After a short, five-game Memorial Day main slate we are back today with a 14-game slate on our hands. The draft board is stacked so let’s see who makes the cut for tonight’s picks!
P – Chris Sale (BOS) – $13,400 vs. CWS
With the draft board just short of maximum capacity tonight the prudent route is to get the best pitcher possible and use your research to identify value with position players. That is what we will do here with Sale as he enters play tonight sporting a 12.45 K/9 on the season to go along with a 2.34 ERA and an even better 1.81 WHIP on the season. He will make his return to Chicago where Sale turned himself into a star prior to an offseason trade to the Red Sox. Look for the adrenalin to be flowing from the talented left-hander this evening.
P – Michael Wacha (STL) – $6,900 vs. LAD
Prior to his last start Wacha had rattled off quality starts in six of his first seven starts to the season, however he was touched up for six runs in just four innings against these very Dodgers his last time out. That said, given the consistency Wacha has displayed this season, his strong 8.49 K/9 and his 3.50 FIP on the season we have to like what the young right-hander brings to the table at a very seasonable price to allow for some quality bats in this lineup.
C – Cameron Rupp (PHI) – $3,200 vs. MIA
With the Marlins sending a subpar lefty to the mound tonight in the form of Justin Nicolino I am fully on board with a Phillies’ right-handed batting stack this evening. This will begin here with Rupp who clobbered lefties to the tune of a .309 ISO and a .993 OPS in 2016 and has hit lefties to a .290 ISO and a 1.060 OPS so far in 2017, making him an extremely valuable bat at a very reasonable cost tonight.
1B – Tommy Joseph (PHI) – $4,000 vs. MIA
After a slow start to the season Joseph is now displaying the power he showed in his first taste of the big leagues last season as he has clubbed six homers in May to bring his total to eight on the year. Like Rupp, Joseph clobbered lefties in 2016 with a .281 ISO and a .912 OPS against them and boasts a massive .421 ISO and an .861 OPS against them so far this season.
2B – Jonathan Schoop (BAL) – $3,600 vs. NYY
We have something very unique here with Jonathan Schoop going up against Yankees right-hander Luis Severino and that is a double reverse splits scenario. Severino has displayed reverse splits in his career with a career 4.24 FIP and a 1.62 HR/9 yielded to right-handed hitters while the right-handed hitting Schoop has a career .205 ISO and .763 OPS against righties compared to a .114 ISO and a .610 OPS against lefties. This is a fairly unique situation so let’s take advantage!
3B – Maikel Franco (PHI) – $3,300 vs. MIA
The next Philly up in this lineup is the right-handed hitting third baseman Maikel Franco. Like the two Phillies before him, Franco enjoyed immense success against lefties in 2016. He hit southpaw pitching to a .238 ISO and an .860 OPS last season. He is off to a less than ideal start in 2017, however his BABIP against lefties sits at a measly .219, so positive regression is due for Franco and that slow start will only decrease his ownership.
SS – Asdrubal Cabrera (NYM) – $3,600 vs. MIL
A standalone play in this lineup, Cabrera gets a matchup with a pitcher that is struggling this season, especially to lefties where his FIP sits at 5.71 and his HR/9 at 1.92 against lefties. Enter Cabrera who has dealt with some injuries this season but hit righties to a .208 ISO and an .803 OPS in 2016 and has a chance to get his bat going against a struggling right-hander this evening.
OF – Aaron Altherr (PHI) – $4,200 vs. MIA
The last man up in this Phillies stack is the right-handed hitting Aaron Altherr. Altherr will be the first man to hit in this stack, likely out of the three-hole for the Phillies. He is hitting lefties to a massive .308 ISO and a .905 OPS on the season, making him the fourth player in this stack that has clobbered left-handed pitching recently, making this a very high-upside stack on this slate.
OF – Christian Yelich (MIA) – $3,800 vs. PHI
This play comes from the same game as the stack, but from the other dugout as Christian Yelich looks to get his left-handed bat going this season against right-handed pitching. After all, he hit righties to a very nice .215 ISO and a .908 OPS in 2016. Phillies’ start Vince Velasquez has had a rough season with a 5.55 ERA entering play tonight, making him a good target for Yelich this evening.
OF – Mark Trumbo (BAL) – $3,900 vs. NYY
Depending on the lineup the Orioles use today Trumbo could be a nice mini-stack with Schoop. Like Schoop, Trumbo has hit righties for more power than lefties as he posted a massive .300 ISO and a .932 OPS against righties in 2016 compared to a .212 ISO and a .608 OPS against lefties. These two Orioles could provide big results if the numbers stay true tonight.