Ah, the weekend! We made it.
Not sure about you guys, but I spend a lot of my downtime looking at baseball players and stats. Might as well share some of the knowledge!
Here are a few hitters that you might want to consider if you play in Daily Fantasy leagues like Draft Kings or Fan Duel.
Adam Jones – Jones hits Francisco Liriano well. In 27 plate appearances, he has 10 hits, including 3 home runs. That’s a pretty significant sample size. As far as the ballpark factor, Oriole Park is the 2nd worst for hitters so far in 2018. However, in 2017, it was 11th best, so we’ll chalk the 2018 figures up to some pretty horrible weather thus far in our young season. Jones is also showing signs of seeing the ball well, as he’s had two multi-hit games in his last three, and only struck out once in his last four contests.
Robinson Cano – Here’s another vet that deserves a look. Against Carlos Carrasco, Robbie Cano is 9 for 23 with two long balls and a .417 on-base percentage. He’s batting a healthy .307 thus far in 2018, though he’s cooled off over the last week. Progressive field in Cleveland is generally in the middle of the pack in regards to run factor.
Kevin Pillar – Facing off against the immortal Bartolo Colon, Pillar has had success. In 11 at bats, Pillar has six hits for a .545 batting average, including a homer. The Jays are home at the Rogers Center which sits above average as a hitter’s park. Pillar has been swinging the bat pretty steadily thus far in 2018, batting .301 and collecting 12 hits in his last 10 games, including 5 doubles and a triple.
Ender Inciarte – The left-handed outfielder has had plenty of success against Nick Pivetta of the Phillies. Ender has an impressive 7 hits in 11 AB’s against the young righty, striking out only once while walking twice (good for a .643 OBP). Citizens Bank Park is a hitter’s park, so Ender might be the game to play.
Carlos Correa – Correa is always a good choice, but he sees the ball especially well against Daniel Mengden of Oakland. In 12 plate appearances, Correa has collected five hits and three walks against zero strike outs, good for a .556 BA and .667 OBP. One of the five hits was a long ball.
Marcus Semien – Let’s change dugouts in the Oakland – Houston matchup, though we’re baking on a much smaller sample size here. Against Lance McCullers, Semien has reached base six out of eight plate appearances while punching out four hits. No strikeouts, two walks. Again, not a huge data set, but Semien really seems comfortable against McCullers.