Well, my inaugural FanCave Favs (under the new format) on Monday didn’t exactly live up to expectations. Out of the three players, only Trout decided to show up as I went 1-3 on the day.
Typically, 0.333 is phenomenal in baseball, but not here. We turn to a bounce back slate for the favs tonight with a 10-game main slate and no top-tier stud pitcher to jam in.
With that being said, there are a handful of spots to attack, and I have once again listed 3 players that I will make a priority in each and every one of my lineups.
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1B | Matt Olson | FanDuel – $3,600 / DraftKings – $4,400
One of the key factors that I look for when writing my FanCave favorites is recent play. No, it is not the end-all-be-all, but it should have an impact, especially with a power hitter. In this case, Olson has been scorching.
Over the last week (since 5/31), Olson has recorded 9 hits (4 HRs), 11 RBIs, and 6 R in 5 games. He’s recorded a ridiculous 66.7% hard-contact percentage over than span, giving him a 0.665 wOBA and a 0.800 ISO – that’s unheard of.
His counterpart, Bartolo Colon, has (SOMEHOW) only allowed a 0.267 wOBA to lefties this season, but his 4.28 xFIP and 39.5% hard-contact rating show some regression coming his way (and it started last week vs LAA).
OF | Marcell Ozuna | FanDuel – $3,500 / DraftKings – $3,800
Continuing the trend of scorching hot players, Marcell Ozuna got his signature toe-tap timing back three games ago and since then, he’s posted 6 hits (in 10 ABs), 2 of which were HRs, to go along with 6 RBIs, 3 runs and 2 BBs.
He gets to battle against Wei-Yin Chen of the Marlins (revenge narrative), who’s allowed a 0.389 wOBA and 6 of his 8 HRs against right-handed batters in 2018. It also helps that Ozuna has posted a career 0.356 wOBA, 0.185 ISO and a 41.1% hard-contact rating against southpaws.
C/DH | Evan Gattis | FanDuel – $2,400 / DraftKings – $3,600
My third and final lock of the day is not nearly as hot as Olson and Ozuna. He’s actually 0 for his last 12 at the plate, but when it comes to playing against LHP, I always look towards Evan Gattis.
Throughout his career, Gattis has posted a batting average 17 points higher against left-handed pitching, while posting a 0.331 wOBA and a 0.226 ISO. His matchup, Wade LeBlanc, has been stingier against RHB than LHB (surprisingly), but has struggled against Gattis, giving up 2 HRs in only 7 ABs (4 total hits).
His economical salary will help you fit in some premium bats to compliment the likes of Ohtani or McCullers on this slate, and gives you an insane amount of upside for the salary.
Thank you for reading my article and good luck in all of your contests tonight and to the individuals who are still alive in the #ProviderShowdown on Twitter (Yes, I am 😉 )!