Today profiles similar to the past couple of game slates, where there’s a few offenses in good positions, but no real “must stacks” to serve as lineup fixtures. For that reason, it’s probably best to build your FanDuel team “a la carte” by selecting well-priced options in decent spots.
Here’s some split stats to be aware of from a pitching perspective:
Sabathia vs RHB: .370 wOBA - 1.64 HR/9
Verlander vs RHB: .347 wOBA
Duffy vs RHB: .355 wOBA
Kendrick vs LHB: .345 wOBA - .343 vs RHB
Niese vs RHB: .334 wOBA
You could form a pretty solid lineup by picking on these hurlers, and that’ll serve as the theme for majority of today’s bargain selections.
DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH
Jose Abreu – 1B – CWS (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Abreu steps into a fine matchup for a non-imposing salary level. He’ll get left-hander Danny Duffy today in hitter-friendly U.S. Cellular Park. As you can see with the splits above, Duffy owns a .355 wOBA vs right-handed bats this season, and Abreu mashes lefties to the tune of .423 wOBA .236 ISO over the past two years.
Jonathan Lucroy – C – MIL (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
The Brewers could be in line for quite a few runs this afternoon, as their righty-heavy lineup will take on subpar lefty Jeff Locke. Most of the Milwaukee bats are reasonably priced, including Lucroy who checks in with some power upside at a position that seems mediocre (at best) in this slate.
Hunter Pence – OF – SF (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Pence has been hitting like a madman as of late; literally, his batting stance resembles that of a crazy person. He has a great chance of continuing this tear in a righty/lefty matchup against Patrick Corbin in Arizona’s hitter-friendly environment. The D-Backs pitcher is still trying to shake off some rust, with this being just his third start of the season. He gave up 6 earned runs in the previous two.
Gregory Polanco – OF – PIT (FanDuel Price: $2,200)
Polanco has been the darling cheapskate special for a while now, and that holds true again today. His price actually decreased to minimum salary despite a pretty solid string of production. He’ll take on Milwaukee’s Jungmann today, batting leadoff in a hitter-friendly ballpark. He’s an excellent source of salary cap relief.
Yangervis Solarte – 3B – SD (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
Solarte has been leading off for the Padres with a fair amount of recent success. He has a juicy matchup to keep that going, facing Kyle Kendrick’s aforementioned .345 wOBA split against left-handed hitters (Solarte is a switch). He has reasonable upside with multiple hits, runs, and RBI’s this afternoon.
Chris Iannetta – C – LAA (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
Iannetta was a recommendation on Friday, and he falls into the “viable punt” category for the same reason today. If you recall, in the “Underrated MLB Splits” column unveiled last week, Iannetta actually has just as good splits vs lefties as Buster Posey over the last three seasons (.375 wOBA, .199 ISO). That sets up well in a matchup against the tumultuous pitching of left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez.
Also Consider: Yondor Alonso – 1B – SD … David Freese – 3B – LAA
Mark Trumbo – OF – SEA (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
Trumbo is always a risky fantasy proposition, as he’ll either smack a homer of give you absolutely nothing (maybe even a negative). However, the matchup couldn’t be much better, playing in the hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium against one of the most generous homerun pitchers in C.C. Sabathia – 1.64 HR/9, .370 wOBA vs RHB.
Aramis Ramirez – 3B – MIL (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
It’s funny how things work sometimes. I was in the process of writing up Aramis last night, then I took a break to check the box scores – noticing he went 3-3 with 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 runs. Well, I guess the cat’s out of the bag now. Either way, Ramirez makes for a quality play against a left-handed pitcher, as he owns an elite .376 wOBA .253 ISO vs southpaws over the past three seasons.
Avisial Garcia – OF – CWS (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
Garcia essentially piggybacks the same rationale used for his teammate, Jose Abreu. This is a quality righty/lefty matchup against Danny Duffy (.355 wOBA vs RHB) in a ballpark that accentuates right-handed power. He’s a risk along the lines of Mark Trumbo, but a calculated one for a non-prohibitive salary.