Welcome to the weekend! A epically epic 15-game slate is upon us today with a Coors game and plenty of options to choose from. Rankings are based on value projection. Top 5 dollar for dollar plays at each position. Let’s get to it!

Catchers

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Yasmani GrandalLADCOL$3,700
2Jarrod SaltalamacchiaDETCLE$3,300
3Stephen VogtOAKNYY$3,500
4Welington CastilloARIPIT$3,500
5Francisco CervelliPITARI$3,300

  • No catcher is crushing more than Salty right now, with a massive 303 expected power (100 is average), a 138 hard hit rating with a 68% fly ball rate and a 4.5 expected run total for the Tigers.
  • Stephen Vogt in Toronto against Aaron Sanchez, who has the third worst vs. LH bats wOBA on the slate, Vogt has a .348 vs. RHP wOBA himself.
  • Welington Castillo is due, with a 175 expected power rating and going against Jon Niese, who has a .327 wOBA against RH bats.


1st Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1David OrtizBOSHOU$4,400
2Adrian GonzalezLADCOL$4,600
3Miguel CabreraDETCLE$4,100
4Mark ReynoldsCOLLAD$3,900
5Paul GoldschmidtARIPIT$5,300

  • Ortiz has a .414 wOBA vs. RHP and is in Houston, a top ten home run park for lefties. He’s rocking a league-leading 312 expected power rating as well.
  • CLE SP Josh Tomlin has a wicked reverse split, giving up a .347 wOBA against RH bats, and Cabrera has a .388 wOBA against RHP himself and the Tigers have that 4.5 expected run total.
  • Goldy crushes everybody, but especially lefties at home, where he had a ridiculous .536 wOBA and Arizona has a 4.8 expected run total tonight.


2nd Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Chase UtleyLADCOL$3,900
2D.J. LemahieuCOLLAD$4,100
3Logan ForsytheTBNYY$4,200
4Neil WalkerNYMATL$3,900
5Kiki HernandezLADCOL$3,600

  • Against LHP, Forsythe, who has been leading off for TB, has a .396 wOBA and CC Sabathia is the second worst on the slate tonight (Bud Norris is worst), with a.366 wOBA against RH bats.
  • Speaking of Norris, Neil Walker takes his hot bat into this matchup (149/129 expected power/hard hit on 100 scale) and Norris is giving up hits to LH bats, too, with a .388 wOBA.
  • Kiké Hernandez’s price is up to $3.6K in Coors, but he’s still a good value with his 169/179 expected power/hard hit metrics and 84% contact rate going in that 11 run game total in Coors tonight.


3rd Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Justin TurnerLADCOL$3,800
2Nolan ArenadoCOLLAD$4,600
3David WrightNYMATL$4,000
4Todd FrazierCHWTEX$4,500
5Brandon DruryARIPIT$2,900

  • Wright has shown few effects of injuries or anything that was a concern coming into the season, hit for hard contact (251/135) and gets the Norris matchup from the cleanup spot tonight.
  • Going against Martin Perez (.343 vs. RH wOBA), Frazier can apply his .353 vs. LHP wOBA and his .575 SLG and be a significant part of the 4.5 run expected total for the White Sox tonight.
  • Check the lineups to make sure Drury is in, because he has a .401 wOBA vs. LHP and a 132 expected power rating (100 is average).


Shortstop

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Corey SeagerLADCOL$4,100
2Trevor StoryCOLLAD$5,100
3Carlos CorreaHOUBOS$4,700
4Jimmy RollinsCWSTEX$4,000
5Jordy MercerPITARI$3,300

  • Rollins should be batting second against Martin Perez (.343 wOBA vs. RH bats) and Jimmy has a .368 wOBA against LHP, joining Frazier as a key part of that 4.5 expected run total.
  • Mercer has long been associated with hitting LHP, averaging 80 points better against LHP than RHP and is off to a good start this season (.600 OBP). The Pirates have a solid 4.3 expected run total.
  • Carlos Correa has cooled off, but is still above average in the power metrics and enjoys a 44% fly ball rate, which goes well against BOS SP Wright, who gives up a 15% HR/FB rate on the 38% of the time he yields fly balls.


Outfield

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Ryan RaburnCOLLAD$3,600
2Carlos GonzalezCOLLAD$3,700
3Yasiel PuigLADCOL$4,300
4Michael ConfortoNYMATL$3,400
5Curtis GrandersonNYMATL$4,200
6Brandon GuyerTBNYY$3,500
7J.D. MartinezDETCLE$4,000
8Colby RasmusHOUBOS$4,000

  • Raburn is likely to get pulled in the late innings, but his .412 vs. LHP wOBA and the 11-run Coors factor drives me to him.
  • Conforto is silly good right now, with a 186/144/45% expected power/hard hit/fly ball combination against Bud Norris (.388 vs LH wOBA)
  • And since he’s also a lefty with a .378 wOBA against RHP in the same game against Norris, Granderson makes a nice play here as well.
  • Guyer drills lefties at a .385 wOBA clip and has the nice matchup against CC Sabathia (.366 wOBA vs. RH)
  • Rasmus continues to roll from late last season, with a ridiculous combination of stats right now (207/142 expected power/hard hit) and a whopping 24% walk rate