Outfield, High End Spend
J.D. Martinez, $4,800
.000/.000/.000 with 0 HR in 2 at-bats
Oakland A’s starter Sean Manaea has had a really nice start to his season. It’s very possible that it comes to a screeching halt tonight as he gets the buzzsaw of the Red Sox offense and Martinez is one of the centerpieces. Last year, he finished first in OPS, third in wOBA, first in slugging, first in ISO (by a LOT) and ninth in average. Martinez is legitimately one of the best hitters in baseball against lefties. Manaea has regression incoming with his fly ball rate and hard contact given up to righties. It could come in a hurry tonight.
Also Consider – Mookie Betts, $5,100 and Charlie Blackmon, $5,200
Albert Almora, $3,200
I would suspect that Almora is going to be one of the most highly owned players on this slate but it’s going to be hard to shy away from him. He’s even cheaper than Addison Russell and he has a history of just obliterating left handed pitching. His career marks include a .320 average, .899 OPS, .201 ISO and a .383 wOBA. Simply put, he would be in play at this price regardless of the ball park. He’s in one of the best hitting environments we get and he’s the cheapest player for a matchup tailor made for him. Eat the chalk and be different elsewhere.
Also Consider – Jay Bruce, $2,900 and Ryan Braun, $3,000
Chris Young, $2,600
.400/.571/.400 with 0 HR in 5 at-bats
The Angels could potentially go overlooked tonight with a Coors game and the Red Sox in a great spot. However, they draw a plus matchup with a lefty who’s giving up a ton of fly balls(52.4 percent) and hard contact(38.1 percent). Young had a weird season last year when he couldn’t hit lefties for love or money. however, the previous two seasons saw him post an average over .325 and wOBA over .400. It’s just eight plate appearances but he’s back to his old ways this year and in my lineup as a salary saver tonight.
Also Consider – Derek Fisher, $2,000 and Michael A. Taylor, $2,200