Cesar Hernandez- 2B- PHI- Idea- Hernandez has posted a solid .307/.361/.459 slash line against RH pitching. Reynaldo Lopez has a .296/.376/.519 slash line against LH hitting. The switch-hitting Hernandez can exploit this matchup. Value Play- Draft Kings salary $3800
Cole Hamels- P- CHC- Hot- Hamels returned form the Il with a flourish. He threw 5 shutout IP, allowing no runs, giving up 4 hits, striking out 6, and walking no one. He threw 49 of his 74 pitchers for strikes. Hamels' 3 runs and 6 walks allowed in 5.1 IP across 2 rehab starts should be looked at as nothing more than tuning back up.
Trevor Bauer- P- CIN- Caution- Bauer didn't impress much in his Cincinnati debut, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks while striking out 4 in 4.2 IP. He threw 63 of his 107 pitches for strikes. It was only the 3rd time in his last 13 starts that Bauer hasn't thrown over 110 pitches. His workload is worrying. In 2018 he threw 110 or more pitches 10 times in 27 games. He topped 120 pitches twice. In 2017 the numbers were 11 games of 110 or more pitches in 31 starts, only one of which was over 120 pitches. So far this season, in 25 starts Bauer has hit the 110-pitch mark 16 times. He has thrown 120 or more 5 times. That's a lot of pitching from his arm. Over his career, Bauer has a first half ERA of 3.64 and a second half mark of 4.40. For a pitcher who has a good possibility of showing fatigue, the number of pitches being thrown so far is a significant concern.
Yonathan Daza- OF- COL- Rookie- Daza has been up and down like a yo-yo this season. He sis back for his 4th stint with the Rockies after Davis Dahl hit the IL. Daza has continued his development at AAA Albuquerque, hitting .364 with 11 homers and 12 steals. Daza has a .399 BABIP, but that isn't an extreme number compared to his minor league past. His K% is only 12.4%. He hasn't put that kind of production up in his limited major league time, but he has the potential to end up as the Colorado CF of the near future. Daza's defensive skilled are well regarded enough that he may push Charlie Blackmon to a corner.
Shane Greene- RP- ATL- Cold- Greene had his first save opportunity for Atlanta last night. He is still waiting for his first save. Greene allowed a run on 3 hits and a walk in an inning of work to blow the save. It only increased his ERA to 1.38, but his FIP is at 3.76 so even with the new surroundings Greene shouldn't be counted on to be more than a solid closer. He is not as elite as his ERA might suggest. Last year Greene's ERA was 4.05 and in the second half it was 6.94. Over his career this has been a trend of second half decline. His first half ERA is 4.14 and second half 5.09.
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