We have a terrific slate of games on tap tonight. With Clayton Kershaw on the mound and a game in Coors Field, you are going to have to decide if you want to spend up on pitching or hitting. Here are my favorite FanDuel targets at each position.
Clayton Kershaw: $13,400 (2014-15 Stats: SIERA: 2.14 -- Strikeout Rate: 0.323)
Kershaw is the top pitcher on the board again tonight. He has been unhittable over the last 30 days, posting a 1.88 SIERA with a strikeout rate of 32.9% over the last month of play. He draws a favorable matchup against the A’s, who are a below-average offense against left-handed pitching. The A’s don’t strike out often, but that’s not something that we have to worry about with Kershaw. Fade him at your own risk tonight.
Brian McCann: $3,300 (2015 Stats vs. RH Pitching: wOBA: 0.339 -- ISO: 0.232)
The Yankees draw one of the best matchups on the board tonight, as they square off against Mike Pelfrey, who has given up a .330+ wOBA to both left and right-handed hitters. McCann homered in last night’s win over the Twins and he will look to get things going tonight at home. He also may bat cleanup tonight if Mark Teixeira (bruised leg) is unable to play.
Ryan Zimmerman: $3,900 (2015 Stats vs. RH Pitching: wOBA: 0.263 -- ISO: 0.139)
We have a game in Coors Field tonight, so it would be a shame if we didn’t include at least a few hitters from the Nationals’ lineup. They draw a terrific matchup against David Hale, who has not fared well against hitters from either side of the plate. Zimmerman may not have great numbers against right-handed pitching this season, but the ballpark boost in Coors more than makes up for it.
Anthony Rendon: $3,400 (2015 Stats vs. RH Pitching: wOBA: 0.282 -- ISO: 0.080)
Rendon is also a terrific target tonight in Coors Field. As mentioned above, David Hale is a very hittable pitcher and the Nationals get to face him in the best hitter’s park in all of baseball. Rendon should see plenty of RBI opportunities and he has a good chance to score some runs as well. Rendon hits a ton of line drives, which should translate into a lot of doubles and triples in this ballpark.
Miguel Sano: $3,600 (2015 Stats vs. LH Pitching: wOBA: 0.278 -- ISO: 0.086)
Sano has mashed right-handed pitching this season and his numbers against southpaws are steadily improving. He draws one of the best matchups on the board, as CC Sabathia has given up a .390 wOBA to right-handed hitters over the last two seasons. Sano is affordable, he has terrific power, and he should see plenty of RBI opportunities batting in the heart of the Twins’ lineup.
Jose Reyes: $3,400 (2015 Stats vs. RH Pitching: wOBA: 0.304 -- ISO: 0.088)
Even though Jordan Zimmermann has pitched well recently, Coors Field is the great equalizer. The Rockies still have one of the highest team totals on the MLB odds board tonight. Reyes hasn’t had a ton of success on the Rockies this season, but he is a line drive hitter that should dominate in Coors Field the rest of the season.
Bryce Harper: $5,700 (2015 Stats vs. RH Pitching: wOBA: 0.476 -- ISO: 0.344)
Harper in Coors Field? Sign me up! Even though he is very expensive tonight on FanDuel, one swing of his bat could easily pay off that salary. He draws a terrific matchup against David Hale, who has been awful against left-handed hitters. Meanwhile, Harper has a .476 wOBA and a .344 ISO against right-handed pitching this season.
Jacoby Ellsbury: $3,000 (2015 Stats vs. RH Pitching: wOBA: 0.321 -- ISO: 0.117)
Brett Gardner: $3,000 (2015 Stats vs. RH Pitching: wOBA: 0.355 -- ISO: 0.158)
As mentioned above, the Yankees are one of the top offenses to target tonight. They draw a favorable matchup against Mike Pelfrey, who is a low strikeout pitcher that has given up a .330+ wOBA to hitters from both sides of the plate. Ellsbury and Gardner are both cheap tonight and both can be used as value plays in the outfield.