The second baseball slate of the day has many more options to consider with 10 games on tap. The question is, do we want to roster the big bats of Coors Field or the security in the arm of Jacob deGrom ($11,600)
StudJacob deGrom, NYM vs. MIN, $11,600 — For tonight’s slate, I think spending up at pitcher makes more sense than spending up for bats. There are a number of cheap offenses in good spots, but the same can’t be said for pitching. It is difficult to find many options to feel comfortable with. In Jacob deGrom, we get the safest pitcher in baseball. Coming off a historic Cy Young campaign with a 1.70 ERA, deGrom has picked up where he left off and is yet to allow an earned run this year. Somehow, his FIP is at -0.23 through two starts.
Other Options — Gerrit Cole ($10,500), Aaron Nola ($9,400)
ValueMarco Gonzalez, SEA at KCR, $7,600 — Gonzalez isn’t a high-upside option, but he is pretty safe. He rarely walks batters and pitches to contact, which allows him to work deep into games. This was on display in his last outing when he was able to go 8 1/3 innings against the Angels. He’s won all three of his starts this season and is averaging 16.8 DKFP.
Other Options — Jakob Junis ($7,200)
StudYasmani Grandal, MIL at LAA, $4,200 — Give me all the lefties going against Matt Harvey tonight. I have quite a few of them listed for this evening and for good reason. Harvey is a shell of his former self and got blasted by left-handed bats last season. This season hasn’t been any better as he is allowing a .505 wOBA to lefties.
Other Options — Gary Sanchez ($4,300),
Chris Iannetta ($4,000)
ValueOmar Narvaez, SEA at KCR, $3,400 — The Mariners’ offense is rolling and Narvaez is consistently a part of the action in the middle of the lineup. He has at least one hit and at least one run scored in six of his last seven games. Cheap production is tough to find behind the dish, but Narvaez has been delivering it almost every night.
Other Options — Buster Posey ($3,600)
FIRST BASECody Bellinger, LAD at STL, $5,200 — Through the first couple weeks of the regular season, Bellinger has been the best hitter in baseball. After a sophomore slump, Bellinger is looking like his rookie self when he set the record for most home runs hit by a first-year player. He leads all of baseball with seven homers through 11 games. This has him leading all hitters with an average of 18.8 DKFP per game.
Other Options — Freddie Freeman ($5,100)
ValueTrey Mancini, BAL vs. OAK, $4,200 — The expectation was that the Orioles’ offense would be a train wreck this year but so far they are looking decent (other than Chris Davis, who has yet to pick up a hit). Mancini is helping to keep the offense afloat with five homers in his last seven games. He’s averaging 13.6 DKFP for the young season.
Other Options — Edwin Encarnacion ($4,200),
Mark Reynolds ($4,200)
StudJose Altuve, HOU vs. NYY, $4,500 — Altuve is rarely ever this cheap and it looks like he is starting to find his swing after a slow to start to the season. In his last two games, he picked up four hits and is averaging 16.5 DKFP. The inexperienced Jonathan Loaisiga ($6,900) could be in over his head pitching in Houston tonight. He struggled during his brief time in the big leagues last year with a 5.11 ERA.
Other Options — Ozzie Albies ($4,700), Whit Merrifield ($4,400)
ValueKetel Marte, ARI vs. TEX, $4,200 — Marte is a boom or bust option, but the upside makes him worthwhile in GPP. He has four games on the season with at least 17 DKFP, but he’s scored 5.0 DKFP or less in the rest of his games. Marte rarely has much ownership in GPP, but his ceiling games are what win tournaments.
Other Options — Robinson Cano ($3,900)
StudNolan Arenado, COL vs. ATL, $5,300 — The only sure things in life are death, taxes and Nolan Arenado hitting dongs off left-handed pitching at Coors Field. He was one of the top lefty destroyers in baseball last year with a 197 wRC+ against southpaws and his numbers go through the roof when playing at home. Arenado had a .347 batting average in Colorado last year to just .248 on the road.
Other Options — Matt Chapman ($4,600), Manny Machado ($4,400)
ValueTravis Shaw, MIL at LAA, $4,200 — It is another lefty facing Matt Harvey. The start of the season hasn’t been kind to Shaw, but he figures to be in the lineup tonight with Milwaukee playing in the American League with a designated hitter. He has back to back 30+ homer seasons and there is no better time for him to get back on track than against Harvey’s .505 wOBA against left-handed pitching.
Other Options — Mike Moustakas ($4,200)
StudTrevor Story, COL vs. ATL, $5,100 — Just like with Arenado, Story annihilate left-handed pitching and is a better hitter at Coors Field. Last year, 26 of his 37 homers came in Colorado. The Rockies’ season started on the road and Story struggled. Now back home, he has three homers in his first four home games including one last night.
Other Options — Jonathan Villar ($4,600)
EDITOR’S NOTE: Seager is not in the starting lineup for tonight’s game.
Other Options — Tim Beckham ($3,800)
StudChristian Yelich, MIL at LAA,$5,300 — In the offseason, it was fair to wonder just how good Yelich would be this year. This isn’t to say he wouldn’t be a good player, but the question was if he could repeat last year’s MVP performance. So far, the answer is a resounding yes. He’s been very difficult to get out with a .490 OBP. His power has more than carried over with a .475 ISO. Once again, stack up these Brewers’ lefties facing Harvey.
Other Options — Mike Trout ($5,600), Khris Davis ($5,400)
ValueMallex Smith, SEA at KC, $4,100 — The Mariners are leading baseball with a total of 98 runs scored. Just to show how ridiculous their output has been, the Phillies are fifth in the MLB with 57 runs scored. As the leadoff hitter, Smith is reaping the benefits of the high-powered offensive attack. He’s scored a run in all but one game this season and he produces extra upside as a constant threat to steal bases. He swiped two bags in his last start.
Other Options — Ian Desmond ($4,300), Nick Markakis ($4,000)
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