We have a short slate tonight with only four games, which means you’ll want to find a few contrarian plays to help separate yourself from the pack. Sometimes with bargain picks that’s tough to do with the player pool so small, but we’ll find a few in here today.
I’ll most likely grab quite a few players from the Toronto/Tampa Bay game since they have the highest over/under of the group, but that’s going to be a common practice tonight. I’m also going to work on getting some Mets into my lineups as they have the second highest over/under and run line of the night.
Jared Cosart is not a bad pitcher, but he’s susceptible to lefties, which puts Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy into play right off the bat, with two of those players being bargain options.
DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH
David DeJesus – OF – TB (FanDuel Price: $2,800) DeJesus is a left-handed hitter and so far as faced righties exclusively, going 6-for-14 with seven RBIs so far this season. Tonight he faces the righty Aaron Sanchez, who doesn’t have much experience in the majors yet, but has been hit easily by lefties so far and DeJesus has hit righties to the tune of a .348 wOBA over the last three seasons.
Kevin Kiermaier – OF – TB (FanDuel Price: $3,000) You can take the same logic from above and tape it to the lefty Kiermaier, but his splits are even better than DeJesus as he has a crazy .372 wOBA and a .236 ISO against righties in 271 at bats.
Curtis Granderson – OF – NYM (FanDuel Price: $3,000) After a slow start (but with plenty of walks) Granderson has two hits in each of his last two games. He’s been seeing the ball well, so this isn’t much of a surprise, but his price is still in bargain bin range and his splits are almost carbon copies of themselves. That makes for a nice stat as a leadoff hitter who could easily see five at bats and both lefties and righties during the game.
Dalton Pompey – OF – TOR: (FanDuel Price: $2,900) Pompey hit his second home run of his short career last night and now has six hits in his last six games to go along with two homers, 5 RBIs and 6 runs. Pompey has consistently been batting from the two hole and has his best splits so far from the left side of the plate, hitting a .321 wOBA and .250 ISO while opposing pitcher Chris Archer gives up a .315 wOBA to lefties and a .259 wOBA to righties.
Cody Asche – 3B – PHI (FanDuel Price: $2,700) Asche has been on fire with nine hits in his last four games, including a home run and a double. That of course doesn’t mean he can’t go 0-for-4 against Doug Fister tonight, but Fister is worse against lefties and Asche is still just $2,700 on FanDuel. He will most likely be heavily owned, but there’s good reason for that.
Travis d'Arnaud – C – NYM (FanDuel Price: $2,500) So far in d'Arnaud’s career he has hit right-handed pitchers better than left-handed. He’s also been hitting well this season with 10 hits in his first 30 at bats. His reverse splits should help him against righty Jared Cosart and as long as he’s in the two hole, I am using him.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia – C – MIA (FanDuel Price: $2,500) Dillon Gee has a tough time with lefties and Salty does his best hitting from the left side. You’re pretty much looking for power from Salty because he isn’t hitting much this year, but one swing of the bat makes him very much worth his low price.
Justin Smoak – 1B – TOR (FanDuel Price: $2,600) Smoak does most of his work from the left side of the plate, which is his best side for power. There’s always a chance he won’t be in the lineup, but in a hitters’ park, on a team that can get plenty of runs and against a righty, I like his chances as long as he plays.
Ichiro Suzuki –OF – MIA: (FanDuel Price: $2,300) With Christian Yelich most likely sitting tonight, Suzuki should get the start. He of course is not the same player he once was, but you know he’s going to make contact and at his rock bottom price you have to feel good about his chances to hit value as a punt/tourney play.