Michael Conforto- OF- NYN- Idea- Conforto posted a slash line of .275/.341/.531 against RH pitching last year, with all of his 9 HRs coming in his 160 ABs against them. In 101 ABs against them this year he has all of his 6 homers and a slash line of .317/.397/.556. Facing Wily Peralta, who has challenges getting anyone out, Conforto is in good position for a big game. Value play- Draft Kings salary $3800
Edwin Jackson- P- MIA- Inj Update- Jackson's rehab stint at Class A Jupiter may be close to an end. A roster spot was cleared with the optioning of Jarlin Garcia to AA Jacksonville. If Jackson is activated from the DL he will assume a long relief role, which has little fantasy value. It would also leave the Marlins as the only major league team with no southpaw in the bullpen, so something will probably give there before too long.
Brandon Drury- 3B- ARI- Hot- Drury has been having a solid May, hitting .328. A lot of that is a result of good fortune, as he has a .364 BABIP since May 1. However, Drury is improving some of his peripherals. His BB% is 4.2%, a significant improvement over the 1.4% he posted in April. Drury has made strides in the other half of Batting EYE as his K% went from 21.1% in April to 14.1% so far this month. Add those together and you get a big jump in Batting EYE from 0.07 to 0.30. Drury is getting playing time and making the most of it.
Jason Heyward- OF- CHN- Cold- Heyward went 0-for-5 yesterday to lower his average to .225. He has suffered from bad luck, with a BABIP of .284 below his career norm of .308. There are some troubling signs, though, that regression to the mean may not fix. Heyward's GB% has dropped from 57.2% last year to 45.8% this year and his LD% and FB% numbers have risen as a result. That would be good, except that the share of balls that are considered hard hit has dropped from 29.1% to 20.4%. Heyward's medium hit balls have stayed almost the same, at 48.1% from 48.5 % so almost all of the difference has gone all the way to soft hit, which has risen to 31.5% from 22.4%. This may be an indication that the wrist soreness that has been reported is bothering him more than was let on.
Junior Guerra- P- MIL- Hot- Guerra pitched his second straight quality start and onto the list of rookies that need to be looked at. He gave up 3 runs in 7 IP on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 11. This gives Guerra 24 Ks in 25 IP in his 4 major league starts. He posted a K/9 of 8.87 at AAA Colorado Springs before getting called up to the Brewers. Milwaukee plucked him off waivers as a low risk 31-year-old after he posted 105 Ks in 83.1 IP between AA and AAA in the White Sox organization last year. He is at the point of being a potential asset in deep leagues, with an ERA that is now under 4.00.
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