Nick Senzel- OF- CIN- Idea- Senzel has been on a roll in the last couple of games. Today the Reds will be facing Steven Brault, who had a .270/.368/.454 slash line against RH hitters in 2019. Senzel posted a .316/.371/.526 slash line against southpaws last year. As he is looking like he is getting back to normal this matchup is favorable for Senzel at his price. Value play- Draft Kings salary $3700
Jesse Winker- OF- CIN- Hot- With 2 homers last night, Winker now has 5 on the season. He went 2-for-3 with a walk and collected 2 runs and 3 RBI. Winker's .365 average has been helped greatly by a .424 BABIP, but he has shown that he is maturing. His exit velocity is at 93.7, up from 89.2 in 2019. Winker has also increased his HardHit% from 39.9% to 47.2%. His average may see a decline if regression to the mean kicks in, but his plate discipline (12.5% BB% and 0.57 Batting EYE) should help keep him contributing in OBP and OPS categories if your league counts those, as well as continued power.
Josh Hader- RP- MIL- Hot- Hader made only his 5th appearance of the season and notched his 4th save. It was his first 2020 appearance of more than 1 IP. Hader entered with 2 outs in the 8th and got the Brewers out of a jam and then finished it out with a scoreless 9th. His control was not sharp as only 17 of his 35 pitches were strikes and he walked 2 batters. Hader still showed enough power to register 3 Ks in his 1.1 IP. He has recorded 6 Ks in his last 2 appearances and has a 15.19 K/9. Hader's 4 BBs in 5.1 IP is a concern, but with 2 of them coming last night we are still dealing with a small sample size. If Milwaukee gets hot it will increase Hader's value. Manager Craig Counsell has not been afraid to use Hader for multiple IP which gives him more opportunity to rack up Ks. That allows him to contribute more in the K column than the average closer.
Dylan Carlson- OF- STL- Rookie- Carlson will probably get a chance to start in the COVID-19 decimated St. Louis outfield. He is their top prospect although at 21 years old and with 79 PAs at AAA, there may be some growing pains to be experienced. Combining his AA and AAA numbers last year, Carlson was a member of the 20/20 club with 26 homers and 20 steals. He has shown good plate discipline, with a Batting EYE of 0.50 in the minors last year. The switch-hitting Carlson hasn't shown problems swinging from either side of the plate. Long term projections for him are to be at least a decent major leaguer, with All Star potential. He is worth picking up in keeper leagues.
Trent Grisham- OF- SD- Hot- Grisham went 2-for-4 2ith a double last night. It raised his average to .250, but that isn't what was noteworthy. Grisham swiped his 4th base of the season. He has become an unexpected source of steals in 2020. Grisham had been projected to steal one base and is well beyond that total already. He had showed some base stealing ability in the minors, with 12 steals between AA and AAA in the Brewers' organization in 2019. Grisham only managed 1 steal in 51 games with the big club in Milwaukee, however. With Andres Gimenez leading the majors at 6 steals, having 4 steals ties Grisham for 7th with several other players. That gives him value.
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