Marlins at Padres Fantasy Preview May 28 2018
It’s a matchup of National League bottom feeders to celebrate Memorial Day at Petco Park in San Diego.
It’s been a tough introduction to the big leagues for 22-year-old Eric Lauer (1-2, 6.67 ERA). However, the left-handed rookie excelled his last time out, pitching against the Nationals. Over six innings, he allowed just the one run on six hits, two walks and seven strikeouts. He’s a fly ball pitcher in one of the best parks for that in the league.
Caleb Smith (3-5, 3.83) has been Miami’s most valuable starting pitcher all season. In fact, he’s pretty much the only one worth owning unless your league is especially deep. His performance against the Dodgers on the 17th was a minor bump in an otherwise stellar run of form where he hadn’t allowed more than two earned runs in a single appearance since mid-April.
Better play: Smith
He is the safer bet in this lefty vs. lefty matchup involving two offensively challenged teams. However, Lauer could be a wise pick up for a team in desperate need of some points. As mentioned before, Petco Park suits his style and the Marlins are the worst offense in baseball.
Who should start
- Jose Pirela benefits from qualifying at both second base and in the outfield. He is swinging a hot bat at the moment, including a 3-for-4 performance against the Dodgers on Friday.
- Miguel Rojas could be an under the radar pick up for any former Corey Seager owners. He provides good pop for the shortstop position.
Who should sit
- Justin Bour has a .245 slugging percentage against left-handed pitching. None of his nine home runs have come against southpaws. Not to mention he is struggling to get hits against anyone at the moment.
- Franchy Cordero cannot handle left-handed pitching. He is slashing .205/.222/.364 against them in 2018 to go along with 18 strikeouts and one walk in 44 at-bats.
Marlins too win, The Padres are a really bad home team. So, despite the stadium providing an advantage for their starter, expect Smith to outplay Lauer in a surprisingly good pitcher’s duel.