Playoffs? We’re talkin’ about playoffs? Well, the public may be discussing the final slots to the postseason, but the fantasy community should be more focused on these three value plays that are currently on the outside looking in.
Detroit Tigers – Jose Quintana has never faced any member of the Tigers, especially not in the beginning of a monumental series in mid September. The 23 year old lefty has held his spot in the rotation with the occasional solid start, but the wheels have begun to fall off of late. In his last two starts (at Baltimore and home against the Twins) Quintana has surrendered 12 hits and 12 earned runs in only 5 innings of action. No disrespect to Adam Jones, but neither of those lineups compare to the talent that Detroit possess. The White Sox have held off the Tigers to this point, but I expect the big moment to get the better of Quintana, and the Tigers offense to flourish.
Aramis Ramirez – The Brewers rarely face Mike Minor, but ARam has made the most of those rare occasions. He is batting .500 against the Braves lefty with a sparkling .833 slugging percentage. Ryan Braun is an elite hitter and seems destined to figure out Minor (0/5 in his career) sooner rather than later, providing a dynamic one two punch in the middle of a solid lineup. Minor’s road ERA is 2.12 runs higher than his number at home, and opponents are batting 53 points higher against him away from Atlanta. If the Brewers are going to make a last second push for the wild card, now is the time, as the offense (led by Ramirez) figures to give them a good chance to win tonight. Read more…