There are day and evening slates on Thursday, so these FanDuel picks will focus on both. Make sure you also check out RotoGrinders’ free MLB projections to help you build better lineups for another busy day of baseball.
Alex Wood, LAD, $7,800, EARLY – If the weather holds off in Cleveland, I will be using Danny Salazar in a lot of my games. I’m not a weatherman, but it doesn’t look good there today. Wood is a guy that can limit the damage, and I like his chances to pick up a win. He’s very good against left-handed hitters, and he should see two four lefties in this lineup. Posey, Duffy, and Pagan worry me here, but I think Wood is the best of the worst today.
Ubaldo Jimenez, BAL, $7,900, LATE – The late slate is very interesting for pitchers, and I’m going with the best of the worst again. Sano and Park worry me in this lineup, but Jimenez only allowed a 23.7% hard contact rate to right-handed hitters last season. He had a high ground ball rate against righties, and induced a lot of soft contact against them. His hard contact rate was much higher against lefties, but there isn’t a power lefty that scares me in this lineup.
Stephen Vogt, OAK, $2,600, EARLY – The easy choice would be Buster Posey, and I do think he’s a great play against the lefty. Vogt is one of two lefties I’ll be targeting for Oakland today. He had a .353 wOBA with a .211 ISO against right-handed pitching last season. He usually hits in the five spot against righties, and that’s rare for catchers nowadays. Latos really struggled with left handed hitters last season, allowing a 30.9% hard contact rate with a .344 wOBA.
Miguel Montero, CHC, $2,700, LATE – Get ready for a lot of Cubbies love today. I’m going to be using a lot of left-handed bats for the Cubs tonight. De La Rosa allowed a .404 wOBA with a 30.1% hard contact rate to left-handed hitters last season. This is a great ballpark to target hitters in, and Montero is easily my go-to catcher on the board tonight.
Justin Bour, MIA, $2,500, EARLY – Bour is another guy that I think is way underpriced for his upside. He had a .359 wOBA with a .249 ISO against right-handed pitching last season. With most players you would be paying a premium for those numbers, and Bour is always a guy that is underowned. Roark is a guy that I love to target; he has a very low strikeout rate, and it’s even lower against left-handed hitters.
Albert Pujols, LAA, $2,800, LATE – I absolutely love Rizzo tonight, but I can’t look past the price tag on Pujols against a lefty. Holland came back from injury last season, and in 48.2 innings against righties, he allowed a .360 wOBA with a 37.9% hard contact rate. Pujols has always been good against right-handed and left-handed pitching. His ISO was a little higher against lefties last season, so I think he’s a great play at this price tag.
Dee Gordon, MIA, $3,800, EARLY – Here’s something you probably won’t see very often: back-to-back Marlins. Gordon is my favorite cash play on the board today, and his stolen base upside makes him playable in tournaments as well. Gordon had an OBP over .350 last season, and he hit .327 against right-handed pitching. Roark isn’t going to overpower someone, so this is a great matchup to target Gordon in.
Jonathan Schoop, BAL, $2,400, LATE – Hughes was hit hard last season, and I’m not expecting much to change this year. Hughes allowed a .369 wOBA with a 30.8% hard contact rate to right-handed hitters last season. He also allowed 15 home runs in 72 innings to righties. Schoop is a guy I love to target against right-handed pitching. He had a .379 wOBA with a .262 ISO against right-handed pitching last season.
Anthony Rendon, WAS, $2,800, EARLY – Rendon battled back from injury last year, but I’m really looking forward to him being healthy this season. Even dealing with a bunch of injuries last season, Rendon still hit left-handed pitching very well. In 2014, he hit .314 with a .361 wOBA against left-handed pitching. Conley has solid stuff, but I’m giving Rendon the edge in this matchup today.
Manny Machado, BAL, $4,200, LATE – For a lot of the same reasons why I like Schoop, I like Machado. Like I mentioned above, Hughes allowed a .369 wOBA with a 30.8% hard contact rate to right-handed hitters last season. Machado hit 28 home runs against right-handed pitching last season. He ended the season with a .384 wOBA and a .232 ISO against right-handed pitching.
Carlos Correa, HOU, $4,600, EARLY – I love paying up for shortstop, and it was huge for me on Wednesday night. Correa is the real deal and continues to hit the ball hard. This is always a great ballpark to target hitters in, and Eovaldi gives up a solid amount of hard contact. Correa had a .359 wOBA with a .209 ISO against right-handed pitching last season.
Jean Segura, ARI, $3,100, LATE – Segura is off to a very hot start this season, as he continues to hit at the top of the order for Arizona. Segura is going to be the chalk at shortstop in cash games tonight. Game theory would say to fade him in GPPs, and I’m really not against doing that. Segura doesn’t have stand out numbers against righties, and Lackey has been good against right-handed hitters. I like Segura for cash games, but a lot of that has to do with his ownership.
Bryce Harper, WAS, $5,100, EARLY – Harper was pretty highly owned last night, and today will be overlooked on this slate against a lefty. I played Harper a lot in tournaments against lefties last season, and it really paid off for me. He had a .421 wOBA with a .234 ISO against left-handed pitching last season. Conley, in a small sample size, really struggled with left-handed hitters last season.
Adam Eaton, CWS, $3,200, EARLY – Eaton is off to a great start this season, and he continues to be a very solid cash game option at the top of the order. Graveman has a very low strikeout rate against lefties, and allowed a .324 wOBA with a 28.9% hard contact rate last season. Eaton has multi-hits in each of the first three games this season, and I’m going back to the well on him in this matchup today.
Kyle Schwarber, CHC, $3,400, LATE – I want to write up all the Cubs outfielders here, but I’ll take Schwarber as my top option. Like I mentioned above, De La Rosa allowed a .404 wOBA with a 30.1% hard contact rate to left-handed hitters last season. Schwarber had a .407 wOBA with a .278 ISO against right-handed pitching last season. He has massive power upside, and this is one of the best hitter’s ballparks in baseball. I really love him in all formats tonight.
David Peralta, ARI, $3,600, LATE – I’m leaving Trout off here, but he is clearly the top option if you can fit him in tonight. I love Peralta, he’s one of my favorite players to roster in DFS. He is a very consistent player, and he offers some solid upside against a righty. He had a .397 wOBA with a .228 ISO against right-handed pitching last season. Lackey allowed a .326 wOBA with a 29.7% hard contact rate last season. This is a good game to target for hitters tonight.
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