(Author’s note: You guys can feel free to contact me on twitter as it’s closer to lineups locking and more things become clear for the days games. Additionally, Yesterday’s Studs won’t run today and I wasn’t able to get lineups in before lock last night)
Chris Sale- There is a TON, TON of great value pitching today. Normally, I would tell you to find some cheap guys with high upside, but tonight, the sky is limit for Sale. Despite getting roughed up by Minnesota last week (how in the hell?), I think Sale comes out blazing versus the Mets tonight. The Mets best hitters, outside of David Wright, struggle with lefties like crazy. The Mets are bottom third in the league against lefties in .wOBA, wRC+ and strike out the 6th most often against them. This is a perfect matchup for Sale to explode for a complete game shutout with 15 K’s.
Jake Westbrook- Over the last 14 days, the Astros have been the 2nd worse offense in baseball. The Yankees have been the worst, which makes Yu Darvish on an equal level with the aforementioned Chris Sale. Westbrook hasn’t exactly been a stud since his return. In his first start off the DL, he got blown up by Miami, but threw 7 shutout innings versus the Cubs. Right now, the Cubs are offensive juggernaut compared to the Astros, who are striking out 25% of the time and are ice cold with only 48 runs scored. Start Westbrook with confidence.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia- Even out of Coors Fields, you want to target leftie hitters against Juan Nicasio. Salty is hitting .345 versus righties at home with 5 homers. Simple and cheap starter for your C slot.
Paul Goldschmidt- Paul Goldschmidt by the 2nd best hitting first basemen, behind Joey Votto. He gets to face an out of sorts Gio Gonzalez, who has allowed at least one earned run in every start since 5-12-13. While I don’t LOVE the matchup, I always want to put Goldy in versus a leftie.
Nick Franklin- HOW IS HE STILL SO CHEAP? I don’t get it. Despite facing the Smoke Monster (Jeff Locke), Franklin has upside that the other filler options at 2B and SS don’t have. Don’t crucify me for saying this (no, actually do, this is such a dumb thing to say), but I FEEL like Franklin could have a big game tonight.
Miguel Cabrera- I think Miggy’s OPS versus bad lefties is actually just an infinity symbol.
Matt Carpenter- I could easily see this being a “Stack the Lefty Cards” type of night. Lucas Harrell, God bless his heart, allows a .469 SLG% at home and Carpenter is hitting .340 versus righties. This is an easy call.
Top 5 BvP Lines
|Nick Swisher S||15||5||1||0||1||2||2||4||0||0||.333||.412||.600||1.012|
|Todd Helton L||24||10||1||0||3||6||5||3||0||0||.417||.517||.833||1.351|
|Evan Longoria R||20||6||2||0||1||4||1||5||0||0||.300||.333||.550||.883|
|Carlos Pena L||38||11||6||0||4||11||5||11||0||0||.289||.364||.763||1.127|
|Alfonso Soriano R||53||20||4||0||4||12||2||6||3||1||.377||.400||.679||1.079|