Friday is the best day of the week. Not only is it the start to the weekend, but we also get a full slate of MLB games.
There are some great pitchers on the bump tonight, as well as a game in Coors Field. This should make for a very high scoring night. Here are my favorite FanDuel plays at each position.
David Price: $11,700 (2014-15 Stats: SIERA: 2.97 -- Strikeout Rate: 0.256)
Price has been a great addition to this Blue Jays’ pitching staff. He comes into tonight’s start in great form, posting a 2.98 SIERA with a strikeout rate of 27.3% over the last month of play. While the Angels have a low strikeout rate against left-handed pitching, they are ranked 24th in team wOBA. Price is almost always going to get his strikeouts, and with fly-ball pitcher Hector Santiago pitching opposite him, he should see plenty of run support. Price has a better chance to pick up a win than Chris Sale and Felix Hernandez.
Victor Martinez: $3,000 (2014-15 Stats vs. RH Pitching: wOBA: 0.345 -- ISO: 0.175)
The Tigers draw a favorable matchup tonight against Colby Lewis, who has given up a .350 wOBA to left-handed hitters. While Martinez’s numbers against right-handed pitching are down a bit this season, he is still making great contact. He is getting overlooked tonight, despite having a great matchup at home. Dollar for dollar, he is my favorite play at the position.
Paul Goldschmidt: $4,400 (2014-15 Stats vs. LH Pitching: wOBA: 0.469 -- ISO: 0.248)
The Diamondbacks may not have the highest team total on the MLB odds board tonight, but they are still one of my favorite offenses to target. They draw a favorable matchup against David Holmberg, who has given up a .368 wOBA to right-handed hitters over the last two seasons. Meanwhile, Goldschmidt has a cool .469 wOBA against southpaws during that same time period.
Jose Altuve: $3,900 (2014-15 Stats vs. LH Pitching: wOBA: 0.422 -- ISO: 0.144)
The Astros draw a nice matchup tonight against Brett Anderson, who has not been striking batters out recently. That should bode well for the Astros, as good things typically happen when they put the ball into play. Altuve has mashed left-handed pitching to the tune of a .422 wOBA and a .144 ISO over the last two seasons. He is a very safe cash game play tonight.
Daniel Murphy: $4,000 (2014-15 Stats vs. RH Pitching: wOBA: 0.333 -- ISO: 0.138)
The Mets have one of the highest team totals on the board tonight, as they square off against young Jonathan Gray in Coors Field. Murphy is a line drive hitter that should really benefit from Coors Field, which is a perfect park for hitting doubles and triples. In addition to the nice ballpark boost, Murphy has also been swinging a hot bat with a .370 wOBA over the last two weeks.
Jose Reyes: $3,600 (2014-15 Stats vs. RH Pitching: wOBA: 0.319 -- ISO: 0.110)
The Rockies are coming off of a quiet series against the Nationals, but they have a great chance to bounce back tonight against Bartolo Colon. Colon is a low strikeout pitcher that throws fastballs that aren’t all that fast. Reyes has an extremely high floor in this matchup. He could easily have a multi-hit, multi-run type of performance tonight at home.
Charlie Blackmon: $4,500 (2014-15 Stats vs. RH Pitching: wOBA: 0.360 -- ISO: 0.171)
Once again, we are picking on Bartolo Colon. He doesn’t mix his pitches up very well and he has a tendency to give up the long ball. That bodes well for the Rockies’ hitters tonight. Carlos Gonzalez is also a great play, but Blackmon is $500 cheaper tonight and that extra cap space can really come in handy when you are building lineups.
Adam Jones: $3,900 (2014-15 Stats vs. LH Pitching: wOBA: 0.425 -- ISO: 0.266)
The Orioles are sizable favorites tonight at home in a game that features a total of 8.5 runs. Tommy Milone has been effective against left-handed hitters, but he has given up a .352 wOBA to hitters from the right side of the plate over the last two seasons. During that same stretch, Jones has a .425 wOBA and a .266 ISO against southpaws.
Jay Bruce: $2,900 (2014-15 Stats vs. RH Pitching: wOBA: 0.315 -- ISO: 0.187)
Rubby De La Rosa really struggles against left-handed hitters. He actually gives up a higher wOBA to lefties than Jeremy Guthrie, which is tough to do. Bruce is cheap tonight and he should have plenty of RBI opportunities batting in the heart of the Reds’ lineup.