Stephen Piscotty (DK: $3,600; FD: $2,900): Our first of two value MLB Must-Haves for tonight is in a phenomenal spot. Stephen Piscotty and the A’s face off against rookie pitcher, Yusei Kikuchi tonight in Seattle. Kikuchi has trouble against right-handed hitters, allowing a 4.46 xFIP and 1.17 HR/9 this season. In a small sample, he has also struggled against right-handed hitters at home with a 5.61 xFIP and an astronomical 3.52 HR/9. Piscotty has destroyed left-handed pitching this season and has even seen the second-most at-bats on the team against that handedness. In 43 at-bats this season to left-handed pitchers, Piscotty owns a 1.088 OPS and .333 ISO while hitting the ball hard nearly 42% of the time! Kikuchi’s main pitch is a four-seam fastball, a pitch Piscotty owned last season. Kikuchi’s four-seam fastball comes in at an average speed of 93.5 mph and he throws it over 35% of the time. To four-seam fastballs between the speeds of 93-96 mph last year, Piscotty held down a .662 xISO and .629 xwOBA. Piscotty’s numbers are absolutely elite tonight and we want him locked into your outfield as our first Must-Have tonight.
Jason Kipnis (DK: $3,600; FD: $2,500): Our second Must-Have of the night comes at very nice value for his upside on tonight’s slate. Jason Kipnis draws a matchup against RHP Reynaldo Lopez, who has struggled against left-handed hitters, allowing 2 HR/9, a FIP of 6.43, .225 ISO, .447 wOBA, and a hard-hit rate of just over 38%. Kipnis has had success against right-handers dating back to the 2018 season, with a wOBA of over .300, and a hard-hit rate over 36%. Lopez offers up a 94 mph fastball over 37 percent of the time to lefties, with a secondary slider and curveball he throws over 22 percent of the time each. Against the fastball dating back to 2017, Kipnis holds solid numbers with an ISO of .205 and an xwOBA of .324. As for the off speed, against the curveball, Kip has a solid xwOBA of .326, and facing the slider, his xwOBA is just under the .300 mark. Kipnis has also shown the tendency to steal when he is getting on base as of late, with two steals over the past week, which is great against Lopez, who has already had seven SB attempts against him this season, and racked up 18 last year. Lock Kipnis in with confidence as he comes at a very deflated price, in a very thin position for his upside on tonight’s slate!
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