Luckily my bold prediction of starting Randall Delgado ended up paying huge dividends as he put together a 38 point outing on the mound. Making that even more impressive is the fact that he cost a mere $5,500 to roster: the cheapest pitching option of the night.
Pitcher: $9,400 Robbie Ray- I don’t usually tend to splurge on a pitcher, but Ray is too good to pass up on. He has put together an excellent stretch of performances that should continue against a struggling Pittsburgh Pirates team. If you wish to go with a cheaper option that would give you more flexibility with your lineup, Eddie Butler is an intriguing option.
Catcher: $3,100 Alex Avila- Avila is set to face Miguel Almonte who will be making his first career MLB start. This fact alone makes Avila a very strong option. Add in the fact that he does most of his damage against righties such as Almonte, and Avila could be in for a good game. Given the dearth of options at the catcher position, Avila is a solid pick.
First Base: $3,600 Logan Morrison- Morrison will go up against the righty Nick Martinez who is the owner of a 4.69 ERA. Anytime that Morrison faces a right handed pitcher there is a chance that he hits a ball out. His abundance of power against righties makes him a pick with tons of potential for tonight.
Second Base: $3,200 D.J. LeMahieu- LeMahieu experienced a very sluggish start to the season, but he has heated up a bit over the past ten days. He fares far better against lefties, making it a good thing that he will face one in Ariel Miranda. LeMahieu should be able to do some damage against Miranda in the thin air of Coors Field.
Third Base: $2,600 Derek Dietrich- This is a bit risky of a play, but the potential is there for Dietrich to have a big game. He is a completely different ballplayer when he faces a right handed pitcher, and he will face a subpar one in Vince Velasquez. It also doesn’t hurt that Dietrich comes with a $2,600 price tag.
Shortstop: $3,600 Trea Turner- Turner was in the midst of a slump a few weeks ago but all of that looks like it is in the past. He draws a strong matchup with Jeff Samardzjia and his 4.50 ERA. Turner is a relatively safe play, but he has plenty of potential as well.
Outfield: $2,900 Kyle Schwarber- Albeit the fact that he is experiencing a mini-slump, Schwarber could be in for a big game. There is a perpetual risk that comes with starting him, but his potential outweighs the risk when the matchup is right.
Outfield: $3,400 Nomar Mazara- Mazara, who absolutely obliterates righties, draws a matchup with Matt Andriese, Andriese shouldn’t be able to deter Mazara from having a big game.
Outfield: $3,200 Max Kepler- Arguably the best German baseball player in the MLB, Kepler has turned some heads this year. He does most of his damage against righties and is set to face one in Mike Fiers. There is some risk involved with playing Kepler, but there is also a good deal of home run potential.Follow @jackstatsblog