The story that was Trevor Story took a violent turn last night. Story had 4 ABs and struck out 3 times. Regression was bound to hit us hard and unfortunately it hit us hard last night. Tonight we have a nice 12 game slate and will have 5 more hitters that should continue to ride their hot streaks or miserably hit a wall.
Josh Donaldson (RHB) (TOR vs. NYY) – $4,800
Opposing Pitcher: Michael Pineda
I said it yesterday and I will say it again, Josh Donaldson is a model of hitting consistency. In 3 ABs last night he had a hit, scored a run and walked for a total of 12 DKFP. This is the 5th game in a row he has seen double digit DK points. Pineda is a righty that struggled during his first start, but got the win due to some excellent run support. Pineda had a .762 OPS against RHB last season. Donaldson enters tonight with a wOBA of .385 and a SLG% of .550. He has an OPS of .910 against righties and should continue to stay hot tonight. The man is just entirely too consistent for me to stop loving him yet.
Brian McCann (LHB) (NYY vs. TOR) – $3,700
Opposing Pitcher: J.A. Happ
On the other side of the field tonight we have another model of consistency. McCann has been just as good as Donaldson. McCann put up 21 DKFP last night with 1 homer. Happ is a very good pitcher that won his first start of the season. He is a lefty that has an OPS of .680 against LHBs like McCann. McCann has also struggled with Happ in the past, posting only 3 hits in 19 ABs. If I have to pick between the two tonight, which I will, I like Donaldson a lot better.
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Jeremy Hazelbaker (LHB) (STL vs. MIL) – $3,500
Opposing Pitcher: Chase Anderson
Let me run some stats by you quickly .526 BA, 1.053 SLG% and a 1.574 OPS. Yep, those are Hazelbaker’s early stats on the season and they are phenomenal. The lifetime minor leaguer has finally found some big league success with the bat this season. He faces Chase Anderson tonight, who won his first start of the season. Anderson had a .746 OPS against LHB last season. Hazelbaker has a lot riding on maintaining his hot streak and I think it will continue this evening.
Angel Pagan (SHB) (TOR vs. NYY) – $4,100
Opposing Pitcher: Jordan Lyles
Pagan has had a great last two outings posting 18 and 21 DKFP respectively. Last night he had 4 ABs and 3 hits. Jordan Lyles looked rough in the home opener only lasting about 3 innings. Pagan has a .400 BA lifetime vs Lyles and has looked really good. Due to his switch hitting prowess and being in Coors again tonight, I think we can ride the hot train one more time.
Manny Machado (RHB) (BAL vs. BOS) – $4,700
Opposing Pitcher: Joe Kelly
The Orioles are still hot and so is Manny Machado. Machado didn’t necessarily post the game we all were hoping for yesterday, but he did get a hit and 5 DKFP. I like his matchup against Joe Kelly, who struggled in his first start of the year, a lot more tonight. Kelly is a righty that had an .804 OPS against RHBs last season. I think that Machado builds on his 1.227 OPS and has a nice game this evening.