Catcher/First Base, High End Spend
Eric Thames, $4,000
1.000/1.000/2.000 with 0 HR in 1 at-bat
Any time there’s a mediocre righty on the mound and the Brewers are playing at home, Thames needs to be on the radar. He’s got a ridiculous amount of power and is making hard contact at a 44.7 clip so far this season. His fly ball rate is fairly high at over 44 percent and even though he’s hitting righties with just a .235 average, how OPS is over 1.000 and wOBA is over .400. The price point is high but the upside is certainly there as well. He could be a solid option as a non-Coors bat. The Milwaukee offense has been humming the last couple games as well.
Also Consider – Anthony Rizzo, $4,100
Willson Contreras, $3,600
.333/.333/.333 with 0 HR in 3 at-bats
It’s going to be a challenge, but the goal for today is to put as many Cubbie right handed bats in the lineup that we can. One option is going to be Contreras, who has always hit lefties well through his career. He’s got a .294 average, a .890 OPS, and a .378 wOBA. So far in 2018 opposing starter Tyler Anderson has been giving up a ton of fly balls and that’s no way to live when you pitch at Coors. Chicago went bananas last night and very well could do it again this evening. Contreras is in a very good spot and he will not be the last Cub hitter we highlight.
Also Consider – Yuli Gurriel, $3,000
J.T. Realmuto, $2,600
I’m not sure I would go for a full-on Miami stack, but Realmuto is simply too cheap. He’s got a decent track record against lefties through his career and he gets a very positive park shift in Milwaukee. We’re going to need a couple of cheap plays today to fit things we want. Realmuto and his .323 wOBA against lefties is definitely worth a shot tonight at this price point. Super actually doesn’t give up a ton of hard contact which is why we should tread somewhat cautiously.
Also Consider – Daniel Volgelbach, $2,500