With only two week s left in the MLB season, you’ve got to take advantage of streaks while avoiding stud players that are slumping. You don’t have the luxury to assume stud players will pull out of their funk on any given night, so play those hot bats. Good luck this week!
Jacob deGrom, Mets ($10,900) – deGrom has only allowed two earned runs over his last three starts (21 innings pitched) and remains one of the hotter pitchers in the game right now. For a stud pitching option, I consider him a decent value as well. I’m expecting deGrom to go at least six innings with six strikeouts against a Miami lineup with no Giancarlo Stanton.
James Shields, Royals ($10,200) – Over his last three starts Shields has averaged 28.2 FPPG and is giving the Royals ace-like numbers down the stretch when they need it most. Shields is averaging seven innings and six strikeouts over as well over his last three games.
Andrew Cashner, Padres ($7,100) – I like Cashner at home with the Phillies hitters coming in to town, with only a .129 average against in 31 career at-bats. Again, the sample size isn’t big but Cashner hasn’t been pitching bad at all of late. You’ll have a tough time getting a win out of Cashner, but considering the price tag and the other choices he’s a decent play at Petco.
Ryan Vogelsong, Giants ($7,000) – When Vogelsong can induce the ground ball, he’s done pretty well in his starts this season. Vogelsong hasn’t done well on the road, but I like the mishmash lineup matchup he’ll have against the Diamondbacks.
Yasmani Grandal, C, Padres ($3,700) – There aren’t many catchers I like on Monday, so Grandal is my sub-stud option behind the plate. Grandal has put up double-digit FPPG in four out of his last five games played. And, right now he’s about the only Padres hitter that I trust, although that’s not saying a ton.
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, Dodgers ($4,900) – If you’re thinking about loading up on a particular team on Monday then the Dodgers make a ton of sense considering their lineup at Coors. Gonzalez hits 31 points higher on the road, and with that he also gets on base at a better rate (.350 OBP compared to .317 at home).
Anthony Rendon, 2B/3B, Nationals ($4,700) – Before Sunday’s game, Rendon was on fire with 16 , 24 and 24 FPPG the three previous days. With 11 hits in his last 19 at-bats (including Sunday) I’m slotting him in on Monday.
Erick Aybar, SS, Angels ($4,200) – Don’t expect power numbers from Aybar, but he can give you solid point production with an average of nine FPPG over his last 10 games played. Again, the Angels hitters are hard to avoid right now.
Mike Trout, OF, Angels ($5,800) – If I wanted to be boring I guess I could list Mike Trout every day. Most know that Trout is a stud recommendation without having to be told, but he’s in the middle of a nice run where he’s gone 14-for-39 (.359 AVG), three HR, 14 runs and nine RBI over his last 10 games.
Matt Kemp, OF, Dodgers ($4,500) – Kemp has been inconsistent at times, especially earlier in the season when he was battling injury and fighting for playing time in a crowded Dodger outfield. Now? He’s been in a groove with four home runs, 10 runs and 10 RBI so far in September. Kemp has historically destroyed Rockies pitching as well with a .374 AVG, 18 homers, 14 doubles, four triples and 52 RBI in 182 career at-bats. Gotta love Kemp at Coors, too!
Lorenzo Cain, OF, Royals ($4,300) – Yeah, I’m with you – Cain isn’t really a stud;, however, he’s just been playing very good ball of late with a nice little hitting streak at hand where he’s scoring runs, stealing bases and getting RBIs. In other words, Cain has been filling the stat sheet of late, which plays into my “ride the hot streak” deal-io especially at this time of the year.
Wilin Rosario, C, Rockies ($3,400) – I like players that have recently come off injury, especially when I’m looking for values. Rosario isn’t putting up dominating numbers but he is contributing positive point production.
Chris Young, OF, Yankees ($3,500) – Young has always been a streaky kind of player, especially when it comes to his power production. At this price on him, I’m trying to squeeze a bit more out of him with the seven extra-base hits (three homers and four doubles) he’s had over his last five games. Plus, Young is 10-for-27 with three homers and 11 RBI lifetime against Tampa Bay pitching.
David Freese, 3B, Angels ($3,800) – Oh, look, another Angels hitter! Freese has been averaging almost 10 FPPG over his last 10-games played, so consider him a smart value slot at third base.
Juan Lagares, OF, Mets ($3,800) – Lagares has only had two games in the month of September where he hasn’t had a hit. He’s also stealing bases at a nice clip, while adding some runs scored and RBI. The real value is the steals though.
Good luck and don’t forget you can catch me on Twitter @TheRolyPolyBoy!