We have a large 14-game slate on our hands this Tuesday evening, so let’s make sure we bare down and notch ourselves some profits! Let’s go!
P – Corey Kluber (CLE) – $13,600 vs. MIL
It’s extremely hard not to roster Kluber every time this guy takes the mound. Yes, the Brewers are a quality offense hitting in a hitter-friendly park at home, however in terms of pure strikeout upside there are few that rival the Indians’ right-handed ace. Kluber brings a 2.41 ERA into action tonight to go along with a 27.5% strikeout clip. While that strikeout rate is well under his masterful 34.1% mark from a year ago, it falls very much in line with his 2014-2016 production. No reason to dislike Klubot this evening.
P – Aaron Nola (PHI) – $10,100 vs. SF
While I expect Kluber to do the heavy lifting in the strikeout department between these two arms, it’s hard not to like Nola against a weak Giants’ offense tonight at home. He has been excellent in terms of run prevention through seven starts this season with a sparkling 2.17 ERA entering tonight’s contest. While Nola sports a mediocre 20.4% strikeout rate on the season, he posted a 26.6% mark in 2017, so perhaps there is room to improve on that figure. Regardless, the Giants rank 20th in terms of OPS versus righties this year, so I like Nola’s upside in a big way this evening.
C – Raffy Lopez (SD) – $2,700 vs. WAS
I spent up big on arms tonight, so we are going to need some value in this lineup and I will get that started here with Lopez. Lopez and the Padres will take on Nationals’ right-hander Jeremy Hellickson tonight, a very hittable pitcher who posted an ERA of 5.43 last season. Hellickson has been off to a solid start this season, but Lopez sports a .919 OPS against righties this season, albeit in a small sample size. He has homered once already in nine at bats against righties and projects to hit fifth in the lineup tonight.
1B – Carlos Santana (PHI) – $3,700 vs. SF
The heart of my bats tonight is going to revolved around the Phillies as they take on Giants’ lefty Derek Holland. Holland has been rocked for a 5.70 ERA in six starts this season and owns an elevated 1.50 HR/9 to boot. Santana’s Philly tenure isn’t off to a great start, but his bat has perked up lately as he’s hit two homers, three doubles and a triple over his last six games. We know his power is there, so let’s look for this turnaround to continue tonight.
2B – Jose Pirela (SD) – $3,300 vs. WAS
Pirela hasn’t hit a home run this season, however he does have seven doubles and a pair of triples to his credit to go along with three stolen bases on the young season. It’s nice to see Pirela running more as he stole just four bases in 344 plate appearances last season. He also hit 10 home runs in this 344 plate appearances after hitting 13 in the minors prior to his call up to the majors, so don’t take his lack of home runs as a lack of power as he is certainly capable of playing long ball.
3B – Maikel Franco (PHI) – $3,800 vs. SF
Next up in our four-man Phillies stack is Franco who is enjoying a resurgent season after a down year in 2017. Franco has already clobbered six home runs on the young season, four of which have come over his last nine games. He’s also knocked in a run in seven of his last nine contests. He already sports a very powerful .286 ISO against left-handed pitching, and given Holland’s issues with the home run ball, I like Franco’s upside in this stack tonight.
SS – Scott Kingery (PHI) – $3,200 vs. SF
Next man up is Kingery who has struggled a bit after enjoying a big spring. Kingery is hitting just .212 on the young season with a pair of homers, however given his price and being part of a four-man stack I don’t mind using him tonight. He does bring some stolen base upside to the table with four of those on the year, one of which has come against a lefty. He hit 26 homers and stolen 29 bases across Double-A and Triple-A last season, so the power/speed upside is there for the rookie tonight.
OF – Aaron Altherr (PHI) – $3,700 vs. SF
Completing the four-man Phillies stack is Altherr who has been swinging a much better bat as of late. After hitting just .192 in March and April, Altherr has hit .267 for the month of May, a nice improvement despite the low overall average. Nonetheless, this guy can hit lefties. He has a huge .263 ISO and .834 OPS against left-handed pitching this season after finishing last year with a .266 ISO and .830 OPS against southpaw pitching.
OF – Matt Joyce (OAK) – $2,900 vs. HOU
The matchup against right-hander Lance McCullers is a tough one, but as the projected leadoff hitter with big-time power against lefties I am loving Joyce’s value upside as a one-off play tonight. He’s struggled early in the year, but Joyce posted a big .256 ISO and .855 OPS against right-handed pitching in 2017 and owns a career .204 ISO and .807 OPS against righties. He will get it turned around soon.
OF – Brandon Guyer (CLE) – $2,700 vs. MIL
Brewers’ lefty Wade Miley is a very hittable southpaw, so I will look for another value player to come up big tonight in the form of Indians’ outfielder Brandon Guyer. Guyer clobbers lefties he sports a huge .278 ISO against them already this season after posting a .220 ISO and 1.013 OPS against them in his last injury-free season. In the hitter-friendly confines of Miller Park in Milwaukee I really like this matchup tonight.