Outfield, High End Spend
Charlie Blackmon, $5,200
.667/.667/1.333 with 0 HR in 3 at-bats
The Rockies outfielder has a ton of metrics that favor him tonight. First, he’s at home. Secondly, he’s facing a righty pitcher. Through his career, he’s hit righties in Coors to a .339 average, .974 OPS, .229 ISO and a .412 wOBA. Tonight, he gets to face a pitcher who throws a fastball or a curve about 77 percent of the time. Since the start of 2017, Blackmon is third against fastballs and first against the curve. It’s very difficult to find a start or metric not working in Blackmon’s favor. He’s obviously expensive but he’s going to be hard to turn away from tonight.
Also Consider – George Springer, $4,700 and Khris Davis, $4,000
Mark Canha, $3,000
Canha represents one of the cheapest ways to get a righty bat against Texas lefty Matt Moore and that’s a situation that we want to target. Moore has been getting whacked by right handers so far this season and it’s an interesting decision between Canha and teammate Stephen Piscotty. Both players are fine choices and I slightly suspect that Piscotty will be higher owned. He carries little more name value and is $100 cheaper. In the extremely small sample size of 2018, Canha is hitting better and could be the better play this evening.
Also Consider – Will Myers, $3,100 and Franchy Cordero, $3,000
Matt Kemp, $2,500
Kemp has kind of been the punch line to a bunch of jokes these past few seasons as he’s on the downside of his career. His career totals against lefties are excellent and he’s started hot against them this season as well. It’s only 19 plate appearances but his average and wOBA are sky high and he can actually still be a useful player. At just $2,500, he’s a great way to save some salary and fit in Astros or A’s or your offense of choice.
Also Consider – Max Kepler, $2,400 and Tyler Naquin, $2,200