Second Base, High End Spend
Brian Dozier, $4,300
.412/.444/.529 with 0 HR in 17 at-bats
It likely won’t be the way I go since I have Scherzer locked in, but Dozier looks like a great play today as long as the weather cooperates. He’s smacked around Miguel Gonzalez and when you see an average like this with zero home runs from a player with Dozier’s power, you know one can’t be too far away.
Robinson Cano, $4,000
.318/.375/.591 with 1 HR in 22 at-bats
He’s expensive for having not hit a home run so far this season but Cano could still pay off tonight. Kendall Graveman can’t strike out anyone with a K/9 of 3.38. That isn’t going to cut it and a professional hitter like Cano is going to take advantage of it. Cano had to deal with injuries that could have sapped his power to start the year, but that first one has to come sooner than later, doesn’t it? Graveman has done a really good job of keeping the ball on the ground so far but Seattle is going to put a lot of balls in play. I’ll take my chances with those outcomes.
Jonathan Schoop, $3,300
Second base is pretty gross today for the early slate. Dozier is crazy expensive to pair with Scherzer and the middle of the road plays aren’t totally appealing. Schoop could be the best bet for a homer. Javier Baez ($3,500) is interesting but I have a hard time paying that price for his strikeout rate and average combined with his spot in the batting order.
Josh Harrison, $3,500
Whenever there’s a lefty on the mound, Harrison is going to be in play. Trevor Richards is starting for the Fish and he throws a fastball, change, and curve. Harrison is above average against all three pitches. Even though he’s not a great bet for a homer duo to lack of power and the ballpark he’s in, he’s hitting at the top of the order in a good offense. Against lefties, the Buccos are in the top five of average, OPS, ISO and wOBA. Even though we have Taillon as our pitcher, there’s a pretty good chance we have three Pirate bats in the lineup.
Brock Holt should be back in the lineup tomorrow at $2,200 and is a total punt, but that’s about it.
Chase Utley, $2,600
.000/.000/.000 with 0 HR in 8 at-bats
If you absolutely need a value at the second base, you roll with the old man strength of Chase Utley. The BvP data is ugly but Taijuan Walker is just an average pitcher. Utley is on the better side of his splits and you could do worse in this price range.