Toronto pitcher Felix Doubrount (formerly of the Red Sox) is back in a starting MLB rotation, which is good for daily fantasy enthusiasts. Over the past three seasons, the left-hander has allowed a .342 wOBA mark against right-handed hitters. Kansas City should be able to cash in on this vulnerability, and the Vegas oddsmakers tend to agree, granting this game an 8.5 run over/under, which is higher than usual considering Kauffman Stadium’s pitcher-friendly atmosphere.
Lorenzo Cain is the top option KC right-handed bat worth your attention, but he’s somewhat expensive following a recent hotstreak. However, combining him with less expensive Royal righties like Salvador Perez and Alcides Escobar (maybe switch-hitter Kendrys Morales as well) balances things out in this potent mini-stack.
DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH
Salvador Perez – C – KC (FanDuel Price: $2,400)
In a continuation from the introduction, “Salvy” is pretty good against left-handed pitching, and Felix Doubront can be categorized as a below average one. The Kansas City catcher received a break yesterday, so he should be ready to go (no surprise scratch, as we sometimes see on Sunday afternoon games) in this series finale.
Wilin Rosario – 1B – COL (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Atlanta pitcher Alex Wood was set to start in Thursday’s game at Colorado, but he threw just 2 pitches before getting pulled in an extended rain delay. That pushed his start back to today, and we still like Colorado right-handed bats against the middling southpaw. As written in Thursday’s Bargain Bin: “Rosario is a notorious lefty-masher, holding an elite .391 wOBA, .245 ISO split that gets accentuated even further by the hitter-friendly atmosphere of Coors Field.”
Joe Panik – 2B – SF (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
The Giants offense is absolutely rolling right now, as teams have a tendency of doing against this brutal Philadelphia rotation. Today, the Phillies will start Chad Billingsley, who has displayed a strong susceptibility to left-handed hitters over his MLB tenure. Realistically, all the SanFran bats are in play, but Panik checks in at a favorable price with lower-than-normal opportunity cost.
Also Consider: David Ortiz – 1B – BOS
Alcides Escobar – SS – KC (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
The Kansas City leadoff man has been red-hot lately, and I’m very surprised his salary hasn’t trended up to the $3000 range following a 9-game hitting streak – five being the multi-hit variety. He hasn’t been stealing many bases, and the presence of a lefty on the mound probably reduces his chances of swiping a bag. However, the multi-hit/run scoring upside is well worth this surprisingly discounted salary.
Rougned Odor – 2B – TEX (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
Even though he has a less-than-ideal lineup spot, Odor has been sneaky good lately. He may profile as more of a tournament pick with “diamond in the rough” Joe Panik sitting in a similar price range, but Odor has a nice contact/power combination aided by Texas’ hitter-friendly ballpark. He has been a run-scoring machine lately, crossing the plate four times in the past three games.
Eddie Rosario – OF – MIN (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
Detroit pitcher Shane Greene is making his first MLB start in a month. He was sent to the minors following a stretch of 20 earned runs over four starts (15 innings). While there’s a chance Greene has smoothed things out, there’s also a chance he falls back into those bad tendencies against a red-hot Minnesota offense. Rosario is a cheap way to gain (cheap) exposure, going 5-8 with 4 runs, 1 RBI, 1 SB in two games this series.
Also Consider: Alex Rios – OF – KC
Chris Young – OF – NYY (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
Young has been a near-top five hitter against left-handed pitching this season, and that falls in line with his healthy .355 wOBA .200 ISO split over the last three years. Facing southpaw Wade Miley (.331 wOBA vs RHB) in the notoriously hitter-friendly Fenway Park is definitely a situation to snag the Yankee platoon specialist.
Miguel Sano – 3B – MIN (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
Sano continues to produce for the Twins, yet the salary hasn’t increased at all. In fact, I believe it has dropped $100 or $200 over the last few days, which doesn’t make much sense at all. Oh well; that’s better for us bargain seekers, as Sano has hit safely in all but one major league game (10) since getting called up. That one matchup he went hitless was against David Price. The draw vs Shane Greene today profiles on the other end of the spectrum. He’s cash playable on top of being an excellent tournament option.
Brandon Belt – 1B – SF (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
Belt is another great tournament option that can also be deployed in cash games. He checks in at a very favorable $3000 price tag, and the Giants offense is set to inflict some damage on right-hander Chad Billingsley, who has given up 5+ runs in three of his five starts this season.
Also Consider: Drew Stubbs – OF – COL