This Friday we have 14 games to choose from and some really interesting pitching on the mound. Because of this, there are some really exciting hitting options as well. Let’s get to the action!
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DET/CLE: Rain at 40%
TOR/CIN: Rain at 50-60%
James Shields hasn’t been his normal self lately, but when he’s been at home he’s been great. Yes, he has that one terrible start early in the season against the Tigers, but if you take that game away his home stats would be 27 innings, 5 ERs, and 25 Ks. I like him against the Mariners, especially when Kansas City is on a huge heater.
Stephen Strasburg had a tough outing against the Braves earlier this season, but he’s been very good against them in the last three seasons. With a mid 3 ERA, he also has notched 64 strikeouts in 52.1 innings. He has huge upside against them considering how much they strikeout. Hector Noesi is my questionable pitcher option that I like tonight. He’s been consistent with his strikeouts hovering around the 5-6 range and really has been bad because of two terrible matchups. Tonight he faces the Twins who have scored nine runs in the last five games.
Others to Consider: Garrett Richards, Henderson Alvarez
Derek Norris against a LHP tonight everybody! Yes, Norris gets Doubront at home and Norris has been lately. He is hitting .387 with three home runs in the last 15 days. Great stats for a guy who loves facing LHP. Devin Mesoraco gets himself a AAA pitcher for the last month in Liam Hendriks tonight and should have home run possibilities tonight. Hendriks has given up one in each of his two MLB starts this season.
Joe Saunders has been freaky good in his last four starts, but he still gives up a good amount of hits. On the year he has given up 36 hits in 26 innings. Well, if Chris Iannetta is playing tonight then he’s a nice cheap option. RHB are hitting .319 with six extra base hits in 72 at bats against Saunders this season.
Others to Consider: Alex Avila
Paul Goldschmidt faces Tim Lincecum tonight in the best BvP matchup ever for a hitter. Goldy is 13 for 24 with seven home runs against him in his career. That is not a typo.
You’re crazy for not recognizing Goldy Day, but if you want to look elsewhere then how about Matt Adams against Burnett? Adams has been unbelievable against RHP and recently (.333 average with three home runs) and will only cost you 6k.
Others to Consider: Justin Morneau
DJ LeMahieu is the cheap option for me against Marco Estrada who has given up 23 home runs on the season. He hasn’t been hitting well recently, but he gets to hit at home where he is sporting a .280 average.
For higher priced options, I like Dee Gordon with all of the space to hit it in San Diego. He might hit an inside-the-park home run tonight if he gets one into the gap against Kennedy. I also like Scooter Gennett who hit a home run in Arizona the other night and is hitting .391 recently.
Others to Consider: Jose Altuve
Lonnie Chisenhall has to be the top third base play tonight against Rick Porcello. He has great splits against RHP on the season (.355 with 22 extra base hits) and Porcello has always been a weaker pitcher against LHB. Klye Seager gets Shields tonight and if you’re not sold on Shields at home then get you some Seager in your life. He’s crushed the ball in the last week and Shields does have a tendency to give up high hit totals.
Others to Consider: Carlos Santana
Troy Tulowitzki is back at home and gets himself a juicy matchup going up against Estrada. With all those home runs given up this season for him, you’d think Tulowitzki is the number one guy likely to take him deep right? He’s hitting .362 lately. Chris Owings should be considered against Lincecum and his inconsistency. He has two home runs in the last 15 days and could very well add a third tonight.
Others to Consider: Jose Reyes
All Colorado outfielders are in play here because Estrada. There’s no need to beat a dead horse, but this could be a huge game for those Rockies’ hitters. I really like Oakland outfielders as well against Doubront. Coco Crisp has hit .381 recently with three stolen bases and had a nice game last night. Yoenis Cespedes has been on a tear as well with a .322 average and two home runs. Those two home runs have come in the last four games and he has eight hits in the last five.
Matt Kemp is a great option because of matchup and recent performance. He’s hitting .311 against RHP with all seven of his home runs against them. He also has 13 hits in the last seven days, so he’s red hot right now.
If you’re not on the Noesi train with me then Danny Santana is a great mid-range option for you tonight. He has hit for average (.333) and power (two home runs) to go with four stolen bases recently to vault him into solid play territory.
Others to Consider: Eric Young Jr, Jay Bruce