Lucas Giolito ($11,100) vs Yankees– Giolito finally looks like what he was supposed to after being one of the best pitching prospects in all of baseball. In his last two starts he has not allowed a run with 20 Ks and has held opponents to a .154 batting average. He will face a tough test vs the Yankees but the way Giolito has been missing bats I don’t see a matchup where I wouldn’t trust him. He also hasn’t scored less than 33 FPTS in his last 4 starts so tonight I will be rostering him at a pretty hefty price of $11,100.
Trevor Richards ($9,000) vs Pirates– Going a little further down the list I like what I have seen from Marlins SP Trevor Richards. He comes into tonight’s game not having allowed more than 1 ER in his last 4 starts. He has also gone at least 7 innings in 2 of those games. He won’t “wow” you with his K numbers but you can’t deny that he has still been getting it done. The Pirates as a team have been struggling so he could have a rare opportunity for a win with the Marlins. If you are going to roster a big named pitcher Richards is a viable option as a number 2 guy at $9,000.
Adalberto Mondesi ($4,800) vs Twins– Mondesi has been one of the most surprising stories this season but since he is on the Royals he doesn’t get much fanfare. Coming into tonight’s game he has 4 steals in his last 6 games and 5 combined hits. He has some history vs Kyle Gibson in his career going 7/12 with a double, triple, and a home run. Look for Mondesi to continue to what he does getting on base and stealing bags tonight.
Ian Desmond ($4,400) vs Padres– Ian Desmond comes into tonight’s matchup vs the Padres on a 7 game hit streak with 5 RBI’s in those games. They will be in Colorado and against Padres SP Cal Quantrill who has had his ups and downs as a rookie so far this year. The Padres pen has also been tagged for a lot of runs in their most recent games. Desmond’s recent form and the Padres pitching struggles are why I like him tonight in the most hitter friendly park in the majors.
Yandy Diaz ($4,100) vs Angels– Yandy Diaz has been granted a lot of time since moving from the Indians to the Rays this season. He has reached base in 6 of his last 7 games this year and has been able to produce lately with 3 RBI’s in his last 5 games. Diaz won’t usually give you a lot of run production but he finds his way to get on base without lots of power at the plate. The Rays will be up against Angels SP Andrew Heaney who owns a 5.40 ERA this year so there should be lots of opportunity for hits tonight.
David Peralta ($4,000) vs Nationals– Peralta has a scary matchup against Max Scherzer tonight, but surprisingly he has done pretty well against one of the best pitchers in the league. In 14 career ABs he is hitting .357 with two 2Bs and 2 HRs against the righty. He has also been getting on base and comes into tonight’s game with a 8 game on base streak. Peralta’s price has dropped a little bit as of late and against Scherzer it has gone down even further so I think there is some value here for the Diamondbacks outfielder.