With only a couple of weeks left in the MLB season, we need to take advantage of every night we have left. We have a very exciting 13-game slate on this Wednesday evening, and there will be plenty of daily fantasy baseball action for both cash games and GPPs tonight.
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As always, make sure to check all MLB starting lineups at RotoGrinders.com, and watch out for any potential inclement weather, before submitting your rosters. Additionally, if you aren't doing so already, I suggest you check out the RotoGrinders MLB Weather page and follow RotoGrinders' Chief Meteorologist @KevinRothWx on Twitter for the most up-to-date and accurate DFS forecasts you'll find anywhere. Now, let’s get to the picks.
Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals, $11,100 – I don’t think Zack Greinke will be the highest scoring pitcher tonight so I won’t be paying his price. With Corey Kluber’s inconsistencies of late, I am having a hard time trusting him versus a Minnesota Twins team that is very good at home. Mad Max is the guy I want anchoring my staff on tonight’s 13-game slate. After a little bit of a rough patch, he has bounced back nicely with consecutive gems over the Miami Marlins (15 IP, 2 ER, 12 Ks). Scherzer has a great matchup against the Baltimore Orioles, who struggle on the road and carry the American League's highest strikeout rate away from home at 23.7%. The Orioles won’t have the designated hitter (and the pitcher will have to hit), only adding to Scherzer’s strikeout totals. Look for a dominant performance from Scherzer tonight with possibly double-digit punchouts.
Bartolo Colon, New York Mets, $8,200 - If you would prefer to save a little at pitcher and load up with bats, Colon is an excellent choice. The 42-year-old has been dealing in his last five starts, including three consecutive shutouts during that stretch. The Atlanta Braves are not an offense to fear, ranking second last in the National League for team wOBA, and dead last in runs scored over the last 30 days. Look for Colon to go deep in the game, rack up a handful of strikeouts and come away with the all-important win.
John Jaso, Tampa Bay Rays, $2,400 - I am not in love with any catcher tonight, so I plan to get some salary relief at this position. Jaso is an on-base machine versus right-handed pitching and he always seems to produce positive points. Jaso may lack home run upside, but he is certainly capable of a multi-hit and multi-run game.
Yasmani Grandal, Los Angeles Dodgers, $2,400 – Grandal is another value catcher that I will have plenty of exposure to this evening. The Dodgers backstop has struggled mightily since the All-Star break, thanks in large part to a shoulder injury. However, the good news is Grandal has looked much better of late and I love his potential tonight. When healthy, Grandal has crushed right-handed pitching and he has hit Chase Anderson hard (3-8, with three home runs and six RBIs), in a small sample size.
Justin Morneau, Colorado Rockies, $3,900 – The Colorado Rockies have the second highest implied run total of the night and you can bet there will be plenty of runs scored in Coors Field tonight. Morneau has three multi-hit games in his last four contests and I expect him to rip off a couple more hits in this game.
Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers, $2,900 – Chase Anderson has posted some ugly numbers since the all-star break (6.08 ERA, .337 BAA), and I plan to use a few Dodgers against him this evening. Gonzalez has feasted on right-handed pitching throughout his career and like Yasmani Grandal above, he has hit Chase Anderson very well (4-9, with four walks and a home run) in a small sample size. Dollar for dollar, A-Gon is my top play at first base tonight.
Dee Gordon, Miami Marlins, $3,900 – Gordon should have a very productive game tonight facing Philadelphia Phillies' gas can David Buchanan. Left-handed hitters have abused Buchanan in 2015 (.348 BAA, .446 wOBA) and I think we can expect more of the same in this one. Look for Gordon to reach base multiple times and create havoc on the base paths.
Daniel Murphy, New York Mets, $3,500 – Murphy is swinging a hot stick these days with hits in eight of his last nine games, including five multi-hit performances. Atlanta Braves starter Williams Perez has been pounded by lefties this season (.305 BAA, .378 wOBA) and Murphy should continue to stay hot in this matchup.
Josh Harrison, Pittsburgh Pirates, $3,200 – Harrison had a big game last night and he is an inexpensive way to get exposure to the potent Pirates lineup. Christian Bergman will make a spot start for the Colorado Rockies tonight and he has been terrible versus right-handed hitters in his career (.341 BAA, .420 wOBA). Once Bergman exits the game, Harrison and company will continue to score runs against the Rockies' awful bullpen.
Derek Dietrich, Miami Marlins, $2,300 – Dietrich may not be a household name, but he has thrived against right-handed pitching this year (.380 wOBA) and he provides great salary relief at the hot corner. David Buchanan is the most hittable pitcher on the bump tonight, and at the very least Dietrich should see plenty of RBI opportunities hitting in the middle of the Miami Marlins batting order.
Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox, $4,000 – If you can afford to pay up at shortstop tonight, Bogaerts would be my top option. Bogaerts is currently on fire with hits in 11 straight games. During this hitting streak, Bogaerts has produced eight multi-hit efforts, including four consecutive two-hit games. I am not looking to pick on Drew Smyly, but it is hard to ignore how hot Bogaerts is and what he has done against left-handed pitching this season (.385 BA, .405 wOBA).
Jhonny Peralta, St. Louis Cardinals, $2,300 - Shortstop is a position I punt quite a bit in daily fantasy baseball, especially if I am rostering an ace. Peralta is in a slump, but he is too good of a hitter to struggle for much longer. He has a long history of success against southpaws and I love his potential tonight. At $2,300, Peralta represents the best bang for your buck at shortstop.
Pittsburgh Pirates Outfield – The Pittsburgh Pirates have the highest implied run total tonight and we are going to want to have some exposure to their offense. The entire Pirates outfield (Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco) is in play tonight against Christian Bergman in Coors Field.
Colorado Rockies Outfield – The same theory applies to the Rockies tonight. Pittsburgh Pirates starter Charlie Morton has not pitched well on the road this season (5.17 ERA) and he is allowing a .367 wOBA to left-handed batters. All three of Charlie Blackmon, Carlos Gonzalez and Corey Dickerson have huge upside in what should be the highest scoring game of the night.
Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds, $3,000 - Jay Bruce is your BvP special of the day. Bruce has absolutely owned Lance Lynn in his career (14-31, .452 BA with a double, two triples, three home runs and 11 RBIs), and if you are a believer in BvP, you will need to have at least some exposure to him this evening. Bruce has four long-balls over his last five contests and Lynn has allowed 12 earned runs in his last three outings. Perhaps it is not just a BvP play after all.
Andre Ethier, Los Angeles Dodgers, $2,200 - Sticking with value players, Andre Ethier is another great option. Ethier has raked versus right-handed pitching in 2015, sporting a .306 batting average and a .383 wOBA. Ethier will hit in the middle of the Dodgers lineup and at his price, he makes a great value play.