Dinelson Lamet ($9,800) vs Braves– Lamet returned after a long absence due to Tommy John surgery last week and pitched well vs the Dodgers allowing 3 ER in 5 innings with 7 strikeouts. He mainly only got in trouble in 1 inning and lived up to the hype with his amount of strikeouts. He was touching 97 mph to go along with a wicked slider that had batters on their heels. It won’t get much easier vs the Braves tonight at home but his #’s have shown he has better success vs righties than lefties and judging off of his performance vs a lefty heavy Dodgers lineup it should be a little easier tonight vs Atlanta.
Jason Vargas ($7,800) vs Marlins– Vargas has been very consistent for the Mets lately not allowing more than 3 ER in any of his last 12 starts. He also has been good with the K’s at times which is why I think he could be a valuable commodity vs a weak Marlins lineup in their first game out of the break. He has 16 Ks in his last two games and although he has given up 1 long ball in each of the last 4 starts that’s the only thing that has gotten him in trouble. I think at this price Vargas is worth a roster spot.
Mike Trout ($5,300) vs Mariners– Of course I am rostering the best player in all of baseball tonight vs the Mariners. Trout has been on a tear as of late and he will be going up against Mariners SP Mike Leake tonight. In 24 career ABs vs him Trout is hitting an amazing .500 with 2 HR 6 2B and has walked 4 times. A hitter this good with this much success vs the starting pitcher is a no brainer for me.
Joey Votto ($4,100) vs Rockies– Votto hasn’t been his usual self this season but he has started to swing the bat better lately. In the last 15 days he is hitting .316 and even though he hasn’t been producing much he is able to get on base at a pretty high level with his OBP about .100 points better than his average. In Colorado he will be up against Jon Gray who he is hitting .583 off of in 12 career PAs. Even though his price continues to drop I think Votto has some value here.
Danny Jansen ($3,700) vs Yankees– Jansen has been a lot of peoples pick as one of the 2nd half breakout players in all of baseball and for good reason. In the last 15 days he is hitting .405 with 8 R 6 HR and 11 RBIs. He comes in at a great price of only $3,700 and if he can continue his great play he will be well worth it in this spot.
Jason Kipnis ($3,600) vs Twins– Jason Kipnis hasn’t been amazing, thus the reason he is only priced at $3,600, but he has been serviceable for the Indians at 2B. He has scored 9 R in his last 15 games and has gotten on base in 14 of those 15 games. Also, he will be up against Twins SP Kyle Gibson tonight who Kipnis is hitting .424 against in 44 career PAs. Knowing this information I have no issues rostering Kipnis at a very generous $3,600 price.