Ah, lies, damn lies and MLB statistics. Before Saturday, Marlins starter Edinson Volquez was 1-7 with a 4.44 ERA. Of course he needed just 98 pitches to throw the sixth no-hitter in franchise history.
Let’s dive into another full 15-game slate. Remember to check your lineups prior to first pitch to ensure your players are in the game. Official lineups have not yet been released when this is written.
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Chris Sale ($12,800) is pricey, but worthy of the investment. Tanner Roark ($8,700) squares off against an Oakland team who is ranked bottom-five in team batting average (.235) and top-five in strikeouts (508). Not a good combination for the A’s.
Salvador Perez ($3,200) makes a lot of sense against the erratic Trevor Bauer. Bauer struck out 14 batters in his last start. Bauer’s only consistent trait throughout his career has been his inconsistency. This seems like a tailor-made regression game where he gets shelled.
Yesterday it was a toss up between Miguel Cabrera ($4,500) and Edwin Encarnacion ($4,100). I’ll go with the cheaper Encarnacion today as he faces Royals rookie Eric Skoglund. The Indians first baseman has been heating up recently and owned an 11-game hitting streak before Saturday. Welcome to the big leagues, Eric!
Josh Harrison is just $3,600 and has been one of the lone bright spots for Pittsburgh this season. He’s slashing a respectable .306/.367/.466 with seven home runs and 18 RBI. He carries a current .348 wOBA against right-handers into today’s matchup with righty Tyler Pill.
T.J. Rivera’s 2017 stats won’t wow you by any means, but he owns the fifth-highest wOBA (.376) over the last two seasons in his respective matchup. He’s a major bargain at $3,000. Manny Machado’s ($3,700) success against Boston is real, but not against Sale.
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Corey Seager ($4,100) enters a favorable matchup against Zach Davies (5.18 ERA) in a hitter’s park in Milwaukee. His 8.1 fantasy points per game average is higher than the more expensive Chris Owings ($4,400) and Trevor Story ($4,200).
Aaron Altherr ($3,500) is enjoying his best season to date with eight dingers, 28 RBI and .291/.379/.534 splits. Adam Frazier at $3,700 seems reasonable considering his .379 on-base percentage. I’m banking on Kansas City’s Lorenzo Cain to take advantage of the Bauer regression for the low, low price of $3,300.