Rounding the Bases: July 18

Welcome to Rounding the Bases for Tuesday, July 18th , 2017. In this article, I will list my four top plays of the day, regardless of pricing. I know that typically content is given in tiered formats to give you options at different levels, and I will try my best, but I’m not going to force myself into that model.

To keep with the theme of baseball, I’ll list four players, from first to home, in increasing order of interest for me tonight. These guys may or may not be usable in all formats. I have become more of a tournament player over the last year, so that is where my mentality is normally at.

The All-Star Break interrupted our series here, but prior to that, we had a great night on 7/7. Yelich and Lindor both had really big games, while Beltre and Arenado both managed to leave the yard. It worked out very well for us, and I hope it helped you to. Let’s home the momentum carries over to tonight. Home Runs called this season: 13 in 25 articles. With that said, here are my favorites today.

 

Jose Bautista – TOR – $8,400

SINGLE: I’m hoping to see more positives from the Blue Jays offense in the second half of the season, and I think it all starts with Joey Bats.

He gets a great matchup tonight, taking on Brian Johnson who, in limited action, hasn’t been good at all against right-handed bats. He’s giving up a .376 wOBA, 45% fly ball rate, 18.5% HR/FB ratio and 36.7% hard contact. Like I said, it is in limited action, but those are all really bad indicators.

I think Bautista has a chance to go deep tonight, and could still easily end up having a good game even without the long ball.

Jake Lamb – ARI – $8,400

 DOUBLE: These are the situations I love to go after Jake Lamb with. He’s taking on a low-tier righty in a park favorable to hitters.

The pitcher we are discussing tonight is Sal Romano. He’s giving up a .416 wOBA, 55.6% fly ball rate, 20% HR/FB ratio and 55.6% hard contact. All of those stats really bode well for the upside of Lamb and his teammates tonight.

The price is really fair, and I fully expect him to have a big game tonight, and with all of the options at the position, he could see lower ownership than normal.

 

Anthony Rendon – WAS – $9,600

TRIPLE: Speaking of other players at the position who could see high ownership, we now move on to Anthony Rendon. He’s having a tremendous season, and looks to continue things tonight.

The injury bug is real in Washington right now, and actually did take out a few of the options I wanted to use tonight. The Nationals are taking on Jesse Chavez, who has tremendous struggles against righties this year. He’s giving up a .371 wOBA, 41.5% fly ball rate, 20.5% HR/FB ratio and 38.1% hard contact.

This sets up really well for Rendon, who could have himself another really solid game tonight.

 

Charlie Blackmon – COL – $10,800

LONG BALL: Let’s wrap things up tonight with someone who should see a fairly high ownership. After all, this game will be played in Coors. Blackmon has been killing the ball this year, and things are even better for him at home.

The matchup here is amazing. Dinelson Lamet has been AWFUL this year against left-handed hitters. On the year, he’s allowing a .423 wOBA, 50.8% fly ball rate, 21.9% HR/FB ratio and 39.7% hard contact. Let’s not forget that Lamet actually pitched quite a few games this year, so this isn’t just an issue of small sample size.

Blackmon and the other lefties on this Rockies team should be some of the first bats you try to get in your lineups tonight.

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s Rounding the Bases. You can find more MLB content over at ReserchFantasy.

Nicholas Volinchak

Nicholas Volinchak

Nick has been playing fantasy sports for almost two decades. Starting off on sites like Sandbox in the mid to late 1990's, his love for all things fantasy became even greater when he found daily fantasy in 2012. Since then, he has expanded into multiple sports and has found a great deal of success in his endeavors. He is always willing to talk fantasy sports, so feel free to reach out to him on Twitter at @researchandwin.

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