Catchers

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Buster PoseyGiantsRed Sox$3,900
2Wilson RamosNationalsDodgers$3,800
3Brian McCannYankeesOrioles$4,300
4Sandy LeonRed SoxGiants$3,200
5Nick HundleyRockiesRays$3,400

  • Posey gets the nod as my top catching option today, especially in cash games. Porcello is neutral to both left and right-handed bats, so I am not worried about the righty vs. righty matchup. Posey has prime lineup real estate in the 4 hole and owns a respectable .351 wOBA against righties since the start of 2015.
  • Wilson Ramos is arguably the best hitting catcher in baseball in 2016. He currently sports a .327 average with 13 home runs. Kazmir is a solid pitcher, but struggles more with right-handed bats who are hitting .258 against him this year with eleven home runs in 65 innings of work.
  • Vance Worley really struggles with left-handed bats. I am not in love with this Yankee offense at all, but it is a very solid spot for McCann who should be in the middle of the order with a bunch of fellow lefties in front of him that could make this a long day for Worley.


1st Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1David OrtizRed SoxGiants$5,600
2Chris DavisOriolesYankees$4,000
3Joey VottoRedsBraves$4,900
4Edwin EncarnacionBlue JaysDiamondbacks$5,000
5Brandon BeltGiantsRed Sox$3,700

  • Big Papi is in a great spot here. Peavy has allowed over a .300 average to lefties and has a huge fly ball rate this year. Those fly balls tend to die in San Fran, but may end up over the fence in Boston. Papi has an insane .438 wOBA and .346 ISO score against right-handed pitching since 2015.
  • Davis is a good discount compared to the top options today, which is why he is high in my rankings. Nathan Eovaldi has allowed a .281 average to left-handed bats with a high fly ball rate and home run percentage. Davis owns a .390 wOBA and a .300+ ISO score, so he profiles very well.
  • I love this spot for Votto against a reliever stretching to a starter and a weak Atlanta bullpen. He will probably see a few right-handed pitchers today and he owns a .412 wOBA and a .228 ISO score against them. Plus he is at home in a great home run park, so you have to like that as well.


2nd Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Jose AltuveAstrosAthletics$4,900
2Gordon BeckhamBravesReds$3,100
3Jonathon SchoopOriolesYankees$4,400
4Trea TurnerNationalsDodgers$3,200
5Rougned OdorRangersAngels$4,000

  • Jose Altuve owns left-handed pitching. He has a .418 wOBA since the start of 2015 and had a .400 batting average against them in 2014, so this is a well established trend. He faces Dillon Overton who has given up 11 runs in 8.2 innings of work in his MLB starts along with 5 home runs allowed.
  • Gordon Beckham? Yes Gordon Beckham is my #2 option at the position. He is recently back from the DL and has been starting regularly and leading off for the Braves. He gets a weak lefty in Cody Reed and a huge park upgrade in Cincy.
  • Schoop is a monster against right-handed pitching. He homered yesterday to raise his wOBA over .375 with an ISO score well into the .200s as well. He hits second which only makes him more valuable.


3rd Base

RankPlayerTeamOPPSalary
1Nolan ArenadoRockiesRays$5,500
2Jake LambDiamondbacksBlue Jays$5,300
3Todd FrazierWhite SoxMariners$4,800
4Danny ValenciaAthleticsAstros$3,800
5Evan LongoriaRaysRockies$5,200

  • Arenado is at home against a lefty, which is a great spot to target him. He faces the rookie Blake Snell who is weak against right-handed bats in his minor league days. Arenado is better vs. righties, but still owns a nice .350 wOBA and .200+ ISO score against south paws.
  • I love Jake Lamb at home in a hitter’s park against left-handed pitching. Aaron Sanchez is tough on righties, but lefties have done well against him this year. Lamb has upped his wOBA to .377 since 2015 and owns a nice .230 ISO score to go with it.
  • Todd Frazier has always crushed left-handed pitching and faces Wade Miley who is allowing right-handed bats a .300 average this year with eleven home runs in 65 innings of work. Frazier owns a big .382 wOBA and a huge .364 ISO score against southpaws, so he has a good shot for a home run.


Shortstop

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Trevor StoryRockiesRays$5,100
2Carlos CorreaAstrosAthletics$3,900
3Corey SeagerDodgersNationals$4,900
4Manny MachadoOriolesYankees$4,100
5Marcus SemienAthleticsAstros$4,100

  • I love Story at home against left-handed pitching. He owns a .403 wOBA and a .301 ISO score in those matchups and does hit better at home. He is moved back up to fifth in that order and is coming off a home run last night.
  • Correa owns solid numbers against left-handed pitching. Tonight he’ll face a weak lefty who has allowed 11 runs on 5 home runs in less than nine big league innings.
  • Seager owns a .400+ wOBA and a high .200s ISO score against right-handed pitching. He faces a 22 year old rookie in Reynaldo Lopez who struggles with left-handed bats. I’m not sure of the power upside against a ground ball pitcher, but he should be able to rack up some hits and runs scored.


Outfield

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Mike TroutAngelsRangers$5,400
2Nelson CruzMarinersWhite Sox$4,200
3George SpringerAstrosAthletics$4,600
4Miguel SanoTwinsTigers$4,400
5Jayson WerthNationalsDodgers$4,500
6Mark TrumboOriolesYankees$5,000
7Adam DuvallRedsBraves$4,800
8Mookie BettsRed SoxGiants$5,400

  • Mike Trout is the best player in baseball and keeps going lower owned than he should. He faces Kyle Lohse who has been very bad this year in limited innings. In the last few years, right-handed bats are hitting over .300 against him. Trout owns a monster .415 wOBA with a .282 ISO score even in same handed matchups, so it’s easy to see why he is always near the top of the list.
  • Nelson Cruz crushes lefties. His .447 wOBA and .344 ISO score against them are some of the best numbers in all of baseball for any batter against any handedness of pitcher. Quintana is a solid pitcher, but his average, fly ball rate and home run percentage are all higher to right-handed bats.
  • George Springer also crushes left-handed pitching and gets a weak one today in Dillon Overton who has allowed 5 home runs and 11 runs in his 8.2 inning of big league work. Springer owns a .406 wOBA and .256 ISO against lefties and will be on top of that order that is expected to do some damage.
  • Miguel Sano is really good in righty vs. righty matchups. He faces Anibal Sanchez who has allowed a .320 average with eleven home runs in 45 innings of work to right-handed bats. Sano owns a .365 wOBA and a .238 ISO score against righties and is discounted from the top priced options.
  • Jason Werth is a monster from the two hole against left-handed pitching. He always goes low owned, but he owns a big .392 wOBA and .270 ISO score in those spots. He faces Scott Kazmir who has allowed right-handed hitters a .258 average this year with eleven home runs in sixty-five innings of work.

 


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