This marks the second installment of our articles series this season called “MLB Forecast: Warm Front”. This article will pin down the players who are coming into this slate hot and are in good spots to continue their hitting streak.
Eric Thames (1B $4,100) vs. Scott Feldman (2.38 ERA) @ Miller Park
Well, this one is fairly obvious and I’m not going to go into detail about him because you all know about him by now. The question lies in whether you are willing to pay over 4k for him but he is virtually unfadable at the moment. He is surely to come down at some point but the time is not now. Any time he plays at Miller Park or other parks that are extremely generous to lefty power hitters, he essentially needs to be played, it’s as simple as that. This man has absolutely owned the Reds thus far batting .474 with 7 (of his 10) home runs, yes you read that correctly, coming against the Reds. The roof will be open as it is a beautiful day in Milwaukee so don’t let his price tag scare you away. His ownership should be rather high tonight.
Wil Myers (1B $3,900) vs. Patrick Corbin (3.27 ERA) @ Chase Field
You will likely be paying up for a 1st baseman in this slate seeing as it features various high-priced players who are in great spots and are likely to continue their streaks (see Votto, Thames, Rizzo). Myers has only played 3 games in which he hasn’t logged a hit and continues to be one the hottest hitters to start this season. He carries a .345 AVG into his matchup against lefty Patrick Corbin who he is 4-8 against in his career. Perhaps the most intriguing part of this matchup is the ballpark as Chase Field has given up the most hits and home runs to batters so far this season which plays right into Wil Myers hand’s. The game also features a 9.5 O/U so we are likely to see a fair amount of productivity from the bats. If you want to save a few bucks by fading Thames (not really recommended), then Myers is a great bat to look at tonight.
Robinson Cano (2B 3,800) vs. Jordan Zimmerman (5.94 ERA) @ Comerica Park
Cano is finally heating up and his price is suggestive of that. Cano has followed up his 0-4 outing on 4/21 (when I rostered him of course) going 5 for his last 8 and averaging 23.5 FDP. He gets to face up against a seemingly regressing right-handed pitcher in Jordan Zimmerman who Cano has found success against, even though it is a small sample size. While Cano holds a .269 AVG this season, he is batting .305 and slugging .525 against righties. Now, Comerica isn’t the most hitter friendly of parks but Cano is in a good spot here to continue his recent surge and should be considered as one of your 2nd baseman for tonight’s slate.
Chris Owings (SS $2,800) vs. Clayton Richard (3.04 ERA) @ Chase Field
Chris is another intriguing bat tonight in this game that will likely feature chalky D’backs stacks and is certainly affordable at under 3k. Not only is he in a great spot, he has also been seeing the ball well. Over his last 4 games started he has 6 hits including 1 dinger, 1 double along with 7 RBIs and a stolen base. He will also be even more intriguing if he bats 3rd again like he did last night in a dangerous D’backs lineup putting him in a great spot for both runs and RBIs. Even if he does bat towards the end of the lineup where he certainly may find himself tonight, he should still see great opportunity to be productive for you.
Trevor Story (SS $4,200) vs. Joe Ross (3.86 ERA) @ Coors Field
The Trevor Story we were all exposed to before his injury last season is (hopefully) back! He has gotten off to a slow start this season suggested by his very bad .188 average but we all know this man can flat out hit, especially in Coors. He comes into tonight’s matchup against the Nats on a 6 game hit streak going 8 for his last 25 ABs with 3 dingers and 9 RBIs. In a game that is projected to see 11 runs, Story could be an integral part of a Rockies stack, something that will most likely be common in cash games tonight.
Jason Heyward (OF $3200) vs. Gerrit Cole (4.70 ERA) @ PNC Park
It looks like J-Hey is finally coming around as a Cub as he has yet to live up even close to his very large contract (21mil/ year). Jason has always been a very good fielder but his bat has been atrocious ever since he threw a Cubs jersey on. He comes into this game on a 4 game hit streak but more notable has hit a dinger in 3 of his last 4 to go along with 11 RBIs. Versus righties this season, Heyward is batting .321 with 15 RBIs and slugging .518. If you are a BvP advocate you probably won’t be rostering him due to his .150 average over 20 ABs against Cole, but this doesn’t really scare me. He should have various RBI opportunities in the 6-hole tonight on a Cubs team that has been firing on all cylinders lately scoring 37 runs over their last 4 games.
David Peralta (OF $3100) vs. Clayton Richard (3.04 ERA) @ Chase Field
Peralta has been on a tear lately and I am kind of surprised to his price tag so low, especially in a game that vegas projects a 10 run O/U. He is riding a 4 game his streak and has 17 hits in his last 7 games. In these 7 games he only had less than 2 hits per game once. On April 22nd against the Dodgers he actually went 4-5 with 4 doubles. He simply is seeing the ball great and is in a great spot tonight to start a home run streak after going yard last night in a park that is very favorable for batters.