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Adam Zdroik

Adam writes on sports ranging from NFL and MLB to soccer and college basketball. Outside of writing, he has worked with a professional soccer team, Sporting Kansas City, and in the stats department at ESPN. He is a former Streak for the Cash winner and Michigan State graduate.


Chris Sale, BOS vs. NYY ($14,100): I usually donít go big when there are other high-end pitchers to use, but I donít like any of the other matchups and Zack Greinke ($11,700) hasn't been consistent enough. Sale continues to carve through batters and already has 35 strikeouts in three games against the Yankees. The Yankees have fallen off since the All-Star break and have bad numbers against lefties with a .286 wOBA and 27.3 percent K rate since Aug. 1.

Martin Perez, TEX vs. CWS ($6,500): I wanted a solid arm to go with Sale and Perez could fit that description. Heís been better in his last two outings with 14 IP, nine hits allowed and three earned runs. While his strikeouts arenít there, the White Sox have a fairly high K rate against lefties at 24.8 percent since the beginning of August.


James McCann, DET vs. LAD ($3,300): Whenever the Tigers face a lefty, McCann is always a great play. Most of his hits come against lefties and he has a .431 wOBA and .300 ISO against them for the season. Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Dodgers are sizable favorites, but Detroit is one of the best teams against lefties with a .399 team wOBA since the break.


Mike Napoli, TEX vs. CWS ($3,800): Iím rolling with a couple of righty Rangers because righties have blown up Derek Holland this season. Heís allowing a .404 wOBA and 5.91 xFIP in addition to giving up seven runs last start against the Royals. Napoli doesnít have great numbers, but heís better against lefties and has a .301 ISO.


Cesar Hernandez, PHI at SF ($3,800): Hernandez provides consistency at a cheap price and has improved against lefties as the seasonís gone along with a .365 wOBA in his last 40 at-bats. Ty Blach gave up six runs to the Marlins last start and is much worse against righties with a .337 wOBA allowed and 4.90 xFIP.


Derek Dietrich, MIA at NYM ($3,800): Dietrich has better numbers against lefties for the season, but he has a .451 wOBA and .333 ISO in his last 43 at-bats against righties. That should continue with Rafael Montero on the mound, who has allowed 21 runs in his last six starts. Montero also has a 4.88 xFIP and lower 19.9 percent K rate against lefties.


Orlando Arcia, MIL at COL ($3,500): Arcia was dealing with back spasms but returned to the lineup Friday and should be good for Saturday. In his last 42 at-bats against righties, he has a .394 wOBA and .244 ISO, which should be juiced at Coors Field. Chad Bettis was great in his first start, but Iíd still be wary of him after having a .362 wOBA allowed to righties last season.


Michael Conforto, NYM vs. MIA ($4,500): Conforto is my most expensive bat, but heís returning from a day off and is still fairly cheap. He's also much better against righties with a .415 wOBA and .293 ISO. Vance Worley has been decent in recent starts, but isnít striking guys out and couldnít make it past the fourth inning last time out at home against the Rockies.

Delino DeShields Jr., TEX vs. CWS ($4,400): I wanted to save some money against Holland and thatís why Iím going with DeShields and not Joey Gallo ($5,400) or Adrian Beltre ($5,400). Plus, it helps that DeShields has a solid .358 wOBA and .250 ISO against lefties since the break. Holland has a good start once in a while, but heís given up at least five runs in eight of his last 14 outings.

Ender Inciarte, ATL vs. CIN ($4,200): Inciarte is another guy that probably is cheaper than he should be, and his .424 wOBA against righties in his last 46 at-bats backs that up. Robert Stephenson is getting the call for the Reds, who has a .401 wOBA allowed and 6.15 xFIP against lefties in minimal time this season (14.1 IP).

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