Pitcher Spotlight- Yu Darvish, Chicago Cubs
Darvish in a pitcher friendly ballpark at one point would have been a scary concept. This Yu Darvish has turned his season around, putting up twenty points in 4 of 5 of his last five games. His most recent start against Cincinnati Darvish went six innings, struck out seven, giving up just two hits.
The Reds have a watered-down lineup after moving Yasiel Puig and Scooter Gennett. They have officially entered into a rebuild mood around their pitching. Sporting a top three rotation that can be one of the tops in the league entering 2020 is not going to help their offense. They sport a 23.5% strikeout rate over their last 10 games. Darvish has a great matchup and his cost is just outside of the top on the slate leaving you wiggle room for upper level hitters.
Potential Stacks- Kansas City Royals, Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres, Houston Astros
It’s hard to ignore the Kansas City Royals. They have multiple low-priced power options that can help you fill up your lineups. They get a matchup with the infamous Edwin Jackson. Jackson enters this matchup giving up a little over three homers per game during his time with the Toronto Blue Jays. Jorge Soler, Hunter Dozier and Alex Gordon are all plays that make sense for a middle of the order stack. Keeping my eye on Ryan O’Hearn at just 2.8K can be a great value for someone trying to play Walker Buehler.
It’s simple, Edwin Jackson is a powderkeg and the low cost of the Kansas City Bats makes a lot of sense.
Potential one off plays-
Justin Upton- Los Angeles Angels
Most will look to Mike Trout in the Angels matchup with Brian Johnson. I would prefer the cost of Justin Upton who will most likely be batting cleanup holds a career .365 wOBA against lefties. Johnson only strikes out 16% of batters. Upton at 3.8K is a value with monstorous upside.
Xander Bogaerts- Boston Red Sox
Bogaerts is not cheap so this as a one off has to be well planned out. Angels starter Jaime Barria gives up a lot of hard contact, 43.4% to right handed hitters. Xander excels at home with a .680 slugging percentage in Fenway.
Aaron Judge- New York Yankees
Aaron Judge is way to cheap. He’s struggling right now but with his potential power against Sean Reid-Foley, worth the shot.
P: Yu Darvish, Chicago Cubs, $9,200
P: Drew Smyly, Philadelphia Phillies, $5,800
C: Kyle Higashioka, New York Yankees, $3,500
1B: Yuli Gurriel, Houston Astros, $5,000
2B: Whit Merrifield, Kansas City Royals, $4,500
3B: Hunter Dozier, Kansas City Royals, $4,400
SS: Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox, $5,000
OF: Jorge Solar, Kansas City Royals, $4,600
OF: Aaron Judge, New York Yankees, $4,200
OF: Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals, $3,800