Jonathan Schoop- 2B- BAL- Idea- Schoop has been hot since coming back from the DL. Before last night's 2-for-4 performance he had a slash line against RH pitching of .324/.361/.735 and had hit 4 homers in 34 ABs against them. This puts him in good position to exploit Justin Verlander's reverse split tendencies. Value play- DraftKings salary $4000
Adam Eaton- OF- CHA- Hot- Eaton may be seeing the start of some regression to the mean at the beginning of the second half. He is 4-for-12 in the first 3 games back and his BABIP is up to .292. This is still below his .321 career mark so there is plenty of room for more positive regression. Eaton has also walked in each of those 3 games. A boost in OBP will give him more chances to steal bases and make it more likely that he will end up in double digits in that category.
Omar Infante- 2B- KC- Old Player- At 33 Infante isn't that old but he's playing that way. He went 1-for-7 in yesterday's marathon. Infante struck out twice and failed to walk. His BB% is at an atrocious 1.9%, far below his career norm of 5.3%. Infante's Batting EYE has plunged to 0.12. Without better plate discipline he offers little as a fantasy player.
Alex Rodriguez- 3B- NYA- Stats- ARod may have gone hitless yesterday, but lately he's been looking like he's celebrating his 40th birthday (July 27) a little early. In his previous 4 games Rodriguez had 3 homers and 2 multi-hit performances. It's hard to make comparisons across ARod's career, given the amount of chemical enhancement that's there, but the numbers he is putting up are not far from his norms. His .309 BABIP is a little lower, so if anything, some positive regression to the mean could be expected. ARod's 23.2% HR/FB ratio is only a hair above his 22.9% career average. His .62 Batting EYE is in line with his .60 average. Indications are that ARod's performance levels are not a fluke.
Hisashi Iwakuma- P- SEA- Hot- Iwakuma continues to improve as he seeks to gain full strength. Yesterday he allowed 2 runs on 5 hits while striking out 5 and walking none. Of Iwakuma's 76 pitches, 54 were strikes. He has only made 6 starts. In 3 of them he gave up 8 homers in a total of 15.1 IP. That is still skewing his numbers. More important is Iwakuma's solid control and improving K ratio.
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