Stephen Vogt- C- OAK- Idea- Vogt has a good chance to keep his hot start going against Roberto Hernandez (the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona.) Hernandez had a slash line of .246/.358/.387 and FIP of 5.65 against lefthanders last year. Vogt posted .291/.331/.439 against righthanded pitching. Value play- FanDuel salary- $2900
Lorenzo Cain- OF- KC- Great Player- The Royals lost for only the second time this season, but it certainly wasn't Cain's fault. He went 3-for-4 with a double, homer, 3 RBI, 3 runs scored and a stolen base. Cain's early-season BABIP is at .48 so the .429 average will likely not last to challenge Ted Williams as the last .400 hitter. Getting a second steal of the year today was a good sign. His steal production was expect to go up to 32 steals from last year's 28 and this puts him back on track for that.
Tommy Milone- P- MIN- Hot- Milone picked up his second win in two starts but did not have a quality start. He allowed 3 runs in 5.1 IP on 7 hits and 3 walks while striking out 3. That brought his numbers more into line with what he produced last season. Milone's 2.08 ERA does show the effect of good luck, as his FIP is 3.59 and xFIP is 4.03. That xFIP happens to exactly equal his projected ERA for 2015. Milone is only going to have value in the deepest of AL leagues, if then.
Brad Boxberger- RP- TB- Hot- Boxberger did give up a run last night but he nailed down his 4th save of the season, tying him for the major league lead. Boxberger has struck out 8 in 5.1 IP, although he has also walked 3. He had a 14.47 K/9 in 2014 over 64.2 IP for Tampa Bay so the strikeouts aren't a surprise. His 2.78 BB/9 last year offers a lot of hope that his wildness will slow down. Boxberger looks like he is firming up his position as closer.
Ryan Goins- 2B- TOR- Rise value- Goins was called up yesterday and saw action almost immediately as he came in at SS to replace Jose Reyes, who left with an oblique injury. Goins went 1-for-3 with a walk. He had been hitting .350 in 6 games at AAA Buffalo. Goins benefited from a BABIP of .438 in those early games, so there is definitely no firm indication that he has turned around his offensive shortcomings. Goins is no longer looked at as the 2B of the future for Toronto after batting .188 in 193 PAs for them last year. With Devon Travis hitting .343 for the Blue Jays Goins' main chance at some playing time in the majors is if Reyes' injury lands him on the DL.
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