Today’s Top 5’s will focus on the fully loaded, 15-game slate tonight, which features a ton of bad pitching to pick on with offenses. Also, a game at Coors Field! Any questions, please find me on Twitter @JasonWalker_72 — let’s do this!

Catchers

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Welington CastilloARIMIL$3,300
2Brian McCannNYYCLE$3,100
3Gary SanchezNYYCLE$2,400
4Matt WietersBALCWS$3,200
5Willson ContrerasCHCOAK$3,800

  • MIL SP Anderson gives up 41% hard contact to RH bats, and Castillo, while struggling with RHP at home, does make 33% hard contact when he gets a hold of one.
  • CLE SP Tomlin gives up 43% hard contact to LH away from CLE. McCann can take advantage of the #1 HR ballpark for LH bats in NYY.
  • Contreras makes 38% hard contact vs. LHP on the road and OAK SP Overton has a 6.87 SIERA in his four starts, with a whopping 4.4 HR/9 IP.


1st Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Chris DavisBALCWS$4,000
2Chris CarterMILARI$4,000
3Pedro AlvarezBALCWS$3,600
4Jose AbreuCWSBAL$3,400
5Paul GoldschmidtARLMIL$4,700

  • Davis has 41% hard contact against RHP this season, and BAL has a strong 4.8 implied run total tonight in Chicago.
  • Carter has a 181 expected power rating (100 is average) over the last six games and 43% hard contact against LHPs this season.
  • Goldy’s made 38% hard contact at home vs. RHPs this season, we’ve covered MIL SP Anderson’s 41% hard contact to RH bats and ARI has a five run implied total tonight.


2nd Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Matt CarpenterSTLATL$4,600
2Ryan SchimpfSDPHI$3,400
3Dee GordonMIACOL$4,900
4Jason KipnisCLENYY$4,200
5Steve PearceBALCWS$3,100

  • Carpenter’s made an incredible 51% hard contact against RHP this season and ATL SP de la Cruz doesn’t miss bats, with a 5.4 K/9 IP and 14% K rate against LH bats.
  • PHI SP Hellickson has a 5.05 xFIP against LH bats this season and Schimpf makes 38% hard contact at home vs. RHP.
  • Gordon’s 85% contact rate will play well in COL, which is #1 in hit rate this season. And COL SP De La Rosa is only striking out 4.9 per 9 IP over his last five starts.


3rd Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Miguel SanoMINTB$3,300
2Evan LongoriaTBMIN$3,300
3Todd FrazierCWSBAL$4,000
4Nolan ArenadoCOLMIA$5,200
5Maikel FrancoPHISD$4,100

  • Sano has a 137 expected power over his last 19 at-bats and crushing LHP for 45% hard contact this year.
  • Longoria, like Sano, is super inexpensive, considering his 40.5% hard contact rate against RHP at home.
  • Arenado is a no-brainer at home, but also consider his 41% hard contact rate vs. RHP in Coors and 152 wRC+ in that split as well.


Shortstop

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Brad MillerTBMIN$4,100
2Tim AndersonCWSBAL$3,600
3Manny MachadoBALCWS$4,400
4Adam FrazierPITCIN$2,900
5Marcus SemienOAKCHC$3,300

  • Miller has a 215 expected power over his last six games and 36% hard contact rate against RHP this season at home.
  • Anderson will likely be leading off against BAL SP Gallardo, who has the worst SIERA of the slate over the last 30 days (5.85). Anderson also makes solid hard contact against RHP at home, at 32.4 and CWS has an implied run total of 4.8 runs. Make sure he’s in the lineup (hand) and then let it rip.
  • Machado has a good 35% hard contact against RHP on the road this season and the same over the last two weeks while the Orioles have that 4.8 implied run total of their own.


Outfield

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Mark TrumboBALCWS$3,400
2David DahlCOLMIA$4,100
3Alex DickersonSDPHI$3,200
4Andrew McCutchenPITCIN$3,400
5Giancarlo StantonMIACOL$5,200
6Nelson CruzSEALAA$4,300
7Tommy PhamSTLATL$4,000
8Marcel OzunaMIACOL$5,400

  • Access to Mt. Trumbo at $3.4K is great, considering the aforementioned implied run total, his 38% hard contact rate against RHP on the road and 135 expected power over his last six games.
  • Make sure Dahl is in tonight because, if his is, he’s still too low priced for his lineup spot (likely 5th) and venue (Coors) and has a 193 wRC+ in his young career at Coors against RHP.
  • 37% hard contact vs. RHP and a 127 expected power with 43% fly ball rate to go against PHI SP Hellickson, who has a 5.05 xFIP against LH bats this season.
  • Stanton in Coors, against a LHP (De La Rosa) who doesn’t miss bats. Perfect storm for his recent 157 expected power (six games) and MIA does have an implied 5.8 run total tonight.
  • More expensive than Stanton tonight, Ozuna is auto-play against LHP this season, with an astounding 51% hard contact rate and 191 wRC+ in that split, with all the same matchup favors Stanton has in Coors against COL SP De La Rosa as well.

 


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