Second Base, High End Spend
DJ LeMahieu, $4,200
.353/.450/.529 with 0 HR in 17 at-bats
The Rockies second baseman is in a ridiculously good spot tonight. He’s at home, he gets a lefty, and the lefty he faces, he hits well. It’s tough to find something to pick at here other than the sky high price. The only real nitpick is he doesn’t have the power numbers to accompany his price. His ISO at home vs. lefties is only .125 but is OPS is .888 and his wOBA is .384. What he lacks in home run potential, he makes up for in run and RBI potential hitting in-between Nolan Arenado and hopefully Charlie Blackmon, if he plays.
Also Consider – Jose Altuve, $4,600
Whit Merrifield, $3,100
.667/.667/1.667 with 1 HR in 3 at-bats
The Royals haven’t really played too well offensively yet but Merrifield has a juicy individual matchup today. He gets Seattle lefty Marco Gonzales who has given up a fly ball around a third of the time in his career and hard contact at the same rate. Maybe some home cooking can get Merrifield and the Royals going tonight. Merrifield has an OPS over .800 and a wOBA over .350 against left-handed pitching and when you combine his price tag and matchup, Merrifield is firmly in play. He’s also only struck out only twice so far this year, which helps raise his floor.
Also Consider – Asdrubal Cabrera, $3,000
Howie Kendrick, $2,600
.385/.385/.538 with 0 HR in 13 at-bats
I’m looking to attack Julio Teheran in any cheap way I can tonight so I can afford the bigger bats and the pitcher of my choice. One way to consider doing that is to side with Howie Kendrick who has hit well against Teheran in his career. There’s a reason that he’s so cheap and it’s because he’s very unlikely to hit a homer. With his tag, you just need a couple of base knocks and hopefully he scores a run along the way in the Nationals loaded offense.