Jake Cronenworth- SS- SD- Idea- Somewhat lost in the 21st century version of Fernando(Tatis)mania going on in San Diego, Cronenworth has been putting up solid numbers in his rookie season. He is slashing .306/.358/.592 overall. Cronenworth is better against RH pitching, slashing .316/.366/.684 against them. The Padres will be facing Jordan Lyles who has had a poor 2020. He was far from dominating LH hitters last year with a .277/.367/.555 slash line against them. This matchup favors Cronenworth, who is at a very reasonable price and eligible at 2B and 1B. Value play- Draft Kings salary $3000
Garrett Hampson- 2B- COL- Hot- In the last month of 2019 Hampson posted a slash line of .318/.368/.534 with 5 homers and 9 steals. So far this season he has a slash line of .321/.373/.509. Hampson only has 1 homer but he has 3 doubles and 2 triples. He also has seen only a small drop off in his Exit Velocity and HardHit% from last year. That is an indication that the homers will likely follow. Hampson has been installed in the leadoff spot in the Colorado order and has stolen both of his 2020 bases in the 9 games since that has become his place. He has a .410 BABIP but with his inherent speed a drop from that shouldn't be too drastic and his average has room to fall and still be a positive. Hampson looks like a good player to add for the stretch tun this season. He is primarily playing OF now so his versatility is an added plus.
Luis Urias- 2B- MIL- Hot- Urias was acquired in the offseason to challenge Orlando Arcia for the SS job. A broken hamate bone in spring training and then a positive COVID-19 test before summer camp delayed his appearance with the Brewers. Since he finally got in the lineup a week ago he has been on fire. Yesterday Urias went 3-for-4 with his first extra base hit of 2020 (a triple), giving him a .474/.500/.579 slash line. He has been functioning as a super utility player, seeing time at 2B, 3B, and SS. Urias has benefited greatly from a .500 BABIP. With a HardHit% of just 14.3% heading into yesterday waiting for a larger sample size before thinking that Urias has made a big leap forward would be the way to go.
Kris Bryant- 3B- CHC- Cold- Bryant went 0-for-4 with 2 Ks yesterday. It dropped his slash line down to .182/.286/.345 for the season. At this rate he won't be occupying the leadoff spot for the Cubs much longer. Bryant's main problem is bad luck. His BABIP is .229, but his Exit Velocity of 86.6 and HardHit% of 31.4% are off just a little from last year (87.5 and 33.5%.) He has been more strikeout prone so far this year, with a K% of 28.6% above his 22.9% of 2019. If he doesn't panic and swing at everything (and with a Swing% of 45.0% below his 2019 mark of 48.4% it looks like that's not the case) regression to the mean will help. That's if it kicks in during the shortened season.
Donovan Solano- SS- SF- Cold- It's not really fair to call Solano cold, but that was what he finally was yesterday. For the first time since Opening Day Solano failed to get a base hit, ending a 17-game hitting streak. His 0-for-5 game still left his average at .403. Solano's BABIP dropped from .500 to .475. His peripherals don't show anything outstanding. His LD% is 29.8%, down from 33.9% last year while his GB% is up to 40.4% from 36.9%. Solano's HardHit% is 33.3%, a decrease from his 42.9% in 2019 and his Exit Velocity is up slightly from 87.0 to 87.8 but those are not elite numbers. It looks like that average is driven by a lot of very good luck. That will be hard to continue for another 27 games.
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