Joey Lucchesi ($9,000) vs Nationals– Lucchesi has continue to pitch well for the Padres with a 2.77 ERA in his last two starts and has only allowed batters to hit .111 against him in those starts. Something has changed with him over the past month and he has really been limiting the base runners and his K’s have seen a bump to go along with it. In this limited slate with only 5 games rostering a pitcher who has scored 20.8, 28.6, and 24.5 FPTS in each of his last 3 starts feels like a no brainer to me.
Ariel Jurado ($6,400) vs Orioles– Jurado has been pretty consistent as of late allowing exactly 2 ER in 4 of his 4 appearances where he went more than 2 IP. Jurado was used as an opener or long reliever for part of this season and since moving to the starting rotation he has held his own. He is one of the cheapest options tonight against one of the weakest lineups in all of baseball. In order to roster some bigger named bats I’m willing to take the risk on Jurado who has shown some signs of being a capable starting pitcher.
Eddie Rosario ($5,200) vs Indians– Rosario has continued to be one of the best hitters on a Twins team that has surprised a lot of people this season. He has reached 50 RBI’s on the season and coming into tonight’s game he has at least 1 hit in 4 of the last 5 games. He also has a lot of history against Indians SP Trevor Bauer, .308 with 2 HRs and 2 BBs. His price is a bit hefty tonight but I have no issues with it in a slate that is this small.
Fernando Tatis Jr. ($4,900) vs Nationals– After a long stint on the disabled list Padres star rookie Fernando Tatis Jr. is expected to return. It is unclear if he will be starting so you will want to check back when it gets closer to game time. However, if he does play he offers a unique mix of power and speed with average in his limited MLB experience. He already stole a base in his rehab assignment so we don’t have to be worried about that and against lefties this season he is hitting .333 with 1 HR and 4 BBs. Tatis is shaping up to be one of the best SS’s in the game and I think his price will only rise from here. But remember to check the lineup before the action gets underway.
Carlos Santana ($4,200) vs Twins– We know Carlos Santana as an on base machine but with multiple hits in 4 of his last 7 games I think he is at a very fair price tonight against the Twins. He has home run ability, with 11 this season, and Twins SP Jose Berrios has shown that he is susceptible to hits in bunches in his last couple of starts. Nothing much here but Carlos Santana is a high floor guy tonight against Berrios and the Twins.
Wil Myers ($3,800) vs Nationals– To say Wil Myers has been struggling would be an understatement but his price has dropped to the point where I think he actually offers some value. Coming into tonight’s game he has 2 multi-hit games in the last 3 and last night he hit a solo HR with a steal and 2 runs scored. He is also going up against Patrick Corbin tonight, a pitcher who he is hitting .370 off of in 27 ABs over the course of his career. All signs are pointing to Myers being able to turn it around and I’m hoping it will be tonight vs a familiar face.