I was going to go all in on the Rockies/Dodgers game today, but of course there’s another good chance for rain around Denver, so keep an eye on the weather there. If they can get a game in there will be plenty of mile high value plays.
Instead of picking on the elevation I’m going to pick on Boston’s Wade Miley and not because Miley is the worst pitcher of all time, but because he’s an average left-handed pitcher facing Toronto in Toronto. The Blue Jays have consistently put up good numbers in the Rogers Centre and are doing so again with a .362 wOBA at home and a .368 wOBA against lefties. And thankfully for Toronto, Miley is a lefty on the road who has a 7.15 ERA this season, allowing 24 hits and 18 earned runs in 22.2 innings pitched. This game has the second highest over/under on the night at 9.5 runs scored and we are due for a slugfest with Aaron Sanchez and his wild ways on the other side.
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DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH
Kevin Pillar – OF – TOR (FanDuel Price: $2,700) Unfortunately we won’t find too many value plays from Toronto, but their top hitters are still priced fairly well, so feel free to get Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista in there if you can fit them. The one player who will be a staple on my team though is Pillar. He’s priced well and is hitting a nice .350 over the last ten games.
Wilson Ramos – C – WAS (FanDuel Price: $2,800) Eric Stults is always a pitcher to target, especially against right-handed batters who hit a .343 wOBA off him. Add that to how well Ramos is hitting right now and you have a nice pairing. Ramos has hit in 11 straight games and had multi-hit games in six of those. For his price he’ll be hard to fade unless you are going for a higher upside, more expensive catcher.
Brandon Phillips – 2B – CIN (FanDuel Price: $2,900) Hector Noesi is always a great pitcher to target; unfortunately the weather forecast doesn’t look great for Chicago. But if that changes I love Phillips today for a value play. Noesi has given up a whopping .375 wOBA to righties while Phillips is hitting lefties for a .375 average so far this season and has five multi-hit games in his last seven.
Carlos Perez – C – LAL (FanDuel Price: $3,000) Perez started his major league career with a bang as he hit a walk off home run against Seattle in his first game. He should continue to see playing time as Chris Iannetta has been horrid this season, while Perez has been great in the minors and has already shown some pop in the majors.
Marwin Gonzalez – OF – HOU (FanDuel Price: $2,200) Jered Weaver has now given up 45 hits and 24 earned runs through 34.1 innings pitched. He’s not going to walk or strikeout many batters, so the hot hitting Astros should see plenty to hit in this game. Marwin’s not going to blow your socks off, but he’s been making good contact and for his price makes for a nice stacking piece against Weaver.
Danny Espinosa – 2B – WAS (FanDuel Price: $2,300) Espinosa has hit 5-for-13 off lefties this season and in his career has a nice .345 wOBA against them. He makes for a good punt if you are looking to play Matt Harvey.
Ryan Zimmerman – 1B – WAS (FanDuel Price: $2,700) There are plenty of right-handed value plays to throw against Stults for the Nats, but one I like for tourneys is Zimmerman who hits lefties for a .360 wOBA. He’s been below average this season, but is still hitting lefties better than righties while hitting fifth in the lineup.
Chris Colabello – OF – TOR (FanDuel Price: $2,200) The other Blue Jays’ player I’ll have filling out many of my lineups is Colabello. Make sure he’s in the lineup, but he’s hit so well in his first two games it will be hard to keep him out, especially after going 4-for-4 against lefty C.C. Sabathia last time out. How can you pass up a $2,200 player who’s batting 1.000 off lefties?