Today we get a 14 game slate, and we also get Chris Sale in a revenge game at the Chicago White Sox. And yes he is always a good play, there is reasons to fade him. He is $13,400, and he will be popular. So with that in mind, I’m looking to Robbie Ray at $9,600. He strikes out lefties at a 36% rate, which is higher than Chris Sale’s. He also gets a great matchup in the Pittsburg Pirates in PNC Park. Whilst it is worth it to get up to Sale for cash games, he is not a lock in GPPs.
“The Shark” Jeff Samardzija takes on the Washington Nationals in AT&T Park. I’ll assume after the brawl yesterday, that Harper won’t be in this lineup, which will make Brain Goodwin or another bench player be forced to start. Jeff has great K% to both sides of the plate, and has really been limiting hard contact vs. righties. Hopefully The Shark will go low owned due to the bad matchup, but the strikeouts, and a good ballpark outweighs the matchup.
The Phillies face the Marlins in Miami. Justin Nicolino is on the bump for the fish and his stats aren’t great. .431 wOBA to righties, and there will be many righties in the lineup. Joseph, Knapp, Franco are the power bats in this lineup, but the switch hitters are in play too. Nicolino gets very few swings and misses, and this is a big ballpark, but the ball will get knocked around. My preferred stack is the top of the order.
The Twins get to face Mike Fiers at Target Field. Fiers is awful vs. righties. A .469 wOBA and .800 slugging to righties won’t help with Dozier and Sano in this lineup. Those are my two favorite plays, but Grossman or Kepler can complete a mini stack. Fiers is better to lefties, but not elite.