MLB Punt Plays: Friday Aug. 24

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: Gio Gonzalez – $12,700

Gonzalez has struggled at times this season, posting a 7-10 record with a 4.51 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP through 25 starts. He has held his opponents to a 0.9 HR/9, while recording a 7.9 K/9 through 133.2 innings. He has thrown well against left-handed batters, holding them to a .239 average with a .383 slugging percentage and a .287 wOBA this season. He has also held his opponents to a .247/.387/.315 line on the road. Gonzalez gets a great matchup against the New York Mets, who have struggled against left-handed pitching this season. They rank as an average team on this slate in terms of strikeouts per at-bat, while also ranking second last in team wOBA. Gonzalez is also a -144 favorite in a game set at 8.5 runs, giving New York an implied run total of only 3.9 runs. He isn’t safe enough for cash games, but he can be used in GPPs.

 

IF: Ryan O’Hearn – $6,700

O’Hearn has caught fire over his last 10 games, posting a .281 average with a .688 slugging percentage and a 1.011 OPS over that span. He also owns five extra-base hits (four home runs) and eight RBIs in those games. He owns 42% hard-hit and 47% fly ball rates with a 97 mph exit velocity over his last 10 games, as well. O’Hearn gets a tough matchup against Mike Clevinger, but he owns 0.356 wOBA and 0.243 ISO differentials against right-handed pitching. O’Hearn is expected to hit sixth in the Royals lineup, and he comes with tremendous upside. He’s a bit risky in this matchup, but O’Hearn has been playing well enough to be considered in all leagues tonight.

 

OF: Jim Adduci – $6,900

Adduci is another player that has been performing at a high level. Over his last 10 games, he owns a .314 average with a .400 slugging percentage and a .751 OPS. He also owns 45% hard-hit and 34% fly ball rates with a 94 mph exit velocity over that span. Adduci has found plenty of success against right-handed pitching, as well, recording 0.25 wOBA and 0.157 ISO differentials against righties. He also gets a great matchup against Reynaldo Lopez, who has struggled on the road this season. Adduci is hitting sixth in the Tigers lineup, and he’s a fairly safe option with tremendous upside, as well.

UTIL: Adeiny Hechavarria – $6,900

Hechavarria has found some success over his last 10 games, as he’s hitting .250 with a .393 slugging and a .683 OPS over that span. He has posted 30% hard-hit and 56% fly ball rates with a 93 mph exit velocity in those games, as well. Hechavarria gets a solid matchup against Wade Miley, and he owns 0.092 wOBA and 0.019 ISO differentials against left-handed pitching. He’s only hitting eighth in the Pirates lineup, but he has flashed some consistency with upside this season. He may be best suited for tournaments tonight, though.

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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