Preston Tucker- OF- HOU- Idea- Although Alfredo Simon has performed well against RH hitting; lefthanders have smacked him around to the tune of a .303/.366/.540 slash line. Tucker has posted a slash line of .280/.342/.544 against RH pitching. This makes Tucker a good bet to have a solid performance. Value play- FanDuel salary $3100
Ben Revere- OF- TOR- Hot- Leading off for the second time this month, Revere went 2-for-4. This raised his batting average with the Blue Jays above the Mendoza line to .214. Revere has been suffering from horrendous luck since being traded. His BABIP since joining the Blue Jays was .189 heading into yesterday. There may have been some regression to the mean going on since his BABIP was .328 when he left Philadelphia and is now .318, just a hair below his career mark of .320. If any regression has bottomed out, Revere could put up solid numbers as the season starts to get to the home stretch.
Brian Dozier- 2B- M IN- Cold- Dozier went 0-for-4 with a walk yesterday. It was the 3rd time in 4 games he has taken the collar. Dozier's ISO surged from .174 in 2014 to .245 this season. While his power has made advances his average hasn't budged much from the .242 he posted last year, currently standing at .245. That can primarily be explained by a drop in Batting EYE from 0.69 to 0.39. Both sides of that (increased strikeouts and decreased walks) play into the change. This has also impacted his chances to steal as Dozier's OBP has dropped from .345 to .317. From her e on in you can count on power form Dozier, but that's going to be just about it.
Greg Bird- 1B- NYA- Rookie- Bird was called up by the Yankees. He went 0-for-5 in his major league debut. He hit .301 after being promoted to AAA and hit 6 homers in 34 games. A lefthanded hitter, Bird is expected to make use of the short porch in Yankee Stadium's right field. This weekend, though, they Yankees are playing in Toronto. Bird has good control of the strike zone, with a Batting EYE of 0.61 combined at AA and AAA. He has a strong bat but it may take a while to get untracked.
Chris Iannetta- C- LAA- Drop Value- Iannetta has been the victim of horrendous luck this season, with a BABIP of .219 driving a .182 average. It looks like he won't get much of a chance to wait for regression to the mean. He hasn't started since Tuesday and isn't going to start today. Iannetta has surpassed his homer total from last year, hitting 8 long balls in 262 PAs, after slugging 7 in 373 in 2014. His Batting EYE hasn't dropped a huge amount, going from 0.59 to 0.51. The bad luck has cost him his value, even in leagues that count OBP. That mark is at .290, well below his .351 career level. If Iannetta finds a place to play in 2016 he could be a sleeper, but he may be one who ends up fading away.