Adam LaRoche- When rookie pitchers are bad, they are REALLY bad. LaRoche took advantage of poor Kevin Gausman last night for 2 homers and 4 RBI’s.
Matt Carpenter- It’s become clear that we need to start flyball hitters against Ervin Santana; he just can’t keep the ball in the park and last night Carpenter ravaged Santana for a homer, a walk, and a stolen base.
Neil Walker- Finally off the DL and back into the line up, Walker is an underrated hitter and proved so last night by going 3/5 with a homer and a steal.
Lance Lynn- I called it last night with Tyler Lyons and I’m going back to the well with Lance Lynn tonight. Owner of a sterling 2.95 ERA and an insane 2.92 FIP, there is not a better pitching play than Lynn versus the hapless Royals. Their best hitter, Alex Gordon, is in a deep slump and Billy Butler has a SLG% of .364 versus righties. Yeesh.
Jered Weaver- Coming off the DL, Weaver is the quintessential daily fantasy baseball gamble. He has a prime matchup versus the Dodgers who just cannot score (other than that bizarre shootout with the Angels 2 days ago) and have only one hitter, Adrian Gonzalez, on any semblance of a hot streak. None of the Rotoworld blurbs on Weaver indicate that he will be on a pitch count, so take advantage of an elite ace while his price is suppressed.
Joey Votto- Right handed pitcher with a .258/.340/.430 triple slash versus lefties? Joey Votto? Owner of a .500 OBP versus righties? Yes. Yes I think I’ll be starting Mr. Votto tonight.
Yasmani Grandal- In his season debut last night, Grandal went a mere 1/4 versus Brandon Maurer and the Mariners, but tonight he faces horribly lefty Joe Saunders who is allowed right handed hitters a .419 wOBA. Away from home, that wOBA versus righties turns into .568. I literally don’t have words to describe how terrible that is. Grandal is super cheap, and indicates that some other rightie Padre’s like Chris Denorfia, might be solid plays.
Robinson Cano- While he hasn’t been scorching hot as of late, Cano is going to face Jeremy Hefner, who has given up at least 2 earned runs in 8 of his 10 starts and owns a 3.53 BB/9. Lefties are slugging .663 off of him, which indicates that Cano is going to be a citizen of boom town tonight.
Eric Chavez- How Eriz Chavez is still productive, I have no idea. I do know that his triple slash versus righties is .340/.386/.631 and that he is still a bargain on a majority of sites. Justin Grimm, the opposing pitcher, hasn’t been particularly impressive versus hitters from either side of the plate and makes Arizona a decent stack.
Troy Tulowitzski- It’s crazy that so many people punt shortstop when cheap first and third basemen can produce wild numbers and Tulo is the only one putting up consistent numbers from short. Tonight, Tulo faces Erik Bedard who is barely a major leaguer at this point and is only starting due to injury’s in the rotation.
Top 5 BvP Lines
|Jason Giambi Â L||18||6||1||0||3||5||0||4||0||0||.333||.400||.889||1.289|
|Adrian Beltre Â R||31||13||3||0||2||9||1||2||0||0||.419||.424||.710||1.134|
|Albert Pujols Â R||38||21||4||0||5||12||5||3||1||0||.553||.622||1.053||1.675|
|Michael Young Â R||93||33||6||1||2||16||7||11||2||0||.355||.396||.505||.901|
|Chase Headley Â S||19||7||2||1||0||1||3||0||0||0||.368||.455||.579||1.033|