Time to line up your hitters against Ol’ Man Joe Saunders again. The Orioles hit a .332 wOBA against lefties with Steve Pearce, Adam Jones and Nelson Cruz all destroying southpaws this season. Saunders on the other hand has not been good against any side of the plate, but righties are hitting him for a .998 OPS. He doesn’t have much left in the tank it seems. I’ll no doubt have an Orioles stack tonight for tournaments.
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Mike Trout – LAA – This one comes down to the price tag because Trout in a hitter’s park against a poor Hector Noesi is a mismatch to say the least. Noesi is allowing a .346 average to righties and has given up over a home run a game in U.S. Cellular. The only thing that might slow Trout down is the possibility of thunderstorms in the area, so keep an eye on the forecast.
Anthony Rendon – WAS - Rendon has been killing lefties this season for a .352 average and .421 wOBA. He’s also hitting well of late with a .947 OPS in June, while Yohan Flande was roughed up in his first start, giving up 4 runs in 5 innings, including a homer.
Adam Jones – BAL – Jones has hit .339 in June with a .985 OPS and has been destroying left-handed pitching this season for a .412 average and 1.227 OPS. We know how bad Saunders is. Let’s just hope he can get a couple at bats against him before he’s told he isn’t needed to pitch anymore.
Bryce Harper – WAS – Harper hit three homers in his last rehab start so should be ready to go out of the gate. He of course comes with plenty of risk, but before his DL stint he was 10-for-21 against lefties and with his price being deflated I think he’s very much worth a throwing into a tourney today against Flande.
Anthony Rizzo – Rizzo’s price is quite manageable right now and Jake Peavy has been getting pummeled of late. In his last ten games Peavy’s only had one outing where he’s allowed less than three runs and he has allowed six home runs in his last four.
Steve Pearce – BAL – He’s still probably cheap enough for the bargain bin over at FanDuel and he gets a great matchup against lefty Saunders tonight. He’s hitting lefties for a 1.075 OPS and has three homers and five doubles in 46 at bats against them. He will be on every team I own today.
Matt Joyce – TAM – Joyce went off yesterday going 5-for-6 with a double, two home runs and four RBIs. We of course can’t expect that production or anywhere close to it, but David Phelps has been erratic at best, giving up a 5.64 ERA in June. The short porch in right is also beneficial to Joyce as lefties get a huge increase in home runs at Yankee Stadium.
Manny Machado – BAL – As Machado braces for his suspension he’s been batting the ball around pretty well and holding onto his bat in the meantime. In his last four games he’s launched three homers, all at home. UPDATE: His suspension has been upheld and starts tonight.
Leonys Martin – TEX – Ubaldo Jimenez has a 6.28 ERA and is 0-6 at home this season and has given up a homer every 6 innings there. Martin isn’t going to blow your doors off, but he’s a lefty in lefty-friendly Camden Yards versus a slumping righty. For his price I like his potential. The same may be said for Rougned Odor, but he is hitting further down the lineup and hasn’t been getting on base as well as Martin.
Jordan Zimmermann – WAS – The Rockies are a different team on the road with just a .298 wOBA compared to their lofty .391 wOBA at Coors. Zimmermann has been on fire of late with just five earned runs allowed in his last five games. The Rockies also strike out 22% on the road compared to 16% at home. I like Zimm's chances going up against Flande for the win and they also get Bryce Harper back, which should be a boost to the offense.
Mat Latos – CIN – His velocity isn't fully back it seems, but he continues to pitch well enough in his first three starts as he’s put up a good 2.98 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. Now he gets the incredibly poor hitting Padres in the spacious Petco Park. He looks like a safe bet.
Taijuan Walker – SEA – Walker is most likely a GPP play for you tonight, but he’s good enough to feel somewhat secure in rolling him out there with his cheap price tag. He’s one of the best prospects in the country and already proved he can get major league hitters out toward the end of last season. Houston isn’t as horrible as they once were, but they still have trouble hitting righties with a .300 wOBA and they strike out 24% of the time against righties as well.