Second Base, High End Spend
DJ LeMahieu, $4,200
After a wild affair in Coors Field last night, the Rockies get to face lefty Eric Lauer, who is making his MLB debut. It’s not going to be a fun time to deal with this lineup in Coors and the Rockies are in a great spot tonight. Despite the high price, LeMahieu is worth it as he’s smashing lefty pitching. The crazy part is the second baseman for the Rockies hasn’t even started hitting well at home yet. That’s not going to last and his career marks of a .342 average and a .376 wOBA against lefties at home is well within reach. The trick might be to find money for as many Rockies as we can tonight.
Also Consider – Jed Lowrie, $3,800
Joey Wendle, $3,200
Paying $3,200 for Joey Wendle might seem a little strange but he’s hitting righties well and Orioles starter Alex Cobb has been an abject disaster so far this season. His ERA is over 15.00 and his WHIP is an astounding 3.14. Until he shows that he’s regained some effectiveness after not having spring training, that’s something we should attack. The Rays don’t have a lot of trustworthy bats but Wendle might be one of them. He’s hitting righties at a .273 clip with a .352 wOBA so far this season.
Also Consider – Howie Kendrick, $2,900
Kolten Wong, $2,400
.333/.333/.333 with 0 HR in 3 at-bats
This is a pure punt play as Wong has not been good at all this year. He’s better than he’s shown to this point and he’s typically been pretty solid against righty pitching. He gets Zack Wheeler tonight who has historically struggled against lefty batters. Wheeler has given up a .256 average with a .339 wOBA in his career and Wong at least has potential to take advantage of those splits. In his career, Wong has .311 wOBA against righties. That’s nothing spectacular but there’s a reason he’s only $2,400.