It's deGrom day everyone, and I'm expecting him to earn his $58. Here's a look at how I'm sketching in my roster around him...
Carlos Martinez, P, vs. Pit (Happ), $40: Martinez is rested, he's at home, and he's opposed by J.A. Happ. It's an ideal set-up, and the price is right. I'm expecting six frames, six Ks and a win, per his usual. The Cards are a serious favorite (-150), if you care about such things.
James Loney, 1B, at NYY (Severino), $11: OK, I'll concede that Severino is tough. But Loney is available at such a friendly price, he's facing a righty and he's been a monster in this ballpark. Check his career numbers at Yankee Stadium: 45-for-112, 4 HR, .402/.438/.563. If you're looking for a bargain bat with profit potential,
Jonathan Schoop, 2B, at Tor (Hutchison), $12: As most of you know, Hutchison has been plenty hittable so far this season, despite the eye-popping W/L record (13-2). Schoop has done nearly all his damage against right-handers (.329/.354/.593), and he's homered previously against Hutchison.
Mookie Betts, vs. Phi (Morgan), $12: RHBs haven't had much trouble with Morgan (.277/.321/.519, 12 HRs), and Mookie has at least one hit in 17 of his last 18 games. Honestly, I'm not sure I can explain this price, but I'll take it. Our friends at Inside Edge would take it, too...
Betts is slugging .571 and hitting .400 (14-for-35) against lefties who generate a lot of flyballs like Morgan in the last two seasons.
Jason Bourgeois, OF, vs. Mil (Garza), $10: Bourgeois has three multi-hit games in his last five, he's leading off for the Reds, and he's facing a pitcher who's allowed 27 hits and 19 earned runs over his last three starts. At $10, he's an easy start. He's 3-for-3 against Garza, for what it's worth.
Assorted Reds, all positions, vs. Mil (Garza), various prices: Jay Bruce ($17) is 11-for-30 in his career against Garza with three homers and four doubles. Joey Votto ($22) is 8-for-27 with one bomb, Todd Frazier ($18) is 6-for-19 with three home runs, Brandon Phillips ($16) is 8-for-27 with five walks and ... well, you get the idea. Garza is not invincible, it turns out.
Yadier Molina, C, vs. Pit (Happ), $14: Molina is coming off a rare off-day, and he's basically owned Happ in the past (6-for-15, double, HR, 2 BB). He's also reached base twice in each of his last four games.
Charlie Blackmon, vs. SF (Heston), $19: Heston walked more batters (13) than he K'd (12) in August, posting a 5.79 ERA for the month. Blackmon has hit him hard in the past (5-for-9, 2 HR) and he's surging in recent days, going 12-for-28 with four extra-base hits and two steals over his last six games. You know you want a piece of the Coors Field action; Blackmon is my best bet to post a big number.