Catcher/First Base, High End Spend
Paul Goldschmidt, $4,300
0 at-bats against Derek Holland
It would be nice if we were getting some kind of discount on the Diamondbacks star first baseman but he’s going to explode sooner or later. He gets a lefty on the mound tonight and that’s not good news for the Giants. Historically, Goldschmidt has hit the Giants well and he just smashes lefties in his career. He’s got an OPS over 1.000 and a wOBA over .429. The All-Star is hitting poorly to start the season but it just can’t continue. He’s far too skilled. Given his price tag and current form, Goldschmidt might not be highly owned. Most players will focus on Colorado and Washington tonight.
Also Consider – Freddie Freeman, $4,200(if you believe in BvP data)
Chris Iannetta, $3,200
.353/.450/.824 with 2 HR in 17 at-bats
The Colorado catcher is always in the conversation when a lefty if on the mound and that’s doubly true when he’s playing at home in Coors. Add in a great BvP record and Iannetta is a solid middle o the road play. He’s also the cheapest Rockies regular everyday player. Seeing as how we always want exposure to the Rockies when they’re at home, Iannetta is one of the best ways to accomplish that. His career numbers vs southpaws include a .855 OPS, .215 ISO and a .372 wOBA. Place that into the most hitter friendly park in baseball and suddenly $3,200 doesn’t seem quite as prohibitive.
Also Consider – Joe Mauer, $2,900(again, only if you believe in BvP data)
Ryan Zimmerman, $2,800
.244/.244/.444 with 3 HR in 45 at-bats
The Nationals veteran just hit a home run off of Teheran the last time they faced each other and it could very well happen again. Teheran has just always been a punching bag against the Nationals. He’s got an ERA over 4.00 and gives up a .353 wOBA. If you have the extra $400, I’d probably lean towards Iannetta but Zimmerman is a fine alternative.
Also Consider – Travis d’Arnaud, $2,600