Rockies bats poised to start week on high note

Mazara at plate, Zimmermann on mound also among strong choices Monday

April 24th, 2016

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The players listed below could provide difference-making stats for DraftKings participants on Monday.

Anthony Gose: The outfielder owns notable career splits, with a .683 OPS against right-handers that exceeds his .527 mark vs. lefties. Gose could provide cost-effective production in DraftKings contests when he faces A's righty Kendall Graveman (career 4.40 FIP, 1.33 WHIP).

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Miguel Cabrera: With a lifetime .321/.389/.560 slash line against right-handers, Cabrera has proven to be among the best in baseball in those matchups. The first baseman could go deep or drive in multiple runs when he faces Graveman (career 1.1 HR/9 rate).

Francisco Lindor: Since making his Major League debut on June 14, 2015, the shortstop -- who has already accumulated 13 career homers and 15 steals -- has logged a .926 OPS against left-handers that exceeds his .765 mark vs. righties. Lindor may reach base often when he faces Twins southpaw Tommy Milone (career 4.02 ERA, 1.30 WHIP) and could swipe a base against Kurt Suzuki, who allowed more steals than all but two catchers in '15.

Mike Napoli: Having produced a lifetime .916 OPS against left-handers (.803 vs. righties), the first baseman will be in prime position to display his power when he faces the lefty Milone (5.87 ERA in 2016). In addition, the slugger could benefit from batting at Target Field -- which has proven to be a favorable venue for right-handed power hitters such as Napoli.

Ryan Raburn: Raburn has produced notable lifetime splits, with an .833 OPS against left-handers compared to a .695 mark vs. righties. The outfielder -- who has recorded a 1.043 OPS against southpaws since the start of 2015 -- could put a ball into the outfield seats at his hitter-friendly home park when he faces Pirates lefty Jeff Locke (career 4.24 ERA, 1.41 WHIP).

Nolan Arenado: The superstar third baseman has traditionally fared best against left-handers (career .293/.354/.528 slash line) and when working at homer-happy Coors Field (lifetime .310/.348/.568 slash line). Arenado could post a game-changing total in DraftKings contests when he hits at home against Locke (4.70 ERA, 1.51 WHIP since the beginning of 2015).

DJ LeMahieu: With balanced career splits and a lifetime .314/.362/.417 slash line at Coors Field, the second baseman will be poised to reach base often when he faces Locke (career 4.27 FIP). LeMahieu could also swipe a base against Cervelli, who allowed more steals than any other catcher in 2015.

Mark Reynolds: Having produced a lifetime .800 OPS against left-handers (.766 vs. righties), the first baseman could be a cost-effective portion of a Rockies stack -- including Raburn, Arenado and LeMahieu -- against Locke.

Prince Fielder: Much of Fielder's notable Major League success can be traced to his lifetime .297/.407/.547 slash line against right-handers. Set to bat at his offense-inducing home park, the slugger could excel against Yankees righty Nathan Eovaldi (career 4.16 ERA, 1.40 WHIP).

Nomar Mazara: Since making his big league debut on April 10, 2016, Mazara has posted an impressive .357/.396/.476 slash line. With the benefit of a premium lineup spot, the left-handed-hitting outfielder could have a great game when he works at his hitter-friendly home park against Eovaldi (4.40 ERA, 1.44 WHIP since the start of 2015).

Corey Dickerson: Dickerson has been a fantastic performer in his career when facing a right-handed pitcher, producing a lifetime .944 OPS in those matchups. The outfielder could go deep Monday when he faces Orioles righty Kevin Gausman, who owns a career 1.1 HR/9 rate and is making his season debut after beginning the year on the DL with a shoulder injury.

Jordan Zimmermann: With a spotless ERA and a 1.09 WHIP across three outings, Zimmermann is off to a great start with his new team. The right-hander -- who owns a lifetime 3.26 ERA -- could stay hot when he works at home against an A's lineup that ranks 25th in the Majors with a .668 OPS against right-handed pitchers.

Danny Salazar: With a lifetime 3.55 ERA and 9.9 K/9 rate, the right-hander has the potential to post a notable total in DraftKings contests when he faces a Twins lineup that is tied for 26th in the Majors with 57 runs scored.

Madison Bumgarner: The left-hander will be poised to spin a gem when he brings his lifetime 3.05 ERA and 1.12 WHIP into a matchup at his offense-suppressing home park against the Padres. Having produced a season-to-date 4.54 FIP and 1.39 WHIP, the normally pricey Bumgarner could be more affordable than usual.

Rick Porcello: Due to his 4.89 ERA and 1.32 WHIP since joining the Red Sox at the outset of 2015, the right-hander could have a reasonable price tag in DraftKings contests when he gets a break from deep American League lineups and faces the Braves at pitcher-friendly Turner Field. Homers have been a problem for Porcello during his time with Boston (1.4 HR/9 rate), but he could suppress that issue vs. an Atlanta club that has just three home runs this season.

All statistics are accurate through the completion of Saturday's games.