MLB GPP Pivots: Wednesday 5/22

Spencer Limbach
Rotoworld

Welcome to the MLB GPP Pivots article, where we’ll be looking to uncover some sneaky-good DFS plays away from the popular lifts. These recommendations are usually risk/reward commodities meant to be used in large-field tournaments. Typically, blending these low-owned hidden gems with well-aligned staples contributes to a viable GPP strategy.

Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury/rest situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our MLB News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.

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With that, let’s dive into tonight’s main slate starting at 7:05 ET.  

PITCHER

Martin Perez – Minnesota (at LA Angels)

Perez has reinvented himself this season, adding some velocity to his fastball and installing a plus cutter to his repertoire. Despite the recent success, Perez and the Twins check in with an even moneyline against Matt Harvey and the Angels. I’m thinking most people will avoid Perez and his marked-up salary for that reason. There are similarly-priced pitchers with better overall matchups and higher probabilities of securing a victory. However, that doesn’t mean we should ignore Perez and his newly-found upside. Facing Mike Trout is scary, but the Angels otherwise rank 25th in wRC+ against left-handed pitchers this season.

FIRST BASE

Ryan O’Hearn – Kansas City (at St. Louis)

I’m looking towards Kansas City as a sneaky stack in the evening slate. This is the second game of a doubleheader, so you’ll need to check the lineups instead of assuming the order of each team. O’Hearn is a cheap pick with power upside who is looking to jump on the recent struggles of Adam Wainwright. The St. Louis veteran hurler has allowed five or more earned runs in two of his last three starts while also combining for seven walks in those contests. O’Hearn and company could thrive if Wainwright’s issues persist.  

SECOND BASE

Luis Arraez – Minnesota (at LA Angels)

How about this rookie? He’s not guaranteed to start, but there’s a good chance he’ll crack the order while swinging a hot bat. Arraez has gone 7-12 with four runs and his first career homer over four games as a major league player. He’ll have an encouraging chance to add to those numbers against Angels’ RHP Matt Harvey and his .355 wOBA split to left-handed bats.

THIRD BASE

Renato Nunez – Baltimore (vs. NY Yankees)

This is a deep sleeper, hoping Nunez can jump on the platoon advantage over New York LHP C.C. Sabathia in a hitter-friendly park. Nunez is admittedly a boom-or-bust kind of guy, but he was able to smack a homer the last time NYY sent a lefty his way (J.A. Happ on Monday). For what it’s worth, Nunez should hold a premium lineup spot while stepping in against a lefty.  

SHORTSTOP

Freddy Galvis – Toronto (vs. Boston)

Galvis is a regular of the GPP Pivots column, as he’s usually cheap (with some pop) while flying under the radar as a part of Toronto’s lackluster offense. That’s the case tonight while facing Boston RHP Rick Porcello, who has gotten occasionally tagged this season while holding a 4.80 ERA at the moment. The park factor looks good, and Galvis has been swinging a confident bat with at least one hit in eight of his last ten starts.

OUTFIELD

Alex Gordon – Kansas City (at St. Louis)

Gordon is an extension of the rationale used for O’Heran earlier in the article. The veteran outfielder has refined his approach at the plate this season, and it has paid off with a .292 average, eight homers, and 34 RBIs at the moment. As mentioned above, Adam Wainwright has struggled lately, and Gordon is one of the better Kansas City hitters to take advantage if that trend continues.

Nick Markakis – Atlanta (at San Francisco)  

The park factor in San Francisco isn’t great, but Markakis isn’t really a power hitter to begin with. He’s a sneaky source for multiple hits and runs in a quality matchup against Giants’ RHP Jeff Samardjiza – who is notoriously generous to left-handed bats. In fact, Samardjiza carries a .371 wOBA split in that regard, so don’t sleep on guys like Markakis, Freddie Freeman, Dansby Swanson, or Ozzie Albies despite the park downgrade.

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