Hey dudes! I am glad to be back after the break. The baseball all-star break might be the worst time on the sports calendar as there is literally nothing for a sports fan to watch. I almost tuned into a CFL game the other day, but I stopped myself as that would be madness. The Open Championship did start yesterday and I am playing a few daily golf lineups, but I am excited to get back into my baseball groove.
Here are your quick hits of the day:
Batter versus Pitcher Warriors:
- Jose Ramirez vs. Ervin Santana – 7/10 with a double and a triple
- Mike Napoli vs. Ervin Santana – 8/22 with 4 doubles, 3 homers and 2 walks
- Yoenis Cespedes vs. Jeremy Hellickson – 5/12 with 2 homers and a walk
- Salvador Perez vs. Justin Verlander – 22/46 with 7 doubles and 2 homers
Stacks to Target:
- Nationals vs. Liriano – Washington is leading the major in OPS vs LHP with a robust .835 mark. Not surprisingly, the Nats’ wOBA against lefties is also impressive at .352. Liriano has always had trouble locating home plate, but he is taking it to epic proportions this year with an astounding 5.63 BB/9. Couple that with his lowest strikeout rate since 2009 and the hardest contact allowed in his career and you have a sub-replacement level pitcher. The Nats should feast.
- Cubs vs. M Perez – Perez does well when he faces lefty heavy lineups, but he has struggled with right-handed bats throughout his career. His .341 wOBA to RHB this year has actually lowered his career line and he has also allowed a .340 wOBA on the road. The Cubs are not the lineup you want to see if you struggle against righties as Zobrist, Bryant, Baez and the boys should have some fun.
Weather Factors to Target or Avoid:
- Mets at Phillies – 10 MPH wind blowing out
- Rangers at Cubs – Chance of rain
Pitchers of the Day:
- Madison Bumgarner vs. Padres – The Padres can actually hit lefties, but Bumgarner is not your garden variety lefty. As we all know, in his last start he threw a 1 hitter with 14 Ks, and in his last start against San Diego he threw a complete game 5 hitter and struck out 11. The Padres may hit lefties, but they still have a 23.8% K-rate against southpaws. Don’t shy away from MadBum today – he is the safest play on the board, especially for cash games.
- Patrick Corbin vs. Dodgers – I love Corbin today in GPPs, especially on DraftKings. Corbin is priced at the bare minimum for pitchers at $4,000, and yet he is facing a Dodgers team that is dead last in batting average versus southpaws at .222. The Dodgers are not much better when it comes to OPS against lefties as they rank 3rd to last, ahead of only the offensively inept Braves and Phillies with a .654 mark. Corbin has faced the Dodgers twice this year and has allowed only 4 runs in 12.1 innings and was over a strikeout per inning against LA in their last meeting. For $4,000, this is a great guy to pair with MadBum and throw in your favorite stack.
Platoon Split Hitters:
- Gordon Beckham vs. Jorge de la Rosa – Beckham has a solid .418 wOBA and 165 wRC+ versus lefties this year.
- Marcell Ozuna vs. Jaime Garcia – Ozuna continues his assault on lefties this year with his .480 wOBA and 205 wRC+.
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