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Bauer will face the Twins in Target Field. It’s not a great matchup for Bauer, but he’s been incredible this season. Over his last fourteen starts, he’s scored fewer than 20 DK points once. It may be difficult for me to pay $13,300 in cash games, but his floor has been so good, I’ll certainly be looking for value bats to see if I can get to Bauer. At worst, he’s a high-upside tournament option.
Tanaka will face the Orioles in Yankee Stadium. The Orioles have the seventh highest strikeout rate this year and have the fifth worst wRC+. The majority of that was also with Manny Machado, who is no longer with the team. The Orioles feature a righty-heavy lineup, so Tanaka should have the platoon advantage against most of the hitters. At $10,300, Tanaka offers a significant discount from Bauer likely making him a popular cash game target. I’ll try to get to Bauer, but if the value bats aren’t there, I’m comfortable with Tanaka as my SP1 in cash games.
Duffy is still too cheap in his matchup against the White Sox in Guaranteed Rate Field. The White Sox have the highest strikeout rate in the league against lefties and have a wRC+ in the bottom third of the league. Duffy goes deep into games and has strikeout upside creating a perfect cash game and tournament target. I’m thrilled to roster Duffy as my SP2 in all formats on Tuesday.