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Daily Forecast: Motown Mash

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:09 pm ET

Welcome to Detroit Rock (left-handed pitching) City.  

 

Albeit a cheesy take on the famous KISS song, it certainly expresses the truth, as Detroit ranks #1 in nearly every hitting category against LHP. That's an unfortunate dilemma for Colorado southpaw, Jorge De La Rosa, who owns one of the worst wOBA splits (.350 vs RHB) of all probable pitchers today. Some of the Tiger bats are expensive, but definitely look to target this righty-heavy lineup if possible. Miguel CabreraTorii Hunter, and Victor Martinez are the premium options, while Ian Kinsler, JD Martinez, and Rajai Davis represent fantastic mid-range values. 

 

TOP SHELF 

 

Miguel Cabrera (1B) - DET: Miggy usually claims one of the top hitting spots of the day, regardless of matchup. A home draw against subpar lefty Jorge De La Rosa (.350 wOBA vs RHB) only furthers that notion. No doubt, he's expensive on DFS sites, but it's tough to steer clear of him entirely in such a favorable scenario. 

 

Andrew McCutchen (OF) - PIT: After a couple of shaky series that left many DFS'ers pulling their hair out, Cutch is finally starting to heat up again. He'll take on one of the weaker pitchers of the day, Trevor Cahill, who ranks #28/30 in our daily SP rankings. McCutchen and Jose Bautista (vs HOU SP Feldman) represent two of the best "premium" OF options this afternoon. 

 

Robinson Cano (2B) - SEA: Cano is the most economical Top Shelf commodity with a reasonable $3,600 price tag on FanDuel. He has been hitting the ball very well in the past two series, and the career numbers vs Chris Tillman (11-25, .440, 2 HR, 8 RBI) don't hurt his case either. 

 

Also Consider: David Ortiz (1B) - BOS, Jose Bautista (OF) - TOR, Jose Reyes (SS) - TOR, Jose Abreu (1B) - CWS, Torii Hunter (OF) - DET 

 

BULK PURCHASE 

 

Adam Eaton (OF) - CWS: Eaton has been having an absolute feast at the plate lately: batting .488 with 10 runs scored over his current nine game hitting-streak. Twins' pitcher Kyle Gibson has been very erratic this season, leaving the door open for Eaton to continue his heater. 

 

Adrian Gonzalez (1B) - LADDouble check the lineup. Gonzalez injured his knee on Friday, then sat out (against a lefty) last night. Most reports indicate he should start, which is a good thing considering the excellent matchup against Edwin Jackson's alarming .352 wOBA vs LHB. If you don't want to splurge on Cabrera at 1B, Gonzalez is your best "per $" pick. 

 

Gregory Polanco (OF) - PIT: I touched on his teammate as a top shelf selection, and Polanco will enjoy that same cushy matchup for a reasonable $3,400 price tag. He's batting second for a Pirates' offense that could put up some runs today, not to mention his inherent upside with a nice power/speed combination. 

 

Also ConsiderKyle Seager (3B) - SEA, Alexei Ramirez (SS) - CWS, Carlos Beltran (OF) - NYY, Ian Kinsler (2B) - DET, Dioner Navarro (C) - TOR 

 

BARGAIN BIN 

 

Rajai Davis (OF) - DET: Now that Austin Jackson is out of town, Davis is the primary leadoff man for the most explosive offense in MLB. The combination of speed, power, matchup, and lineup security makes Rajai one of the best value OF selections of the day. 

 

Brian McCann (C) - NYY: McCann received the day off yesterday, so he should be refreshed and ready to snap his mini cold-streak tonight. Usually I would prefer to roster him at home, with the short-porch at Yankee Stadium, but it's tough to shy away from this matchup (vs Clay Buchholz) for a bargain price of $2,800 on FanDuel. If you want to go with a "hotter" bat for Catcher, check out Kurt Suzuki for an even cheaper price. 

 

Alejandro De Aza (OF) - CWS: The White Sox hit parade could very well continue today against the shaky pitching of Kyle Gibson. Even though he bats down in the order, De Aza has been a key in the Sox recent offensive renaissance, collecting multi-hit games in his past three starts. His hot bat and platoon advantage sets up nicely for some RBI/run-scoring potential. 

 

Also Consider: Trevor Plouffe (3B) - MIN, Dustin Ackley (OF) - SEA, Oscar Tavares (OF) - STL, Logan Morrison (1B) - SEA, Kurt Suzuki (C) - MIN 

 

STARTING PITCHER 

 

Stephen Strasburg - WAS: He was shaky in the latter half of July, but I'm expecting Strasburg to come out dealing today. He's pitching at home, where he has done considerably better this season (2.62 ERA vs 4.68 and .242 BAA vs .289), and he will face an uninspiring Phillies lineup that ranks 28th in wOBA vs RHP. 

 

Tyson Ross - SD: Quite opposite of Strasburg, Ross has been one of the most reliable fantasy pitchers over the past month. In six July starts, he average a line of 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 K's, picking up a victory in 4/6 of those contests. All signs point to him to retain "en fuego" status against a strikeout happy Braves team in comfortable Petco Park. 

 

Marcus Stroman - TOR: Stroman is an under-the-radar option who has been pitching extremely well lately. The Houston bats have been heating up themselves, so something has to give in this matchup. Consider Stroman a risk/reward play with potential for high upside if the Astros decide to regress to their substandard 2014 averages. 

 

Also ConsiderMadison Bumgarner - NYM, Jake Odorizzi - TB, Aaron Harang - ATL 

Spencer Limbach
Spencer Limbach is a multi-sport daily fantasy specialist for Rotoworld. He can be found on twitter @Spencer_JL.