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I started with Jake Arrieta ($64, versus Milwaukee, -300 favorite) then worked on the offense, two stacks of interest. We'll back-fill the second starter.
Is Hector Santiago out of gas? Let the numbers decide. Here are his last 11 starts: 52.2 IP, 51 H, 28 BB, 41 SO, 12 HR, 5.98 ERA. We want to attack that.
In other words, let's get as many Houston bats as we can, especially the top of the lineup. Carlos Correa is just $13? You're forcing a play at that cost. Jose Altuve ($21) obviously owns left-handed pitching, and George Springer ($14) has started to hit over the last month. The 1-2-3 Houston bats, sounds like a plan.
I wound up with a Jake Marisnick ($7) punt play, though he's at the bottom of the order.
Other than that, we want some Coors Field exposure. Josh Harrison bats leadoff and is in the platoon advantage. Mike Morse has a career .809 OPS against left-handed pitching. Francisco Cervelli is never a bad contact-heavy punch at $13.
The main pitchers who fit my budget left were Chris Heston, Henry Owens, Gio Gonzalez and Tom Koehler. I took Owens out for the park (plus the Rays love lefties), and Gonzalez has done me wrong too many times before. Koehler draws Philly and is a meaty favorite, but I don't like the team behind him. For old time's sake, I'll go with my Wiggy favorite, Heston, in the big San Diego park. He's an underdog on the road, but I can live with that.
That distrust of Gonzalez pushes me to Steve Pearce ($9) as the final bat, slotted cleanup and against a lefty. He has an .840 career OPS in the platoon edge.