This Friday slate feels weird with only 14 games on the schedule, and arguably the two most popular/famous teams in the Yankees and Red Sox, not playing as they prepare for their two game series in London. There is another Coors game on the slate (after last night’s slugfest). Another wrinkle in this slate is the lengthy game the Twins and Rays played Thursday afternoon that stretched into the evening. Their bullpens will be taxed and their opponent’s bats (Rangers and White Sox) could get a boost here. Luckily, we have the Dodgers and Rockies as they continue their 4-game entertaining series. Will another slugfest ensue tonight?
Austin Barnes, Dodgers at Rockies ($2,900 FD, $3,900 DK): We will have to make sure he is in the lineup tonight at Coors. But with Russell Martin the only other catcher on the roster for the Dodgers at Coors, there is a really good chance Barnes gets the call again tonight. We will stress this over and over again in this article: Senzatela, the starter for the Rockies is awful, especially at Coors. We want as many Dodger bats as we can tonight. And Barnes is a rare Dodger bat that is affordable.
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Joc Pederson ($4,000 FD); Max Muncy ($5,600 DK) Dodgers at Rockies: These were my picks last night for the Dodgers. And nothing has changed tonight. Lets do a dive into how bad Sentzatela has been: 33.1 innings at Coors, 40 hits, 23 earned runs (good for a 6.21 ERA), 13 walks, only 21 strikeouts and five HRs given up. Listen, these pair of Dodger bats are not affordable. But you need to have as many Dodger bats as possible. It really isn’t too complicated.
Brian Dozier, Nationals at Tigers ($2,500 FD, $3,400 DK): A cost-saving option to continue to try to save for other big bats in Coors, Dozier is a notorious lefty masher. Even though he is not having a great year, he is still is hitting lefties well and with power. Five HRs in only 63 ABS against lefties proves that point. He also has a .349 batting average and an OPS of 1.097. Opposing starting pitcher Daniel Norris is not adverse to giving up the long ball. In 267 ABs vs right-handed batters, he has already given up 11 HRs.
Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres at Cardinals ($4,000 FD, $5,600 DK): A relative bargain on FD where is the fourth most expensive SS as compared to DK where he is the most costly. In either case, he may be worth it. Opposing starting pitcher Michael Wacha has given up 12 HRs in only 160 ABs to righties. And there are fewer hotter hitters, either righty of lefty, than Tatis. He has two or more hits in three of his last six games. In that stretch, he has five RBI, nine runs, two stolen bases, six walks, seven hits and a HR. This guy is simply filling up the stat sheet and batting leadoff on the road, he is guaranteed maxing out ABs.
Justin Turner, Dodgers at Rockies ($3,900 FD, $5,000 DK): Another relative bargain on FD, this Dodger stud will likely bat third. As mentioned yesterday, he actually hits right-handers better than lefties. All we have to do is look at Senzatela’s stats above to realize what a great spot this Dodger is in. Can’t hurt to try to get more bats from this likely slugfest.
Alex Verdugo, Dodgers at Rockies ($3,600 FD, $4,900 DK): Lets get another Dodger batter in here. Well I am not going to stop at just one. I am going to add Kiki Hernandez ($3,500 FD, $4,600 DK) to add this list as well. Hernandez is also eligible as a Second Baseman on DK. Do I need to add details about why I like these guys? I will say, Kiki’s hitting profile is fantastic for this matchup. He has been hitting the ball in the top ten percentile in terms of exit velocity over the last month and we want as many players from this slugfest as possible. .
Jake Cave, Twins at White Sox ($2,200 FD, $3,200 DK): Again, we need some savings tonight to afford Coors bats. Twins outfielders Rosario and Kepler are battling nagging injuries and could get the day off. Make sure Cave is in the lineup against the Pale Hose right-hander Carson Fulmer but if he is in fire him up. Cave had five HRs in very limited time in the minors this season and has added one more at the major league level. He certainly has power to spare.
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