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We have eight games to cycle through Saturday’s main roster, starting at 7:05pm EST. All teams have pitchers included, with only one five-figure pricing. It shows nearly the opposite as possible from Friday, when we had massive pitching depth. On Saturday, we’ll have to pick wisely and publish the resources for some high-quality bats.
With so few obvious choices on the bump, pay for Carlos Rodon ($10,600) Above the board is very logical. What’s not so obvious about the standoff against mediocre Auckland? The A’s only have an 85 wRC+, but their strokes are only 22.3 percent lower against the left. Rodon needs 42.4 FanDuel points (FDP) to reach 4x, which he has only done three times in his last seven points.
Nick Ludlow (9,200 USD) Stand out for me in the 9 kilo class. He’s only been allowed to run once in his last two games, spanning 12 runs, while writing off 16. He’ll face the Milwaukee lineup with 88 wRC+ and a 24.3 percent K rate. Meryl Kelly (9800 USD) Also worth looking at against the Rockies lineup away from home. He’s only allowed one run in his last three starts combined, spanning 21 runs, 20 times in the process.
Nathan Evaldi (8300 USD) It appears to offer a good upside at its price point. It was priced lower thanks to two bad rounds last month, but bounced back by 6.1 closing tires against the Astros last time around. The K rate in Kansas City rose by as much as 22.1 percent. There is a 40 dpi spike here.
The bottom layer doesn’t seem to have the upside of Eovaldi, but if you’re holding someone for 20-30 FDP, Antonio Cinzatella ($7600)And the Dan Dunning ($7,400) And the Mitch White (6400 USD) are the possible options. Senzatela allowed at least three runs in five consecutive rounds, including against Arizona where he only lasted twice. But he also has five good starts in his last eight games, so we can feel fairly confident in the innings on Saturday. Dunning gets a hard right-handed White Sox lineup, which posts only .284 wOBA against him. White is making AL’s debut and should be stacked to support ample running, versus Dylan Bundy. If he can last five or six rounds, a win and a good start could set the stage for a rally despite the Twins finishing seventh in the 113 wRC+ against the right.
The most important goals
As we just mentioned, I don’t expect Bundy to do a good fair against the Blue Jays lineup. But his splits aren’t great if we trust that more than anything, because he was much better at home, allowing .188 wOBA to the right-wingers, posting a 2.61 ERA and 3.79 FIP. Still, about the construction Vladimir Guerrero (4100 USD)who has been involved in back-to-back games and has a stable .378 wOBA and 145 wRC+ works for me.
Truthfully, none of the other higher-priced bats sit in must-use situations, and I do my best to make this section below Aaron’s judgment most of the time. Probably Nolan Arenado (3800 USD) Makes a nice centerpiece from Paul Goldschmidt (4,400 USD). He’s going up right now, with seven hits, including three hurdles, eight runs scored and five RBI in his last six and has 151 wRC+ against the right in the year.
You might assume Jordan Montgomery has a little extra juice on Saturday, facing the team that surprisingly traded him away at the deadline. But if we trust Yankee bats against lefties, DJ Limaheu (3600 USD) wow Jaleber Torres ($3,100) Offers cheap entries with positive splits. The LeMahieu sits with .393 wOBA, 161 wRC and .165 ISO, while the Torres sits in .394/161/.340.
Kyle Farmer (2800 USD) It gave us a 9.5 FDP on Friday, not huge but still a 3.4x return. With another left on the hill on Saturday, his .416 wOBA and 165 wRC+ appear to be targetable again here.
Boston faces left-wing Daniel Lynch Saturday, which should put JD Martinez ($3,200) And the Xander Bogarts ($3,100) on the radars. Martinez sports .436 wOBA, 185 wRC+ and .234 ISO, while the Bogaerts sit in .451/196/.195.
Stacks to consider
Padres vs. Dodgers (Andrew Heaney): Juan Soto ($4,000), Mane Machado ($3,900), Josh Bell ($3,200)
Heaney has only allowed two runs across 23.1 runs so far, so this should come with low usage. Soto only had .169 ISO and .344 wOBA against the left while in Washington, but that should continue to go up since he is better protected in San Diego. The Machado .277 ISO and .379 wOBA are decent, and Bell showed more power against the left despite the lower call rate. Having him on the spot clean comes at a huge discount, keeping the big two ahead of him affordable and a nice traditional 2-3-4 stacking opportunity.
Giants vs. Athletics (Adam Oller): Wilmer Flores ($2,900), Brandon belt ($2,500) Luis Gonzalez ($2,400)
This is all about matching with Oller, which allows for .428 wOBA and 1,014 OPS left, and .409 wOBA and .969 OPS right. That would give us another 2-3-4 stack in the Giants lineup, and mix upside strength from the belt, stability with Flores and hopefully the potential base from Gonzalez. Also keep an eye out for Joc Pederson ($2,600), which would be interesting if activated and placed at the top of the order.
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