Now that Max Scherzer won’t be making his start for the Nationals, the San Diego Padres become a lot more appealing. The Padres are boasting the league’s 4th best wOBA in the L14 days and get a struggling Gio Gonzalez who has surrendered 10 runs in his last two starts. In a small sample there are a few Padres with good success of Gio. See below:
Few players provide the value of Kike Hernandez ($2,600) right now. It’s difficult to deploy him every night because his spot in the lineup is always changing, but he’s as safe as it comes vs. LHP. Kike is batting .381 vs. lefties this season and only .243 vs. RHP. He’s going to get lefty David Holmberg tonight who’s WHIP is a massive 1.74 this season and walking 5.11 batters per nine innings. That should lead to a ton of runners for the Dodgers. Kike has seen Holmberg just two times this season and has taken him deep once. I would really love him if he found his way to the top of the order tonight.
It’s about that time of year to hop on Ryan Howard’s ($3,600) hot streak. It seems like every year, this guy heats up in late August and September. He’s now homered in two straight and 3 times in the L14. He’s touting a .303 average in that span with four more doubles. Citizen’s Bank Park is playing as small as ever right now and surrendered 11% more HRs to LHB than the league average. Bartolo Colon is on the bump for the Mets tonight and he’s really fallen victim to the long ball as of late. He’s now surrendered 8 HRs in his L6 starts. There’s no better option for a Phillies HR than Ryan Howard.
If you’re going to fade Chris Sale, or get some exposure against him, look no further than Xander Bogaerts ($3,300). It’s obvious that Bogaerts loves LHP, hitting a massive .382 vs. lefties this season. He’s been swinging the stick weel, hitting .315 in the L14 and has good success off Chris Sale in his career (4-8 with a HR). His price is down to $3,300 and he’s eligible at arguably the two thinnest positions.
For the BvP numbers, I’ll give you two options. Avisail Garica ($3,900) and Stephen Vogt ($3,700) are both hitting well right now (.300 and .357 respectively). Check out their numbers vs. their opponent today:
This feels like a day to fade some top pitching options. Commentary based on DraftKings strategy and scoring.