Welcome to this Thursday edition of Salary Savers. There are only two pitchers priced above $10k (Justin Verlander $12,440, David Price $10,800) tonight. Pitching is pretty ugly outside of those two so let’s see what value bats are out there in case you decide to roster Pricelander at pitcher for this 10 game slate.
Ryan Raburn, OF ($2,800)- Raburn and the Rockies get a favorable matchup against the left-handed Brett Anderson tonight. Anderson is coming off the DL and has only started two games this year for the Dodgers where we saw him give up three home runs in just four innings. That’s obviously about as small of a sample size as you can get and he hasn’t been known to give up the long ball throughout his career (.83 HR/9 ) but I love picking on pitchers coming off the DL.
Raburn doesn’t come without risk, though. He is often pinch hit for when a righty takes the mound out of the opposing bullpen due to his massive split differential but his price is too cheap to pass up if you’re in need of punting an outfielder. Raburn has a .367 wOBA and .273 ISO vs lefties compared to a .274 wOBA, .137 ISO against RHPs. He doesn’t hit for average (.224 avg) so I would only use him in GPPs. Raburn should be batting 5th or 6th for the Rockies giving him an opportunity to possibly drive in some runs or for our sake hit a homer.
Justin Bour 1B ($3,800)- The price seems a little high to be considered a value play but I’m high on the Marlins tonight and he could make as a great pivot at first base. Bour hasn’t hit a home run since he came off the DL on Sept. 6th but he does have 15 home runs on the year, all vs RHP and I’m hoping he snaps that streak tonight. Miami’s first baseman has a .278 ISO vs righties on the season and will be batting behind Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton offering what should be some decent RBI opportunities just like Raburn. Bour hits the ball hard (38% HH) and is almost guaranteed to be under 5% owned making him a strong GPP play tonight. We know he has big power potential vs RHP but will he snap the cold streak tonight? I sure hope so.
Eduardo Escobar 3B/SS ($2,000)- Minnesota is playing a double header today and Escobar isn’t playing in the early game. If Jorge Polanco and Robbie Grossman sit during the night game we could see Escobar hitting as high as 2nd in the order which would only boost his value. I’m a sucker for minimum priced players because of how much cap space it opens up and it’s not like Escobar is a horrible player. He carries a .240 batting average along with five home runs and 39 RBI while averaging just a shade under 5 DKpts/gm. The reason why he’s minimum price is because of how cold he has been but we don’t need much for him to exceed value. Keep an eye on the Twins lineup tonight because if he does end up batting second he’ll be a tough value play to pass up.
Ryan Schimpf 2B ($3,900)- Late games= lower ownership. Simple as that. Ryan Schimpf is in a good spot tonight vs Jeff Samardzija who has allowed 12 HRs in 88.1 IP against LHBs. It seems as if Samardzija is back on track after a rough 1st half of the year but he still owns a 1.22 HR/9 so don’t let his recent game logs scare you off of using Schimpf.
Ryan Schimpf is the guy that can help you climb to the top of the GPP leaderboards tonight. His .378 wOBA and .330 ISO vs RHP make for a very appealing one off play that will also be low owned. It feels like a shark implosion is imminent and Schimp could be one of the main beneficiaries.
Andrew Benintendi OF ($3,100)- Benintendi is averaging 7.4 DKpts/gm and until he’s priced above $4,000 I will continue to play him. The Red Sox 22-year-old prospect has shown that he’s capable of hitting for power and contact against RHP and gets a juicy matchup vs Chris Tillman. Tillman has allowed one home run in five of his last six games and has yet to face an offense as good as the Red Sox. His exit velocity is down from 90 MPH to 87 MPH over the past two weeks while his opponent distance is up three feet. It’s not much but we have seen pitchers blow up in the past when their velo starts to dip.
Benintendi is batting 9th like usual and I love the thought of using him in a wrap around stack or just simply as a one-off. You won’t see someone with a .317 batting average and .884 OPS priced this low often so take advantage of it while you can. Not to mention that he has a .422 wOBA vs RHP and bats in one of the most potent offenses in the league.