So for today’s 12 game main slate, we will be looking to pay down for pitchers to get the bats in the D-Backs vs. Rockies game. At $8,400, Dylan Bundy is in a great spot facing the White Sox. The White Sox have a team wOBA of .296 (6th worst in the MLB) and he will have the platoon advantage against Jose Abreu, Todd Frazier and Avisail Garcia. We haven’t seen Bundy’s K/9 at what is was last year, but the White Sox do hold a very high 22.4K% this season. Camden Yards isn’t a place I like to take pitchers in, but spending down for SP1 is the play on today’s slate.
J.C. Ramirez has struck out 23 batters in his last 17 innings, and at $6,800, this has me interested. The Astros is not a very good matchup, but realistically, we need about 16 points from Ramirez. With K upside you can do far worse the J.C. Ramirez. Since it is slim pickings down at the bottom I’ll give another option in Clayton Richard. The Dodgers aren’t very good versus southpaws. Seager, Gonzalez, Toles, Pederson and Bellinger are all left handed bats, and Grandal has to hit right handed. The Dodgers will most likely throw some right handers like Kike Hernandez, Scott van Slyke and Franklin Gutierrez that all hit lefties well, but just aren’t that good. Richard is hard to stomach rostering, but we have to make some sacrifices to get Coors bats in our lineups today.
What to do with the D-Backs in Colorado. A pair of southpaw going in Robbie Ray vs. Tyler Anderson, so we will prefer the right handed bats. Play Paul Goldschmidt, he is a lefty masher. He should be the highest owned first basemen so there is a game theory move onto Mark Reynolds, but Goldy is the top option on the board. Pollock, Tomas, Owings, Drury and whoever catches for the D-Backs (hopefully Jeff Mathis) are top options. Get creative when stacking Coors. Maybe start the stack from the 8 spot, even though it isn’t the best way to correlate your players, it is important to differentiate your lineups. The usual suspects from Colorado: Blackmon, LeMahieu, Arenado, Desmond, Reynolds and Story are in the best spots.
The O’s are off to a slow start with Machado Trumbo and Davis all with sub .250 batting averages, but that could turn around here. Covey generates very few swings and missing sporting a 3.34 K/9 this season. The top of the lineup has some options if you want Seth Smith who will likely lead off or leave Trumbo off, or run the 5 man stack. The great thing about Dylan Covey is the White Sox are letting him get pounded out there. He’s thrown at least 86 pitches in his 4 starts, and has had a game giving up 3 HRs and 8 ERs and another game with 2 HRs and 6 ERs. This stack is cheap enough to afford some of the D-Backs and Rockies one offs.