Third Base, High End Spend
Alex Bregman, $3,400
.000/.333/.000 with 0 HR in 2 at-bats
Bregman doesn’t have the most appealing individual matchup. Dylan Bundy looked very good in his first start at home against the Twins. Still, the Astros offense is basically matchup-proof and Bundy isn’t an elite arm. He could easily struggle in this spot and Bregman could be a big part of that.
.625/.665/1.000 with 1 HR in 16 at-bats
Since the main slate is on the small side tonight, Arenado is going to be highly owned and you should be a part of that ownership. Arenado has always smashed lefties(along with a bearded teammate we’ll see soon) and Richard especially has struggled against the star third baseman. A .400 wOBA with a .312 average and .966 OPS against lefties in his career means Arenado is a major priority this evening.
Jose Ramirez, $3,000
.400/.500/.400 with 0 HR in 5 at-bats
J-Ram paid off handsomely last night with his first home run of the season and his price actually dropped tonight. Ramirez had a better average but less power against lefties last season but it’s just too hard to pass on a player of his caliber at this price point.
.333/.333/.417 with 0 HR in 12 at-bats
The elder statesman of the Rangers is firmly in play tonight as he typically has smoked left handed pitching through his long career. Even if you wanted to look at just the past three seasons when Beltre “should” be slowing down, he’s still feasted on southpaws. a .331 average and a .415 wOBA will get the job down on plenty of nights. Beltre still hasn’t hit a home run yet either, so that can’t be far off.
Logan Forsythe, $2,300
.462/.500/.615 with 0 HR in 16 at-bats
This is strictly a punt play and is a batter vs. pitcher special. It kind of makes sense since it helps you build a balanced offensive attack along with your ace. There’s nothing else that makes me comfortable in this play, so don’t be too hung-ho with it.
Honestly, it’s the same story as second base for the main slate. There’s not a lot of punt options but players really shouldn’t need them this evening.