High-Salary Option: Robinson Cano-Seattle Mariners (4,100): Cano went 3-3 last night against the Astros with a homer and two doubles putting up an impressive 40.2 fantasy points. He has at least nine fantasy points in five of his last eight games and has started July 8-23 (.348).
He and the Mariners are in a tough matchup against Danny Duffy tonight, but Cano is actually 4-11 with a home run against the lefty giving him a 1.053 OPS. It’s a lefty-lefty matchup and Duffy has been pitching well, but Cano is too hot to overlook at the top of the 2B salary structure.∗∗∗
High-Salary Option: Ian Kinsler-Detroit Tigers (4,000): Kinsler and the Tigers finally beat the Indians yesterday and now they’ll head to Toronto to tangle with the Blue Jays. Tonight, he’ll face lefty Drew Hutchinson who he has gone 3-13 (.231) against in his career with a double and four RBI. Kinsler has hit lefties well this season, though, going 32-93 (.344) with a .956 OPS, so look for him to build on his 3-4 day yesterday with another good stat line tonight.∗∗∗∗
Mid-Range Option: D.J. LeMahieu-Colorado Rockies (3,400): LeMahieu went 2-4 last night giving him six multi-hit games in his last eight starts. He missed some time in the middle of that run with a knee injury, but seems to be over it after going 5-8 the last two days against the Giants.
Tonight, he and the Rox are back home at Coors Field where LeMahieu has a 1.095 OPS so far this season. He also has hit lefties well all season which means tonight is a great matchup for him against Adam Morgan. I like LeMahieu yesterday when he only cost 2,600, but since he’s back at home in this great matchup he’s still worth a look even though he costs almost 1,000 more. ∗∗∗∗
High Value Option: Howie Kendrick-Los Angeles Dodgers (2,100): Kendrick has hit safely in five of his last six games and went 2-7 yesterday against the Orioles with a double. He has started July 7-24 (.292) and will likely get the start again tonight since the Padres are starting a lefty. Kendrick is 18-60 (.300) against southpaws this season with a .727 OPS (compared to .224 and .601 against righties). He has gone 2-11 in his career against Pomeranz who starts tonight for the Padres but one of those two hits was a home run. If you have to take a flier, going with Kendrick can save you money spend in other spots. ∗∗∗∗
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