For Saturday of this holiday weekend, we’ve got 15 games on the docket, with nine early and six late. As usual, we’ll pick players from both segments of the day in case you’re looking to specialize in one or both parts of the day rather than an all day contest. There are a lot of interesting options spread throughout the day, so let’s look and see which value players you can plug in alongside the league’s stars.
Remember that our column here at BangTheBook is centered exclusively on finding value. You know who the good players are. So does everybody else. It’s those under-the-radar guys that you pair with those high-salary players that allow you to come out on top.
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Here are the top teams to stack for May 28:
Milwaukee (early) – The Brewers and the Reds pounded out a bunch of runs on Friday night and the same thing could happen on Saturday afternoon with Chase Anderson and Alfredo Simon on the mound. Simon enters this start with a 10.16 ERA, a 6.72 FIP, and a 5.37 xFIP. He has no command and his control is subpar. There’s nothing to like about him, so even stacking the Brewers is a good option. Simon will give up run-scoring opportunities, like he has in every start. Hopefully Milwaukee can cash in.
Miami (early) – Aaron Blair isn’t quite ready for the big leagues, but the Braves don’t care about wins and losses, so they can let him learn on the job. He’s been able to keep the ball in the park, but he’s has 12 walks against just eight strikeouts and opposing hitters have 28 hits in 21.1 innings of work. He can’t work out of jams and has been in a lot of them. The Marlins should get some good hacks today.
Seattle (late) – The Mariners draw Phil Hughes tonight at Safeco Field and that represents an opportunity for scoring some runs. Seattle is a top-10 offense against lefties, ranking seventh in wOBA at .334 and fourth in wRC+ at 116. They have had lots of success with the lowest BABIP against RHP of any team in the top 10. Hughes likes to give up a lot of long balls and those add up in a hurry.
Here are the top value hitters for May 28:
Nick Castellanos (early) ($3,700) – Nick Castellanos has some strange reverse platoon splits this season, but we’ll roll with it. On the strength of a .424 BABIP, Castellanos has a .369/.391/.608 slash against same-side pitching this season. He’s actually in the midst of a breakout year, but his .423 wOBA and 173 wRC+ against righties really shine. Against Jesse Hahn, a pitch-to-contact right-hander, and with a day game in Oakland where the ball might carry a bit better, this is a good option at the hot corner.
Ryan Raburn (early) ($3,400) – It’s a tough assignment against Madison Bumgarner, but Ryan Raburn’s incredible platoon splits against LHP are too much to ignore at Coors Field. Raburn has posted a .267/.378/.663 slash against southpaws so far this season and he’s batting .286/.313/.643 against them at Coors Field. In his career, Raburn is now a .264/.340/.492 hitter with the platoon advantage.
Colby Rasmus (late) ($3,500) – The Astros draw Jered Weaver on Saturday night. Weaver has actually thrown the ball well against the aggressive Astros since they moved over to the American League, but the potential is always there for a blow-up. Rasmus has hit all eight of his home runs off of right-handed pitching this season and has a .465 career SLG against righties.
Here are the top value pitchers for May 28:
Carlos Rodon (early) ($7,700) – The luck has to run out for this patchwork Kansas City lineup soon, right? They are trotting out a bunch of call-ups and MLB bench players while dealing with some injury issues, but they’re still having success. Carlos Rodon has averaged nearly a strikeout per inning on the year. Walks have been his biggest problem and his 3.71 xFIP does suggest some regression coming. The Royals aren’t overly patient, so this is a spot that sets up well for Rodon.
Wade Miley (late) ($9,100) – In a general sense, I’m not a big Wade Miley guy, but he does draw the best assignment possible here today. The Twins are dead last in wOBA against left-handed pitching at .260. They are also last in wRC+ at 60. Their .297 SLG is by far the worst mark in the league against that split. With the safety net of Safeco Field, there’s no reason for Miley to struggle today.
Zack Greinke (late) ($11,100) – It’s not cheap, but, like Miley, Zack Greinke draws the best possible matchup tonight. The Padres are 30th in wOBA at .271 against right-handed pitching on the season, with the second-lowest SLG and the second-lowest OBP. They are fourth in K% at 24.4 percent. Greinke is showing signs of coming out of his earl-season struggles and the Padres seem like a great reason for that to continue.