Jed Lowrie- 2B- OAK- Idea- The switch-hitting Lowrie has put a hurting on RH pitching this season, with a .315/.384/.554 slash line against them. All 6 of his homers this season have been against RH pitchers. Masahiro Tanaka has had trouble getting anyone out and has a .281/.324/.510 slash line against LH hitters. He has allowed 6 HR in 24.2 IP against them. This is a recipe for a solid game for Lowrie. Value play- FanDuel salary $2300
Matt Andriese- P- TB- Hot- Andriese had his longest outing of the season, throwing 8 shutout IP against the Angels. He allowed 6 hits and walked 2 while striking out 5. Andriese has tended to have issues with the strike zone and his 67 strikes in 112 pitches continued that tendency. He got away with it better than usual, as his 4 of his last 6 starts have gone 5.1 IP or less. Andriese threw a total of 365 pitches in those starts, with 235 of them strikes, 64.3%. That's a lot of pitches in 20.1 IP. Yesterday wasn't dominating enough to show that it was a potential new normal for him.
Nelson Cruz- DH- SEA- Stats- On May 14 Cruz had a BABIP of .358 and a .318 average. Since then he has collected only 6 hits in 9 games. It looks like regression to the mean has been in play. Cruz has seen his BABIP drop to .308 and his average settle at .296. His average hasn't dropped as much because, while Cruz hasn't gotten that many hits lately, they have been long ones. Cruz has 4 homers out of those 6 hits. He has still been providing value while his luck has evened out.
Seth Smith- OF- BAL- Cold- In the 4 games since he snapped a stretch of hitting safely in 11 of 12 games (the one hitless game being a PH appearance) Smith has gone 1-for-13. This could be some regression to the mean as his BABIP has dropped from .354 to .320 in that span of 4 games. There is still room for negative regression and for his .277 average to get closer to his normal .250ish.
Drew Pomeranz- P- BOS- Hot- Pomeranz picked up his first quality start since April 28th by holding the Rangers to 2 runs over 6 IP in a game whose start was delayed by rain and had drizzle going on for quite a while. He allowed 4 hits and walked 1 while striking out 11 batters, equaling a career high. Pomeranz did a much better hob of control than he had been of late, with 64 of his 96 pitches strikes. In his previous 4 starts, Pomeranz pitches a total of 16.1 IP and threw 333 pitches, of which 209 were strikes. Pomeranz needs to develop more consistency and efficiency to establish fantasy value.
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