Thursdayís slate is all about dominant pitching, with four guys priced above $55. With few options to trust below that threshold, I put together a lineup that features numerous bats coming in under 13 bucks.
Blake Snell, TB at MIN ($56): Iíve been on Snell in his last couple starts and, unfortunately, his price is finally among the elite. Still, heís in a better situation than everyone priced above him outside of Max Scherzer ($62). Snell is roasting opponents with 29 strikeouts in his last three starts. The Twins arenít going to change that with a 23.9 K percentage, .106 ISO and .283 wOBA against southpaws since the beginning of June.
Ross Stripling, LAD at SD ($49): There isnít anyone cheaper than Stripling that I want to roster, making this a difficult slate. Stripling doesnít often throw more than 90 pitches, but heís consistent and was back to dominating last time out with one earned run and seven strikeouts against the Angels. He faced the Padres at the end of May and had 38 fantasy points. San Diego hasnít improved and has a 26.4 K percentage, .109 ISO and .278 wOBA against righties in the last month.
Francisco Cervelli, PIT vs. MIL ($9): Cervelliís numbers against lefties are rough this year in 34 at-bats, but heís cheap and has a solid .350 wOBA for his career. Wade Miley returns from the DL and didnít make it five innings in either of his rehab starts. Coming off a 2017 campaign in which Miley had a .374 wOBA allowed to righties, Cervelli is worth a shot.
Ji-Man Choi, TB at MIN ($9): All of the other cheap first basemen are in tough matchups, so this is hoping Choi starts again. He managed a couple hits on Wednesday and has a .230 ISO in 169 plate appearances against righties so thereís some upside. Kyle Gibson has allowed 11 runs in his last three starts and has a 4.08 xFIP against lefties. If you want to spend, Josh Bell ($14) and Cody Bellinger ($20) are a little easier to trust.
Eduardo Nunez, BOS vs. TOR ($12): Nunez is a cheap play with the hopes that J.A. Happís struggles continue. Nunez hasnít done much against lefties this year, but had a workable .321 wOBA against them in 2017. As for Happ, heís been blasted for 14 hits and 13 runs in his last two starts, one of them against the lowly Tigers. He still has decent numbers for the season, although a 4.09 xFIP against righties is below average.
Yangervis Solarte, TOR at BOS ($13): Solarteís been a nice bat against southpaws this year with a .237 ISO from 14 extra-base hits (seven HR). He could capitalize against a struggling David Price, who has allowed 15 hits and 12 runs in his last two starts to go with a 4.18 xFIP against righty bats.
Jordy Mercer, PIT vs. MIL ($10): Mercer is another cheap Pittsburgh bat and he at least has a .322 BABIP against southpaws and maybe more importantly a career .352 wOBA. Miley has never had good numbers against righties with last yearís 4.74 xFIP showing that.
Joc Pederson, LAD at SD ($17): Hereís another play thatís mostly about power as all 13 of Pedersonís home runs have come against righties with his career ISO at .245. Tyson Ross is having major issues on the mound allowing 14 hits and 15 runs with only two strikeouts in his last two outings. Heís also allowing 1.54 HR/9 to lefties, which only helps Pederson.
Andrew Toles, LAD at SD ($12): This is more of a value play as Toles should return to the lineup (in place of the injured Yasiel Puig) with a righty on the mound,. Heís sporting a decent .355 wOBA in 203 plate appearances against righties the last few years so thereís hope. Ross canít figure out lefty bats at the moment and has a .381 wOBA allowed for the season.
Christian Yelich, MIL at PIT ($16): There are plenty of expensive outfielders to use, namely the ones from Boston, but most wonít be able to afford them. Yelich supplies pop against righties with 15 homers, 27 doubles and a .359 wOBA. Taillon is far from an elite pitcher and remains iffy against lefty bats with a career 4.38 xFIP.