Justin Masterson and Wade Miley will be my targets for tonight’s games. Brad Johnson went into detail in regard to Miley yesterday before his start was pushed back, so check that out here. I’ll take a look at Masterson as he takes on the Angels who are currently putting a beating on Cleveland.
Masterson has been able to keep the ball in the park this season, but he’s been extremely inconsistent. His last time out, in Boston, he only lasted two innings before being yanked. His main problem has been control. He has given up 43 walks in 82 innings pitched, which has led to a 5.05 ERA and 1.52 WHIP. Lefties are hitting him for a .382 wOBA and a .869 OPS this season. Feel free to throw any lefties at him and of course Mike Trout who could hit a pebble in a tornado.
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Josh Hamilton – LAA - A lefty versus Masterson is worth his weight in fantasy points and Hamilton is a lefty and has hit righties for a .373 wOBA over the last three seasons.
Mike Trout – LAA – He’s just too hot to not say something about him here. His price has skyrocketed and for good reason. He’s hit four home runs in the last four games and is on a 12 game hitting streak. He’s 4-for-8 against Masterson and unless he’s able to pitch around him I think Trout will out bat Masterson.
Ryan Braun – MIL – Braun has destroyed lefties during his career and gets Miley and his home run allowing ways. Besides giving up 12 home runs to righties this season, Miley has given up 11 of his 16 home runs while at home.
Matt Adams – STL – Adams is an unstoppable force right now. In his five games since returning from the DL he’s 7-for-16, with a triple, three home runs and six RBIs. Bartolo Colon is working some magic this season, but he is allowing a .330 wOBA to lefties and Adams is cheapish and hitting everything right now.
Gregory Polanco – PIT – Polanco is 9-for-21 against righties in his short career and he’ll face righty Alfredo Simon tonight. Simon has pitched well this season, but has given up a home run every six innings pitched against lefties.
Aramis Ramirez – MIL – Ramirez has been hitting well with a couple homers over his last six games and now gets to hit the lefty Miley who has given up 12 home runs to right-handed hitters this season.
Kole Calhoun – LAA – Calhoun keeps hitting and his price has stayed low, so he’ll continue to be prominently mentioned in this column. He is 14 for his last 30 and has raised his average 55 points in that stretch. He’s coming off a huge game in Cleveland where he just went 4-for-5 with a home run, two RBIs and three runs scored.
Ryan Ludwick – CIN - Ludwick has eight hits in his last 12 at bats and takes on Edinson Volquez who hasn’t been the best pitcher in the league. He has pitched better of late, but has given up 11 homers this season.
J.D. Martinez – DET – Martinez has hit safely in seven straight and is 11-for-27 with four doubles, a home run and six RBIs during that stretch. Even though he’s a right-hander he’s hitting righties for a .367 average and 1.035 OPS. He faces Jeremy Guthrie who has been worse on the road, giving up nine of his 13 homers away from Kansas City.
Felix Hernandez – SEA – King Felix is having one of if not his best start to a season ever and now gets the light hitting Padres at home. San Diego continues to be the worst hitting baseball team in the league.
Chris Sale – CWS – Sale has been one of the most consistent pitchers this season. He has 68 strikeouts to just nine walks! That of course gives him his league leading .68 WHIP and allows him to get strikeouts while also lasting longer into games. So his upside is great on any given night.
Nathan Eovaldi – MIA – He was rocked last time out, but he did think he might not pitch because his wife was due to have a baby, but she ended up not and he went ahead and pitched and just wasn’t himself. He now has a baby and can probably pitch as a proud new father instead of a scared expectant father! I of course could be making that all up, but he has been very good this season, especially at home while the Cubs have been hitting better of late, but are their worst against righties on the road.