Massive slate tonight, ladies and gentlemen! There’s plenty of value to be had, and while the article features all bats, there are a couple arms you can grab to offer you some financial flexibility. Regardless, there are plenty of value bats tonight, and quite a few lefty killers that will be quite popular on this Friday evening! Without further ado, let’s check out today’s featured bats in the Value Vault!

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Andrew Vaughn, OF CWS ($2,200 FD/$2,200 DK) - If a righty is on the mound, Andrew Vaughn doesn’t cross my mind. However, it’s a different story with a southpaw. He’s hitting .308 with a 1.086 OPS against southpaws in 2021, and he gets to face New York’s Jordan Montgomery , who has struggled with righties. He’s served up a .277 batting average, .358 wOBA and .835 OPS to right-handed hitters this year. In three May starts, Montgomery has allowed nine earned runs on 16 hits across 15 innings of work. Against a lefty, I’ll roll the dice with Vaughn in this one at Yankee Stadium.

Dylan Carlson, OF STL ($2,400 FD/$2,700 DK) - Kyle Hendricks has been a punching bag this year, allowing 56 hits (11 HR) in just 42.2 innings of work. From an earned run standpoint, he’s been better of late, but he’s faced Pittsburgh and Detroit, so keep that in mind. Lefties have crushed Hendricks this year, to the tune of a 1.137 OPS! Carlson has been better against southpaws, but his .745 OPS against right-handers is nothing to scoff about. I’d be more excited if it were against a southpaw, but Carlson is still just simply too cheap.


Ian Happ , OF CHC ($3,100) - Happ is riding a five game hit streak and has hit safely in seven of his last eight contests. During this seven game stretch, he has eight extra-base hits (5 HR), eight runs scored and 10 RBI. He’s recorded 16 or more DraftKings points in three of his last five outings and he’s 5-for-14 with two home runs in his career off Carlos Martínez . I like the price point for Happ better on DraftKings, compared to FanDuel.

Jonathan Villar , 3B NYM ($3,500) - Villar has been brutal this year against southpaws, but he gets a righty today, and he’s faring well against them this year. His .834 OPS and .258 batting average are quite solid, and all four of his home runs on the year have come on the road. Villar is at the top of the New York order, and that should pay dividends tonight against Miami's Jordan Holloway . Holloway may have a 2.70 ERA on the year, but as a starter, his ERA is 6.75. I like the Mets’ bats today, beginning with Villar.


Miguel Sanó , 1B MIN ($2,900 FD) - Sano has hit safely in six of his last seven games, hitting five home runs in that stretch with 11 RBI and seven runs scored. In this mini-hot streak, he’s hitting .333 with a .571 wOBA, and his exit velocity is a whopping 94.0 miles per hour, per FanGraphs. Lefties have had more success against Triston McKenzie than right-handers, but with McKenzie serving up a 2.25 HR/9 this year, Sano could leave the yard tonight, too, especially because it seems like he’s seeing a beach ball at the moment.

Michael Brantley , OF HOU ($2,800 FD) - Brantley is no stranger to Kyle Gibson , hitting .303 (10-for-33) with one home run and .342 wOBA against him for his career. Gibson has been excellent this year, especially against lefties, but I’ll trust Brantley here, and the fact that he’s hitting .316 off right-handers in 2021. Furthermore, Brantley is hitting just .267 at home, but on the road, he’s hitting .358 with a massive .931 OPS. He’s grossly underpriced on FanDuel.

Anthony Rizzo , 1B CHC ($3,100) - Not only has Anthony Rizzo hit safely in five of his last six games, but he has four multi-hit efforts in this recent stretch. Sure, he hasn’t homered, and only has three extra-base hits, but he’s seeing the ball well, and has three home runs and a .400 wOBA against St. Louis’ Carlos Martínez for his career.. In three starts at home this year, Martinez has a 4.67 ERA and he’s coming off his worst start of the 2021 season (five walks and five earned runs in five innings against COL).

Yermín Mercedes, C CWS ($2,800) - Mercedes is a cheat code against left-handed pitchers. In 2021, Mercedes is hitting .424 with a 1.124 OPS against southpaws. Good lord! Furthermore, Montgomery has served up an .835 OPS to right-handed hitters If you need any more inclination to pay for Mercedes, he’s been better on the road this year, in terms of batting average (.371 vs. 343) and OPS (.989 vs. .928) than at home. He might be the last guy in the article here, but he should be one of the first guys you look at on FanDuel.