Third Base, High End Spend
Jose Ramirez, $4,500
.250/.250/.250 with 0 HR in 8 at-bats
Ramirez made this column yesterday and if you played him, you were rewarded handsomely with over 40 FanDuel points off the back of two homers. The Cleveland lefties are in a very similar spot today as they face righty Kevin Gausman, who is struggling against lefty batters this season. Gausman is giving up a .314 average, .985 OPS and a .423 wOBA and Ramirez can take advantage of this plus matchup. He’s got a .344 wOBA against righties so far this season and has just a .204 batting average. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Ramirez had a third-straight big game today.
Also Consider – Alex Bregman, $3,900
Ryan McMahon, $3,000
Another cheap way to get exposure to Coors Field tonight is playing Ryan McMahon. There is no doubt that his numbers in the major leagues have been pretty poor so far. He tore up the minors and it would be surprising if he wasn’t at least an average hitter at the MLB level. He gets to square off against Bryn Mitchell tonight and Mitchell hasn’t had much luck getting lefties out this season. He’s kept the ball on the ground but he’s giving up a hard contact rate of over 46 percent and he’s giving up an OPS over .800 and a wOBA over .340. Cheap bats in Coors are hard to come by so McMahon has to be on the radar, if nothing else.
Also Consider – Evan Longoria, $3,200
Kike Hernandez, $2,500
.500/.500/.500 with 0 HR in 2 at-bats
Hernandez makes his bones in the majors by hitting lefties pretty well with a career batting average of over .260, and OPS over .880 and a wOBA over .360. Just like with playing Grandal, Jarlin Garcia has pitched well in his limited action. Given his price point, I’d still lean towards playing Hernandez if I need the savings. There’s a lot of high-priced options on offense that are appealing so we’ll likely need a punt or two along the way.