Catcher/First Base, High End Spend
The big guns that are available on the All Day slate really aren’t the most appealing. Anthony Rizzo($4,000) is against some poor Reds pitching. He can leave any park but I’d rather find the extra $200 for the next man on our list.
.667/.667/1.000 with 0 HR in 3 at-bats
Freeman is one of the premier hitters in the game and gets a pretty favorable matchup tonight. Nationals starter A.J. Cole doesn’t have a big strikeout rate and he’s not a groundball specialist. That means that Freeman has more potential than normal for leaving the yard, and his odds are good every night. Cole threw a four seam over 50 percent of the time in 2017 and it’s got average velocity. Freeman finished 11th in MLB against that pitch in 2017. That’s a recipe for success for the star first baseman this evening.
Willson Contreras, $3,300
.667/.714/1.833 with 2 HRs in 6 at-bats
When the Cubbies are taking on a lefty, Contreras has to be in the conversation. He has a career mark of a .375 wOBA to go along with a .289 batting average. There is rain in the forecast so keep an eye on the weather. If the game is played, Contreras is an excellent play at a middle of the road salary.
Eric Thames, $2,800
.000/.333/.000 with 0 HR in 3 at-bats
Thames always has the power that players are looking for in this price range. He was better against righties and hit most of his home runs at home last year. The Brewers have too many pieces for a consistent everyday lineup, so make sure Thames is actually in the lineup. He’s one of the best chances for power in this range if he’s playing.
Buster Posey, $2,900
.333/.333/.667 with 0 HR in 3 at-bats
Posey will make another appearance in the article as he’s started off the season well. His point totals don’t appear especially high in part because the Giants offense has scored a grand total of five runs in five games. Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria are a combined 1-31 so far. That’s not going to continue and Posey has big game coming.
Marwin Gonzalez, $2,600
.000/.000/.000 with 0 HR in 2 at-bats
Seeing as how shortstop Carlos Correa left the game yesterday, it would be surprising if Gonzalez wasn’t in the lineup. He gets to square off against an unknown righty, Mike Wright. While Gonzalez was worse at home last year, he was far better against righties. He carries a .321 wOBA against righties in his career and is part of a great offense.