Third Base, High End Spend
Kris Bryant, $5,100(this comes from yesterday as the game was postponed)
.214/.267/.357 with 0 HR in 14 at-bats
Bryant has been absolutely studly so far in 2018 and Adam Wainwright is no longer a good pitcher. Frankly, it can be a little bit of a bummer to see a pitcher like him struggling along on the downside of his career. However, if he keeps taking the mound, I’m going to keep targeting him. Bryant is hitting basically every pitch at above a league average rating in 2018. He’s carrying the Cubbies offense and in a positive matchup, despite what the BvP says. Even with a couple super expensive pitchers on this slate, it’s at least possible to pay this high price for the Cubs best player.
Also Consider – Jose Ramirez, $4,100
Travis Shaw, $3,300
.200/.200/.800 with 1 HR in 5 at-bats
For the life of me, I can’t figure out why Travis Shaw is the 14th most expensive option at the hot corner today. He hit right handed pitching well, especially this season. Shaw is hitting righties with a .325 average, .947 OPS and a .403 wOBA. He’s in Miller Park which favors hitters and he gets Sal Romano, who has not been a good pitcher in his career. Romano is giving up a .335 wOBA to left handed hitters and is walking them more than striking them out. The only concern in this matchup is Romano gets ground balls at a 52.7 percent clip. Other than that, it should be full systems go for Shaw tonight.
Also Consider – Luis Valbuena, $2,900
Nobody is standing out among the pack as of now, but that can always change as the day evolves.