We have a nice 9 game slate kicking off at 7pm EST. The aces were on full display for every team yesterday, and the pitching matchups today are more favorable for the hitters. After a relatively low scoring day on Monday, I expect fireworks today. In order to help us get to the top, let’s take a look at the top 5 options at each position based on the matchups.

Catchers

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Welington CastilloDiamondbacksRockies$3,100
2Yadier MolinaCardinalsPirates$3,300
3Buster PoseyGiantsBrewers$4,600
4Derek NorrisPadresDodgers$3,500
5James McCannTigersMarlins$3,000

  • Chad Bettis allowed a .284 batting average to right handed bats last season. Welington is cheap for a guy with homerun potential. His ISO score over .210 last year outlines his power.
  • Molina is not a big upside guy. He will not mash three homers in a game or steal a bunch of bases, but he does hit and get on base consistently with occasional runs scored or driven in. He should be able to keep that going against a weak pitcher in Niese, who has allowed right-handed bats to hit .273 against him last year.
  • Posey is the best catcher in the game with a bat in his hand. The problem is that his price is high and Jimmy Nelson only allowed a .201 batting average to right-handed bats last season. Still he hits in a prime spot of a solid batting order, so he should still get chances to produce.


1st Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Brandon BeltGiantsBrewers$4,500
2Miguel CabreraTigersMarlins$4,700
3Jose AbreuWhite SoxAthletics$4,500
4Paul GoldschmidtDiamondbacksRockies$5,200
5Adrian GonzalezDodgersPadres$4,000

  • Belt had a .362 wOBA and an ISO score of .198 against right-handed pitching in 2015. Jimmy Nelson allowed lefties to hit .302 against him last year. This is an excellent matchup for Belt based on the numbers.
  • Adrain Gonzalez plays in a lot of pitcher-friendly parks, yet still managed a .360 wOBA with a big .230 ISO score against right-handed pitching in 2015. James Shields was horrible against left-handed hitters last year, and he allowed a .279 batting average with a WHIP of 1.65 and 23 homers in 95 innings of work.
  • Jose Abreu will likely go low owned due to the righty on righty matchup. He had a .384 wOBA with a .240 ISO score in righty/righty situations last season, and Chris Bassitt struggles with a .279 batting average allowed to right-handed hitters.


2nd Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Joe PanikGiantsBrewers$4,000
2Ben ZobristCubsAngels$3,900
3Chase UtleyDodgersPadres$3,400
4Brett LawrieAthleticsWhite Sox$3,700
5Scooter GennettBrewersGiants$3,000

  • Chase Utley is leading off for the Dodgers. That puts him in a good spot to get driven in if he can get on base. James Shields allowed a .279 batting average with 23 homeruns in 95 innings vs. left-handed bats last season, so Utley has homerun upside today, as well.
  • Jimmy Nelson allowed a .302 batting average to left-handed bats in 2015. Joe Panik is a left-handed bat hitting second for the Giants. He had a .369 wOBA against right-handed pitching in 2015 and is in a great spot to rack up some hits and runs scored today.
  • Brett Lawrie is batting second for the Athletics in 2016. He had a solid .354 wOBA against left-handers in 2015. Jose Quintana is tough on lefties, but righties were able to hit for a .283 average against him. Lawrie should be in line for some hits in a good matchup with his ideal lineup placement.


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3rd Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Kris BryantCubsAngels$4,300
2Nick CastellanosTigersMarlins$3,600
3Nolan ArenadoRockiesDiamondbacks$4,600
4Jake LambDiamondbacksRockies$3,400
5Justin TurnerDodgersPadres$3,300

  • Jake Lamb homered last night. He had a hot start to 2015 before being derailed by injuries. He has a lot of pop from the left side and faces a guy who allowed a 1.43 WHIP to left-handers with 7 homers in 54 innings of work.
  • Kris Bryant has tremendous power as evidenced by his .206 ISO against left-handed pitching. Andrew Heaney allowed right-handed batters a WHIP of 1.31, so I expect Bryant to at least find himself on base once or twice in this game.
  • Nick Castellanos might have the top numbers of any third baseman today. He faces Wei-Yin Chen who allowed right-handed bats to hit .274 against him with 25 homers allowed in 142 innings of work. Castellanos huge .411 wOBA and .219 ISO scores against left-handers which foreshadows a great day for him here.


Shortstop

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Corey SeagerDodgersPadres$3,800
2Brandon CrawfordGiantsBrewers$4,000
3Troy TulowitzkiBlue JaysRays$3,900
4Ketel MarteMarinersRangers$3,900
5Jean SeguraDiamondbacksRockies$3,700

  • Seager mashed right-handed pitchers after his call up in 2015 to the tune of a .437 wOBA with a monsterous .259 ISO score. He gets James Shields here who allowed lefties to hit .279 with 23 homers in 95 innings of work.
  • Brandon Crawford is a left-handed stick with some power for the Giants. Jimmy Nelson allowed lefties to hit over .300 against him last year, so this is a soft spot for Crawford.
  • Chad Bettis was bad against hitters from both sides of the plate in 2015. Segura is leading off for the Diamondbacks and should get ample opportunities to get on base and score runs.


Outfield

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Nelson CruzMarinersRangers$5,000
2Denard SpanGiantsBrewers$4,400
3Carlos GonzalezRockiesDiamondbacks$4,400
4Adam EatonWhite SoxAthletics$3,700
5Franklin GutierrezMarinersRangers$3,300
6J.D. MartinezTigersMarlins$4,200

  • Nelson Cruz and his boomstick are legendary against left-handed pitching. He had a monstrous .459 wOBA with an equally ridiculous .315 ISO score against southpaws in 2015.
  • Denard Span leads off for the Giants and sports a .381 wOBA against right-handed pitching from last season. He faces Jimmy Nelson who allowed left-handed batters to hit over .300 with a WHIP of 1.62 in 2015.
  • J.D. Martinez had a .385 wOBA and a big .274 ISO score against left-handed pitching in 2015. Wei-Yin Chen allowed 25 homeruns in 142 innings to right-handed hitters, so J.D. has a good shot to go yard today off of Chen.