Another work week begins with 11 MLB games and one Monday Night Football game. All but one today’s MLB games take place tonight and there are only three games that have serious playoff implications for both teams. We’ve got less than two weeks left in the season now, so things are definitely winding down. Keep in mind that young hitters and pitchers could be going through fatigue, so it may be best to roster those veteran players that have been through the full-season grind before because they are much safer picks. Let’s see what good values are out there for September 19.
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Here are the top teams to stack for September 19:
Arizona – We’ll start with an easy one. The Diamondbacks may not be fully engaged for this series against the Padres, but they begin by facing left-hander Clayton Richard. As bad as this season has gone for the Diamondbacks, they lead the league in several offensive categories against left-handed pitching, including wOBA, SLG, and OPS. Their 114 wRC+ is tied for second behind the Cubs and Pirates. Richard has given up 34 hits in his last four starts, but has lucked his way into only giving up four runs.
Washington – It will effectively be a bullpen day for Miami today, as Wei-Yin Chen returns from the disabled list to make his first start since July 20. It’s been a throwaway year for Chen, who has a 4.99 ERA with a 4.57 FIP and a 4.28 xFIP. The Nationals are a top-five offense in wOBA against lefties on the year, so they should be able to get things going early and hopefully often against the Marlins. With expanded rosters, who knows what type of arm will come next, but the Nationals are a good look with a shorter card.
Toronto – We’ll gamble on the Blue Jays here, since there’s no telling what Taijuan Walker will bring to the table. As we discussed last week here at BangTheBook, Walker has been toying with his mechanics, which is a tough thing for a pitcher to do this late in the season. It worked out last start, but that was against the Angels. The Blue Jays are a much different animal. Righties are batting .281/.333/.462 off of him and lefties have an identical .462 SLG, so hitters from both sides work here.
Here are the top value hitters for September 19:
Nelson Cruz ($4,100) – Marco Estrada is either hurt or a mechanical mess, as he has really been struggling throughout the second half of the season. We’re getting a great price on Nelson Cruz, who is eyeing another 40-homer season. Cruz is raking to the tune of a .287/.359/.549 slash this season and he’s batting .351/.390/.622 over his last 10 games. Cruz should get some good chances to do damage here in this one.
Yasmany Tomas ($4,200) – Individual accomplishments come into focus now at this time of year. Players want those round numbers, like the .300 average, 100 RBI, and 30 home runs. Tomas won’t get the first two, but he’s one dong away from 30 for the season. If you don’t believe in the Arizona stack, at least believe in Tomas, who is absolutely crushing lefties at a .350/.405/.675 clip on the season. He has a .447 wOBA and a 178 wRC+ in that split.
Ryon Healy ($3,600) – If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Ryon Healy continued his offensive rampage with a 2-for-5 performance with a couple of runs scored on Sunday. Healy is batting .313/.349/.525 for the season and now .429/.478/.738 over his last 10 games. He put up some big offensive numbers in the minor leagues and the A’s are scoring runs like crazy all of the sudden, with Healy a big part of the onslaught.
Here are the top value pitchers for September 19:
Jharel Cotton ($5,900) – The strikeouts haven’t arrived at the big league level just yet for Jharel Cotton, but he had great strikeout rates in the minors and the Houston Astros are a good team to face when the strikeouts aren’t there. Cotton does have some occasional command issues, but this start comes in Oakland, so there’s a bit more margin for error. At this price point, Cotton is the best way to try and fit Clayton Kershaw or Madison Bumgarner onto your roster.
Tyler Anderson ($6,900) – Streaming in Coors Field is a really tough pill to swallow, but the Cardinals have had a lot of issues with left-handed pitching once again this season, so there’s hope for Tyler Anderson in this start. The Cardinals are 19th in wOBA against southpaws, with their power production helping them out in the overall rankings. Anderson, as an extreme ground ball guy, doesn’t give up a lot of long balls, so the Cardinals need to manufacture innings and that’s not a strong suit against lefties.
Dylan Bundy ($5,500) – This is a big gamble, but we’ll see if it pays off. The Red Sox just completed a sweep of the Yankees to effectively remove New York from the playoff conversation and they’re up three on Baltimore for the AL East crown. This could be a bit of a letdown spot for Boston, particularly on offense, so it’s possible that the young kid with the excellent raw stuff, Dylan Bundy, could hang around in this outing and surprise some people.