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We have a full Friday slate, featuring a handful of aces — Scherzer, Price, Kluber, Keuchel. Let's make good choices, people. As always, please review the weather reports and check MLB lineups before committing to lineups.
Kendrys Morales, 1B, vs. LAA (Weaver), $15: Morales has been a monster thus far in August (.356/.420/.556), as most of you know. He also has a history of mauling Jered Weaver: 8-for-12, HR, 2 BB, 0 Ks. I'm willing to guarantee a minimum of three total bases and one RBI. Book it.
Mike Moustakas, 3B, vs. LAA (Weaver), $13: If it seems like I do not have much faith in Weaver ... well, yeah. That would be accurate. It's really not easy to tread water at the major league level with a low-80s fastball and sub-5.0 K/9. Moose has a double, homer and a walk against Weaver in nine career plate appearances, and he has a pair of multi-hit games over his last three. He's available at a friendly price, for those of you attempting to squeeze a pair of $50-plus arms into your lineups.
Corey Kluber, P, at Min (May), $57: Kluber-vs.-May feels like Friday's most unfair matchup, yet Corey is not the day's most expensive pitcher. You might recall that Kluber had a pretty fair outing against Minnesota in his most recent turn.
Jonathan Schoop, 2B, vs. Oak (Mills), $13: Schoop has been scorching hot this month, slashing .395/.405/.579 with five extra-base hits. Meanwhile, Brad Mills has had a rough season at Triple-A (4-11, 4.45 ERA, 5.94 K/9), and his career big league numbers are far worse.
Josh Reddick, OF, at Bal (Jimenez), $15: Reddick has been great against RHPs this season (.308/.355/.498, 11 HR) and he has a decent enough history against Ubaldo (3-for-10, double, HR). Jimenez has basically been alternating between useful and terrible outings; . he's allowed six or more earned runs in three of his last five turns.
Nick Hundley, C, vs. SD (Ross), $16: Not a bad way to get a cheap-ish share of the Coors Field party. Hundley has slashed .353/.386/.571 at home this season, and seven of his nine homers have been hit in Colorado.
Charlie Blackmon, C, vs. SD (Ross), $18: Continuing the Coors parade, let's take a shot with a guy who hasn't collected a hit since Sunday. While the cold spell is a small concern, Blackmon at least has a nice history against Ross (4-for-13, double, HR). He's also a 30-steal guy facing a starter who's allowed the second-most stolen bases in the majors (29). LHBs have reached base at a .364 clip against Ross this season.
Jedd Gyorko, 2B, at Col (Flande), $15: Here's my final Colorado investment opportunity. Gyorko has had success against lefties so far this season (.382 OBP, .804 OPS), plus he's working on a six-game hitting streak (which is awesome by his standards).
Yan Gomes, C, at Min (May), $15: Gomes has been terrific over his last five games, going 8-for-21 with five runs scored, two doubles, one homer, eight RBIs and three walks. He also has a nice-though-inconsequentially-small history against May (3-for-4, HR).
Yasiel Puig, OF, vs. Cin (Lamb), $16: This is clearly a lost season for Puig, but he's been tolerable against LHPs (.831 OPS). Lamb is a rookie of interest, but we're not talking about a top-of-rotation starter. (For scouting details, click this.) Puig can deliver a profit on this modest investment.