MLB Punt Plays for Friday, May 4th

Welcome to my daily MLB article for FantasyDraft’s LockerRoom! Here you will find a breakdown for my favorite low budget MLB players for the day’s (or night’s) main slate. Each article will focus on my favorite low salary starting pitcher and my three favorite low salary batters. Although the title of the article is MLB Punt Plays, like the PGA Punt Plays written by another analyst of our DFS Karma team, they aren’t your traditional “punts.” I truly feel that each player I include in this article moving forward has a very solid chance to score you some points. To ensure my players are always light on salary, my pitcher will have a cap of $13,000 and each batter will be capped at $7,000 in salary.

P: German Marquez – $12,200

Marquez has struggled quite a bit this season, but he has looked outstanding on the road. Through three road starts, Marquez has recorded a 1-1 record, 1.59 ERA, and 1.24 WHIP. He has also posted an 8.5 K/9 without allowing a single home run through 17 road innings. He gets a great matchup against the New York Mets, who rank last on the slate in strikeouts per at-bat, while also posting a below average team wOBA. He has been able to dominate left-handed batters this season, holding them to a .211 average with a .273 slugging percentage and .260 wOBA. Marquez is a small underdog, but the game is set at only 7 runs, suggesting both teams could struggled to hit tonight.

IF: Robinson Chirinos – $6,500

Chirinos has struggled with consistency this season, but he has flashed tremendous upside. He’s only hitting .183 through 23 games, but he also features a .463 slugging percentage and a .732 OPS. He also has a 73.3% extra-base hits this season, including four home runs over his last 10 games. He gets a tough matchup against Rick Porcello, as he has struggled at times against right-handed pitching throughout his career. With that being said, Chirinos features a 73% hard-hit rate and a 40% line drive rate over the last 15 days. He’s expected to hit late in the lineup, but Chirinos comes with elite upside for his current price tag.

OF: Matt Joyce – $5,500

Joyce has been struggling for the Oakland A’s this season, recording a .205 average with a .370 slugging percentage and a .729 OPS through 27 games. He has been seeing the ball well recently, though, recording a 66% hard-hit rate over the last 15 days. He also features 0.138 wOBA and 0.174 ISO differentials against right-handed pitching. In 2017, Joyce hit .253 against right-handed pitching, while also recording 96% of his home runs against righties. He also gets a great matchup against Andrew Cashner, who has allow left-handed batters to hit for a .273 average, .545 slugging percentage, and .383 wOBA this season. Joyce is expected to hit near the top of the A’s lineup tonight, making him a great salary relief option.

UTIL: Logan Morrison – $5,900

Morrison has struggled quite a bit this season, but he has been heating up over his last 10 games. Over that span, he’s hitting .258 with a .387 slugging percentage and a .748 OPS. He gets a great matchup against Carson Fulmer, and Morrison has been a better hitter against right-handed pitching. He has recorded 0.049 wOBA and 0.09 ISO differentials against righties, and he also features a 53% hard-hit rate over the last 15 days. He also also recorded 85.5% of his home runs against right-handed pitching throughout his career. Morrison is expected to hit seventh in the Twins lineup, which is not ideal, but also allows for him to possess upside. He’s a solid option on this slate.

Justin Bales

Justin Bales

Justin can be found on FantasyDraft under the name "balessjustin." He is a recent college graduate, who earned a degree in Sociology with a co-concentrate in Music Business. He has been playing and writing about fantasy sports for quite some time, including football, baseball, basketball, college sports, and MMA. He generally plays tournaments, but can occasionally be found in H2H's or 50/50s.

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