A mixed bag with yesterday’s suggestions, though Jason Hammel racked up 30 points for those of you that followed along with the Cubs righty. Pedro Alvarez came through with a moonshot, but the Reds and Marlins did absolutely nothing as two of the stack suggestions. Fifteen games are on the docket for Wednesday night’s action, though one day game between Oakland and Houston will be omitted from this daily look at the MLB players that should be on your radar for daily fantasy purposes. No pitcher costs more than $9,000 today, so it should be a very competitive day for all players.
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Here are the top teams to stack for May 20:
Minnesota – A day after the Twins blasted former Twin Francisco Liriano, they’ll have another very friendly matchup against Jeff Locke. Locke allowed just three earned on 11 hits with an 8/1 K/BB ratio over his first two starts. Since then, Locke has a 7.27 ERA with a 5.45 FIP and a 4.34 xFIP. If traditional stats are more your thing, Locke has allowed five HR in 26 innings and 49 baserunners in his last five starts. With the exceptions of Brian Dozier and Torii Hunter, the rest of the Twins cost less than $3,900.
Cleveland – The Indians, for all of their warts, are now an above average offensive team against left-handed pitching. With a wRC+ of 101, the Indians have certainly held their own despite the perception of the team. The reason to like the Indians today is because they have a team walk rate of 10.2 percent against southpaws. Carlos Rodon has talent and great raw stuff, but raw is the key word. He’s very unpolished and has walked 17.5 percent of batters faced. This isn’t just an MLB thing either. He walked 12.3 percent of batters in his minor league time as well.
Detroit and Toronto – This is a bonus with two teams that you should stack together because of their power. It actually works out well. You can go with a lot of power and not worry about finding quality starting pitching because it’s cheap today. A guy like Chase Anderson is at $6,100, so that would leave a good chunk for another arm. Righties have slugged .557 against Kyle Lohse this season and everybody knows the problems that Jered Weaver has had.
Here are the top value hitters for May 20:
Jung Ho Kang ($3,700) – On a day with expensive outfielders and corner bats, a shortstop like Jung Ho Kang could make all the difference. He isn’t walking much, but he is batting .320/.381/.467 this season and has turned it on for 13 hits in his last 37 at bats. Mike Pelfrey is very hittable and Kang has clearly gotten more accustomed to the Majors after a little bit of a slow start. There’s not a lot of power or speed upside, but he gets on base and has some gap-to-gap power.
Steve Pearce ($3,700) – Pearce’s slow start works to your advantage in this instance. Pearce hit .327/.405/.704 against lefties last season and has a career .278/.360/.502 slash. Going up against Roenis Elias should be a good opportunity for Pearce to get back on track. He’s still drawing walks against lefties this season, so it’s just the absence of power that has been a problem. Expect him to get on base in this one.
Bryce Harper ($5,700) – Bryce Harper has been out of this world this season. Maybe he doesn’t have the most value, but it’s worth including him here to talk about his ridiculous numbers. Harper is batting .400/.520/.983 in the month of May with 10 home runs in 17 games. Adam Warren is hardly an overpowering guy and Harper has drawn almost as many walks as times he has struck out. This is his breakout year.
Here are the top starting pitchers for May 20:
Carlos Martinez ($7,200) – The regression coming to Carlos Martinez hit and now the Cardinals right-hander is ready to get back on the right track. His 4.73 ERA is accompanied by a 3.47 xFIP and a 3.78 SIERA. The high walk rate has been a bit of a concern, but the home run rate will regress and the Cardinals have one of the league’s top defensive teams. The strikeouts and swings and misses have been there for Martinez, so expect a good outing from him on Wednesday night.
Drew Hutchison ($7,200) – It’s been hit or miss with Hutchison this season, but the Angels have not performed well as a team offensively and Hutchison seems to be showing signs of coming out of his early-season funk. The 6.17 ERA Hutchison has is largely due to a .341 BABIP against and some bad luck. His FIP of 4.08, xFIP of 4.00, and 3.97 SIERA suggest that improvement is imminent. Most of his peripherals are similar to last season when he had a 3.85 FIP and a 3.82 xFIP.
Jake Odorizzi ($8,500) – The safest bet on the board might be Odorizzi for Wednesday night. The Tampa Bay right-hander has a 2.36 ERA with a 2.48 FIP on the young year and his terrific 21 percent strikeout rate with a 3.8 percent walk rate is a big reason why. He has one of the game’s best changeups to keep Atlanta’s lefties off-balance and his swinging strike rate is identical to last season’s, when he struck out 24 percent of batters. More strikeouts are coming.