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My top pitching option for today is Zack Greinke ($10,200) against an awful Mets offense that is without Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera. OF Michael Conforto also appears to be playing through a bad wrist, and his production has been among the worst in baseball since April ended. For the season, the Mets rank as a bottom third offense but are currently constructed to play towards the lower end of that. Anibal Sanchez, that of a 6+ ERA, just threw 8 innings of 10 strikeouts and 1 run ball against this impotent Mets lineup. Greinke is making his first start back from a DL stint, but doesn't appear to be overly limited in terms of a pitch count. Greinke will be getting a park upgrade in Citi Field and will be a strong bet to prevent runs today.
For some salary relief, Marco Estrada ($8,700) faces the Rays at home. The Rays have the 4th highest strikeout rate vs RHP and are a below average offense vs RHP by wRC+. Estrada skillfully beats his peripherals with a lot of harmless fly balls that drive his BABIP down. Estrada has a 2.92 ERA and 23.5% strikeout rate.
For hitters, the Braves face the significantly below average Wily Peralta in a park upgrade in Milwaukee. The Braves offense is largely a disaster, but they have some playable hitters. Freddie Freeman ($3,600) is hitting RHP to a 122 wRC+ and .236 ISO this year. Nick Markakis ($2,600) has a 112 wRC+ and .142 ISO vs RHP this year. Peralta is allowing a .318/.393/.561 line to lefties and a .373/.436/.601 line to righties this year, both of which are incredibly poor lines. Peralta has essentially turned opponents this season into Mike Trout.
Lefty killer Jose Altuve ($4,200) faces below average LHP Hector Santiago. Altuve has the 3rd best wRC+ vs LHP since the start of last year at 174, and he is a must play for me against most left handed pitchers. Altuve will also threaten with stolen bases; he's ranked 6th in baseball in total stolen bases with 25.