Disclaimer: there will be plenty of Cardinal hitters mentioned in this column.
That’s not to say that St. Louis deserves your uninterrupted attention while looking at offenses to target. However, they are certainly in a great position to blend some RedBird bats throughout your lineup.
Milwaukee pitcher Wily Peralta has been terrible against left-handed hitters throughout his career. That especially holds true this season, as Peralta owns an inflated .379 wOBA split against those with the platoon advantage.
For this reason, Matt Carpenter and Jason Heyward emerge as excellent FanDuel commodities tonight. Oh, and their respective price points are agreeable in most lineup configuations as well. In addition, Matt Adams and Kolton Wong can be considered in this same matchup, although they aren’t quite on the same priority level as their two aforementioned teammates.
DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH
Matt Carpenter – 3B – STL (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
As I just said, this is a sweet matchup for Carpenter, whose salary is a little less than we are accustomed to. For those of you keeping score, we have 1) great matchup, 2) fair price point AND 3) slight park shift in Milwaukee.
Brian Dozier – 2B – MIN (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
Dozier was our featured bargain on Monday in a nice righty/lefty matchup, and he provided a mediocre fantasy performance. Now is the time for him to put up the gaudy stat line we expect, settling into a sweet righty/lefty draw against Daniel Norris in Dozier’s preferred hitting environment of Target Field. Even if he has burned you in recent history, this doesn’t seem like the time to hold a grudge.
Jason Heyward – OF – STL (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Heyward had a monster game last night, and it’s fair to say that he was the deciding factor in that contest (and many fantasy contests as well). Heyward has collected multiple hits in the past four games, arguably riding his best hitting binge of the season. Now he’ll get one of his better matchups of the year against Wily Peralta, which all comes together as a top-flight play on FanDuel.
Also Consider: Brandon Belt – 1B – SF
Josh Reddick – OF – OAK (FanDuel Price: $2,400)
The A’s broke out in a huge way last night, putting up 17 runs against the White Sox. While it’s not plausible to expect Oakland replicating even half of that production, you cannot deny this solid matchup against Chicago spot-starter Erik Johnson. The best way to attack Johnson is with left-handed hitters (.445 wOBA vs LHB), and Reddick is the best left-handed threat Oakland has.
Todd Frazier – 3B – CIN (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
Frazier is starting to look like himself after hitting rock-bottom a few weeks ago (literally, his salary was the absolute minimum on FanDuel). He has since belted 4 homers over the past seven games, including a solo-shot in San Francisco last night. Jake Peavy has given up a ton of contact this season, and Frazier could keep things going in this unimposing draw.
Kolton Wong – 2B – STL (FanDuel Price: $2,300)
On one hand, we have Wong sitting in that great matchup against Wily Peralta for a very cheap price point. On the other hand, he has been very up-and-down as of late, getting demoted to the bottom-half of St. Louis’ lineup. He’s a great GPP pick as part of a Cardinal stack, and he can be considered a filler if you need salary cap relief at second base. However, I wouldn’t necessarily consider him a “core play” on FanDuel.
Nolan Reimold – OF – BAL (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
Reimold may be a little too expensive considering his true talent level, but he has been very impressive as Baltimore’s leadoff man against left-handed pitchers. He’ll face Boston southpaw Henry Owens tonight, who has allowed a .340 wOBA against right-handed hitters. That bodes well for Reimold to keep his hotstreak going, accounting for 7 hits, 2 homers, 6 RBI’s, and 7 runs over the past five games.
Clint Robinson – OF – WAS (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
Robinson was disappointing in a nice matchup last night, but that doesn’t mean you should necessarily shy away tonight. Philadelphia has made a pitching change, as right-hander Alce Asher will take the bump. Asher has gotten blasted in his past three starts, and there’s a good chance Washington could get to him again with Harper, Robinson, and company.
Travis Shaw – 3B – BOS (FanDuel Price: $2,900)
Most people won’t pick Travis Shaw due to a lack of name recognition and a higher-than-expected $2900 salary. However, he has been a tremendous source of upside over the past few weeks, smacking four homers over the past eight games. He’s playing in a park that accentuates left-handed power, against Baltimore pitcher Mike Wright, who has allowed a .408 wOBA split against lefties this season.
Also Consider: Matt Adams – 1B – STL