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Ian Kennedy, KC at LAA ($8,800): Kennedy has had strong seasons every year he has kept his home run rate under control and that appears to be the case this year, with Kennedy notching a 0.45 HR/9 rate en route to a 1.35 ERA. The Angels came into action Sunday as the worst team in the league against right-handed pitching, and should be given all they can handle if Kennedy brings his strong walk and strikeout rates.
Jordan Zimmermann, DET vs. OAK ($8,200): Zimmermann has not been scored upon in his first three outings as a Tiger. While he is in line for a bit of regression, there is still a lot to like in this matchup. The first thing to note is that the A's have the sixth-worst wOBA against right-handed pitchers this season (.291) and also hold the third-lowest run value against the slider this season, a pitch that Zimmermann throws 33 percent of the time.
*Alternate option in case of rain: Marcus Stroman, TOR vs. CWS ($8,700)
Yan Gomes CLE at MIN ($2,800): Gomes has been nearly non-existent against righties this season, but he has an excellent .240 ISO with a .320 batting average against left-handed pitchers. Tommy Milone has surrendered a .447 slugging percentage in 13.0 innings against righties this year
*Alternate option in case of rain: Welington Castillo, ARI vs. STL ($3,100)
Chris Davis BAL at TB ($4,400):Chris Archer remains broken, but this may be a nice play under any circumstances, as Davis has five hits (two homers) in 14 career at-bats against the fallen ace. Underlying statistics suggest this may be more than small sample noise, as Davis counters Archer's ground ball tendencies with his 42 percent career fly-ball rate. Davis has also kept a positive run value against the slider, which is one of two primary pitches in Archer's arsenal.
Robinson Cano, SEA vs. HOU ($4,400):Doug Fister has allowed a startling .501 wOBA to left-handed batters this season. While that number is almost certainly inflated, his 4.30 xFIP against southpaws suggests that he could be a nice option to attack even after the stats normalize. Cano has absolutely hammered righties this season, notching an .829 slugging percentage over 35 at-bats.
Brandon Drury, ARI vs. STL ($2,600):Jaime Garcia's numbers this season are misleading, as he has sandwiched two mediocre outings around a complete-game gem. Drury has been a professional platoon hitter for the entirety of his short major league career, having produced a .615 slugging percentage in 39 at-bats against southpaws.
Trevor Story, COL vs. PIT ($5,200): Those who don't mind spending down in a few spots are encouraged to build a stack against Jeff Locke, who has been hit hard in each of his last two starts and has yet to strike out more batters than he has walked in a game this season. Story has been in a bit of a slump after his tremendous start to 2016, but he still carries an .824 slugging percentage against left-handed pitching.
Jose Bautista, TOR vs. CWS ($4,500): Bautista's reverse platoon split has continued in 2016, as he is carrying a .387 wOBA against same-handed pitchers. Miguel Gonzalez could be a pitcher to take advantage of in a spot start, as he has surrendered home runs at a 1.3/9 rate over 580.1 career innings.
Sean Rodriguez, PIT at COL ($3,500): Rodriguez showed glimpses of being a power hitter prior to 2016, but he has busted out this year, slugging a cool 1.000 over 14 games. The obvious caveat aside, I will be happy to take Rodriguez at this price, as opposing starter Chad Bettis has surrendered three home runs in just 14.1 innings against right-handed hitters this season.
Nelson Cruz, SEA vs. HOU ($4,600): Fister hasn't allowed a homer to righties all season, but a microscopic strikeout rate and a few more walks have resulted in a similar xFIP (4.20). Cruz has shown decent power against righties (.154 ISO), while logging a 29 percent hard contact rate.