Daily Dime: Starting Michael Pineda and searching for hitting bargains

Daily Dime: Starting Michael Pineda and searching for hitting bargains

Here are 10 DFS recommendations for Wednesday but be sure to double-check the weather and lineups before first pitch approaches.

Michael Pineda, SP, vs. Mia (Urena), $9900 at FanDuel: He’s not one of the top-five most expensive starters yet the Yankees are the second-most favored team (-200) Wednesday. Pineda owns a 22.0 K-BB% to go along with a 1.83 GB/FB ratio and an 11.3 SwStr%, which is a strong combination. The Marlins’ OPS (.647) against RHP ranks No. 22 in MLB as well.

Chris Colabello, OF, vs. NYM (Niese), $2900: He owns a .400/.438/.767 line against southpaws as well as a 1.033 OPS at home this season. He’s also been batting fifth lately for a Toronto team that’s lapping the field in runs scored in baseball (65 more than the next best).

Ryan Raburn, OF, vs. CHC (Wada), $2200: He’ll likely lose an AB versus a relief pitcher (or as a defensive replacement) late in the game, but someone batting in the middle of the lineup with a .948 OPS against lefties priced as the cheapest hitter in the game seems like a no brainer to use.

Chris Coghlan, OF, at Cle (Marcum), $2800: He has eight homers over 172 ABs against RHP this season and remains a bargain. Shaun Marcum has allowed a whopping four homers over 16.1 innings this year versus lefties, including a 1.53 WHIP.

Adam Lind, 1B, at KC (Blanton), $2600: He has nine homers over 181 at bats with an .889 OPS against right handers this season. The last time Joe Blanton was in the league before his recent reappearance, he served up 29 homers over 132.2 innings in 2013.

Josh Donaldson, 3B, vs. NYM (Niese), $4700: He has the third-best WAR in MLB among hitters, and while a lot of that has to do with defense, Donaldson is batting .413/.442/.761 against lefties to go along with a 1.120 OPS at home, so he’s worth paying the price. He’s basically a must-start versus LHP.

Mike Moustakas, 3B, vs. Mil (Fiers), $2600: If you want to go cheaper than Donaldson at third base, look at Moustakas, who’s batting atop Kansas City’s lineup and has a .336 BA versus RHP.

Jose Abreu, 1B, vs. Pit (Locke), $3800: He was a top-10 fantasy pick this year, yet he’s not treated nearly as such here while also facing a lefty (although to be fair, he’s actually hit much better against RHP this season, although that wasn’t the case last season and seems like a fluke). U.S. Cellular Field has increased run scoring (by 10 percent) more so than any park other than Coors Field over the past three seasons.

DJ LeMahieu, 2B, vs. Hou (Oberholtzer), $3300: He’s batting .368 in Coors Field this season. Here’s a strong opportunity to stack, with Nick Hundley ($3100) and Wilin Rosario ($3400) other options while facing a lefty.

Jason Castro, C, at Col (Kendrick), $3000: He has six homers over 108 ABs against RHP this season. Continuing the theme to stack this game played in Coors Field, Luis Valbuena ($3300), who’s somehow on pace to finish with 39 homers with a .188 BA, and Preston Tucker ($3300) are two other solid alternatives.

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