When we get to this time of year, there are seemingly plenty of pitchers to pick on.
Teams out of playoff contention are trotting out young hurlers, trying to evaluate their prospects moving forward. You can certainly take advantage of this for daily fantasy purposes. Here are some pitchers to pick on tonight (young and old alike):
Christian Bergman @ ARI: .424 wOBA vs RHB
David Buchanan vs NYM: .444 wOBA vs LHB, .413 wOBA vs RHB
Josh Smith vs CHC: .492 wOBA vs LHB
Charlie Morton vs STL: .372 wOBA vs LHB
Dan Haren @ CIN: 379 wOBA vs LHB
You’ll see plenty of hitters opposing these pitchers in the categories below.
DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH
Dexter Fowler – OF – CHC (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
While skimming through that list above, Josh Smith’s .492 wOBA vs LHB probably popped out at you. We need to consider that the split is represented by a small sample size, but still, Smith hasn’t shown the ability to get major league hitters out, especially those with the platoon advantage. Fowler, Rizzo, and company will look to take advantage.
George Springer – OF – HOU (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
Springer had a huge outing last night (8.75 FPTS) and a repeat performance isn’t necessarily out of the question in another solid righty/lefty matchup against Vidal Nuno’s .351 wOBA vs RHB. In fact, Springer is swinging a hot bat with multiple hits in four of the past seven games, and his price point is still very moderate.
Jacoby Ellsbury – OF – NYY (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Boston pitcher Rick Porcello has been better as of late, but he still holds a .358 wOBA vs LHB this season. Enter Ellsbury, who is starting to show signs of life with five hits over the past three games. His salary is still suppressed by an extended cold streak, and the park factor in Yankee Stadium never hurts his cause.
Also Consider: Jason Heyward – OF – STL
Michael Conforto – OF – NYM (FanDuel Price: 2,600)
Conforto had himself a nice little series at Cincinnati, and now it’s time for that to carry into this matchup at Philadlephia. A draw vs David Buchanan, who’s .444 wOBA split vs LHB was outlined earlier, will certainly make things easier. All of the Mets are in play tonight, and Conforto is a viable, cheap option within that stack.
DJ LeMahieu – 2B – COL (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
Even though Colorado is on the road, all of their players seem to be priced as if they were playing in Coors Field tonight. That is, except for LeMahieu. He has a fine righty/lefty matchup against Robbie Ray, and Arizona’s Chase Field isn’t too far of a drop-off in park factor from Colorado’s Coors Field.
Miguel Montero – C – CHC (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
Picking on Josh Smith tonight in a hitter-friendly ballpark is not a bad idea. Insert Miguel Montero, who has the necessary power to take full advantage. He’s cheap, flashing some reasonable upside at a positon that doesn’t have many solid options tonight.
Also Consider: Chase Headley – 3B – NYY
Wellington Castillo – C – ARI (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Castillo is the tournament spinoff from Montero, outlined in the previous section. He hasn’t been good as of late, but he’s reasonably cheap, batting for the highest projected scoring team of the night. A nice park factor and a matchup against Colorado pitcher Bergman (.424 wOBA vs RHB) is definitely a spot to consider “buying low”.
Jay Bruce – OF – CIN (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
What would this column be if we didn’t pick on Dan Haren at least once? Haren holds a .379 wOBA vs LHB this season, allowing a ton of power as well. A trip to hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park won’t help his cause, and Jay Bruce/Joey Votto are set to take full advantage.
Jose Ramirez – SS – CLE (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
First, you’ll need to check where he’s hitting in the lineup, or even if he is in the lineup tonight. Ramirez has been pretty good as of late, and he’s a nice value solution to the shortstop dilemma tonight. He has 6 hits in the past four games, scoring five runs as well. He could keep the fantasy feast going against Minnesota contact-pitcher Kyle Gibson.
Also Consider: Brock Holt – 2B – BOS