Pitcher to Target: Lance McCullers ($9700) vs. Kansas City Royals
McCullers and his nasty curveball have been plowing through lineups as he owns a 10.46 K/9 this season. McCullers has great control, especially for a strikeout specialist. He also owns a 3.27 GB/FB and a 25.0 Hard% in 2017, which is why he has only given up 6 home runs so far this season. The Royals’ .692 OPS against righties is the third worst in the AL, so expect to see a low scoring game from the blue and gold today.
Pitcher to Stack Against: Alec Asher vs. Washington Nationals
Asher produces a lot of fly balls, and he is going up against one of the best lineups in the majors this year. Over the past three seasons, left-handed batters are hitting .278/.325/.479 with a 35.0 Hard% and a 0.7 GB/FB against him. This makes for a great stack as the Nationals are loaded with powerful left-handed bats with guys like Zimmerman, Harper, Murphy and even Adam Lind. When he is on the road this season, opposing batters have hit .272/.348/.544. With a fly ball pitcher and a lot of power bats, we could see a good amount of home runs today from the Nationals.
With that being said let us take a look at my sample lineup for today. (Subject to Change)
P) Lance McCullers ($9700)- see above
C) Wilson Contreras ($2500)- quality catcher option for his price, career .298/.365/.484 vs. LHP, career .270/.328/.450 at home
1B) Adam Lind ($2700)- .435/.500/.783 at home in 2017, 42.9 Hard% vs. RHP in 2017, .349/.417/.635 vs. RHP in 2017
2B) Daniel Murphy ($3700)- career 2/4 with 1 HR vs. Asher, .352/.395/.599 vs. RHP since joining WSH, 38.2 Hard% vs. RHP since joining WSH, .342/.384/.543 at home since joining WSH
3B) Evan Longoria ($3400)- 9/28 with 3 HR vs. Holland, career .284/.367/.523, Holland gives up a decent amount of fly balls so he could hit his 4th HR against the southpaw
SS) Freddy Galvis ($2600)- 4/14 with 1 HR vs. Dickey, quality shortstop option for his price
OF) Bryce Harper ($4700)- .314/.444/.693 vs. RHP in 2017, career .292/.401/.543 vs. RHP, career 34.5 Hard% vs. RHP
OF) Odubel Herrera ($3100)- 2/5 with 1 HR vs. Dickey, career .290/.348/.437 vs. RHP
OF) Michael Saunders ($2600)- 3/7 with 2 HR vs. Dickey, quality outfield option for his price
As you can see from my lineup, I am buying into the Phillies stack today. Dickey has been struggling this season, and a lot of Phillies batters have had past success against the aging veteran. Other players I like include Kyle Seager, Robinson Cano and even Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen has struggled this season, but has had a lot of success in the past against Volquez. Look for him to possibly breakout today against the Marlins.