As a reminder, the focus of the “Going All In” piece each week is finding the high priced plays that are worth your time. I’ll give you the best “hand” of five players that make it worthwhile for you to push in your chips (prices used from FantasyAces.com).
Sonny Gray ($7,650) – What? Not Chris Sale? Nope. Sale has been beyond amazing, but he has two factors going against him that Gray doesn’t. 1) Gray is home, Sale isn’t. Road pitchers are always a bit riskier, but on top of this for Sale, his road start is in St. Louis and facing Lance Lynn. 2) The projected run total difference for the A’s-Rockies is much bigger than the White Sox-Cardinals. In fact, the A’s have one of the bigger run projections today with the Rockies lowest, thanks to being away from Colorado. Meanwhile, the White Sox narrowly edge the Cardinals, making this close to a coin-flip when chasing the win. Gray is the best play today at pitcher… and saves you a few bucks.
Edwin Encarnacion ($5,650) – Blue Jays at home? That’s always a good thing. Encarnacion has been hot for June… in batting average. He’s hitting .306 for June but has just four home runs. However, we know EE can always go off any given night, and facing Eduardo Rodriguez with one of the largest projected run totals makes Encarnacion a great play tonight. In fact, there are quite a few Blue Jays you can plug in tonight.
Brian Dozier ($5,250) – Speaking of hot, Dozier in rolling right through June just as he did with May. He has nearly the same stats: .282 AVG, 17 Runs, 15 RBIs, 7 HRs after .287/24/7/15 last month. The Twins are in Cincinnati again tonight, and we saw how easily both of these teams can put up runs last night. Plus, over the last week, Dozier is hitting .333 with four runs, three homers and eight ribbies… oh, and two stolen bases for good measure.
Mike Trout ($5,900) – Do I need to say much here? Trout is hitting even better than he did last year when he won the MVP. Only Trout can out-do Trout, and it’s quite amazing. Ivan Nova is pitching for the Yankees, and Trout hits righties or lefties, home or away… it doesn’t matter. If you can afford Trout, you always use him.
Jose Bautista ($5,650) – Joey Bats career at home: .384 wOBA, 138 wRC+, 16.8 HR/FB%. Bautista career against lefties: .386 wOBA, 140 wRC+, 16.0 HR/FB%. Truthfully, Bautista’s numbers aren’t much worse against righties, and his HR/FB% is actually a tad better against righties, but it’s Bautista at home and against Rodriguez, who’s had two terrible outings in his last three starts with one being against the Blue Jays already. Again, load up on those blue birds.