Our pitching was solid last night and we managed to extract some value out of our low-cost bats, although the lineup as a whole was fairly mediocre.
Trevor Bauer delivered in a big way on his strikeout upside, punching out 12 White Sox hitters while yielding three earned runs across his 7.2 innings of work. That said, he didn’t get much run support at all and took a tough-luck 3-2 loss as a result.
Gerrit Cole wasn’t as sharp as Bauer, but unlike our other pitcher on the night, Cole got a ton of run support, and early. Cole wound up yielding four earned runs in six innings with six strikeouts, but the Astros backed him up with 10 runs across the first two innings in an eventual 13-5 win. Cole ended up in the in column thanks to his offense.
Our Dodgers stack didn’t prevail. Austin Barnes had a rough night with three strikeouts, but he left five on base, so the opportunities were there.
Jedd Gyorko had a two-hit night for the Cardinals, but Harrison Bader struggled in the leadoff spot.
Our pair of $2,800 Marlins combined to go 2 for 8 with a run and an RBI, so a little bit of value was extracted there.
The highlight of our bats was a solo shot from Niko Goodrum who gave us plenty of value at low ownership.
Let’s move on and tackle tonight’s tiny four-game slate!
P – Tyson Ross (SD) – $8,100 vs. ATL
The Braves are a tough assignment on the road, but I am going to roll the dice with Ross tonight. He’s been extremely consistent this season, yielding more than three earned runs in just two of his 12 starts. He’s pitched very well on the road as well with a 3.24 ERA away from home while his 3.12 road RIP support that’s figure. Ross is also back to his high-strikeout ways from 2015 as he sports a nice 24.5% strikeout clip on the season, a number that jumps to 29.5% on the road. He’s been a very reliable arm and I am looking for that to continue in tonight’s matchup.
P – Domingo German (NYY) – $6,700 vs. TB
German has been up and down in his six starts this season, but I am here for the strikeout upside in a home matchup against the Rays. German enters play sporting a poor 5.32 ERA, but also a 4.45 FIP and solid 3.96 xFIP, meaning he has been unlucky and has pitched better than his ERA suggests. He also brings an excellent 26.1% strikeout clip into tonight’s contest and most recently punched out nine over six innings against the Mets. He carries risky, but I like the strikeout upside at a very cheap price on a short slate.
C – John Ryan Murphy (ARI) – $3,500 vs. NYM
I think we are getting fantastic value upside with Murphy at this price. Murphy has taken over as top dog behind the plate for the Diamondbacks and is absolutely destroying left-handed pitching this season. Murphy owns a monster .354 ISO and .966 OPS on the season across 48 at-bats against southpaw pitching. He has clubbed five of his eight homers against lefties and takes on a weak left-hander in the form of the Mets’ Jason Vargas tonight.
1B – Paul Goldschmidt (ARI) – $5,600 vs. NYM
After an atrocious start at the plate this season, you just knew Goldschmidt was going to come around in a big way. He took home NL Player of the Week honors last week and has six doubles and four home runs over his last eight games. Most of his struggles are against righties as he’s posted some massive figures against lefties. Goldy owns a .343 batting average, .418 ISO and 1.218 OPS on the season against left-handers. Safe to say he is a lock in my lineup tonight.
2B – Ketel Marte (ARI) – $3,800 vs. NYM
Marte is a fairly light-hitting middle infielder, but this season he has posted some very impressive power figures against left-handed pitching. Entering tonight’s contest, Marte sports a powerful .231 ISO and .902 OPS on the season against southpaws. He’s swinging a hot bat at the dish right now as he’s gone 8 for 17 with a homer, a double, a triple, five runs scored, six RBIs and a stolen base over his last four games. That production, his numbers against lefties and the weak lefty he faces makes him an attractive play tonight.
3B – Miguel Andujar (NYY) – $4,200 vs. TB
There is nothing against Blake Snell here as he’s enjoying an excellent season, it’s just a short slate and Andujar has mashed in his rookie season. He actually has some better numbers for the most part against righties, but the rookie third baseman has still hit southpaws for a powerful .245 ISO on the season, slightly better than his .234 mark against righties. He has eight homers but also a whopping 21 doubles already this season so I will take my chances with that production this evening.
SS – Nick Ahmed (ARI) – $3,600 vs. NYM
Like his three teammates above, Ahmed is flexing his muscle against left-handed pitching this season. Ahmed enters play sporting a very powerful .271 ISO and .890 OPS on the season against left-handed pitching which tower over his .156 ISO and .596 OPs against right-handed pitching. This is nothing new for Ahmed as he posted a huge .396 average to go along with a .229 ISO and massive 1.078 against southpaws last season. He completes our four-man D-backs stack.
OF – Giancarlo Stanton (NYY) – $5,000 vs. TB
Sign me up for Stanton against a lefty no matter who it is. Stanton enters play with a monstrous .441 ISO and 1.200 OPS on the campaign against left-handed pitching. His slugging percentage against lefties is pushing .800. He’s only had one hit in his career across five plate appearances, but yes, that hit was a home run. I don’t want a full stack against Snell tonight, but Stanton is a must for me despite the year the left-hander is enjoying.
OF – Nelson Cruz (SEA) – $4,400 vs. BOS
Cruz and the Mariners take on lefty David Price of the Red Sox tonight, and I am going to roster a pair of Mariners outfielders who are clobbering lefties this season beginning here with Cruz. Cruz is posting Stanton-like numbers against lefties this season in the form of a .415 ISO and 1.132 OPS on the campaign. He’s on an absolute homer binge right now with five homers over his last five games and nine homers over his last 19 games. Sign me up.
OF – Mitch Haniger (SEA) – $4,200 vs. BOS
You have to love the price we are getting Haniger at here as well. Haniger is hitting .297 against left-handers this season, and while his power numbers don’t match up to Cruz, his nice .189 ISO and .852 OPS on the season against southpaws is nothing to scoff at. Like Cruz, Haniger is white-hot at the plate with three homers, four runs and five RBIs over his last two games. These two should hit side-by-side in the Mariners’ lineup tonight and have very appealing power upside with the way they have been swinging the bat.