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7/23 MLB ARTICLE

PITCHER

CHRIS SALE

· Top pitcher if you are going to pay up at SP1

· 2.94 xFIP with a 35% K rate on the year

· TB has a 23.7% aggregate K rate vs lefties


CHRIS ARCHER

· Has been better and more consistent as of late

· 24.7% K rate for the Cards lineup not including the pitcher

· 27% K rate on the year for Archer


DALLAS KEUCHEL

· Royals are terrible vs LHP ranking bottom 5 in SLG

· Keuchel is a massive favorite and usually works deep into the game

· No one is scary on the Royals vs lefties except for Merrifield since Soler and Dozier are much better vs RHP


FIRST BASE

MATT ADAMS

· Very affordable at $4100 and Lambert is terrible vs lefties

· Has a 49% fly ball rate and a 42% hard hit rate vs RHP

· .250 ISO against the fastball which Lambert throws 59% to lefties


YULI GURRIEL

· Always low owned but continues to mash the baseball especially vs RHP

· .306 BA vs righties with 16/19 homeruns

· .400 BA in July with 11 bombs in 17 games


SECOND BASE

OZZIE ALBIES

· Continues to mash lefties this season with a .393 BA with a .247 ISO

· Also much better at home with a .332 BA and 10/14 homeruns at home


JOSE ALTUVE

· Red hot batting .352 in July with 4 homeruns

· Fiers power struggles have come against RHH over his career

· .242 ISO against the fastball which is Fiers main pitch


THIRD BASE

JOSH DONALDSON

· Really found his power stroke over the past 2 months

· Has the highest ISO on the team against the fastball at .394 since 2016

· Starting to hit the ball much better vs lefties and has a career .291 ISO vs lefties


JOSE RAMIREZ

· Has been hitting the ball much better over the past month

· Is batting .328 with 5 bombs in July

· Will steal if he gets on vs Sanchez


SHORT STOP

MANNY MACHADO

· Been one of the best hitters in MLB vs lefties this year

· .386 BA and .486 ISO against lefties with a 53% hard hit rate

· Vargas gives up power against righties


DANSBY SWANSON

· Much better against lefties than righties

· Batting .312 with a .208 ISO and just a 14% K rate vs lefties

· Also has a 41% hard hit rate vs lefties and a .277 ISO against fastballs


OUTFIELD

RONALD ACUNA

· Mashes lefties with a .321 BA this season and a .272 ISO

· Duffy throws his fastball 40% to righties and Acuna has a .345 ISO against that pitch

· Red hot over the past week with plenty of power and SB upside


YORDAN ALVAREZ

· Continues to mash the baseball

· Has a .364 BA and a .349 ISO vs RHP

· Fiers only has a 15.8% K rate vs lefties this season


JUAN SOTO

· Lambert is terrible against LHH with a 600+ SLG allowed and under a 6% soft contact percentage

· 59% fastball usage against lefties for Lambert and Soto has the highest ISO on the team against that pitch at .367

· Soto has a .333 BA at home and a .219 ISO vs RHP this year


HUNTER RENFORE

· Tremendous vs LHP with a .464 ISO and .739 SLG this season

· Unbelievable 50% fly ball rate and 55% hard hit rate

· Mashes all three of Vargas’s main pitches


TOP STACKS: Braves, Astros, Nats, Padres

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