Elliot Johnson- So somehow… this happened. The Royals absolutely destroyed Jeremy Hellickson and the Rays with 10 runs and Johnson led the charge with a homer and 3 RBI.
Gregor Blanco- Leading off for the Giants last night, Blanco smacked a double, stole a base, walked, scored twice and drove in 2 runs.
Hunter Pence- Another lefty who belted out a homerun versus Charlie Morton and the Pirates. Pence went 2/5 with 3 RBI and a stolen base.
Chris Sale- Sometimes, these pitching matchups are so perfect that they make me smile. Houston’s best hitters are all lefties and incapable against left handed hitters. This is a team that made JEREMY BONDERMAN look like an ace. Sale and his 24.1 K% are going to absolutely go to town against the 25%+ K% of the Astros. If you don’t start Sale tonight, you are going to regret it. This is akin to the Darvish-’Stros matchup where we almost say a no-no.
Jake Westbrook- Westbrook is scheduled to come off the DL into the best matchup in all of baseball. Yes, Stanton is back, and Ozuna and Dietrich have some pop. The Marlins are still leading Juan Pierre off and are only the 18th best offense over the last 14 days. Point being, Westbrook is cheap, had a sub 2.5 ERA in his rehab starts between A-Ball and AA, and is a great value play tonight versus the fish.
Salvador Perez- Salvy faces Matt Moore tonight, who has allowed 14 earned runs in his last two starts and is giving up a not so great .317 wOBA to right handed batters. Perez is dirt cheap, and Moore is not pitching well right now. I would also consider Billy Butler a decent play tonight.
Joey Votto- OH MY GOD THERE IS BLOOD EVERYWHERE. Lohse might have weird reverse splits, but that is NOT going to stop Joey Votto and his 1.002 OPS versus righties from killing everything.
Nick Franklin- If you’re spending on Sale and Votto, you’ll need to save somewhere and I like Franklin as a high ceiling play from day to day. He is facing Tommy Milone, who is pretty homer prone (13 in 83 innings) and is just generally pretty bad versus lefties, where Franklin excels at the plate. The matchup is at home for Milone, which makes me less likely to play Franklin, but he is super cheap with upside.
Miguel Cabrera- Versus leftie Scott Diamond? If you don’t start him, you making money.
Everth Cabrera- Another Cabrera, more mashing. Tonight he faces Trevor Cahill, who simply hasn’t been good. Cahill has allowed 8, 5, 4 and 4 runs in his last 4 starts and I like the Padre’s to beat up on him a little bit tonight. Cabrera has the advantage of hitting on both sides of the plate in case they have to start using the bullpen early, as well.
Chris Davis- Suffering from a little cold streak right now, Davis’ price should be reduced on most sites and he gets a juicy matchup at home versus Ryan Dempster. Dempster has given up 5 home runs to lefties and I expect Davis makes that 6 tonight.
Top 5 BvP Lines
|Dustin Pedroia Â R||14||5||1||0||0||3||2||1||1||0||.357||.412||.429||.840|
|Ryan Raburn Â R||11||6||1||0||2||3||0||2||0||0||.545||.545||1.182||1.727|
|Nick Swisher Â S||15||6||1||0||1||6||2||2||0||0||.400||.471||.667||1.137|
|Adrian Beltre Â R||30||10||2||0||1||4||0||6||0||0||.333||.333||.500||.833|
|Josh Willingham Â R||13||7||2||0||2||7||4||1||1||0||.538||.667||1.154||1.821|