Christian Bergman will make a spot start for Colorado tonight, filling in for Jorge De La Rosa’s initial scheduling. Bergman is a true reliever, appearing in 27 games while starting just one. Along with that, he has allowed a .421 wOBA against right-handed hitters, so that’s where we’ll want to direct our attention when deciding how to attack this situation.
Bergman will likely be on a pitch count, so we’ll need to consider the possibility of a bullpen game after 3-4 innings. In that case, right-handed hitters appear safer, so we can avoid a potential lefty/lefty matchup later in the game.
It just so happens that majority of Pittsburgh’s best hitters are right-handed as well, so it works out pretty well.
DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH
Adrian Beltre – 3B – TEX (FanDuel Price: $3,300)
Beltre has been red-hot over the past two weeks, recording 7 multi-hit games over the past ten. Now, he’ll step into a juicy righty/lefty matchup against Felix Doubront’s .354 wOBA split against right-handed hitters. It’s a difficult decision at third base between Beltre and Aramis Ramirez, but the Texas slugger is slightly cheaper.
Neil Walker – 2B – PIT (FanDuel Price: $3,300)
Walker is a switch-hitter who profiles much better against right-handed tossers. He will be immune to a bullpen matchup problem as well, hitting from either side of the plate. That carries some weight heading into a matchup like this for a mid-range price point. Walker has some significant RBI potential, likely hitting 5th for the highest projected scoring team of the night.
Jordy Mercer – SS – PIT (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
Mercer will likely hit down in the lineup (7th or 8th), but that shouldn’t completely deter you. Coors Field is a completely different animal, wherein the Pirates will be flying up and down the lineup with ease. That should give Mercer plenty of at-bats to hit fantasy value, something he has done quite well over the past two games.
Also Consider: Francisco Cervelli – C – PIT
John Jaso – C – TB (FanDuel Price: $2,400)
Jaso is a relatively easy pick at catcher tonight. He’s cheap, stepping into a great matchup vs Rick Porcello (.360 wOBA vs LHB), and Boston’s hitter-friendly atmosphere only helps his cause. In addition, Jaso will likely be hitting leadoff (or cleanup) in this spot, checking in as probably the best “per dollar” catcher of the night.
Derek Dietrich – 3B – MIA (FanDuel Price: $2,300)
Dietrich was a “viable punt recommendation” last night, making us proud with a steady 4.5 fantasy points. Now, he has an even better matchup against arguably the worst pitcher in action tonight – David Buchanan and his .429 wOBA vs LHB. Feel free to deploy Dietrich, Gordon, and/or Yelich if you can blend them within your lineup.
Josh Reddick – OF – OAK (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Texas pitcher Colby Lewis has been notoriously susceptible to left-handed hitters over the past three seasons, holding a .349 wOBA split over that timeframe. Reddick is probably the most capable left-handed bat for the Athletics, fully capable of upside within this matchup. He’s a nice OF #3 filler who could present a satisfying ROI opportunity.
Also Consider: Brandon Crawford – SS – SF
Lucas Duda – 1B – NYM (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Duda was a tournament pick last night, but he didn’t come through (0-3). He has just as good of a matchup tonight against Williams Perez’s .383 wOBA vs LHB. Majority of the Mets lineup is in play, particularly left-handers Murphy, Granderson, and Conforto.
Yan Gomes – C – CLE (FanDuel Price: $2,400)
I mentioned John Jaso as an easy cash game pick in the previous section. However, Yan Gomes has a pretty decent matchup as well, and he’ll likely fly under a lot of people’s radar. Phil Hughes holds a .371 wOBA vs RHB this season, and he hasn’t been particularly good since coming off an injury. That could open the door for Gomes against this homerun pitcher.
Brock Holt – 2B – BOS (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
First, we’ll need to check the lineup to see where Holt is hitting. If he’s in the top-half, he’s an intriguing value play considering his ability to hit left-handed pitching quite well. Tampa’s Drew Smyly has given up 4+ earned runs in four of the past seven starts, and Boston’s Fenway Park won’t likely do him any favors.
Also Consider: Justin Smoak – 1B – TOR