MLB Punt Plays: Friday June 1

Welcome to the daily MLB Punt Plays article for FantasyDraft’s LockerRoom! Here you will find a breakdown of 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: Chris Stratton – $11,300

Stratton has had a few ups and downs this season, recording a 6-3 record with a 4.97 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP through 11 games. He has also posted a 1.2 HR/9 to go along with a 7.5 K/9. Stratton has also looked outstanding against right-handed batters, holding them to a .247 average with a .417 slugging percentage and a .319 wOBA this season. He also gets a great matchup against the Philadelphia Phillies, who rank seventh on the slate in strikeouts per at-bat. Stratton is a small underdog, but the game is set at only 8 runs. Overall, the Phillies feature an implied run total of 4.1 runs, which is one of the lower implied totals on the slate.

IF: Kendrys Morales – $6,600

Morales has caught fire over his last 10 games, recording a .355 average with a .548 slugging percentage and a .923 OPS. Over that span, he has four extra-base hits, seven RBIs, and one steal. Morales has featured a 57% hard-hit rate with a 97 mph exit velocity over the last 15 days. He also gets a great matchup against Blaine Hardy, and Morales has been a dominant hitter against left-handed pitching. He enters this game with 0.121 wOBA and 0.085 ISO differentials against lefties. He’s only hitting seventh in the Blue Jays lineup, but Morales has been playing well enough to be used in all leagues.

OF: Jay Bruce – $6,600

Bruce has been struggling quite a bit this season, posting a .229 average with a .354 slugging percentage and a .655 OPS through 50 games. His peripherals suggest he is playing better than his numbers, as he features a 52% hard-hit rate over the last 15 days. He has also posted a 94 mph exit velocity over that span. Bruce has also been a better hitter against right-handed pitching, posting 0.028 wOBA and 0.013 ISO differentials against righties. Tonight, he gets a matchup against Tyler Chatwood, who has struggled in each of his last two starts. Bruce is expected to hit fourth for the Mets, giving him ample opportunities for runs and RBIs. He is far from a safe option, but he comes with tremendous upside for a low price tag on this slate tonight.

UTIL: J.D. Davis – $6,600

Davis has seen limited at-bats this season, but he has posted a .250 average with a .357 slugging percentage and a .739 OPS. He has also been seeing the ball well recently, posting 55% hard-hit and 44% fly ball rates over the last 15 days. He has also recorded a 96 mph exit velocity over the same span. Tonight, he gets a terrible matchup against Chris Sale, but Davis has posted 0.074 wOBA and 0.234 ISO differentials against left-handed pitching. He’s expected to hit sixth in the Astros lineup, adding to his upside, as well. The matchup should keep his ownership low, but he makes for a high upside option for his current price tag.

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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