Third Base, High End Spend
Travis Shaw, $3,800
.250/.400/.500 with 0 HR in 4 at-bats
Shaw has been very good against righties so far with an OPS over 1.000 and a wOBA over .446. He gets the ghost of Adam Wainwright today. On top of Waino juts not being an effective pitcher anymore, Shaw finished in the top 40 in all of MLB against the curveball in 2017. In his first start of 2018, Wainwright threw the curve slightly over 38 percent. Shaw is also good against the four seamer, which is about the only other pitch Wainwright throws any more.
Kris Bryant, $4,600
.714/.778/1.286 with 1 HR in 7 at-bats
We’ve been chasing that big game from Bryant almost the whole year so far because he’s seen lefties quite a bit to this point. Bryant has career stats of a batting average of .294, .960 OPS, and a wOBA of .405. This type of numbers combined with his history against Brault need to be chased down every time.
Matt Duffy, $2,800
.095/.095/.190 with 0 HR in 21 at-bats
This is one of those spots where I’m not all that concerned with some ugly BvP data as Shields just isn’t a good pitcher anymore. He’s got gas can potential every time he steps on the mound and fortunately for us, the Rays are cheap because none of them are really great hitters. Duffy has actually been excellent against righty pitching in the early going of 2018, boasting an average of .417, OPS of 1.023, and a wOBA of .450. Shields is basically batting practice most days out there. Today shouldn’t be much different.
Adrian Beltre, $3,200
Beltre has been a mainstay so far this season and we’ll keep it up again tonight. For a lot of the same reasons we like Joey Gallo tonight, the grizzled veteran should be able to take advantage of a pitcher making his very first start. Beltre is in a good park and up against an extreme fly ball pitcher. I’m likely forcing Bryant into my lineups but Beltre is an interesting alternative.
There’s really nothing at the moment. Duffy is so moderately priced, I don’t think I’ll go much lower than him in today’s slate.
Miguel Andujar, $2,400
If you believe that the Yankees can bounce back against David Price and get some runners on base, Andujar is an interesting punt option. Priced at $2,400, he leaves you a ton of salary and he could be in a prime RBI spot. There’s not a big enough sample size to really dig into for statistics. This is just saving some money and hoping it ends up working out.