For a couple of days, baseball stands alone as the spotlight sport. NFL Week 1 is in the books and we’re looking ahead to Week 3 of the college football season, which begins on Thursday. On Tuesday and Wednesday, however, it’s MLB that is the only game in town. All 30 teams are in action under the lights tonight with a collection of 15 night games. We’ve got less than 20 days left of the MLB regular season, so the push is on to make those last few dollars.
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Here are the top teams to stack for September 13:
Arizona – I guess the Diamondbacks aren’t dead yet against left-handed pitching. The Snakes racked up a dozen runs on Monday night and they draw another southpaw here in Jorge de la Rosa. It hasn’t been much of a season for JDLR thus far, with a 5.00 ERA, a 5.04 FIP, and a 4.76 xFIP. His walk rate is up and he’s allowed 19 HR in 126 innings after giving up 17 in 149 IP last season. He hasn’t been any better on the road than at home, so it’s not just Coors Field.
St. Louis – When Jason Hammel has been bad lately, he’s been really bad. He’s coming off of a start against Milwaukee in which he allowed nine runs on 13 hits in 5.2 innings of work. Two starts prior, he gave up three runs on five hits in just 2.1 innings of work. That start came immediately after he gave up 10 runs on 10 hits in 3.1 innings of work. The regression that has been building all season seems to be hitting all at once and yet Hammel still has a 3.50 ERA with a 4.36 xFIP, so there’s some more left to come.
Texas – Brad Peacock will be limited by a pitch count again today after working 3.2 innings in just his second start since 2014 for the Astros. He posted a 4.23 ERA with a 4.09 FIP in 117 innings at Triple-A this season and has a 4.64 ERA with a 4.90 FIP and a 4.65 xFIP in his 242.2 innings at the big league level. He’s a below average pitcher and the Rangers will get deep into the Houston bullpen early in this one, so they should score some runs.
Here are the top value hitters for September 13:
Yuli Gurriel ($2,600) – Yuli Gurriel only had a couple of singles last night, but we’ll go back to him here again tonight against AJ Griffin. Griffin is an extreme fly ball guy and Minute Maid Park is a hitter-friendly facility. With the two knocks, Gurriel is up to .344/.368/.531 on the season in his 68 plate appearances. He came to the big leagues as a proven hitter in Cuba and he’s shown it so far.
Ben Zobrist ($3,500) – There aren’t many players that are more valuable (in a practical sense) than Ben Zobrist. Zobrist has had good splits from both sides of the plate this season, but he has an .837 OPS against left-handed pitching with a .358 wOBA and a 124 wRC+. Zobrist has a .391 OBP in this split, so he gets on base and makes things happen. Against Jaime Garcia, he’s a great streaming option at a pretty weak position.
Nick Franklin ($3,500) – Nick Franklin seems to be figuring this baseball thing out and a lot of it has to do with how spectacular he’s been from the left side of the plate. The switch hitter owns a .306/.374/.541 slash against right-handed pitching this season and all six of his steals and all six of his home runs have come in that split.
Here are the top value pitchers for September 13:
Jharel Cotton ($6,200) – Jharel Cotton was really impressive in his MLB debut in that he was able to minimize damage without having his strikeout stuff. Cotton struck out 499 batters in his 447 minor league innings, but he only struck out three in his debut start. That’s a good sign against a Royals lineup that doesn’t swing and miss a whole lot because Cotton’s stuff and command should help him through to give you a solid return on investment.
Albert Suarez ($6,600) – You should get a good ROI today from Albert Suarez. He doesn’t issue a whole lot of walks and is plenty capable of five or six strikeouts over five or six innings against a lackluster Padres lineup that hasn’t hit righties all season long. At a price point like this, something like 14 to 16 points in DraftKings formats is plenty good enough and there’s no reason he can’t do that and then some.
Robbie Ray ($7,700) – Robbie Ray is still racking up strikeouts like crazy. He now has 195 in his 155.1 innings of work and 80 in his last 58 innings. Strikeout upside is huge and the Rockies have had some issues against left-handed pitching at times this season. Ray has a 4/1 K/BB ratio since the All-Star Break and has really cut back on his walks and home runs here in the second half.