, he feels like a steal tonight. Going up against James Shields, who really struggles against lefties, owning a .368 wOBA when facing them, the leftie Gonzalez feels like a solid cheap play. Gonzalez has great numbers against RHP this season, with a .372 wOBA to go with an ISO of .240. Even with the game at Petco park, Shields still gives up plenty of home runs here.
Matt Duffy ($4400) –Playing in Coors Field will give a nice boost to anyone. Duffy might not need it to begin with, but it bodes well with his already good numbers against RHP. Duffy owns a .357 wOBA against them, and faces the always shaky Jorge De La Rosa, who allows a .325 wOBA to righties. Doesn’t hurt that Duffy has some pop in his bat as well.
Stephen Drew ($3000) – I know, I can’t believe I’m putting him here either. Drew hitting .211 on the season with a .685 OPS sounds real impressive right? Yeah, it doesn’t However, what IS impressive, is his sudden power surge. For as bad as he’s hitting, Drew still has 17 home runs on the season. Against RHP, Drew owns a surprising .199 ISO, which is pretty damn good for someone who’s going to only run you for $3000. He’s completely boom or bust, but isn’t that what you’d usually expect from a player who will cost $3000?
Miguel Sano ($5300) – Keep an eye on Sano tonight, as he’s currently listed as DTD with a right hamstring strain. However, if he’s in the lineup, he’s almost a must play. He faces Colin McHugh tonight who’s allowing a .345 wOBA against RHP on the season. Sano owns an insane .450 wOBA against RHP with a .364 ISO. I mean, this guy can hit. He’s expensive, but worth every penny this season thus far.
Andres Blanco ($2500) – I am huge on Blanco. His extremely low price with his production just doesn’t add up. Trust me, I’m not complaining. But if you go into his game log, you will consistently see he’s scoring you points on a nightly basis. That’s not an easy task for someone who’s priced so low. Tonight, he faces Joe Kelly, who’s been pitching MUCH better lately, so the matchup might be a bit tough. Overall, Blanco owns a .364 wOBA against RHP with a .221 ISO. It’s hard to match that production at such a low cost. It’s like he’s on clearance or something.
Eugeino Suarez ($3900) – I have to get some exposure to Matt Garza tonight. Garza is about to lose his spot in the rotation, so might as well give him a beat down on the way out. Yeah, I’m that type of guy! Ruthless! Suarez owns a .330 wOBA against RHP with an ISO of .181. His power numbers aren’t that impressive, but Garza is the home run king, allowing 23 on the year, even though it feels like so much more.
Xander Bogaerts ($3800) – I don’t know if I would consider this a “value” since he only costs $100 less than Suarez, but hey, shortstop is a hard position to find good plays in. Bogaerts IS a great play though, especially since he’s going up against a leftie in Adam Morgan. On the season, Bogaerts has been CRUSHING left handed pitching, owning a .400 wOBA against them. Hitting in the always friendly confides of Fenway Park, we have to like our chances here.
Mike Trout ($4900) –Don’t look now, but Trout is starting to heat back up at the plate again. Trout faces Martin Perez tonight, who’s a wiz against left handed batters, but Trout doesn’t bat leftie. So, sorry about your luck Perez. Trout has a .407 wOBA against LHP with a .270 ISO. He’s starting to creep back up in the salary range as well, so this might be a perfectly good time to strike.
Lorenzo Cain ($5100) – Cain faces one of my favorite pitchers to hate on, John Danks. Lucky for us, Cain has a field day when he faces left handed pitching this season. On the year, Cain owns a .428 wOBA against them with some good pop with his .240 ISO. Danks has had his struggles (not shocking) against RHB with a .363 wOBA against RHB.
Gregory Polanco ($3300) – Ready to hate me? You might, but you’ve made it this far, you’ll only miss out on one more pick if you stop reading here. Polanco has some great BvP numbers against Carlos Martinez tonight, even if it’s a small sample. Polanco is 8-11 against Martinez with three extra base hits and a 1.877 OPS. Small sample for sure, but cheap money baby!
Brandon Moss ($3400) – The Moss man has started to really start hitting now that he’s over with the Cardinals. It wasn’t looking so hot when he first stated, but he’s turning it around. He’s currently riding a seven game hitting streak and faces JA Happ tonight. Happ struggles against lefties, owning a .328 wOBA, while Moss is hitting .326 with an ISO of .170 against lefties. Why haven’t you rostered him yet?