The Top 5’s will cover an full on 15-game slate tonight with a ton of solid offensive games to pull from. Let’s get to it! Rankings are based on value projection. Top 5 dollar for dollar plays at each position. Any questions, hit me up on Twitter @JasonWalker_72.

Catchers

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Sandy LeonBOSMIN$3,100
2Welington CastilloARICIN$2,600
3Nick HundleyCOLATL$3,200
4Russell MartinTORSEA$3,600
5Robinson ChirinosTEXKC$2,900

  • Leon has come out of the gates with a 151 expected power (100 is average) over his first 56 at-bats and remains fairly low owned. The Sox will be a hot stack tonight, and Leon will be a low dollar way to get into that.
  • Castillo slowed after a strong start but has bounced back with 60% hard contact over his last six games and is cheap entry into a Great American Ballpark game.
  • Chirinos has a 199 expected power over the past 30 days and .441 wOBA and .355 ISO split against LHP. KC SP Duffy has a .334 wOBA against RH bats to help that split.


1st Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Miguel CabreraDETCWS$4,400
2Paul GoldschmidtARICIN$4,300
3Brandon BeltSFNYY$3,300
4Chris DavisBALCLE$3,600
5Victor MartinezDETCWS$3,400

  • CWS SP Turner is a target for Tigers bats with his 7.11 SIERA and Cabrera is very inexpensive here with his .389 wOBA vs. RHP and 129 expected power is a prime target here.
  • Goldschmidt has had a 42% hard hit rate over his last eight games and playing in CIN with a 9.5 run total.
  • Davis has a .430 wOBA and .369 ISO against RHP and a 9.5 run total tonight. CLE SP Bauer has a 45% hard contact factor against LH bats on the road as well.


2nd Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Dustin PedroiaBOSMIN$3,900
2Trea TurnerWASSD$3,600
3Devon TravisTORSEA$3,900
4Brian DozierMINBOS$4,900
5Robinson CanoSEATOR$4,700

  • Pedroia is below $4K and batting second in a 10.5 run total and carries a solid .360 wOBA against RHP.
  • Turner has delivered since coming up to the majors, with a 255 expected power over his first 28 at-bats and the Nationals have an implied run total of 5.5 runs tonight.
  • Dozier has a strong .262 ISO against LHP and BOS SP Rodriguez gives up 37% hard contact to visiting RH bats.


3rd Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Miguel SanoMINBOS$4,100
2Josh DonaldsonTORSEA$5,300
3Nick CastellanosDETMIN$4,200
4Manny MachadoBALCLE$3,700
5Eugenio SuarezCINARI$2,600

  • Sano gets the same advantages as Dozier above and a .413 wOBA/.276 ISO split of his own to bring to the matchup.
  • Donaldson with 50% hard contact this season at home against LHP. No home runs this season despite that hard contact and 44% fly ball rate in same split. That will change.
  • Machado has a .387 wOBA and .238 ISO against RHP and is at home where he’s enjoyed 37% hard contact in that split.


Shortstop

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Troy TulowitzkiTORSEA$3,300
2Zack CozartCINARI$3,400
3Xander BogaertsBOSMIN$4,100
4Adam FrazierPITPHI$3,000
5Trevor StoryCOLATL$5,300

  • Tulo’s got 50% hard contact against LHP at home this season and a 159 expected power rating in his last six games.
  • Bogaerts has a solid .352 wOBA against RHP this season and the Sox have their implied run total of 6.1 tonight.
  • Frazier’s been leading off, has a .349 wOBA/.231 ISO against RHP this season and the Pirates have a nearly five run implied total tonight.


Outfield

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Michael SaundersTORSEA$4,100
2Justin UptonDETCWS$3,600
3Adam DuvallCINATL$3,900
4Giancarlo StantonMIANYM$4,300
5Andrew McCutchenPITPHL$3,800
6Nelson CruzSEATOR$4,100
7Robbie GrossmanMINBOS$4,100
8Carlos GonzalezCOLATL$5,400

  • Saunders has a .418 wOBA/.306 ISO split against LHP this season and SEA SP Paxton has a 40% hard contact rate against LH bats.
  • Duvall has a 42% hard contact rate at home and the Reds have a five run implied total tonight against ARI SP Bradley, who carries a .329 wOBA against RH bats into Cincinnati.
  • Stanton has a 177 expected power over his last 89 at-bats and a 44% hard contact rate at home this season.
  • Cutch is bouncing back, has a 44% hard hit rate over last nine games and a 38.4% hard hit rate vs. RHP at home this season.
  • Grossman has a .419 wOBA against LHP this season and a 41% hard contact rate over his last seven games.

 


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