Miguel Cabrera- 1B-DET- Idea- Miggy isn't the superstar he once was, but he owns a solid .333/.391/.551 slash line against southpaws. Martin Perez has a lackluster .277/.354/.454 slash line against RH hitters. The veteran Cabrera has an advantage here. Value Play- Draft Kings salary $3400
Willi Castro- SS- DET- Rookie- Castro began his major league career by going 2-for-4 with a double and run scored last night. He was called up from AAA Toledo where he had posted a slash line of .301/.366/.467 in 119 games. Castro hit 11 homers and swiped 17 bases for Toledo. His defense is his main asset, but he has consistently exhibited speed and some power in the minors. Castro's average this season was a big leap forward in his offensive game. He is only 22 years old so was producing well at a high level for his age. The Tigers consider Castro their SS of the future and he has shown enough in the steals and homers columns in the minors to warrant some interest in keeper leagues.
Eric Skoglund- P- KC- FYI- Skoglund will make his 2019 major league debut today. He made 13 starts for the Royals last year and added a relief appearance. Skoglund's 5.14 ERA at the major league level in 2018 would actually compare well with his results this year for AAA Omaha. Skoglund has a 6.14 ERA and 5.96 FIP for Omaha. His main problem of serving up long balls (1.54 HR/9 with KC in 2018) has continued this season at Omaha. His HR/9 there was a whopping 1.71. That particular issue hadn't surfaced before last year but it seems to have stuck around.
DJ LeMahieu- 2B- NYY- Great Player- LeMahieu's 2018 season, when he slashed .276/.321/.428, looks like an aberration. He has bounced back mightily this year, slashing .332/.378/.528. LeMahieu's BABIP rose from an unusually-low-for-him .298 to .354. Moving from Colorado to the Bronx didn't harm his production at all. His home/road splits still favor him at home, with a .344/.399/.590 slash line. As when LeMahieu was with Colorado, having better production at home didn't make his road numbers anything to sneeze at. He is slashing .319/.356/.464 on the road. He turned 31 last month, but still seems in his prime. There don't seem to be any situations where you wouldn't want LeMahieu in the lineup, other than when the Yankees have an off day.
Victor Reyes- OF- DET- Hot- Since coming back from AAA at the end of last month Reyes has hit .310 and has found himself ensconced at the top of the Tigers' order. He hasn't found the power that he showed in AA this season (10 homers in 308 PAs) and he has only stolen 1 base in 37 games. Reyes has stolen at least 12 bases per season since 2014, except for last year when he was up all year with Detroit as a Rule V pick and stole 9 bases in 100 games. This year's power at Toledo may have been an aberration but Reyes should steal more bases, particularly leading off.
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