With a 7 game slate tonight, there are a couple of hot hands to target (or stay away from). I have loved the unknowns narrative during the early part of the season as guys like Jeremy Hazelbaker, Trevor Story and Tyler White have exploded onto the scene. A couple of these guys are in play tonight, but will their matchups provide us enough incentive to play them? Let’s check out the hottest hitters on the slate and see if they should make the lineup tonight.
Trevor Story (RIGHT) (COL vs. CIN) – $4,900
Story’s price has shot through the roof due to his hot bat early this season. He faces Dan Straily tonight who has a .576 OPS against RHB. Story has a handedness wOBA of .430 and a SLG% of .743, both stats which are very playable. However, he has cooled off over the last 5, and I’m ruling him out for cash games. I will have GPP exposure to him as well as a Rockies stack on the evening, though.
Nolan Arenado (RIGHT) (COL vs. CIN) – $4,700
Not trying to make this a Rockies article today, but Arenado comes in at a great spot. Arenado had a huge DKFP game during his last outing, putting up 28 DKFP with 2 homers. He has a handedness wOBA of .363 and an ISO of .301. I also like his SLG% of .579. Unlike Story, I like Arenado in cash games and tournaments. He has the opportunity to post another big game this evening.
Albert Pujols (RIGHT) (LAA vs. CWS) – $3,800
In two out of his last three games, Pujols has put up 15+ DKFP. He faces Carlos Rodon tonight, who has had some success against the Angels in the past. Pujols has an .833 OPS against Rodon in 8 ABs. He also has a handedness wOBA of .314. I think that Pujols is a guy that could put one out tonight, as he has done so in the past against Rodon.
Matt Carpenter (LEFT) (STL vs. CHC) – $4,100
Carpenter has registered a hit in three out of his last four games. He has also seen double digit DKFP’s in two of those games. Lackey is a righty that has a 1.389 OPS against LHBs this season. Carpenter should take advantage of this and use his handedness wOBA of .389 to continue putting up hits. I love Carpenter as a safe cash game play tonight.
Yasmany Tomas (LEFT) (ARI vs. SF) – $2,800
A value price for a guy that has absolutely been on fire. Tomas put up 35 DKFP in his last outing and hit 2 homers. He is batting .297 on the season and doesn’t seem to want to cool down. Jake Peavy hasn’t been great this season and has a 1.522 OPS against LHBs this season. I am going to ride the Tomas train in GPPs until he cools off.