Welcome to the Tuesday edition of the MLB Fanduel Cash Game Article. Tonight we have an excellent 14 game slate. As always, please make sure you check the weather and the team lineups as they are released. Let’s go ahead and take a look at my favorite cash game options for tonight on FanDuel.
Charlie Morton HOU: $8,600 at PHI
The overall landscape for pitching tonight is not that great. We do have Madison Bumgarner on the slate tonight, but he hasn’t looked right yet since returning from his injury and the Pirates one of the hotter teams in baseball right now. Therefore, I’m moving down to Charlie Morton as my top cash game option for tonight. Similar to Bumgarner, Morton has not looked too great himself since returning from his injury. The difference between him and Bumgarner is $1,600 in salary and Morton has a much easier matchup against the Phillies. The Phillies have been one of the worst teams in baseball against right-handed pitchers this season, ranking 28th in wRC+ and 26th in wOBA.
Seth Lugo NYM $7,800 @ SD
If you’re looking to load up on bats tonight consider using Seth Lugo. Lugo has been decent through seven starts this season with a 3.87 FIP and the Padres are nearly as bad as the Phillies against right-handed pitchers, ranking 25th in wRC+, 27th in wOBA and 1st in K%.
Evan Gattis HOU $2,800/ Brian McCann $2,600 @ PHI
I’m not sure which catcher will draw the start tonight for the Astros since they are playing in an NL park without the DH, but both are in play tonight.. If AJ Hinch is smart though, he will start Evan Gattis. Gattis has been outstanding this season against opposing right-handed pitchers with a 0.382 wOBA and a 0.217 ISO. Opposing him will be Nick Pivetta, who has not been great so far in his rookie campaign. In fact, he has been more of a reversed-splits pitcher so far, allowing a 0.429 wOBA and a 3.53 HR/9.
Gary Sanchez NYY $3,300 vs. CIN
Similar to Evan Gattis, Gary Sanchez has been much better against right-handed pitchers this season. Tonight he has an excellent matchup against Luis Castillo, who has allowed a 0.349 wOBA and a 1.80 HR/9 to opposing right-handed hitters.
Eric Thames MIL: $3,400 @ WAS
Eric Thames has had a great season thus far and he has been excellent against right-handed pitchers with a 0.395 and an outstanding ISO of 0.291. There is a reason why Edwin Jackson did not make his first start of the 2017 season until late July and it’s because he is not a good pitcher at all. In fact, in his first start for the Nationals last time out he allowed two home runs. I fully expect the Brewers to destroy him tonight and Thames should be in the middle of all the scoring.
Yulieski Gurriel HOU: $3,300 @ PHI
Yulieski Gurriel is another right-handed hitter who has been much better against right-handed pitchers with a 0.365 wOBA and a 0.216 ISO. I already mentioned how Pivetta has really struggled against right-handed hitters, so feel free to use multiple Astros’ hitters in your cash game lineup tonight.
Daniel Murphy WAS: $3,900 vs. MIL
If you’re spending up at second base tonight, consider using Daniel Murphy. Murphy has been an outstanding hitter over the past few seasons and he has really killed right-handed pitching this season with a 0.405 wOBA and a 0.250 ISO. Zach Davies has not been great this season against opposing left-handed hitters, allowing a 0.361 wOBA.
Matt Carpenter STL: $3,500 vs. COL
Since we aren’t spending a ton on pitching tonight, I don’t believe we need to go the value route at second base tonight. So, if you don’t spend up with Murphy consider going down slightly to Matt Carpenter. Carpenter is a pretty reliable cash game option since he does not strike out much and is patient enough to draw some walks. Tonight he has a decent matchup against Jon Gray, who has really struggled with opposing left-handed hitters this season.
Freddie Freeman $3,600 @ ARI
Freddie Freeman is one of the best hitters in the league and we can have him for a pretty affordable salary. Taijuan Walker has been much better this season than he was previously with the Mariners. However, he has really struggled with opposing left-handed hitters at his home park, which is a launching pad for opposing hitters.
Travis Shaw MIL: $3,600 @ WAS
Similar to second base, I really don’t think it is necessary to go the value route since there some really great mid-priced options in amazing matchups. Another one of those options is Travis Shaw. Shaw is having an outstanding season with a 0.397 wOBA and a 0.277 ISO against opposing right-handed pitchers.
Elvis Andrus TEX: $3,200 vs. MIA
Elvis Andrus is having a solid season and he has been decent against right-handed pitchers this season with a 0.347 wOBA. Dan Straily is not a pitcher who I would load against, but he hasn’t been good enough to completely avoid him either.
Tim Beckham TB: $2,600 vs. BAL
Occasionally Tim Beckham will be in the leadoff spot when the Rays face a left-handed pitcher. If that is the case tonight, he will be a solid value option to use against Wade Miley who has allowed a 0.387 wOBA to opposing right-handed hitters this season.
David Peralta ARI: $3,400 vs. ATL
Whenever the Diamondbacks play at home I like loading up my lineup with a couple of their bats. One of my favorite D-Back options for tinight is David Peralta. Peralta has been outstanding this season against right-handed pitchers, especially at home where he has a 0.397 wOBA and a 0.225 ISO. Mike Foltynewicz has been solid against right-handed hitters this season, but he has really struggled against lefties, allowing a 0.373 wOBA.
Brett Gardner NYY: $3,800 vs. CIN
Brett Gardner has been solid this season with a 0.360 wOBA and a 0.216 ISO against right-handed pitchers. I really like using him at home since there is that short porch in right field.
Bradley Zimmer CLE: $2,500 vs. LAA/Dexter Fowler STL: $2,500 vs. COL
A couple of value options who we can use tonight in the outfield are Bradley Zimmer and Dexter Fowler. Bradley Zimmer has been hitting near the top of the order lately for the indians and Fowler has been bouncing back and forth between the leadoff spot and the three-hole for the Cardinals. Both hitters also have decent matchups tonight as well.