The first Saturday of the MLB season will mark the first time that all 30 teams are in action, barring a postponement, of course. The top pitchers in the league will start rolling back through the rotation over the weekend, so that will create some excellent matchups and a good opportunity to see those guys back in action. It can be hard for pitchers at the outset of the season with off days and long layoffs, but we should start to see things settle in over the next couple of weeks.
With some decent matchups on tap for tomorrow, hitters may be a little bit tough to find. Fortunately, this article is about finding value and value is always out there as long as you look hard enough for it. That’s the goal for April 9.
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Here are the top teams to stack for April 9:
New York Yankees - Mike Pelfrey will make his Detroit Tigers debut and there’s not a whole lot of reason to believe that it will go well. All you have to do is look at Pelfrey’s performances over the last few seasons and decide for yourself. Pelfrey doesn’t miss bats and I look to go against pitchers like that whenever possible. The Yankees are worth streaming in DFS formats early on before their aging players start to wear down
Washington - Tom Koehler is going to be worthy of consideration when he pitches at home. The road, however, is not kind to him at all. Koehler’s road splits feature ERA marks of 4.23, 4.62, and 4.82 over the last three seasons. Overall, opposing batters have hit .259/.335/.424 off of him in road starts. The Nationals certainly have the talent needed to do some damage against a well below average road starter.
Milwaukee - We’ll have to see how Doug Fister fares with the Astros. Fister made 15 starts and 10 relief appearances for the Nationals and then picked up a one-year deal from Houston in an effort to bounce back. It could certainly happen, but things could also go the other way. Fister’s strikeout rate was poor last season and his command took a little bit of a tumble. At this point in the season, Fister is a big unknown. With the Brewers, a team that nobody will look to stream, an offensive explosion could be pretty profitable.
Here are the top value hitters for April 9:
Jonathan Schoop ($3,000) - Jonathan Schoop is a great source of power from the second base position and that comes at a really nice price here on Saturday. Schoop and the Orioles draw Drew Smyly of the Rays. Usually, our focus is on guys with really good platoon splits. Schoop doesn’t have that, but he is a guy that offers power at a position of need for a cheap price and he should be on your radar more often than not.
Justin Bour ($3,100) - Justin Bour hit 23 home runs in just 371 plate appearances against right-handed pitching last season. Again, the goal in finding value players is to find those that offer some good power potential at a low price. It’s very important to seek that out when trying to fill out lineups that allow you to use the best and brightest hitters. Bour was 28 percent above league average against righties last season.
Tyler White ($3,400) - This kid is the real deal. White has posted strong numbers throughout his minor league career and his upside is a big reason why the Astros were able to make some of the moves that they have been able to make throughout the season. White has a very favorable matchup against a pitcher with a low strikeout rate and shoddy command in Wily Peralta, so stream him with confidence.
Here are the top value pitchers for April 9:
Kyle Hendricks ($8,000) - Kyle Hendricks was really good for the Chicago Cubs last season, although nobody really realized it. Hendricks had an above average strikeout rate with a very quality walk rate and really strong FIP and xFIP numbers. Arizona’s offense has been pretty good thus far, but Hendricks is definitely a guy to watch in the NL. His 3.95 ERA came with a 3.36 FIP and a 3.25 xFIP. Those are excellent numbers and are pretty suggestive for this season.
Raisel Iglesias ($8,600) - The secret will be out soon enough about Raisel Iglesias. For now, we’ll keep scooping the great values he presents at his salaries. Iglesias, at a minimum, is a strikeout per inning guy with really good stuff and a lot of building blocks for his career. A 111/28 K/BB ratio over 104.1 innings doesn’t happen by accident. The Pirates are a good team, but this is also a good park for Iglesias to pitch in.
Joe Ross ($7,500) - Another guy with strikeout per inning upside is Joe Ross. Ross had 69 in 76.2 innings last season and should be able to start off on the right foot against the Marlins at home on Saturday. The Marlins actually have a pretty decent offense, so this should be a good test and it’s part of the reason why we’re catching Ross at a good price. A 3.66 SIERA and a 3.62 xFIP suggest that Ross is at least a middle of the rotation caliber arm.