Saturday slates are always loaded with potential and usually a couple pitchers you can save money on. This time, Max Scherzer ($63) represents the top choice Ė or you can choose between the scraps. I went with the latter, which allowed me to go heavy in the outfield.
Patrick Corbin, ARI vs. NYM ($49): Some will be turned off by Corbin due to a couple iffy outings, but he managed 15 fantasy points against the Mets a month ago and didnít pitch well (5.1 IP, 6 K). The odds are in his favor as a decent favorite with an over/under of eight runs mainly because the Mets are brutal against southpaws with a 26.7 K%, .093 ISO and .250 wOBA since May 1.
Junior Guerra, MIL vs. PHI ($35): If you want better bats, Guerra is the play even if his upside is somewhat limited. Heís hit 13 fantasy points in all but one outing this season and should have no trouble reaching that total against the Phillies, who are striking out the most against righties over the last month with a 27.6 K% and .291 wOBA.
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Robinson Chirinos, TEX vs. COL ($14): The Rockies-Rangers game isnít even at Coors Field, yet it still has the highest over/under by far at 10.5 runs. Chirinos returns from suspension for this game to hopefully increase his .231 ISO against southpaws to where it was last season at .296 with a .465 wOBA. On the mound, Kyle Freeland has allowed at least three runs in each of his last four starts and walked four batters last time out.
Ian Desmond, COL at TEX ($18): There are other Rockies to use, but Desmond remains the cheapest, while also providing solid power. He has five homers and three doubles in 70 at-bats against lefties to go with a career .336 wOBA. Mike Minor has given up at least three runs in his last eight starts and sports a miserable 1.80 HR/9 and 4.81 xFIP against righty bats.
DJ LeMahieu, COL at TEX ($14): LeMahieu is in the same mold as Desmond, but his numbers have dipped since earning a $20 price a couple weeks ago. Now heís at a discount even with a .342 BABIP against lefty arms after roping them for a .406 wOBA last season. Thereís little reason to trust Minor in this spot with a .374 wOBA and 11 home runs allowed to righties.
Johan Camargo, ATL vs. SD ($13): Camargo is a safe play at third base if you want to spend money elsewhere. He has a .361 wOBA against righties, but thatís enhanced against Jordan Lyles, who canít seem to figure things out. Lyles has allowed a troubling 22 hits and only struck out three over his last two starts. His numbers have dropped across the board with his career xFIP at 4.90 against lefty bats.
Nick Ahmed, ARI vs. NYM ($11): Ahmed continues to be a reliable, cheap shortstop against southpaws and that probably wonít change due to his struggles against righties. Ahmed boasts a career .334 wOBA against lefty arms, which is far better than his .247 number against righty hurlers. Steven Matz has been one of New Yorkís better pitchers, yet still has a 1.93 HR/9 and 4.39 xFIP against righties.
Mike Trout, LAA at OAK ($27): If you take my cue and go with a couple cheaper arms, Trout should fit into the lineup. Heís back in form after a couple cold weeks and has 10 hits and four homers in the last four games. His early numbers against lefties have been filthy with 10 extra-base hits (5 HR) in only 50 at-bats. Thatíll work against Sean Manaea, who has been inconsistent after a nice start. Manaea has one quality outing in his last five and has struggled during his career with a 4.39 xFIP against righties.
Bryce Harper, WAS at TOR ($16): As long as Harper is priced this low against an inconsistent pitcher, Iím willing to bite. Harper has hit 14 homers against righties and a career .258 ISO, which are high rates for anyone priced at this level. Marco Estrada has looked better in recent outings, yet still has a 5.09 ERA, which matches his 5.09 xFIP against lefty bats.
Delino DeShields Jr., TEX vs. COL ($10): DeShields doesnít have power, but heíll get on base for cheap with a .381 BABIP against southpaws to go with a career .323 wOBA. Freeland has had trouble against righty bats this year with a 4.37 xFIP, similar to last year when that number was at 5.06.