Brendan Rodgers, 2B/SS COL ($2,200 FD / $3,000 DK) – Rodgers was in the playbook yesterday for me and we got a home run out of him and we are going right back to the well today. He is very hot right now, hitting .435 (10-23) with three home runs and nine RBI over his last eight games. He is also off to a great start against lefties this season, going 6-14 (.429) with two home runs and eight RBI against the so far. He is being disrespected and underpriced on both sites, but that’s not a bad thing for us. Righties have accounted for all three home runs that Miley has given up and all three of those home runs have come while pitching at home. Righties are also hitting .030 points higher against him and his BAA against at home is .031 points higher at home.
Max Fried, SP ATL ($7,400) – Fried has been on cruise control lately, giving up just one run in five of his past six starts and in that span producing a 2.41 ERA with three wins and 31 strikeouts across 33.2 innings of work. Today he gets the Marlins in Miami (a pitching park) and they have the fifth highest strikeout rate in the league at 26.4-percent and that number jumps to 28.2-percent against lefties. They are also just 23rd in the league in runs per game with an average of just 3.95. He should not be this cheap and I would take him over any of the pitchers priced between $7,500 and $9,500, which would make him third on my board of pitchers today, but we are getting him as the 13th priced pitcher. He is the perfect SP2 to pair with Burnes or Cease.
Jake Fraley, OF SEA ($2,800) – Fraley is a steal at this price on DK, which is actually cheaper than his 3k price on FanDuel. He is hitting .318 (7-22) with two home runs, three steals, six runs, and nine RBI over his last eight games. That is massive counting stat upside. He has been FAR for more productive against righties, slashing .286/.500/.536 against them, compared to a lousy .167/.474/.250 against lefties. McKenzie has a 6.26 ERA this season and he has been abysmal at home this season with an 8.27 ERA and 1.65 WHIP across four games. Lefties have also been more productive against him, slashing .230/.387/.419, compared to the .151/.300/.356 line that righties have produced. If you really want to get cheap/wild you can even pair him with Trammell and/or Long Jr. who are both also cheap.
Billy McKinney, OF NYM ($2,500) – Is anyone paying any attention to what McKinney has been doing since joining the Mets? In 13 games with New York, he is hitting .302 with four home runs, five doubles, a triple, 12 RBI, a stolen base, and nine runs scored. That’s a TON of production. And we get him at a near minimum price? Six of his seven home runs this season have been against a righty and 16 of his 18 RBI have come against them. Musgrove has been great this season, but when he’s been hurt it’s been by left-handed bats as they have accounted for six of the eight home runs that he has given up and are hitting for an average .024 points higher than what righties have produced.
Willy Adames, SS MIL ($2,200) – Adames, Adames, Adames. A daily breakdown for me, at least until they adjust his price tag and price him more appropriately. He is hitting .294 with three home runs, four doubles, and 13 RBI since joining the Brewers. Over the last three games he has six hits, two doubles, two RBI, and a pair of runs scored. He has always had more success against right-handed pitching as evidenced by his career .277/.345/.439 slash line against them, compared to his .214/.276/.391 line against lefties. Kuhl has a 5.61 ERA and 1.48 WHIP through six starts this season and it gets even worse when pitching on the road as he has a 6.19 ERA across four road starts.