3B, High-End Spend
Nolan Arenado, $4,300
.318/.407/.636 with 1 HR in 22 at-bats
Regardless of your level of concern about the humidor, Arenado stands out above the rest at third base today. Arizona could still be a league average place to hit and the stud third baseman gets to face a left-handed pitcher, which he destroyed in 2017 with a .420/.473/.840 slash line in 150 at-bats. He also has a good history against D-Backs starter, Robbie Ray. If your build leads you to pay up at third base, Arenado is your man could be your man.
Secondary Option – Kris Bryant, $4,400
Alex Bregman, $3,600
1.000/1.000/2.333 with 1 HR in 3 at-bats
Some of the offenses we’re targeting today sure look familiar but the Astros are still playing in Texas and are still facing off against a poor pitcher. Bregman gets Doug Fister and it profiles as a good matchup for the young gun. Sister is primarily a sinker ball pitcher, and Bregman does very well against sinkers and fastballs. There’s not a ton of ways to get a piece of the Astros offense without paying a premium and Bregman is one of the best ways to do it.
Secondary Option – Anthony Rendon, $3,500
Rafael Devers, $3,100
0 at-bats vs. Blake Snell
There’s no track record to bank on for batter vs. pitcher data here but Devers absolutely smoked lefties in his rookie season. That’s still worth taking with a grain of salt as his sample size is just 50 at-bats in his young career. However, he tallied a .400 batting average and a 1.074 OPS in 2017. That would have ranked ninth in MLB vs. lefties in 2017 if he achieved the same OPS in 100 at-bats. Snell hasn’t exactly been the model of consistency either. The ballpark isn’t great. That doesn’t mean Devers can’t provide some value.
Secondary Option – Zach Cozart, $3,00