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Greg Vara

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Pitcher

Jose Quintana, CHC at MIL ($8,700)
Quintana has been on a roll lately, recording 29 strikeouts in 18.1 innings over his last three starts. Hell face a Brewers team, that enters with a K% of 26.5%, which is the highest in the majors.

Catcher

Evan Gattis, HOU at DET ($2,700)
Jordan Zimmerman takes the hill for the Tigers and considering his struggles lately, its bound to be a short night against a potent Astros lineup. Zimmerman enters with a 5.81 ERA, but thats not the worst of it; hes allowed four or more runs in four of his past five starts. There are plenty of bats in the lineup that match up well with Zimmerman, but Gattis is the most cost effective. Gattis enters with a .371 wOBA against righties this season.

First Base

Joey Votto, CIN at MIA ($3,700)
Votto enters with a .415 wOBA against righties this season, which surprisingly isnt the best among Reds hitters (see below).

Second Base

Scooter Gennett, CIN at MIA ($3,100)
Anytime there is a righty facing the Reds (Vance Worley), Gennett is in play. Gennett enters with a .428 wOBA against righties this season, which leads the Reds and is seventh in the majors.

Shortstop

Didi Gregorius, NYY vs TB ($3,900)
A reliever with a high ERA getting stretched out for a spot start where have I seen this before? Oh yeah, in Washington on Thursday, and while I dont expect the Yankees to hit eight home runs like the Nats did, I expect them to have plenty of success against Austin Pruitt. Gregorius has been mashing lately he enters with a .383 wOBA against righties this season, which trails just Aaron Judge among Yankees hitters.

Third Base

Freddie Freeman, ATL at PHI ($3,800)
Perhaps its all the time he spent on the DL or possibly the switch to 3B, but whatever the reason, Freeman hasnt been able to recapture his form from early in the season. With that said, it would have been almost impossible to keep up the pace he set early in the season, but he still leads the majors with a .481 wOBA against righties. Jeremy Hellickson takes the mound for the Phillies coming off a terrible start where he allowed six runs in five innings.

Outfield

Giancarlo Stanton, MIA vs CIN ($4,600)
Red starter Sal Romano has only started four starts on the season, and prior to his most recent start, he looked pretty bad. Its difficult for good pitchers to shut the same team down in consecutive outings, let alone guys that are average or below average. Stanton has been on fire lately, entering with a .390 wOBA against righties this season.

Austin Jackson, CLE at CHW ($3,000) With Lonnie Chisenhall on the DL and an outfield stacked with left-handed bats, Jackson has found a niche against lefties within the Indians lineup. Derek Holland enters with a 5.12 ERA for the White Sox and hes been particularly bad lately, surrendering five or more runs in three of his past four starts. Jackson enters with a .422 wOBA against righties this season.

Trey Mancini, BAL at TEX ($2,900) Mancini has been a nice surprise for the Os this season, and one reason for his solid production is his performance against righties (his .402 wOBA against them leads the team).

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