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Yahoo DFS Baseball: Monday Picks

Adam Zdroik

Adam writes on sports ranging from NFL and MLB to soccer and college basketball. Outside of writing, he has worked with a professional soccer team, Sporting Kansas City, and in the stats department at ESPN. He is a former Streak for the Cash winner and Michigan State graduate.

Mondayís slate is filtered with underrated pitchers and low prices. That should lead to a few nice bats in the lineup with my focus on the Cardinals and Indians. Itís worth monitoring the rain in Baltimore, but it should clear up by game time.


Jose Quintana, CHC at MIL ($41):
Quintana continues to come at a discount despite reaching 28 fantasy points in three of his last four starts. The Brewers are worse against southpaws and part of that is because of Quintana because he didnít allow a run against them in two April starts (13 IP, 13 K). For the season, Milwaukee has a .299 wOBA and minimal .148 ISO against lefties.

Steven Wright, BOS at BAL ($35): Wright is worth a gamble at this price, especially after only allowing two hits in his first start of the season. As a regular starter in 2016, the knuckleballer had a solid 0.69 HR/9 and 3.33 ERA. The Orioles picked up their bats over the last month, but still have a subpar .317 wOBA against righties and their .185 ISO may not be effective against Wright.

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Nick Hundley, SF at MIA ($8):
With a southpaw on the mound, Hundley should be in the lineup again with five homers in 46 at-bats against them. Throw in a good price and an iffy arm and Hundley is worth it. Wei-Yin Chen has made it just five innings in his last two outings and his early numbers against righties are even worse than his career 4.35 xFIP and .335 wOBA allowed.


Jose Martinez, STL vs. SD ($20):
Since there arenít any top-end pitchers, itís worth it to go after a bat like Martinez, who has roped 14 hits, four homers and three doubles in the last eight games. All of his home runs are against righties this season and the righty on the mound gave up 11 hits and eight runs last time out. Jordan Lyles has given up 19 runs in his last four starts and has a career .332 wOBA against righties.


Yangervis Solarte, TOR at TB ($10):
Solarteís power has disappeared somewhat after his early homeruns, but his six homers in 87 at-bats against southpaws are hard to ignore. Iím more intrigued because his price is the lowest itís been since the first week of the season and he gets a workable matchup. Ryan Yarbrough is slated to start after allowing 15 hits and seven runs in his last two outings. Heís been all over the place most in his rookie season and has an early 4.49 xFIP against righty bats.


Evan Longoria, SF at MIA ($12):
Instead of going with the pricy San Fran bats against Chen, Iím hoping the others can do similar damage. Longoria isnít having a great season, yet still has six homers in 81 at-bats against lefties and thatís near his career rate of a .237 ISO. Chen is struggling early against righties with a minimal 11.9 K% and 2.05 HR/9.


Zack Cozart, LAA at SEA ($12):
Cozart hasnít found his bat with the Angels, but he still only has 49 at-bats against lefties, meaning his career .325 wOBA will have to show at some point. His price is worth a shot against Wade LeBlanc, who has solid numbers this season, yet isnít a guy thatís going deep into games, never surpassing 90 pitches in a start. LeBlancís early 4.53 xFIP against righties is also in line with what heís done throughout his career (4.52).


Michael Brantley, CLE at CWS ($23):
The Indians may be the best team to stack, although they donít have many cheap bats. Brantley is a better cash play due to consistency with a .339 BABIP against righties, but his power could also shine through in this matchup, as Lucas Giolito hasn't had much success with a 7.08 ERA. Giolitoís career numbers are brutal with a 6.08 xFIP and .363 wOBA allowed to lefty bats.

Tommy Pham, STL vs. SD ($15): Phamís power has fallen off somewhat this season, but he still has nine homers and is one year removed from a .201 ISO and .396 wOBA against righties. Lyles is getting rocked by both sides of the plate in his starts and wasnít much better last year when he had a 1.86 HR/9 and 4.47 xFIP against righties.

David Peralta, ARI vs. PIT ($13): Peralta is another lefty that comes at a discount even with four homers and three doubles in June. Heís been solid against righties all year with nine homers and a .330 BABIP. Joe Musgrove had a couple nice outings then returned to form with three earned runs last start. In three years in the majors, the righty hurler doesnít have many good numbers with a .330 wOBA against lefty hitters standing out.

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