We have some big tournaments on tap tonight and a full slate of 15 games with every MLB team in action. We have a lot of bats that are in good spots, so let’s take a look at some of the best ones at each position.
|3||Russell Martin||Blue Jays||Diamondbacks||$3,600|
- Brain McCann is coming off a two home run game his last time out and should remain in the middle of that Yankee order. He has a good matchup today against Chad Bettis who has allowed a .285 batting average to left-handed bats. McCann has power upside against a righty in Yankee stadium with the short, inviting home run porch in right field to aim for.
- Jimmy Nelson has been tough on right-handed batters, but struggles with left-handed hitters. Stephen Vogt is one of the few lefties the Athletics still have healthy and probably the best hitter among that group. He has been batting third in the order and is one of the cheaper options with upside for only $3,200.
- Russell Martin is another guy in a good spot today. He is at home in a great hitter’s park and gets his preferred split against a left-handed pitcher. That left-handed pitcher is Patrick Corbin who has allowed a .282 average to right-handed bats with 12 home runs in 66 inning of work in 2016.
- I love me some Chris Davis today. He is at home in a great hitter’s park and faces Luis Perdomo. Perdomo does limit the home run ball, but he also allows left-handed bats a .347 average so far in 2016. Davis owns a .395 wOBA and a .321 ISO score against right-handed pitching and hits better at home in Camden Yards.
- Despite Adam Wainwright looking better, I still think Anthony Rizzo is a great play. Left-handed batters have always hit Wainwright better than righties, and Rizzo is no exception. He profiles well with his .397 wOBA and .270 ISO score against right-handed pitching and he has a good track record of success with a 10-for-31 lifetime line that includes a home run.
- The rookie Blake Snell draws the start for Tampa Bay, and the left-handed pitcher has a few tough right-handed bats to navigate in that Indians lineup. Two of those hit in front of Napoli with Lindor and Rajai Davis who should both get on base. That means Napoli and his .381 wOBA and .262 against lefties since the start of 2015 should have ample RBI opportunities today.
- Jose Altuve faces a lefty today. He has a wOBA over .400 against lefties both of the last two years and even had a batting average over .400 against them in 2014. He faces Hector Santiago who has allowed a higher average, fly ball rate and more home runs to right-handed bats, so it’s a dream matchup.
- Ian Kinsler also pounds left-handed pitching and gets James Paxton today. Paxton allows a higher average to right-handed bats and will struggle with this right-handed dominant Tigers lineup.
- Derek Dietrich tends to lead off or bat high in the order against right-handed pitching. He owns a .374 wOBA and an ISO score of .199 in those situations. He faces Bud Norris who has been solid recently, but usually allows big numbers to lefties in the batting average, fly ball rate and home runs allowed departments.
|1||Josh Donaldson||Blue Jays||Diamondbacks||$5,600|
|5||Jake Lamb||Diamondbacks||Blue Jays||$4,000|
- Josh Donaldson is at home in his hitter friendly park and gets his preferred splits against a left-handed pitcher. Donaldson mashes lefties to the tune of a .416 wOBA and a .296 ISO score since the start of 2015. He faces Patrick Corbin who has allowed right-handed bats to hit .282 against him this year with 12 home runs in only 66 innings of work.
- Nolan Arenado feels a tad too cheap here today. He faces Ivan Nova who is really struggling with right-handed bats in 2016. Arenado is great in righty v righty situations with a .386 wOBA and a .308 ISO score.
- I am really high on Justin Turner today. He has an 8 game hitting streak that includes five home runs and five multi-hit games. He faces Tanner Roark today who has allowed a higher average to right-handed bats this year. Turner is a stud in righty v righty matchups with a .363 wOBA and a .197 ISO score since the start of 2015.
|3||Xander Bogaerts||Red Sox||White Sox||$5,300|
- Correa seems to be breaking out of his funk with 6 hits in his last 17 at-bats including 2 home runs and 5 walks. He has also been batting clean up lately and gets a weak left-handed pitcher in Hector Santiago that has allowed a higher average, fly ball rate, and more home runs to right-handed bats. Throw in the great home hitter’s park for Correa and he could again produce a big stat line.
- Blake Snell is a young lefty with some upside, but Francisco Lindor has been beating up major league ready left-handed pitching all season. Since 2015 he owns a .375 wOBA and a .177 ISO score against southpaws. He is still hitting third in the order too, which means he is in line to score and drive in runs.
- Xander Bogaerts is a great tournament play today. Not many will spend up to $5,400 to get him, especially when he faces a known name like Chris Sale. Xander owns left-handed pitching with a wOBA over .400 since 2015 and he is already 5-for-10 lifetime against Sale with a home run.
- Mike Trout gets a big park bump today and should see max at-bat from the top of the order of the visiting team. He owns a huge .412 wOBA with a .285 ISO score against right-handed pitching since 2015.
- Cespedes is my favorite big stick on the Mets, and I will always roll him out against a guy with a high fly ball rate looking for a home run. Cespedes does well in same handed matchups with a .376 wOBA and a .265 ISO against right-handed pitchers since the start of last season.
- Santiago has a high fly ball rate, average allowed, and home run percentage to right-handed bats. Springer has a wOBA over .400 against southpaws with a high .200s ISO to go with it. He is at home in a hitter friendly park and will see max at-bats from his lead off spot as well.
- Carlos Gonzalez owns right-handed pitching. He has a .412 wOBA and a .303 ISO score against them since the start of 2015. With the short porch in right field, I love the lefty power of CarGo against a right-handed starter and likely a few right-handed Yankee relievers today.
- Odubel Herrera does very well as a lefty bat against right-handed pitching. He owns a .354 wOBA in those situations. What flies under the radar is his ability to also steal bases and score runs. He has 7 home runs and 9 stolen bases, so he can fill a stat sheet in many ways.