3 Pitchers For Your OwnersBox MLB Lineup
The Friday Fastball contest is back, and here are three pitchers you need to put in your OwnersBox MLB lineups! Navigate the new salaries to find the pay zone.
Tarik Skubal $9,700 @ Cleveland
Tarik Skubal has continued his breakout from 2021. The lefty is 3-2 with a 2.50 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. The strikeout upside is what makes this spot so intriguing for my lineups. The Guardians are solid against right handers but it is a different story against lefties. The Guardians are last in OPS against LHP, 28th in wOBA against LHP and 26th in wRC+ against LHP.
Skubal’s 2.09 FIP really shows how well he’s thrown. His 10.21 K/9, and 32 FPTS/ game have this as a smash matchup in my lineups.
Martin Perez $8,400 @ Houston
When you see the Astros as a matchup, you wouldn’t think of it as a solid matchup, but against LHP I think this is a spot we can take advantage of. Because of the increase in salaries, trying to find a cheap option is tough, but Martin Perez may be one of the best values. The Astros are 16th in wOBA against LHP, league average 100 in wRC+ against LHP and are 16th in OPS.
Perez hasn’t gone less than 6.0 Innings in a start since April 17th, and comes off back to back great outings. A 2.43 FIP shows that his 2.01 ERA is pretty legit, and a 1.02 WHIP is a great number to start the season. I think Perez and his 26.2 FPTS/ game will put the Rangers in a great spot to win this ballgame.
Devin Smeltzer $5,500 @ Kansas City
This is ugly, I understand that. The Royals are horrible against left handed pitching. 22nd in wRC+, 21st in wOBA and 21st in OPS. So enter in Devin Smeltzer, the lefty has spent a few years up and down from the big leagues in a starter/reliever role but hasn’t really stuck.
The reason I use him as an option here, is that you can use him in your superflex spot with an ability to get you 10+ points. Some hitters are a lot more boom/bust and when you spend a high salary on them to only get 2 points you will suffer. So I’m going to be sticking in Smeltzer in my SF spot for an opportunity to stack points and a better set of hitters.