Last night I was sitting on 105 FDP prior to my catcher (Posey) and my starter (Wainwright) even beginning their games. Today I am lamenting what might have been, had Wainwright returned to some semblance of form against the lowly Padres. Oh, well. It didn't hurt that Josh Tomlin pretty much handled my mini-stack of Miguel Cabrera and Justin Upton, either. Shout-out to Curtis Granderson for keeping me relevant. Now let's take a look at Saturday's Main slate on FanDuel.
We'll begin with the chalk play:
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Tyler Chatwood
Chatwood has been good away from Coors but got rocked in his only start at home so far this season. That's a familiar refrain for Colorado pitchers. I can't imagine how disappointing it is to be a Major League pitcher and have to start half of my games at Coors Field. Anyway, I like Justin Turner ($3,600) and Joc Pederson ($3,800) as cheaper Los Angeles options. Turner has a career slash of .294/.359/.436 against right-handed pitching, as well as a 125 wRC+ and .349 wOBA. Chatwood is basically the same bad pitcher against either handedness of hitter, as he allows a .347 wOBA to left-handed hitters and a .338 wOBA to right-handed hitters. In a very small 2016 sample size he has shown reverse splits, giving up a .306/.359/.500 slash and .374 wOBA to right-handed batters. So don't forget about Yasiel Puig ($4,000) either. Puig hits for slightly more average and power against right-handed pitchers over the course of his career so far.
John Jaso and Gregory Polanco vs. Rubby de la Rosa
More chalk plays. Rubby gives it up to left-handed hitters, to the tune of a .291/.368/.507 slash and .377 wOBA. Jaso ($2,700) should return to the leadoff spot and Polanco ($3,500) is coming off of a night where he belted a home run in Arizona. Jaso is a safer cash play due to his lineup spot. Polanco is more of a tournament play for me given that he will likely bat sixth in the order tonight.
Curtis Granderson vs. Jhoulys Chacin
Granderson ($3,200) is on fire right now, with 5 hits in his last 9 at-bats. Two of his three hits last night were home runs, and today Granderson will leadoff against a mediocre starter in Chacin. Chacin is more susceptible to left-handed hitters (.336 wOBA) so Granderson makes a great cash game play today.
Nelson Cruz vs. Hector Santiago
Santiago is off to a fantastic start this season, and my spidey senses are tingling with the idea that this night might belong to the Angels after the dust settles. Felix Hernandez may or may not start after coming down with some form of flu-like illness on Friday. Even if he does start, he had a walk-shortened outing in his last tilt due to allowing six free passes to the patient Yankees bats. There is too much uncertainty in the air to trust him. But you can trust Nelson Cruz ($4,100) against southpaws, and Cruz belted a home run last night in this same ballpark. Cruz has hits in his last three games, and against a left-handed pitcher is a great spot for him to continue to find his power stroke.
Michael Wacha vs. San Diego Padres
There aren't phenomenal pitching option on this nine-game slate, unless you count Jose Fernandez ($11,000) going up against the tough collective out that is the San Francisco Giants. 75% of the money in Vegas is on Fernandez at the moment, but he is only a -125 favorite against the Giants. For my money I think I will roll with Wacha, whose K-rate has spiked this year to a mark of 8.4 K/9. Adam Wainwright let me down last night, so this is a case of going right back to the proverbial well. Wacha ($,8,800) is much cheaper than Fernandez and will allow me to load up on the hitters of my choosing.
Stud of the Day
I should probably call this section "dong of the day" but I began with stud so stud it stays. I can't tell you if King Felix will toe the rubber tonight or not, but I can tell you that I just can't quit Mike Trout ($4,800) at his current price. Trout's career OPS in March and April combined is .890, which is below his career mark of .953. In May that mark increases to .928, followed by marks of 1.044 and 1.052 in June and July. In short, this guy generally gets better as the season goes on. I'll be playing him in any format against Hernandez tonight, as Trout sports a .354/.389/.646 slash and 1.035 OPS against Hernandez so far in their matchups. I'll still be interested in Trout if Mike Montgomery takes the mound as well. Trout's career ISO against southpaws is .238 and he has a .399 wOBA against left-handed pitchers for his career. That's not as good as his .258 ISO and .408 wOBA against same-handed pitchers, but it's still pretty flipping awesome.
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