We have some Aces on the mound and some gas cans to target, so the decision between paying for pitching or hitting will again be a big one. We also have a game in Coors field with Rubby De La Rosa on the mound and you will see that theme come up again and again throughout the Top 5 list. Let’s take a look at which players make the most sense for us to roll out there!

Catchers

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Brian McCannYankeesRoyals$3,600
2Buster PoseyGiantsBlue Jays$3,600
3Stephen VogtAthleticsRed Sox$3,600
4JT RealMutoMarlinsBrewers$3,100
5Jonathon LucroyBrewersMarlins$3,400

  • McCann has been moved up into the 3 hole with A-Rod and Ellsbury on the shelf. He is at home in Yankee Stadium with the inviting short porch and faces a weak right-handed pitcher in Kris Medlen. He homered yesterday and has a lot of upside from his new batting order spot.
  • Stephen Vogt has one of the best matchups on the day. He faces Sean O’Sullivan who allowed left-handed bats to hit .366 with a WHIP of 2.07 in 2015. LHB also had 12 home runs off him in 28 innings of work, so there is plenty of upside for all the lefties in that Oakland order.
  • Buster Posey gets his preferred side against a left-hander in JA Happ. Although he didn’t surrender a ton of home runs, Happ did allow right-handed bats to hit over .270 against him in 2015.


1st Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Paul GoldschmidtDiamondbacksRockies$5,600
2Chris DavisOriolesTwins$4,400
3Anthony RizzoCubsPadres$5,400
4Joey VottoRedsPirates$4,500
5Hanley RamirezRed SoxAthletics$4,400

  • Goldy is in Coors Field today and facing a lefty in Chris Rusin, who allowed right-handed bats to hit over .300 against him with a home run allowed every 6 innings. Goldy owns a .442 wOBA and a .245 ISO score vs. LHP since the start of 2015 and is 3-for-7 lifetime v. Rusin.
  • Chris Davis mashes right-handed pitching to the tune of a .405 wOBA and a .344 ISO. He faces the stud prospect, Jose Berrios, who has been lights out against right-handed bats, but he’s been knocked around by lefties in his short time in the show.
  • Juan Nicasio has been good this year, but still struggles with patient hitters willing to take a walk and not chase pitches out of the zone. Joey Votto is that type of hitter to a T. His .408 wOBA and .224 ISO against right-handed pitching also leads me to believe he will smash anything that does get thrown in the zone here today.


2nd Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Daniel MurphyNationalsTigers$4,600
2Jason KipnisIndiansAstros$4,100
3Jean SeguraDiamondbacksRockies$5,000
4Tommy La StellaCubsPadres$3,000
5Logan ForsytheRaysMariners$4,100

  • Daniel Murphy has been on fire to start the season. With teams giving the Barry Bonds treatment to Harper and walking him every time up, it seems we always see Murphy with runners on base. He has done an amazing job of knocking them in, and should continue to get chances as long as teams think it makes more sense to walk Harper than pitch to him.
  • Segura homered yesterday from the top of the Diamondbacks order and plays in Coors Field today. He faces a weak lefty in Chris Rusin who has brutally bad numbers at home over the course of the last season and a half.
  • Kipnis is very good against right-handed pitching with a .384 wOBA and a .164 ISO. He plays in a great hitter’s park against Houston Chris Devenski who is a converted relief pitcher that struggles against left-handed bats.


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3rd Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Josh DonaldsonBlue JaysGiants$4,700
2Evan LongoriaRaysMariners$4,000
3Kris BryantCubsPadres$4,700
4Todd FrazierWhite SoxRangers$4,800
5Derek DietrichMarlinsBrewers$3,300

  • Todd Frazier is starting to get comfortable on his new team. The right-handed hitting third baseman has upped his wOBA to .364 since the start of 2015 and owns a monster .319 ISO to go with it against left-handed pitching. He faces Derek Holland who is a lefty that has allowed a higher average and more home runs to right-handed bats.
  • Kris Bryant should have a big day here. Colin Rea has exhibited reverse splits in his limited major league innings and Bryant owns a .383 wOBA with a .211 ISO score in righty on righty situations.
  • Josh Donaldson is better vs. left-handed pitching, but has mashed righties as well since the start of 2015. He faces Matt Cain who has allowed a high batting average to both sides of the plate and a ton of home runs lately. Cain may be making $20 million this season, but he sure is not pitching like it.


Shortstop

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Manny MachadoOriolesTwins$4,900
2Trevor StoryRockiesDiamondbacks$5,300
3Xander BogaertsRed SoxAthletics$4,500
4Jung Ho KangPiratesReds$3,900
5Corey SeagerDodgersMets$3,200

  • I liked Machado a lot more when Phil Hughes was scheduled to be on the mound. With the rain yesterday, they get Jose Berrios instead. Berrios has been tough on right-handed bats, but Machado owns righties to the tune of a .397 wOBA and .258 ISO score since the start of 2015.
  • Xander Bogaerts has a .396 wOBA against left-handed pitching and faces the rookie Manaea for the Athletics today. The rookie has already struggled with right-handed bats since his call up, and Xander makes for a top cash game play here today.
  • Jung Ho Kang is back from the DL and enters an already stacked lineup. He was actually one of the best hitter’s on the team vs. right-handed pitching in 2015. This guy was the Troy Tulowitzki of the Korean league before coming over. He flirted with a triple crown over there, so you know he can handle a bat.


Outfield

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Carlos GonzalezRockiesDiamondbacks$4,700
2Ryan BraunBrewersMarlins$4,600
3Bryce HarperNationalsTigers$5,000
4Stephen PiscottyCardinalsAngels$4,100
5Charlie BlackmonRockiesdiamondbacks$4,600
6Giancarlo StantonMarlinsBrewers$5,100
7Josh ReddickAthleticsRed Sox$4,300
8Gerrado ParraRockiesDiamondbacks$4,300

  • CarGo, Blackmon, and Parra are all left-handed bats at home in Coors field that have hit right-handed pitchers well over the course of their respective careers. Each is going to face Rubby De La Rosa who allowed lefties to hit over .300 against him with 20 home runs in 87 innings of work in 2015.
  • Ryan Braun has mashed left-handed pitching his whole career. He owns a .418 wOBA and a .261 ISO score against southpaws since the start of last season. He faces a solid pitcher in Adam Conley today, but the lefty has struggled with big righty bats like Braun.
  • Bryce Harper is getting tough to roster, because teams are refusing to pitch to him. For a tourney, I do not love the upside, but three walks, a stolen base, one chance to hit, and a few runs scored can easily add up to double digits and make him viable in cash games.
  • I love the Athletics lefties vs. Sean O’Sullivan today. O’Sullivan allowed left-handed bats to hit over .360 against him last season with 12 home runs in 28 innings of work. Reddick owns the highest wOBA/ISO combo on the Athletics vs. right-handed pitching at .365/.191, so I think he will be in a great spot from the 3 hole to do some damage today.
  • Giancarlo Stanton has 7 home runs in his last 13 games and they are of the line drive laser beam variety. He faces Zach Davies who is one of the worst pitchers in the league. This Marlins offense already knocked Davies around the last time these two met, so I have no doubt they will do so again here.