After scoring 10 runs in last night’s contest, the Cleveland Indians are set up for excellent fantasy potential once again.
They step in against another subpar right-handed pitcher, Nick Martinez, who struggles against left-handed bats. That’s represented by a .347 wOBA, and a 47% fly-ball rate that could spell trouble in Texas’ hitter-friendly ballpark.
Per usual on Sunday, you’ll want to double check the lineup cards as they come out. Managers tend to rest certain starters for these end-of-the-series afternoon games.
DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH
Evan Gattis – C – HOU (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
After a 10-day cold spell, Gattis came through in a big way last night. He went 2-4 with a homer and 2 RBI’s vs the Blue Jays. As we’ve seen before, he’s a player that tends to hit in bunches, so maybe this is the beginning of another fantasy tear. He has an excellent righty-lefty matchup against Mark Buerhle, who owns a .339 wOBA split against right-handed bats.
Kole Calhoun – OF – LAA (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
Mike Wright, making his MLB debut, is a highly regarded pitching prospect for Baltimore. However, there’s a good chance he’ll fall into some trouble against the Angels’ potent lineup. In that case, Calhoun’s leadoff spot with the platoon advantage isn’t a bad position for fantasy production. Oh, and hitting in front of Mike Trout never hurts.
Robinson Cano – 2B – SEA (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Any time Cano makes an appearance in the Bargain Bin column, you know a buy low opportunity is in store. The Seattle second baseman hasn’t been bad lately, but he hasn’t noticed reasonable upside either. That could all change against Boston’s young righty, Steven Wright (the “other” inexperienced Wright taking the bump today). Even though it’s a limited sample size (23 innings), Wright has shown a reasonable susceptibility (.333 wOBA) against left-handed bats.
Also Consider: Yasmani Grandal – C - LAD
Lonnie Chisenhall – 3B – CLE (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
Even though he’s batting down in the order (6th), Chisenhall makes for a fantastic value proposition today. As outlined in the introduction, the Cleveland lefty-stacked lineup is in a great position against Nick Martinez tonight. The fair price point only furthers Chisenhall’s cause.
Brad Miller – SS – SEA (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
Miller has been thriving in the 2-hole for Seattle, and it appears he’ll remain there for the time being. He’s enjoying a five game hitting streak, blasting two homeruns over that span. It’s nice to have a cheap shortstop with some “pop”, and hitting in front of Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz only furthers his run scoring (and subsequent fantasy) potential.
Seth Smith – OF – SEA (FanDuel Price: $2,200)
Seth Smith is another lefty target from Seattle, as I believe you could reasonably make a Cano-Miller-Smith mini-stack for all formats. Despite the quality matchup against (relative) fresh meat Steven Wright, the Vegas oddsmakers believe in Seattle’s offense as well (4.30 projected runs). It’s tough to find a leadoff hitter for a quality offense at minimum salary.
Also Consider: Erick Aybar – SS - LAA
Chris Carter – 1B – HOU (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
As I mentioned in the Evan Gattis write-up, the Houston righties have a nice draw against Mark Buerhle and his .339 wOBA splits against right-handed bats. In addition, the veteran hurler’s strikeout rate has fallen over the past two seasons, leaving opponents with more batted balls and potential fantasy production. Carter belted a three-run shot last night, and he’s another player whose value seemingly comes in streaks.
Shane Victorino – OF – BOS (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
Victorino has come to life over the past several games, serving as Boston’s “platoon specialist” against left-handed pitching. The Red Sox will take on another southpaw today, as James Paxton is taking the bump for Seattle. Paxton hasn’t lived up to expectations this season, proving to be very hittable thus far. That could leave room for Victorino’s power/speed upside, possibly extended his multi-hit streak to three games.
David Murphy – OF – CLE (FanDuel Price: $2,400)
We started this column with the Cleveland Indians; it’s only fitting that we finish that way, right? Murphy could settle into the cleanup role once again (or 5th), which would give him excellent fantasy potential against Nick Martinez and his aforementioned vulnerability to lefties. He went 2-4 with two runs and 1 RBI (batting 4th) last night, and could be in store for a similar line tonight. To give you a glimpse of his upside, he went 5-6 with a homer in last week’s series vs the Twins.
Also Consider: Michael Bourn – OF - CLE