The Toronto Blue Jays check in as the highest projected scoring team for a third straight day. This really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone; after all, they have totaled the most runs in Major League Baseball this season.
The Jays are facing shaky lefty Wade Miley tonight, meaning the southpaw-slashers of Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, and Chris Colabello (plus Jose Reyes and Russell Martin) are all in play.
However, what if you’re thinking of going against the grain? Which offense could generate similar output?
The Arizona Diamondbacks have a nice matchup against left-hander Chris Rusin, who has the worst individual split of any pitcher in action (.366 wOBA vs RHB). Paul Goldschmidt, A.J. Pollock, Nick Ahmed, Yasmany Tomas, and Wellington Castillo are all in fine situations to produce.
As usual, this column will focus on the evening slate, starting at 7:05 ET.
DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH
Chris Colabello – OF – TOR (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
Colabello will enjoy the matchup against Wade Miley outlined earlier. Miley holds a .333 wOBA vs right-handed hitters, and Colabello finds himself in an excellent RBI spot batting 5th behind Encarnacion, Bautista, and Donaldson. The last time Miley faced Toronto, he got nicked up with 4 earned runs (two homers) in 6 innings. Colabello is the proud owner of one of those round-trippers.
Shin-Soo Choo – OF – TEX (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Choo has finally rekindled the homerun upside from his Cincinnati days, belting three dingers in the past three games. He has an excellent chance at achieving another, or at least a few extra-base hits against Kevin Gausman’s .327 wOBA mark vs left-handed hitters. Camden Yards in Baltimore is friendly to left-handed power, as Choo has fully displayed the first three games of this series.
Mike Moustakas – 3B – KC (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Minnesota pitcher Kyle Gibson has been leaking oil as the season rolls along, allowing some power upside (five homers in past five outings) along the way. That’s good news for the lefty-laden Kansas City lineup, as Gibson’s susceptibility lies against left-handed (power) hitters. Moustakas is in a fine position batting 2nd for the Royals, holding the necessary power to cash in.
Also Consider: Yasmany Tomas – OF - ARI
Xander Bogaerts – SS – BOS (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Bogaerts isn’t a ‘must play’ by any stretch of the imagination; however, he makes for a comfortable cash game filler at an otherwise weak position. He’ll step into a righty/lefty matchup against prospect Matt Boyd, enjoying a nice park factor in the Rogers Centre. Batting third in this high run-scoring environment goes a long way from the capable shortstop.
Danny Espinosa – 2B – WAS (FanDuel Price: $2,500)
Espinosa is a fantastic cheap filler, promoted to the 2-hole for Washington. That’s the most important takeaway, as he’s behind the on-base machine of Denard Span, with slugger Bryce Harper backing him up. Espinosa has some decent upside as well, and he’s a switch hitter with nice prospects against spot-starter Manny Banuelos.
Alex Gordon – OF – KC (FanDuel Price: $2,400)
It’s hard to believe that Alex Gordon is this cheap, but recent inconsistencies have sent his price tag to the basement. However, this looks like a great bounce-back situation, against the aforementioned struggling Kyle Gibson. The last time Gibson took on Kansas City, he gave up 4 earned runs, including a 3-run homer by Alex Gordon.
Also Consider: Salvador Perez – C – KC
Derek Norris – C – SD (FanDuel Price: $3,000)
Left-hander Tim Cooney will receive a spot-start for St. Louis, meaning the Padres righties could be in a nice position to jump on the inexperienced southpaw. Norris is always a “boom or bust” proposition, as he could realistically belt two homers or go 0-4 with two strikeouts: hence the tournament designation.
Torii Hunter – OF – MIN (FanDuel Price: $3,300)
Hunter has been on a nice little tear as of late, smacking four homers over his past four starts. Tonight, he’ll face the fly-ball, homerun tendencies of Chris Young (58% fly-ball rate), which gives him an added boost to launch another one into the seats. The only downside comes from an inflated price point in the midst of this heater.
Mike Napoli – 1B – BOS (FanDuel Price: $2,700)
Napoli was disappointing in a solid righty/lefty matchup yesterday, but he’ll have a chance to redeem himself in a similar situation tonight. Let’s not forget Napoli’s impressive .395 wOBA, .215 ISO line against left-handed pitchers, and Toronto hurler Matt Boyd gave up three homers in his MLB debut.
Also Consider: Kennys Vargas – 1B – MIN (check lineup)