Today we have a full slate of games, so there are plenty of options to sort through on FanDuel. It looks like rain could once be a factor on the East Coast, so be sure to check Kevin Roth’s weather report on RotoGrinders prior to submitting your MLB lineups.
Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs, $10,400 - Lester hasn’t been great of late, but he’s had to face both the Pirates and Cardinals, who are obviously very good teams. He’ll get a softer landing spot here against the Reds and is installed as a solid -162 favorite. The Reds’ scariest bats are lefties, and their most potent right-handed bat, Todd Frazier, sounds like he could miss this game. The Reds are 26th in MLB in team wOBA over the past month and are just playing out the season.
Garrett Richards, Los Angeles Angels, $8,700 - Richards has been pitching much better of late, with 16 or more FD points in three of his last four, and he will be facing the weak offense of the Oakland Athletics. He’s a huge -244 favorite to pick up the win and the all-important four points on FanDuel, as the Angels should tee off on Barry Zito.
Travis d’Arnaud, New York Mets, $3,000 - Vegas likes the Angels, Rangers and Mets as the top three offenses to target tonight. The Mets will face a young righty in Alec Asher who has really struggled in the big leagues. In a short sample size, he’s allowed a .423 wOBA and 44% fly ball rate to right-handed bats, and d’Arnaud checks in as the top catcher option in the RotoGrinders’ Daily Batter Hub.
John Jaso, Tampa Bay Rays, $2,200 - If I need salary relief, Jaso has been my go-to option at catcher. He doesn’t bring a ton of upside, but he hits leadoff and makes for a strong cash game option due to his ability to get on base. Jarred Cosart is a solid pitcher but he’s not someone to fear or avoid.
Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels, $3,100 - It’s looking like a great night to stack up the Angels’ right-handed bats, because Barry Zito is drawing another start. He lasted only two innings in his first start this season, allowing four earned runs and six hits. He’s way past his prime, and in his last full year in the majors in 2013, he allowed a .374 wOBA to right-handed bats. Pujols is heating up at the plate and is cheap. His teammate C.J. Cron is also very much in play.
Lucas Duda, New York Mets, $3,800 - We’ll have to monitor the weather in this one, but if the game plays the Mets look like a great target. As mentioned, Alec Asher has really struggled in his short MLB career, and in addition to his struggles with righties, he has allowed a .360 wOBA to lefties. Duda is on fire - he’s riding a five-game hitting streak and has multi-home run games twice in his last three games.
Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians, $2,900 - Kipnis continues to be very cheap, so he’s a great source of salary relief at a tough position. He has hits in nine of his last ten and multi-hit games in five of his last ten. He draws a great matchup with Mike Pelfrey, who has allowed a .357 wOBA to lefties on the season.
Carlos Correa, Houston Astros, $3,500 - The Astros disappointed last night, but they’ll get another crack to put up a crooked number tonight, especially since the Mariners haven’t even named a starter yet. The names being thrown around are rookies (Mayckol Guaipe or David Rollins), both of whom have really struggled and have never started a game.
David Freese, Los Angeles Angels, $2,500 - David Freese seems to do two things well: hit lefties and hit when it’s playoff time. Well, both of those things are working in his favor today, as the Angels are trying to lock down a playoff spot. As he tends to do, Freese has heated up down the stretch. I’m loading up on those Angels righties today.
Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers, $3,500 - The Rangers pummeled Daniel Norris last night and get another young lefty in Matt Boyd tonight. Beltre had a big night and is the Rangers’ top right-handed bat overall. Boyd just hasn’t looked big league ready. He’s allowed a .359 wOBA and 54% fly ball rate to right-handed bats and has struggled away from home, which is a bad sign as he heads into hitter-friendly Arlington.
Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels, $4,800 - I’m sure you saw this coming, but here’s another Angels righty, and it’s one of the best in the game in Trout. He’s emerged from his slump and is the top overall hitter on my board today.
Shin-Soo Choo, Texas Rangers, $3,800 - I think he’ll fly under the radar; he’s not cheap and this is a lefty on lefty matchup. However, he’s been locked in at the plate with multi-hit games in three of his last five, and he homered off the left-handed Daniel Norris last night, so he’s really seeing the ball well. Boyd is another lefty and he really struggles with opposing lefties, as he’s allowing a .477 wOBA, 43% fly ball rate and 35% hard hit rate to them.
Gerardo Parra, Baltimore Orioles, $2,200 - Parra has slumped of late, but that’s brought his price down all the way to bare minimum. He should be leading off, so he’s a great punt option to get a leadoff hitter into your lineup. I tend to give BvP more credence when R.A. Dickey pitches, as you typically can either hit the knuckleball or you can’t. Well, Parra has hit it well in a short sample size, as he’s 6-for-9 with four extra base hits and three walks off of Dickey.