And back to Coors Field we go.
Following a 10-day home hiatus, the Rockies will return to their notoriously hitter-friendly ballpark, met with a whopping 11 run over/under against the Los Angeles Angels.
Despite the artificially increased price points of players participating in this game, you’ll definitely want some exposure.
Angels’ starter Andrew Heaney is a southpaw that gives up power/fly-balls to right-handers. That’s great news for Troy Tulowitzki, Nolan Arenado, Wilin Rosario and maybe Nick Hundley or Brandon Barnes.
Colorado will roll out Chad Bettis as their pitcher, who actually has reverse splits .386 wOBA vs right-handed hitters. That plays right into the hands of Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, with Erick Aybar also holding some credence (Kole Calhoun is exuberantly price at $4300).
DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH
Wilin Rosario – 1B – COL (FanDuel Price: $3,400)
As mentioned in the introduction, left-hander Andrew Heaney has been very susceptible to right-handed power, allowing a .370 wOBA mark with a 2.33 HR/9 in 27 innings pitched. Granted, that’s not nearly enough of a sample size to draw definitive conclusions, it uncovers enough of a susceptibility to target - given the circumstances. Wilin Rosario has a stellar .391 wOBA .245 ISO line against lefties.
Erick Aybar – SS – LAA (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Aybar has been sizzling as of late, going 9-13 with 4 extra-base hits, 4 RBI’s, and 6 runs scored. He’s a beneficiary of the entire Angels offense picking up steam, and facing a mediocre pitcher in Coors Field seems like an unlikely spot for regression. Even though Aybar doesn’t have much power, he’s a decent gap-hitter, which Coors Field should help accentuate as well.
Josh Reddick – OF – OAK (FanDuel Price: $2,800)
After a red-hot start, Reddick has been on a fantasy roller-coaster ride through the past several weeks. That leaves him with a very attainable $2800 tag, and a fine bounce-back spot to boot. He’ll face Nathan Eovaldi, who owns a .340 wOBA split (1.34 HR/9) against left-handed bats, which rates among the bottom five of pitchers in action tonight.
Also Consider: David Ortiz – 1B - BOS
Jeff Baker – 2B – MIA (FanDuel Price: $2,200)
If you are desiring several bats from the Colorado-LAA matchup, you’ll need to save at certain positions. Second base seems to be good place to “punt”, and Baker is one of the better minimum-salary fillers. He sometimes bats higher in the lineup against a lefty, so keep an eye on the Marlins batting order. Baker is a platoon specialist against left-handed tossers, hitting them at an extremely solid .388 wOBA .239 ISO clip.
Adrian Beltre – 3B - TEX (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
Limited power or not: this is way too cheap of a price point for Beltre. He hasn’t really found his groove this season, especially in the extra-base hit department. Still, Beltre’s true talent level far exceeds this bargain price. The matchup against left-hander Robbie Ray (.345 wOBA vs RHB) lines up as well, given Beltre has smashed lefties to the tune of .393 wOBA .203 ISO over the past three years.
Andre Ethier – OF – LAD (FanDuel Price: $2,300)
Ethier and the Dodgers had a solid outing last night, and that could easily carry over in another quality matchup against Chad Billingsley. Ethier is the cheapest way to gain exposure to this LAD offense poised to inflict some damage. Even though he’s usually batting down in the order (7th), you can’t beat the near-minimum price point.
Also Consider: Ike Davis – 1B – OAK
Brandon Moss – OF – CLE (FanDuel Price: $3,200)
Moss is always a boom or bust proposition, but the needle moves slightly towards “boom” in a home matchup against Houston’s Vincent Velasquez. The young pitcher has been up-and-down over his last four starts, and there’s a reasonable chance the Cleveland lefties could get to him tonight. Moss is the type of guy who will give you a negative or 7+ FP: something worth considering in tournaments.
Drew Stubbs – OF – COL (FanDuel Price: $3,100)
You could just as easily write-up teammate Brandon Barnes in this spot, as they are both in similar situations: hitting down in the order with the previously mentioned righty/lefty matchup against Andrew Heaney. You shouldn’t necessarily be afraid of their less-than-ideal lineup spot, as this Colorado offense should generate 4+ at-bats throughout, and having the security of the 1-2-3 hitters behind them doesn’t exactly hurt the cause.
Avisial Garcia – OF – CWS (FanDuel Price: $2,600)
Garcia is finally starting to put forth some semblance of consistency, riding a 9-game hitting streak. While that hasn’t translated to outstanding fantasy production, it’s still comforting to know that he’s swinging a confident bat. He’ll step into a nice righty/lefty matchup against Felix Doubront, which could inspire the long-awaited fantasy gem.
Also Consider: Mark Trumbo – OF – SEA