Sunday afternoon brings us as a six-game slate of baseball. Let’s jump right into all the information, and as always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.

1. Arizona Diamondbacks

Jeremy Hellickson has the unfortunate task of pitching at Chase Field this afternoon in his matchup with the D-Backs. It’s been quite the rough stretch for the Phillies’ pitcher, averaging just 5.2 fantasy points in his last 10 starts with 14 home runs allowed. On the road, Hellickson is allowing a .353 wOBA with a .513 SLG with eight of his 16 total home runs allowed. Going against a D-Backs team that leads the league in wOBA and SLG at home, I expect this to be a long (short) afternoon for Hellickson.

Players to Consider

  • Jake Lamb ($5,100)
  • Paul Goldschmidt ($5,800)
  • David Peralta ($4,900)
  • Chris Owings ($4,700)
  • Gregor Blanco ($4,400)

2. Houston Astros

Ariel Miranda has been great at home this season but faces a tough test this afternoon against the Astros. Entering this start, Miranda is posting a .229 wOBA at home with a .278 SLG and a .238 OBP. Those are usually numbers you’d steer hitters away from, but I think the Astros are an exception here. Miranda will face arguably the best hitting ballclub on the road this season, as the Astros are posting a .359 wOBA with a .490 SLG and a .358 OBP. Miranda has allowed six home runs over his past three starts, an issue he’s been dealing with all throughout 2017.

  • George Springer ($5,000)
  • Jose Altuve ($5,100)
  • Evan Gattis ($3,400)
  • Carlos Correa ($4,900)
  • Alex Bregman ($4,000)

3. San Francisco Giants

The Mets are completely depleted regarding their starting pitching, which is why they’re running Rafael Montero out to the mound this afternoon. He’s started two games so far this season, which has been a complete disaster. In those starts, Montero posted a .433 wOBA with a .500 OBP and eight runs in 6.2 innings. He hasn’t exactly exceeded as a reliever either, posting a .347 wOBA and a .405 SLG. The Giants aren’t exactly the best hitting club at home, in fact, they own the lowest wOBA in the league at .269. With that being said, Montero could allow this Giants team to get going this afternoon, making them a very cheap stack to consider.

Players to Consider

  • Buster Posey ($4,200)
  • Brandon Belt ($3,500)
  • Hunter Pence $3,500)
  • Joe Panik ($3,700)
  • Denard Span ($3,600)

4. San Diego Padres

It’s not very often you see me showcasing a Padres stack, but this afternoon may just be the time to do so. They’ll take on the Detroit Tigers, who send Jordan Zimmermann to the mound. Zimm has been pitching “better” as of late, posting a .299 wOBA in the month of June with a .375 SLG. With that being said, he still is allowing a 43% hard hit rate over his last three starts with a 221 ft batted ball distance. The Padres aren’t a great hitting club at home, owning just a .294 wOBA, but Zimm is exactly the type of pitcher that can get them going.

Players to Consider

  • Wil Myers ($3,900)
  • Jose Pirela ($3,600)
  • Hunter Renfroe ($3,500)
  • Cory Spangenberg ($3,300)
  • Carlos Asuaje ($2,400)

5. St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals have been hitting better as of late, owning a .353 wOBA over the past two weeks with a .507 SLG and a .335 OBP. They’ll take on Chad Kuhl this afternoon, who is posting a .329 wOBA on the road with a .422 SLG. Kuhl has certainly been better on the road this year, but I’m intrigued by the Cardinals’ low priced stack with their hot bats as of late.

Players to Consider

  • Matt Carpenter ($3,900)
  • Dexter Fowler ($4,700)
  • Stephen Piscotty ($4,200)
  • Jedd Gyorko ($4,000)
  • Yadier Molina ($3,800)


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