Alex WoodÂ ($9,400) takes on the Phillies tonight. He’s fresh from his little procastination break, and decided to post 8 K’s across 6.0 IP last week – whatta guy! Despite that one good outing though , Wood’s ERA this month is still as fat as a butcher’s dog (4.76). He clearly went on a serious earned run bender towards mid season, but against a Phillies team that has been hovering around .245 this week, he’s the cheapest semi-elite option you’ll come close to. Here’s who else I like on this fine Wednesday:
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Dinelson Lamet,Â SP: $8,300 – Cross your fingers and knock on wood that Lamet gets through this outing against the DBacks fine and dandy. It’s the kinda night where you need to budget for starting pitching because, well, there’s not much good stuff available. Lamet is a virgin when it comes to facing Arizona, but he’s lasted six innings in each of his last three starts, and posted 23 K’s in the process.
Carlos Santana,Â 1B: $3,900 –Â Prepare your anus for some serious home runs in the Indians/Angels game tonight.Â Ricky NolascoÂ is the proud owner of a 16.9% HR/FB rate, and Santana already owns a homer and .263 AVG against him.
Robinson Cano,Â 2B: $3,500 – Time to pick on Andrew Cashner for like the third week in a row. Robinson Cano owns a .286 career AVG against the Rangers, but has hit just one home run in the 16 games he’s seen them. He’s had three multi-hit games over the last week though, so tonight could see that number change.
Josh Donaldson,Â 3B: $4,200 – Fastest player to hit 30 HR’s in the fewest at-bats this season. He’s also facing Jacob Junis. He’s the guy that has allowed at least one earned run in each of his last eight starts.
Didi Gregorius,Â SS: $4,000 – What do you get when you mix Bartolo Colon with the Yankees one last time? Well if it’s anything like last time, it should be four earned runs and an underwhelming five-ish strikeouts.
Jay Bruce,Â OF: $3,200 – Hate to do it (that’s a lie), but you have to load up against Nolasco. Jay Bruce is fresh off a three hit game last night that very nearly resulted in the cycle. What could be more impressive is that 40.2% hard hit rate that continues to rise.
Tommy Pham,Â OF: $3,600 – Is Tommy Pham a Top 30 OF next season? I still don’t know. The Cardinals face Rookie Davis tonight – he’s struck out just 17 batters in six games this season AND allowed 18 earned runs at the same time. Talk about a multi-tasker.
Ryan Braun,Â OF: $4,000 – Braun ranks seventh among OF’s in hits this week, but he could be in the Top 5 after Wednesday. His long lost brother Steven Brault takes the mound for the Pirates, coupled with his wobbly command and 13.6% walk rate against the Brewers this season.
I’m Only Happy When It Rains
There’s a slight precipitation chance on the east coast tonight, particularly at Yankee Stadium. The wind is also blowing a strong 15 MPH West in San Francisco, which could make defense, um, interesting again tonight in the Rockies/Giants game.
Doing Lines In Vegas
Check out the Dodgers at -240 vs. the Phillies tonight. You’re a dull boy Billy if you even attempt to touch that one. I do like the Braves’ at +140 vs. the Nats at home though. Gio Gonzalez has been awful against Atlanta this season, to a pretty little .309 AVG, 6 HR tune.
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