Shortstop, High End Spend
Trea Turner, $4,400
.600/.636/.700 with 0 HR in 10 at-bats
Not to just keep harping on one game, but the clear high end spend on this slate is Trea Turner. I still really wish he was hitting higher in the order because he should be a slam dunk to score a run in this game, if not steal a bag on top of that. However, batting him after Bryce Harper could mean plenty of empty bases since Harper will likely clear them with a home run. Teheran is a gas gan at this point and it’s likely worth it to have at least one lineup with a Nationals stack this evening.
Also Consider – Trevor Story, $4,100
Nick Ahmed, $3,200
0 at-bats vs. Derek Holland
With the Nationals and Rockies on tap, the Diamondbacks may slide in under the radar. They aren’t in a very good park but they do draw lefty Derek Holland who gives up an obscene amount of fly balls. The last two seasons were over 40 percent of the time and he gave up over 30 percent hard contact as well. Going up against a good offensive team like the Diamondbacks isn’t going to be a good mix. Ahmed puts up good numbers against lefties and is on fire to start the season, batting over .400. It’s nice to target a game that doesn’t have freezing temps for once as well.
Also Consider – Scott Kingery, $3,000
The value bin for shortstop doesn’t look hugely appealing at this point. Maybe someone pops up as a cheap option near the top of the lineup once we get the lineup cards. You could go the full punt route of Alcides Escobar($2,300) but that’s really not the best call. There’s just so little upside with him, even with an appealing pitcher matchup on paper. As of now, Ahmed and Kingery are probably the lowest we can go and feel totally comfortable.