Shades of Lionel Richie, you wake up, and suddenly…the season is almost over. Congratulations to all the fanbases that have the playoffs to look forward to. Incredibly that includes the Houston Astros, who currently sit at 25-26 and are currently the 6th seed in the AL. What a year. For a team that has been reviled and looked down on you have to appreciate their moxie. They’re motivated and fighting for a playoff spot. One of the reasons for that is young Christian Javier ($7,500). He won’t go deep, but he went 5 innings two outings ago, then only 2 innings in a relief role his last time. Of course, that was no ordinary 2 innings. He stuck out 5 Dodgers with no runs, not easy against that lineup. Today he goes against the Diamondbacks at home, where he has a 1.80 ERA. It doesn’t hurt that the struggling Diamondbacks struggle even more on the road. Javier is the best value starter on the main slate at FanDuel today, and we have some spots to put that extra cash, although it won’t be as Dodger and Rockie focused as you might think despite that Coors matchup.
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Gavin Lux, 2B: $3,400 – Lux is slightly overpriced considering he hasn’t killed the ball since coming up. But he’s facing righty Chi Chi Gonzalez and his 8.68 ERA in Coors. All of Lux’s power comes against righties, including his 2 doubles and 3 homers.
Corey Seager, SS $4,300 – Seager has been killing it this year, including a .326 batting average/1.007 OPS against righties, including 10/12 doubles and 10/13 homers. All adds up to worth the price today.
Bobby Dalbec, 3B: $3,200 – Got to find some value somewhere, and today’s matchup suits Dalbec. He’s got a .982 OPS vs left handers, and his opponent, J.A. Happ, has given up 5 homers to righties and has a 6.87 ERA on the road. Dalbec has 3 homers in his short career in Fenway.
Kevin Pillar, OF: $3,200 – Pillar’s on fire, .400 in his last 7 games. His facing Kershaw, but it’s at Coors so not as tough a matchup. .333/.971 vs left hand pitchers for Pillar, including 4 of his 5 home runs.
Mookie Betts, OF: $4,800 – The likely NL MVP is killing it in the last two weeks: .327/1.001 with 4 homers and 3 steals. He had a homer and triple last night in Coors, we can’t wait to see the encore.
George Springer, OF: $3,700 – Another of the reasons for Houston’s resurgence, .300 with 6 homers in the last two weeks.
In general if you’re looking for value try the lesser lights that end up in the Coors matchup. All of the other big guns are struggling in one way or another and not worth the big dollars.
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Clear as a bell out there today.
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