Colin Moran- 3B- PIT- Idea- Moran has been hot lately and for the season has a .287/.339/.457 slash line against RH pitching. Elieser Hernandez has had trouble with LH hitters, reflected in his .267/.356/.603 slash line against them. For the price, Moran's production is a bargain. Value Play- Draft Kings salary $3700
Jose Peraza- SS- CIN- Stats- Peraza was recalled from AAA Louisville when Kyle Farmer was placed on the IL. Last year Peraza had what looked like a breakout season, hitting .288 with 14 homers and 23 steals. So far 2019 has been more of a breakdown season for him. Peraza is slashing just .237/.284/.346 in 335 PAs. There is reason to hope for a bounce back in 2020. Peraza's 6 homers are not too far off his pace from 2018, when he had 683 PAs. His BABIP is .266, well below normal expectations. Peraza's Hard% has increased from 29.5% to 34.0% and his FB% is up to 43.2% from 38.0%. With a good spring and better luck, Peraza could be back to where he was in 2018, if not better. He will turn 26 next April.
Trea Turner- SS- WAS- Hot- Despite seeing his BABIP drop from .361 in the first half to .341 in the second half, Turner has hit .308 after the break compared to .288 prior. He has dropped his K% significantly, from 24.3% to 15.2%. Turners BB% has risen from 7.4% to 8.7%. This has boosted his OBP from .343 to .370. Turner was putting up solid numbers early but has pushed his production to a higher level. With an overall slash line of .298/.357/.480, 13 homers, and 31 SBs, Turner's value heading into 2020 has risen as he seems fully recovered from a broken finger.
Aaron Nola- P- PHI- Cold- Nola ended a string of 4 quality starts by getting knocked out after 4 IP today. He allowed 5 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks. Of his 76 pitches, 48 were strikes. Nola did manage to strike out 6 batters, raising his K/9 for the season to 10.07. He has been wilder this season than in years past, with a 3.38 BB/9. Still, his ERA of 3.63 and FIP of 3.94 are solid, if quite to his level of the past couple of years. Nola looks to be dependable down the stretch this season as well as heading into 2020.
Zack Wheeler- P- NYM- FYI- Wheeler picked up the win yesterday to run his record to 10-7 it wasn't the prettiest of outings. He lasted 5 IP, giving up just 1 run but allowed 7 hits and walked 2 while striking out 3. Wheeler needed 101 pitches to get that far. It was the 4th time in his last 5 outings Wheeler didn't register a quality start. He had a stretch ending July 2 where he had pitched at least 6 IP in 15 of 16 starts. Since then he has only hit that amount of IP 4 times in 9 starts. Only 2 of them went more than 6 IP. Wheeler has not returned to his form from before he went on the Il in July. It looks like he might not get there this year. He should be watched in the spring, given his history.
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