Catcher/First Base, High End Spend
Miguel Cabrera, $3,900
.237/.375/.316 with 0 HR in 38 at-bats
Miggy has started off the 2018 season looking like he might at least be closer to his old MVP-type form and he gets to face a lefty. His track record against Duffy isn’t anything eye-popping, but we’re talking about a first ballot Hall of Famer here. He carries a career .412 wOBA and .982 OPS against lefties and Duffy get absolutely worked over by the White Sox his last time out.
Eric Hosmer, $3,700
.500/.667/.500 with 0 HR in 2 at-bats
Even though you’ll have plenty of money to spend given the state of the pitching, hitting submit with Hosmer in your lineup isn’t the most exciting thing ever. Still, he’s started off in San Diego very well and is on the good side of his split. Oddly enough, Jon Gray had reverse splits as far as home/road last season. He was far worse on the road than in Coors Field. Sometimes baseball is weird. Hosmer did have a huge year in 2017 as well, tallying a .335 average and a .400 wOBA against righties. In the short sample of this year, Hosmer has a sky high wOBA of .545
James McCann, $2,600
.250/.308/.250 with 0 HR in 24 at-bats
McCann certainly doesn’t have any type of big success against Duffy, but he’s on the better end of his splits by a long shot. Just like with Cabrera, Duffy got flat out owned his last time out. I’m not confident he won’t do it again.
Ian Desmond, $3,300
.308/.296/.538 with 2 HR in 26 at-bats
The name of the game here is trying to see how many Colorado bats we can fit in with the best pitcher possible. Even though they are on the road, Colorado demolishes lefty pitching. Clayton Richard carries a very low strikeout rate. Desmond should be able to do some damage, even if he doesn’t leave the yard.
Austin Barnes, $2,300
.250/.250/1.000 with 1 HR in 4 at-bats
It’s a little unsure if Branes will play today, but if he does, he’s a viable punt option to help afford your ace of choice. He’s an odd splits guy as he hits righties for a higher average but tags lefties for higher power numbers. I wouldn’t expect a ton and be sure to check if he’s in the lineup.
Chris Iannetta, $2,500
.353/.450/.824 with 2 HR in 17 at-bats
An underrated part of a Colorado stack could come from their catcher, Chris Iannetta.He smacks around lefties and has seen Richard pretty darn well so far. Players will naturally gravitate towards the big and flashy names. They’ll likely be part of mine as well, but Iannetta could fly right under the radar.