It’s a Coors night on Draft.com. You want exposure to at least one side of the thin Colorado air. Certain players excel visiting the Rockies, like Andrew McCutchen. With lefty Kyle Freeland going, there are a number of Giants who can do damage. Jeff Samardzija can always inflate run totals when he’s pitching as well. Get some bats from that game to pair with a few other shrewd spots for a successful night on Draft.
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Blake Snell, SP: Middle. Outside of the occasional hiccup, Snell has had a breakout year. His healthy 12.6 SwStr% helps deliver a strikeout floor. There’s some risk using him, as the A’s have some solid right-handed bats. They’re beginning to level off after a few hot starts, however.
Jake Arrieta, SP: Late. The Dodger offense isn’t the worst bet to pick on with SPs. Arrieta hasn’t quite found his All-Star-caliber groove yet, but keep in mind he missed most of spring training. A start in Chavez Ravine against the average Dodgers could help. If you’re looking for an SP late, his name ended up buried down the Draft pitcher list.
Jose Ramirez, IF: Early. The Indians’ hottest hitter (.438 wOBA the last 14 days) faces off with the streaky Lucas Giolito. There have been spots where Giolito has shown grit, but there’s been more bad than good this year from him.
Matt Adams, IF: Late. Much depends on which Dylan Bundy shows up. The one who struck out 14 White Sox’s is trouble. But if the one who couldn’t get out of the first innings against the Royals is on the mound, Adams could double dong.
Andrew McCutchen, OF: Early. Like most players with a pulse, Cutch has spectacular career numbers at Coors Field. His .580 SLG there is the second highest of any park for his career (Miller Park is slightly better for him). It’ll cost you, but he’s a good bet for extra-base hits.
David Dahl, OF: Middle. Jeff Samardzija struggles with two things: getting lefties out and keeping the ball in the ballpark. Give me Dahl over a slumping Parra or CarGo’s poor career numbers against the Shark.
Brandon Nimmo, OF: Late. When you find Nimmo atop the Mets lineup, he tends to produce. His 167 wRC+ is up there with the elite hitters of baseball. He’s not the sexiest name out there, so he’s likely to be available late. It’s a nice floor with your final pick, though.
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There are thunderstorms forecast for the Atlanta area, and a chance of thunderstorms in Milwaukee, so keep an eye on those closer to lock.
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