Our pitching was real good last night, but our game stack didn’t quite produce the extra-base power required to slip into the money. Julio Teheran hurled six scoreless frames to go with seven strikeouts to earn the win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Later on, Gio Gonzalez pitched six innings himself, yielding just one earned runs to go along with eight strikeouts. As well as he pitched, Gonzalez took a tough-luck no decision as his offense scored just one run on the night. Our Royals and Orioles game combined for eight runs, but unfortunately a Jonathan Schoop double was as far as we would get in the extra-base hit department. Let’s look to get some better bats in the lineup on tonight’s nine-game slate!
P – Walker Buehler (LAD) – $10,500 vs. CIN
One of the few bright spots for this Dodgers team this season has been the young right-hander Buehler. Buehler enters tonight’s home date with the Reds sporting a tiny 1.13 ERA, while his 2.10 FIP suggests he has indeed been very, very good on the young season. Buehler has also been production plenty of strikeouts with a huge 30.2% strikeout rate for the year. He struck out a ton of batters in minors as well, so it appears the strikeouts are here to stay for the youngster in the big leagues.
P – Garrett Richards (LAA) – $8,900 vs. MIN
I love to roster Richards as I believe he gives us real good bang for our buck. Through seven starts, Richards brings a respectable 3.93 ERA into action, however he is also striking out a lot of hitters himself this season with an even 30% strikeout rate on the season, just like Buehler. Richards has actually been roughed up at home through just over 13.1 innings, but he’s pitching for a real good offense so I will take the strikeout upside and the win upside with Richards tonight.
C – Yasmani Grandal (LAD) – $3,600 vs. CIN
Grandal and the Dodgers present some nice upside tonight against a pitcher who struggles a good amount against left-handed hitters. In his young career, Reds’ starter Tyler Mahle has yielded a .905 OPS to left-handed bats. Enter Grandal who is projected to hit in the three-hole tonight as brings a big-time .250 ISO and .942 OPS against right-handed pitching into action while he’s belted all five of his home runs off of righties this season.
1B – Lucas Duda (KC) – $3,400 vs. BAL
The worst pitcher in the AL this season has been Chris Tillman of the Orioles and that’s exactly who the Royals get tonight in Baltimore. Tillman has been crushed by left-handed hitters, which means Duda and his massive .298 ISO and .867 OPS from 2017 against right-handed pitching makes perfect sense in this lineup. The wind is also a factor tonight as it’s blowing out to Duda’s pull field in right at almost 10 mph, furthering his upside in an already-fantastic matchup.
2B – Matt Carpenter (STL) – $3,700 vs. SD
Carpenter is another left-handed bat who hits right-handed pitching very well. Padres’ righty Jordan Lyles struggled mightily with lefties in 2017 as evidenced by his 1.030 OPS allowed to them. Carpenter isn’t off to a great start this year, however his bat is going to come around as he posted a real nice .235 ISO and .883 OPS against righties in 2017 after posting an even better .262 ISO and .920 OPS against righties in the 2016 season.
3B – Mike Moustakas (KC) – $4,200 vs. BAL
Moustakas was held in check in last night’s contest, but he is an absolute must tonight against Tillman. Moustakas is absolutely clobbering righties this young season to the tune of a .371 ISO and 1.050 OPS, a year after posting a .268 ISO and .862 OPS against them in 2017. He has also enjoyed career success against Tillman, going 6 for 17 (.375) with a homer and a double, good for a 1.037 OPS against the struggling right-hander.
SS – Chris Taylor (LAD) – $3,800 vs. CIN
I mentioned Mahle struggles more against lefties than he does righties, but I still don’t mind Taylor out of the leadoff spot in a three-man Dodgers stack tonight. Besides, Taylor has a higher batting average against righties than he doesn’t lefties this season and he hit righties for more power than he did lefties in 2017 with a .215 ISO and .855 OPS against same-handed pitching last year.
OF – Joc Pederson (LAD) -$3,700 vs. CIN
Completing our three-man stack is Pederson, and this should be a real nice 1-3 stack tonight lineup-wise. He’s having good success against righties this season with a .288 average and .874 OPS, and last season he hit for a lot of power against righties as evidenced by his .214 ISO against them. Pederson isn’t one to hit for a high average, however it’s clear he has good power off of right-handers so let’s go ahead and roster him to complete this stack.
OF – Alex Gordon (KC) – $3,800 vs. BAL
We have completed another stack here with the addition of Gordon. Gordon is having a real nice bounce back year after a dreadful 2017 season as he’s hitting .312 early on and sports a .351 average, .211 ISO and .965 OPS against right-handed pitching early on. Considering the struggles Tillman is having against lefties and the success Gordon is having against righties, I am loving this play as well as the three left-handed Royals’ bats we have tonight.
OF – Dexter Fowler (STL) – $4,000 vs. SD
We have completed a Cardinals mini-stack here with Fowler. Fowler is struggling immensely in the batting average department with just a .151 mark on the year, however he still has a real powerful .200 ISO against righties thanks to all five of his home runs and all three of his doubles coming against right-handed pitching. We aren’t interested in his average anyways, what we want is the extra-base power and it appears he still carries that with him against righties so far this season.
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