Catcher/First Base, High End Spend
Gary Sanchez, $4,100
The catcher for the Yankees is really starting to heat up these past few games. He has more than three points in nine of his last 12 games and now gets to take on lefty Andrew Heaney. Sanchez has a career mark of a .902 OPS and a .376 wOBA against lefties in his career. Sanchez hit a monster walk-off home run on Thursday and even though the price is high, the reward is potentially monstrous on the West Coast tonight.
Also Consider – Freddie Freeman, $4,500 and Joey Votto, $4,000
Jose Abreu, $3,800
.356/.408/.533 with 2 HR in 45 at-bats
Abreu is a little more expensive than a true mid-range but he needs to be highlighted tonight. The Royals have Danny Duffy who’s straightened out the ship after he got destroyed to start the year. I certainly wouldn’t go with a full White Sox stack, but there are two players who really stand out tonight. Abreu is one of them with a great track record against Duffy and the fact he’s always hit lefties well. Duffy is allowing a 36 percent hard contact rate to righties so far this year and Abreu carries a hefty .909 OPS and .384 wOBA against lefties in his career. Abreu has the power to leave any stadium in the league and Kaufmann Stadium doesn’t scare me in this matchup.
Also Consider – Jose Martinez, $3,600
Wilmer Flores, $2,500
.400/.500/1.600 with 2 HR in 5 at-bats
This is potentially the easiest(and chalkiest) call of the night, even on a big 14-game slate. Flores usually hits lefties really well, with an OPS over .800 and a wOBA over .348. It’s going to be a bit annoying that he’s going to be chalky in cash games, but he’s hard to turn away from. Padres starter Clayton Richard is giving up hard contact over 40 percent of the time and a ghastly .391 wOBA to righties so far this year.
Also Consider – Kendrys Morales, $2,200