Last night’s lineup didn’t perform as well as I would have liked, but the pitching picks remain on fire. Gerrit Cole unfortunately didn’t receive a win, but he dealt seven innings of one run ball while racking up ten strikeouts while Justin Verlander also hurled seven strong frames, giving up two earned runs and struck out eight. The Rangers’ stack hurt the lineup the most and the in-game injury to J.D. Martinez didn’t help either. The value play of Kike Hernandez payed off handsomely as he clubbed two homers off of White Sox lefty Carlos Rodon. Nonetheless, hopefully you were able to use some picks to get into the cash otherwise it’s been a strong week so let’s keep it going!
P – Michael Fulmer (DET) – $10,200 vs. KC
Fulmer doesn’t bring elite strikeout upside to the table tonight with just a 17.6% strikeout clip on the season, however his consistency has been stellar and he is coming off of an eight-inning, two-hit outing against the Blue Jays on Saturday night. Fulmer has now tossed a quality start in all but two starts this season and has pitched at least six innings in all but one start this season. He takes on a weak Royals’ offense that ranks 24th with just a .713 OPS against right-handed pitching this season.
P – Brandon McCarthy (LAD) – $6,600 vs. ATL
McCarthy carries plenty of value into his start tonight as he takes on the Braves at Dodger Stadium. McCarthy has a similar strikeout clip to Fulmer at 18.1% on the season and has given up more than two earned runs just twice over his last nine starts. He has dealt with injuries this season and has struggled to pitch deep into games at times, but like the Royals, the Braves struggle against righties with a team OPS of .731 against them, good for 22nd in the MLB.
C – James McCann (DET) – $2,500 vs. KC
The position players in this lineup starts with a value play as James McCann and the Detroit Tigers take on left-hander Danny Duffy this afternoon in the very hot and humid Kauffman Stadium tonight. The Tigers rank first in all of baseball with a team .844 OPS against left-handers, so let’s roll with a Tigers’ stack tonight. It begins here with McCann as he has clubbed lefties to the tune of a massive .412 ISO and a 1.048 OPS on the season which makes his price an absolute steal and opens up the lineup for some expensive reinforcements as well.
1B – Cody Bellinger (LAD) – $5,400 vs. ATL
Bellinger burst onto the big league scene earlier in the season and has not looked back. The super-rookie is hitting right-handed pitching to the tune of a .385 ISO and 1.040 OPS on the season which is what he will see tonight against Braves’ righty Mike Foltynewicz. Folty has been touched up a little bit by left-handed batters as he sports a 4.59 FIP and 1.42 HR/9 clip to lefties, but he also has an elevated 45.2% fly ball clip surrendered to lefties making Bellinger a nice play tonight.
2B – Ian Kinsler (DET) – $4,500 vs. KC
Kinsler will technically lead off this Tigers stack tonight out of the leadoff spot as he has hit lefties to a .277 ISO and .843 OPS on the season while his low .241 BABIP versus southpaws is due for some positive regression moving forward. Although Duffy’s numbers against righties have been pretty solid this season, it is going to be around 100 degrees in Kansas City today and his 40% fly ball rate to righties could get him in trouble against a powerful Tigers’ offense against lefties.
3B – Nicholas Castellanos (DET) – $4,300 vs. KC
Castellanos has simply mashed lefties this season and most recently clubbed two homers, a triple, and a single against one on Tuesday night. He now sports a massive .405 ISO and 1.021 OPS on the season against left-handed pitching which makes him a very viable option tonight. He also moves up into the two hole against lefties where he will be today hitting right behind Kinsler.
SS – Corey Seager (LAD) – $5,000 vs. ATL
We will stack the Dodgers as well today as Seager represents the best shortstop on the board by a long shot in my opinion. Interestingly, Seager sports better power numbers against lefties this season, however he mashes righties last season and still sports a .195 ISO, .873 OPS and .372 wOBA on the season against right-handed pitching. He is in a great spot tonight out of the two hole for the Dodgers.
OF – Joc Pederson (LAD) – $4,000 vs. ATL
Completing this Dodgers’ stack will be outfielder Joc Pederson. Pederson swings a powerful stick against right-handed pitching as he sports a .242 ISO and .875 OPS on the season against opposite-handed pitching. We have a slight breeze blowing out towards right center at Dodger Stadium which gives these lefties one extra added edge tonight against Foltynewicz.
OF – Brandon Belt (SF) – $3,800 vs. SD
Belt is entering this lineup as a standalone play tonight but he also brings plenty of power to the table against Padres’ right-hander Jhoulys Chacin. Chacin has yielded a 6.19 FIP and 1.88 HR/9 clip to lefties this season and a 7.98 FIP and 3.15 HR/9 clip on the road to lefties. Enter Belt who sports a powerful .247 ISO and .870 OPS on the season against right-handed pitching. Even in the pitcher-friendly confines of AT&T Park in San Fran Belt’s numbers pick up to .269 ISO and .905 OPS at home against righties this season.
OF – Mikie Mahtook (DET) – $3,400 vs. KC
Last man up and finishing off the Tigers’ stack is the low-cost Mikie Mahtook. Mahtook is yet another lefty-masher on the Tigers as he sports a .229 ISO and .792 OPS on the season against lefties and he has also displayed some of that power in this series with a homer against a lefty on Tuesday and a homer against a righty last night. At 25 years of age he could be blossoming into a nice young bat for the Tigers.