The Los Angeles Angels were extremely disappointing last night against subpar left-hander Carlos Rodon, who mowed through the Halos’ lineup for 7 innings of shutout ball with a Chris Sale-like 11 strikeouts. Having said that, it would be a mistake to hold a grudge against hitters like Albert Pujols, Mike Trout, and company, as they are set up in another quality matchup to gain redemption.
That favorable draw is against one of our longtime Bargain Bin friends: John Danks, who owns a .375 wOBA against right-handed hitters. Needless to say, Pujols, Trout, Victorino, and Cron are all in play for the exact same reasons as yesterday, and the park shift to U.S. Cellular Field serves as an added boost.
DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH
Brian Dozier – 2B – MIN (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Dozier hasn’t been good as of late, but that presents a discounted salary in one of his better matchups as of late. The Twins square off against Texas’ Nick Martinez, who has allowed a whopping .381 wOBA against right-handed hitters this season. The potential for a bounce-back performance is very high for Dozier, and a Minnesota stack seems like a nice strategy due to the matchup/economical pricing combination.
Jose Ramirez – SS – CLE (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
As you are probably aware, C.C. Sabathia has not been good against right-handed hitters for quite some time now. That has held true this season as well, owning a .387 wOBA mark against righties this season. Insert Jose Ramirez, who has been hitting at the top of the Indians’ order, collecting 8 hits over the past three games. Simply put, Ramirez finds ways to get on base, which translates to solid fantasy production. As an added bonus, he’s a switch-hitter who won’t lose the platoon advantage in a bullpen situation.
Miguel Sano – 3B – MIN (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
Remember a little bit ago when I mentioned the possibility of a Minnesota stack? Well, Sano is the next piece of that puzzle behind the likes of Dozier. Through his brief MLB tenure, Sano has hit right-handed pitching better than lefties, something that cross-reference well against the aforementioned splits of Nick Martinez. In addition, the Twins have fared much better offensively at home this season, and this seems like a great breakout opportunity.
Also Consider: Kris Bryant – 3B – CHC
Alcides Escobar – SS – KC (FanDuel Price: $2,300)
This is your daily reminder that Alcides Escobar is still very cheap on FanDuel, sitting in a nice situation batting leadoff for Kansas City. While Escobar’s production has been somewhat spotty as of late, he’s one of the best bargain shortstops in action. He has a favorable draw against Daniel Norris, who has been allowing plenty of hard contact this season. Pairing Alcides with teammate Lorenzo Cain seems like a great strategy.
John Jaso – C – TB (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
The Rays offense is in a fine position tonight, taking on Atlanta’s Matt Wisler, who has allowed a .420 wOBA against left-handed bats this season. However, there aren’t many viable lefties to target within this Tampa lineup. Jaso is one of the few, often sitting atop the lineup. Even though he doesn’t have much lineup security behind him, the matchup potential and salary combination is enough to warrant a roster spot tonight.
Shane Victorino – OF – LAA (FanDuel Price: $2,200)
Victorino isn’t essential to your lineup configuration by any means. However, if you are looking for a cheap, minimum-salary outfield filler (by paying up for pitching, or combining with Trout/Pujols), Victorino profiles well in that regard. He’ll likely be hitting leadoff for an Angels offense that could inflict some damage on John Danks. Having Pujols and Trout hit behind him certainly boosts the fantasy rationale.
Also Consider: Scooter Gennett – 2B – MIL
Torii Hunter – OF – MIN (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
In reality, any of the Minnesota outfielders could fill this spot, so be sure to glance towards Aaron Hicks and Eddie Rosario ($2,600) as well. However, Hunter has the most power upside of that trio, and he’s a right-handed hitter who could take full advantage of Nick Martinez’s susceptibility against righties (.381 wOBA).
Chris Iannetta – C – LAA (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
Iannetta was a tournament gamble that didn’t pay off last night, but going back to the well isn’t such a bad strategy. As mentioned in the introduction, LAA righties have a similarly good matchup to redeem themselves, and Iannetta owns an underrated .370 wOBA .200 ISO against left-handed pitching. He’ll likely have a lower-than-deserved ownership percentage due to last night’s disappointment as well.
Chris Colabello – OF – TOR (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
First, we’ll need to see where Colabello is hitting in this hearty Toronto lineup (or if he’s playing in general). If he’s hitting 5th or 6th, that will boost his RBI potential behind the likes of Encarnacion, Bautista, Donaldson, and Tulowitzki. Colabello is currently riding an eight-game hitting streak, and opposing pitcher Aaron Brooks has been generous to right-handed bats over three big league starts.
Also Consider: C.J. Cron – 1B – LAA