Today’s targets will focus on the hefty 14-game slate tonight, which features some challenging pitching decisions to go with some sneaky offensive matchups. Any questions please find me on Twitter @JasonWalker_72 — let’s do this!

Catchers

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Evan GattisHOUDET$4,600
2Yasmani GrandalLADARI$3,800
3Steven VogtOAKCLE$4,100
4Cameron RuppPHLATL$3,200
5Jonathan LucroyMILPIT$4,600

  • Solid 126 wRC+/.339 ISO at home vs. LHP for Gattis and DET SP Boyd has given up 1.735 HR/9IP this season.
  • Surprising 47% hard contact rate at home for Grandal, 49% when at home vs. RHP.
  • CLE SP Bauer gives up 42% hard contact to LH bats and Vogt has a solid 116 wRC+ against RHP on the road.


1st Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Kendrys MoralesKCTEX$3,300
2John JasoPITMIL$2,800
3Ryan HowardPHLATL$3,200
4Carlos SantanaCLEOAK$4,600
5Edwin EncarnacionTORBAL$4,300

  • 41% hard contact against RHP for Morales, who also carries a strong 151 expected power (100 is average) into an implied 4.3 run total.
  • If Howard plays, his power is still devastating with a 174 expected power over his last 36 at-bats and ATL SP Jenkins has already yielded six HR in 23 IP.
  • Encarnacion has a 39% hard contact rate at home and Toronto has a five run implied total tonight against BAL.


2nd Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Jason KipnisCLEOAK$4,900
2Dustin PedroiaBOSLAA$4,300
3Brian DozierMINCWS$4,100
4Ryan SchimpfSDCIN$3,900
5Jose AltuveHOUDET$5,300

  • Kipnis has a huge 49% hard contact rate at home vs. RHP and OAK SP Graveman allows 38% hard contact vs. LH bats on the road.
  • Schimpf, in his first 42 home plate appearances, has a 50% hard contact rate, including 75% in the even smaller sample size of facing LHP at home. CIN SP Finnegan gives up 1.9 HR/9 IP and has given up 42% hard contact in his last two starts.
  • Altuve has a 53% hard contact rate at home vs. LHP and DET SP Boyd has given up 40% hard contact over his last two starts.


3rd Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Miguel SanoMINCWS$3,700
2Joey GalloTEXKC$3,300
3Maikel FrancoPHLATL$3,400
4Jefry MarteLAABOS$2,900
5Josh DonaldsonTORBAL$5,200

  • Sano has 44.4% hard contact vs. LHP this season and a 153 wRC+ in that split as well this year.
  • Franco appears to be fine health-wise after his HR against RHP Wisler last night. He has the aforementioned RHP Jenkins tonight and Franco has a strong 136 wRC+ away vs. RHP this season.
  • Marte has a 42% hard contact rate against RHP this season and BOS SP Porcello carries a 4.37 xFIP and .396 wOBA away vs. RH bats.


Shortstop

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Carlos CorreaHOUDET$4300
2Asdrubal CabreraNYMCOL$3000
3Manny MachadoBALTOR$4300
4Troy TulowitzkiTORBAL$3700
5Brad MillerTBNYY$3700

  • Cabrera has a 174 expected power rating over his last 91 at-bats and 46% hard contact rate at home vs. RHP.
  • Correa will be very popular against DET SP Boyd and Correa has a solid 37% hard contact rate over the past two weeks.
  • Miller has a strong 50% hard contact rate at home vs. RHP while NYY SP Nova has been giving up 40% hard contact to lefties on the road.


Outfield

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Jose BautistaTORBAL$3,900
2George SpringerHOUDET$5,000
3Jay BruceCINSD$5,100
4Andrew McCutchenPITMIL$4,000
5Aaron AltherrPHLATL$2,800
6Kole CalhounLAABOS$3,300
7Matt KempSDCIN$4,800
8Nomar MazaraTEXKC$3,900

  • Springer gets to face DET SP Boyd and brings a 36% hard contact rate in vs. LHP at home and a 159 wRC+ in that split as well.
  • 42% hard contact on the road vs. RHP for Jay Bruce this season and a 142 wRC+ against SD SP Jackson, who has a 6.18 SIERA this season, giving up 1.4 HR/9 IP.
  • McCutchen is bouncing back, having a 187 expected power over his last four games, and he is going into Miller Park- the third best HR park for RH bats this season.
  • Kemp has the HR friendly matchup with CIN SP Finnegan, a solid 37% hard contact rate over his last two weeks and a 129 wRC+ at home vs. LHP.
  • Altherr started 2016 off right with a dinger and gets the good matchup with ATL SP Jenkins. If he’s batting fifth again, fire him up for 2.8K.


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