Last night’s lineup wasn’t a great one when it was all said and done. Clayton Kershaw gave up the first grand slam of his career which ended his hope of a win despite striking out six over six innings of work. Chris Taylor and Ian Kinsler picked up home runs while a couple of other players in our lineup did not end up starting for their clubs. Room for improvement is the goal for tonight’s jam-packed 15-game slate!
P – Aaron Nola (PHI) – $8,300 vs. LAD
There’s certainly some more expensive options on tonight’s slate, but I believe Nola can provide the same upside as the big guns at a discounted price tonight. He is coming off of an 11-strikeout effort against the Marlins in his last start and now owns a quality 26.1% strikeout rate on the season and a 33.3% mark in September. The Dodgers aren’t the same high-octane offense as they were before their recent skid and own just a .296 wOBA against righties over the last month as per their projected lineup. Nola is probably best suited for GPPs on tonight’s slate.
P – Collin McHugh (HOU) – $8,000 vs. CWS
The White Sox got to McHugh in their previous meeting this season, but I suspect things to be different tonight in Houston. Prior to leaving his most recent start against Oakland with a fingernail issue, McHugh had allowed only one earned run over his previous three starts combined, spanning 16.2 innings. He is just shy of one strikeout per inning at a 8.18 K/9 clip this season, but the White Sox projected lineup has a 23.5% strikeout rate against righties the past month, pushing McHugh’s strikeout upside higher in this matchup.
C – Mike Zunino (SEA) – $3,500 vs. TEX
It is very hard to ignore this guy’s bat when he faces a left-handed pitcher. Zunino has always boasted plenty of raw power in his bat and owns a team-leading .325 ISO, .950 OPS and a .394 wOBA against left-handed pitching this season. He is also 3 for 9 with two homers in his career against Rangers’ lefty Martin Perez who will toe the rubber tonight in Seattle.
1B – Matt Olson (OAK) – $5,000 vs. DET
Here is a guy that has likely caught your attention by now. The rookie has simply blasted his way through MLB pitching as of late as he has clubbed homers in four straight games and has 14 bombs over his last 20 games. At first you may want to shy away from the lefty vs. lefty matchup he has tonight with Tigers’ southpaw Chad Bell, but Olson sports a .273 ISO and a .407 wOBA over the last month against lefties, making him a very obvious option tonight in an A’s stack.
2B – Jose Altuve (HOU) – $5,100 vs. CWS
The White Sox will throw out rookie Lucas Giolito tonight against the Astros, a pitcher that has been extremely lucky so far with a .160 BABIP against and an 89.4% left-on-base rate. These are very unsustainable numbers, so let’s look for the luck to run out tonight against an Astros team that is starting to come around beginning here with AL MVP candidate Jose Altuve. His resume speaks for itself and he owns a .352 average, .207 ISO, .971 OPS and a .410 wOBA against righties this season to go along with 28 stolen bases.
3B – Ryon Healy (OAK) – $3,900 vs. DET
Oakland has turned into a quality offensive team and Healy leads the way against left-handed pitching. He enters play tonight sporting a team-leading .317 average and .888 OPS against lefties this season while ranking second on the team with a .228 ISO and a .374 wOBA against lefties. He is a great piece tonight at a reasonable price against a pitcher that sports a 6.18 FIP to right-handed hitters this season.
SS – Marwin Gonzalez (HOU) – $3,800 vs. CWS
While righties are surely in play for Houston today, White Sox righty Lucas Giolito has been worse to lefties at both the big league and minor league levels this season. In the minors he allowed a 5.43 ERA to left-handed hitters and sports a 6.34 FIP and a 2.70 HR/9 clip against lefties at the MLB level this season. Enter Gonzalez who sports a .234 ISO, .927 OPS and a .390 wOBA on the season against righties, the latter two of which are the second best marks on Houston next to Altuve.
OF – Josh Reddick (HOU) – $4,300 vs. CWS
Another lefty having a quality season in Houston is Josh Reddick. Against right-handed pitching this season, Reddick owns a .190 ISO, .867 OPS and a .363 wOBA. He is also heating up as he is 6 for his last 16 at the plate with two doubles and three walks in that stretch too. He could also be the quietest player to break the 90-RBI plateau this season as he enters play tonight with 82 of them on the season.
OF – George Springer (HOU) – $4,800 vs. CWS
The last man in the Astros’ stack will also be the man to lead it all off tonight as Springer himself is heating up too. Over his last three games Springer is 5 for 11 with a homer, two doubles, four walks, three RBIs and four runs scored. He also owns a .236 ISO, .881 OPS and a .371 wOBA on the season against righties. The value only increases out of the leadoff spot tonight so let’s lock this guy in.
OF – Chad Pinder (OAK) – $3,300 vs. DET
Again, the last man in the A’s stack here could also be the first guy to bat in the stack tonight as Pinder is projected to hit second in the A’s lineup tonight. While his numbers on the season against lefties won’t shock you, perhaps his .222 ISO and .380 wOBA against lefties over the last month will. Like many others in this lineup, Pinder is heating up as he is 4 for his last 8 at the dish with two doubles, a homer and three RBIs as well. He is a very nice piece at a very nice price tonight.