Pitcher: $8,300 Gerrit Cole- Cole hasn’t had the best of years so far (by his standards), but that doesn’t mean he can’t have a big game tonight. The potential is always there for a big game, especially when the matchup is right. His tendency to strike batters out gives him upside, but his tendency to struggle at times this year means he has some risk.
Catcher: $2,700 Brian McCann- McCann will face Marco Estrada in a matchup that he should be able to take advantage of. Estrada is far from his former ace-level self, meaning the Houston Astros should be able to put a good amount of runs on the board. Given the dearth of options at the catcher position, McCann is a strong play given his excellent upside.
First Base: $3,900 Freddie Freeman- He had an excellent start to the season and has been on a torrid hot streak ever since coming off of the disabled list. He absolutely obliterates righties, making a big game very feasible for him. His strong righty/lefty matchup with Dan Straily is one that he should do some damage in.
Second Base: $2,700 Scooter Gennett- While expecting a performance similar to his four home run game is wishful thinking, Gennett should still be able to turn in a solid game. He obliterates righties and should be able to do just that against Lance Lynn. Gennett also should be fairly low owned.
Third Base: $3,100 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 Mike Foltynewicz. It also doesn’t hurt that Dietrich comes with a $3,100 price tag.
Shortstop: $3,400 Didi Gregorius- Gregorius has enjoyed a breakout season this year, and his success should continue against Didi Gregorius. There aren’t that many strong options at the shortstop position, which only makes starting him an easier decision. Putting him in my lineup tends to pay off in big ways, and hopefully that will happen tonight.
Outfield: $3,200 Josh Reddick- Reddick’s numbers are almost polar opposites for when he faces righties and for when he faces lefties. Luckily he is facing an inferior righty so Reddick should be in for a solid night.
Outfield: $3,200 Nomar Mazara- Mazara does nearly all of his damage against righties, making it a good thing that he will face one in Kyle Gibson. He doesn’t have that sturdy of a floor, but his ceiling is as high as any.
Outfield: $3,100 Seth Smith- This pick is mainly to offset some of the risk that other players in the lineup carry. Smith is worth consideration anytime he is facing a righty, which he is today.
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