I don’t have much for a cool intro today. I’ve spent most of my time the past day and a half reading scouting reports of draft picks. Put it this way, I’ve spent way too much time on YouTube watching footage of batting practice, especially considering I have no idea what in the hell I’m looking for. Feel free to ask me questions, though. I’ll make up something that’ll make you feel good about someone who has a pretty solid chance of letting you down in the future!
Kyle Gibson’s entire stat line is pretty much all green. It’s not a mistake. Usually I don’t highlight anything in the K% or BB% column; it’s just there to give you a little more information. Gibson, so far, has a negative K-BB% versus right handed batters. Impressive, but not in a good way. I picked against Lance Lynn last night, with decent results – how he escaped the first inning unscathed is beyond me; Toronto ended up stranding 12; appreciate that, fellas. I have no problem picking against Shelby Miller tonight. He’s struggled so much this season that you have to wonder if he’ll eventually lose his rotation spot.
Jhoulys Chacin has a very tough matchup tonight. The Dodgers’ offense is good enough without playing a mile high, so obviously their lineup offers a premium opportunity tonight. The Pirates offense hasn’t set the world on fire, but Matt Garza has looked pretty bad throughout the season, so there are plays there. On the other side of that same diamond, the Brewers’ lineup can be used versus Edinson Volquez.
Lastly, I rolled with Brandon McCarthy yesterday versus Atlanta and got decent results. The Braves’ offense hasn’t hit right handed pitching very well. They have crushed left handed pitching, though, so they’re definitely an option tonight.
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The first three don’t require much of an excuse. Heyward is left handed, but he’s been swinging the bat so well lately that I don’t mind using him versus Miley. B.J. is the wild card. He just welcomed a child into the world (congrats!), so I’m not sure if he’ll be with the team tonight. If he is, I love him as a cheap option. Since May 19 (arbitrary endpoints!), Upton has a 107 wRC+ mark; not fantastic, but an improvement. Best of all, his strikeout rate over that time frame is 17.4%. His struggle are real, but for under $4,000, so is his upside.
Admittedly, this stack is a high risk proposition. If you’re feeling a little weary, go another route. I’m risking it, so we’ll see how it plays out.
George Springer – $6,816
Springer swings and misses a lot. Gibson, as we’ve noted, doesn’t miss many bats. Slot Springer in, and hope one swing of the bat makes it worth it.
Early morning edit: We may be a day late, oh well. Seriously, how in the hell did this ball get out of Target Field? He might not make a ton of contact, but he makes the most out of the contact he does make.
Danny Duffy – $9,414
Duffy is the second cheapest starting option today. If his command is off, he could have a rough day. If his command is on, though, he could pay huge dividends. The Yankees’ offense is a little below average versus left handed pitching, so Duffy should have a slight advantage.
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