2014 Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: May 15
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I’m skipping the early games (to give our West Coast friends a chance to get in on the fun) and will focus on the games from 7:05pm Eastern onward. If you want to play the early games I’d stack Red Sox and Brewers’ hitters wherever I could (and you have to get David Ortiz into your lineup – he’s unconscious).
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I’m going to put a roster together with three starting pitchers again as I believe I can put some cheaper pitchers in play and still make up a great overall roster.
Tyler Skaggs | LHP | Angels | $12,703 – Oddly, Skaggs has been awful at home this year (where he finds himself for this start). However, his matchup is quite nice as he gets the middling Rays offense and their 18 th ranked wOBA against left-handed pitching.
Wei-Yin Chen | LHP | Orioles | $15,811 – Chen is another matchup play as he gets the Royals and their anemic offense versus lefties (24 th in MLB in wOBA).
Matt Cain | RHP | Giants | $16,908 – Cain gets the Marlins whose offense has been one of the most pleasant surprises of the season. However, they cannot hit on the road (for some unknown reason) and bring the 29 th rated wOBA in all of baseball into the matchup.
Alternative: Chase Whitley ($14,356) – who? Whitley makes his MLB debut in the friendly confines of Citi Field against fellow debutante Jacob DeGrom. Whitley has pitched well in the early going at AAA and faces a Mets squad that is 27 th in the majors in wOBA. There probably isn’t a softer landing spot to make your first major league start. J.A. Happ ($13,202) gets the Indians and their MLB-worst wOBA versus left handers. Happ is a high risk option, but the matchup couldn’t be better.
Chris Iannetta | C | Angels | $4,666 – Iannetta has three homers in 33 plate appearances this season versus lefties. His power upside gives us some more flexibility down the line
Alternatives: Not a lot else excites me – you can of course pay for Buster Posey ($7,022) and I couldn’t blame you. Steve Clevenger ($5,080), also makes a nice option, but is a bit pricey for the matchup.
C.J. Cron | 1B | Angels | $5,725 – Cron can’t do everything on a baseball field, but one thing he can do is hit lefthanded pitching. He’s shown well in his debut season in the majors and has found batting fifth against lefties.
Alternative: Lucas Duda ($4,614) is an option any time he faces a righty.
Daniel Murphy | 2B | Mets | $7,355 – Murphy has averaged 7.2 points over his last 10 games on DraftStreet. He gets a right handed pitcher who has mashed to the tune of a .353 wOBA.
Alternative: Sean Rodriguez ($5,322) is likely going to be in the lineup as Ben Zobrist ($5,422) will likely miss a few days with a dislocated thumb. S-Rod is a lefty killer. Grant Green ($3,558) offers a near minimum salary who should start against a lefty, has hits in four straight coming into Wednesday’s play and allows you to take on more studs in your lineup.
Yangervis Solarte | 3B | Yankees | $6,099 – Third base offers two of the hottest hitters – Solarte is currently the MLB leader in batting average. I don’t think anyone had that at the beginning of the season. He gets rookie Jacob Degrom whose numbers at AAA looked solid, but doesn’t have big strikeout stuff.
Alternative: Juan Francisco | 3B | Blue Jays | $6,222 – Francisco has mashed righties all year and he gets another one in Danny Salazar. The matchup is tough, but Francisco has seemed matchup proof this season. Danny Valencia ($4,375) also makes a nice cheap option against the lefty Chen.
Jose Reyes | SS | Blue Jays | $8,648 – Reyes has averaged 5.7 points over his last ten games and seems to be rounding into form after his hamstring injury.
Alternative: Derek Jeter ($3,570) is near the bottom of the SS list, but we’ve seen signs of life lately with hits in six out of his last eight games. I don’t expect big things, but he continues to bat hear the top of the order and should be good for a few points at a near minimum salary.
Mike Trout | OF | Angels | $10,347 – There isn’t much to say when choosing the best player in baseball. He does have a .483 wOBA against lefties this season and .395 for his career. We can have nice things once and a while.
Collin Cowgill | OF | Angels | $5,381 – Cowgill has been atop the Angels lineup against lefties from time to time. And that spot coupled with .417 wOBA against lefties (.335 for his career) makes him a nice value play.
Eric Young Jr. | OF | Mets | $6,598 – Young is back hitting leadoff for the Mets and owns a solid .329 wOBA against right handed pitching this year.
Alternatives: Both of the expensive Blue Jays’ outfielders in Jose Bautista ($8,659) and Melky Cabrera ($7,456) make great choices against right handed pitching and give you more flexibility than Trout does with little downside. Brandon Guyer ($2,500) hasn’t played much this season, but with a lefty toeing the rubber and the injury to Ben Zobrist we could see him in the lineup.
I like the Angels against left Erik Bedard – the Angels are fourth in the league in wOBA against left-handed pitching. The Blue Jays are also a viable option against Danny Salazar as the Jays have the third highest wOBA versus righties.
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