Micheal Brantley- That Cleveland offense that started out the season so hot has recently turned things up a notch and Brantley lead the way last night with 2 homers.
Yasiel Puig- So umm…why did Andre Ethier start this year over Puig, again? The hits just don’t stop coming and last night was no exception as Puig had another homer, another steal, and a HBP.
Brian Dozier- Yep, that Brian Dozier. Luis Mendoza can make dreams come true for opposing hitters and that’s exactly what he and the Royals bullpen did for Dozier by by walking him 3 times and giving him a perfect gopher ball.
Felix Hernandez- Well, yesterday’s Chris Sale play didn’t work out, but I’m going back to the well on spending on starting pitching. I don’t like any of secondary options quite as much as I like Hernandez against the free swinging Angels. Hernandez has been absolutely dominant over his last two starts and is actually a little cheaper than usual, at least on DraftDay. In his lone start against the Angels this year, he gave up one earned run over 8 innings and I expect similar results.
Tom Koehler- No, I’m dead serious. Not the nobody facing Miami, the nobody who is pitching for Miami! Koehler is right in the middle of a miserable strech, including 9 earned runs in his last start versus St. Louis. However, earlier in the year, he had several in control appearances with only one or two earned runs and he sports a nifty 53% groundball rate. Keeping the ball in the park against the Giants will help and with how cheap he is, all you need is 6 innings of 2 run ball to meet value.
Mike Napoli- Napoli versus a leftie is an instant start. Jose Alvarez only has one major league start and performed well, but this Red Sox lineup is a different beast. Napoli does have some reverse splits with lefties, but that isn’t going to stop me from starting him in what I anticipate to be a Boston beatdown.
Dustin Pedroia- I’m going dirt cheap on first base tonight, with all of the expensive options either not playing, in the early games, or with poor matchups. That means I can spend on Lazer Show and his 1.031 OPS versus lefties.
Miguel Cabrera- Y’all ready know.
Andrelton Simmons- Leading off against Jon Niese isn’t a terrible spot to be in. Simmons is hitting .260/.291/.350 off of righties, which isn’t super miserable for a cheap leadoff option. He has 12 extra base hits and 10 walks versus righties, so take him and watch the AB’s rack up.
Yasiel Puig- I don’t know what the rhyme or reason to how good Puig has been is, but I do know that he’s facing Jason Marquis who has a mediocre 3.49 ERA away from home while allowing a .465 SLG% outside of Petco Park. Just start him and be amazed by what he can do.
Justin Upton- Yes, he has cooled down greatly from his hot start, but the Braves are still a great offfense and Jon Niese is okay, not great. Upton has an .ISO of .359 versus lefties; that’s RULL good. Start him with no regrets
Top 5 BvP Lines
|Ben Zobrist Â S||22||9||1||0||2||6||3||2||2||0||.409||.462||.727||1.189|
|Victor Martinez Â S||21||10||1||0||0||0||3||3||0||1||.476||.560||.524||1.084|
|Mike Trout Â R||27||11||2||1||1||9||1||5||0||1||.407||.400||.667||1.067|
|Jason Heyward Â L||20||8||2||0||2||8||2||5||0||0||.400||.455||.800||1.255|
|Lucas Duda Â L||14||5||1||0||1||1||0||3||0||0||.357||.357||.643||1.000|