When it comes to hitters, baseball is a game of streaks. One of my most utilized tools in deciding which batters to roster on any given slate is to look at their recent success or lack thereof in the batter’s box. This certainly isn’t the only analytical tool I use but it is certainly one that I utilize frequently to supplement my research. This article will point out hitters at each position who have been hot lately and could be in good spots to continue their streak.
1B | Trey Mancini | $3,400
Trey is coming into this matchup against the Blue Jays on a 7 game hit streak and has been putting together a great rookie campaign to the tune of .319 AVG and 43 RBIs. He will get to face up against Marcus Stroman who isn’t necessarily someone you want to pick on but Mancini has been very effective against right handed pitchers this season. He is also 5-11 with 2 home runs at the Roger’s Centre. With a 9.5 projected Vegas run total in this game, we should see a fair amount of runs that could certainly be a byproduct of Trey’s bat. Plug him in.
2B | Jonathan Schoop | $3,300
I had a tough time picking between Schoop, Scooter and Josh Harrisoon as they are all relatively affordable, in pretty good spots and have been hot lately. Schoop has finally established himself in the top of the O’s lineup and has certainly deserved it. 11 hits in his last 7 games with 5 of those games having multiple hits with 4 XBHs.
SS | Chris Owings | $3,400
Before his pinch hit appearance last night, Chris was on a 12 game hit streak (still is depending on if you count his pinch hit appearance). Over this span he has 8 XBHs and has been an integral part of the Dbacks batting order. Owings has done most of his damage against righties at home in Chase Field, which is the exact scenario tonight. Better yet – he get to face Adam Wainright who carries a 8.10 ERA in June and has given up some pretty hard contact against righties. Arizona is favored to win this game and the projected run total is at 9.5 currently so we should see around 6 runs from them.
3B | Adrian Beltre | $3,900
Normally I wouldn’t advocate paying upwards of $4k for Beltre, but his hot bat is making it hard to look elsewhere. He is the most expensive third baseman on this slate but has also gone yard in each of his last 3 games with 6 total XBHs in his last 7 games. Beltre has done most of his damage and hit all 5 of his bombs this season against righties whom he will face up against in Trevor Bauer.
OF | Michael Taylor | $3,800
I’m finding it hard to promote rostering Michael Taylor at $4k but it’s hard to ignore what he has been doing at the plate lately and gets a pretty good matchup against John Lackey and the Cubs. Over his last 7 games, Taylor is batting .500 with 3 homers, 3 doubles and 7 RBIs. He is one of the more streaky players in baseball and can do it all when he’s playing at his potential, including steal bases. Some will be off him due to his place in the batting order which is very understandable, especially having to pay $3,800 for an 8 hitter. Lackey has a 5.40 ERA over his last 3 years at Nationals Park and a 4.40 ERA on the road this year. Again, I’m not necessarily saying you should start him but I wanted to point out the fact he is scorching lately and could very easily continue that tonight.
OF | Curtis Granderson | $3,100
One of my favorite sneaky plays tonight. Over his last 7 games, he is hitting .423 with 4 homers, 2 doubles, 1 triple and 6 RBIs. He hasn’t had less than 15 FDP over his last 6 games and is simply seeing the ball great lately. The best part is that he gets to face lefty Jeff Locke who has yet to receive a win and holds a 5.70 ERA. This game is projected to tally 9.5 runs which I think will go over easily and Curtis, batting leadoff, should see plenty of action, continuing his hot streak. 7 of his 11 bombs have come in June and he will look to ride out a hot month into tonight.
OF | Keon Broxton | $2,900
Broxton is another one of my favorite plays tonight who is very affordable in game that is likely to feature many runs (9.5 projected run total). As a Brewers fan, this series/matchup is generally high scoring – see last night’s game that totaled 14 runs on 19 hits. He has 7 hits in his last 4 games that have included 3 stolen bases and 2 bombs. It’s hard to tell what we will see out of the opposing rookie pitcher, Luis Castillo, who has only pitched once before and actually had a pretty effective outing against the Nationals. Keon could be an integral part of a potential Brewers stack tonight.