Bautista projected to excel vs. Orioles
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The players listed below could provide difference-making stats for DraftKings participants on Wednesday.
Jose Bautista (Blue Jays): Since the outset of the 2010 season, the outfielder has used a patient, powerful approach to build a .268/.389/.558 slash line against right-handers. From the No. 3 hole in the highest-scoring lineup in baseball, Bautista will be in position to excel when he faces Orioles righty Kevin Gausman (career 4.31 ERA, 1.30 WHIP).
Ryan Goins (Blue Jays): The shortstop has posted a lifetime .624 OPS against right-handers that exceeds his .527 mark vs. lefties. Having registered a .347 on-base percentage across 119 plate appearances since Aug. 26, Goins could reach base often and score multiple runs against Gausman. He could do so as part of a productive lineup, as the Blue Jays lead the Majors with a .786 OPS against righties.
Edwin Encarnacion (Blue Jays): From the cleanup spot in the highest-scoring lineup in baseball, the first baseman/designated hitter will be poised to drive in multiple runs when he faces Gausman (4.49 ERA in 2015) at Baltimore's hitter-friendly venue. Since Aug. 1, Encarnacion has hit .339 with 17 homers and 50 RBIs across 168 at-bats.
Curtis Granderson (Mets): With 25 homers, 11 steals and 96 runs across 663 plate appearances, the outfielder has been a cost-effective option in many 2015 DraftKings contests. From his perch atop the lineup, Granderson could excel when he brings his lifetime .860 OPS against right-handers (.696 vs. lefties) into a matchup with rookie righty Alec Asher (7.52 ERA, 1.56 WHIP) at hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park.
Daniel Murphy (Mets): The second baseman has long fared best vs. right-handers, against whom he has registered a career .784 OPS (.675 vs. lefties). Murphy will be set to succeed when he faces the inexperienced Asher at Philadephia's offense-inducing venue.
Michael Conforto (Mets): So far, the rookie outfielder has posted a .905 OPS against right-handers that exceeds his .397 mark vs. lefties. Conforto could be part of a Mets stack -- with Granderson, Murphy, outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and first baseman Lucas Duda -- against Asher. Also of note: Conforto and his teammates will attempt to put balls into play against a Phillies squad that ranks last in the Majors with a .667 defensive efficiency ratio.
Bryce Harper (Nationals): Hitting .336 with 41 homers across 503 at-bats, the outfielder has been arguably the best hitter in baseball this season. Harper could post a game-changing total in DraftKings contests when he brings his lifetime .957 OPS against right-handers (.785 vs. lefties) into a matchup with rookie righty Williams Perez (5.04 ERA, 1.55 WHIP) and a Braves bullpen that ranks last in baseball with a 4.78 ERA.
Adrian Beltre (Rangers): With a lifetime .290/.363/.488 slash line against left-handers, the third baseman has proven to be among the best in baseball during those matchups. Beltre could drive in multiple runs when he bats at his offense-inducing home park against Tigers rookie southpaw Matt Boyd (6.91 ERA, 1.52 WHIP).
Elvis Andrus (Rangers): The shortstop could provide production at a premium position when he brings his lifetime .717 OPS against left-handers (.664 vs. righties) into a matchup with Boyd (6.05 FIP) and a Tigers relief corps that ranks 27th in the Majors with a 4.49 ERA.
Mike Trout (Angels): Hitting .295 with 40 homers across 555 at-bats, the outfielder continues to be one of the best hitters in baseball. Trout could be worth a major expenditure in DraftKings contests when he brings his impressive career .287/.397/.525 slash line against left-handers into a matchup with A's southpaw Barry Zito, who has thrown just three innings since the outset of last season.
David Freese (Angels): As a big leaguer, the third baseman has produced an .830 OPS against left-handers that exceeds his .739 mark vs. righties. Freese could drive in multiple runs when he faces Zito (4.68 ERA since the outset of 2008) and an A's relief corps that ranks 28th in baseball with a 4.58 ERA.
Anthony Rizzo (Cubs): With 30 homers and 17 steals across 673 plate appearances, the first baseman possesses a diverse skill set that is matched by few players at his position. Rizzo could produce in multiple ways when he brings his lifetime .848 OPS against right-handers (.760 vs. lefties) into a matchup with Reds righty Anthony DeSclafani (career 4.27 ERA, 1.34 WHIP) at hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park.
Kyle Schwarber (Cubs): With 16 homers across 216 at-bats, the rookie outfielder -- who also qualifies at catcher in DraftKings contests -- has been a major contributor to many DraftKings squads. Schwarber could display his power when he faces DeSclafani (1.33 WHIP in 2015) at Cincinnati's offense-inducing venue.
Chris Coghlan (Cubs): With 16 homers, 11 steals and 62 runs across 489 plate appearances, the outfielder -- who also qualifies at second base in DraftKings contests -- is in the final days of a productive regular season. With a career .784 OPS against right-handers (.629 vs. lefties), Coghlan has the plate skills to thrive against DeSclafani. He could also swipe a base against catcher Brayan Pena, who has thwarted just 12 of 68 would-be basestealers this year.
Jordan Zimmermann (Nationals): The right-hander will be primed to improve on his lifetime 3.32 ERA and 1.16 WHIP when he travels to pitcher-friendly Turner Field to face the Braves. Atlanta ranks 28th in the Majors with a .684 OPS against right-handers and last in baseball by a wide margin with 94 homers.
Carlos Carrasco (Indians): With a 2.77 FIP and a 10.5 K/9 rate, Carrasco has been among the best pitchers in the Junior Circuit this season. He is coming off his best start of the year: a 15-strikeout, one-hit shutout of the Royals on Friday. The right-hander could throw exceptionally well when he works at home against a Twins lineup that ranks 26th in the Majors with a .699 OPS against righties.
Garrett Richards (Angels): The right-hander -- who has posted a 3.21 ERA since the outset of last season -- will be set to spin a gem when he works at his pitcher-friendly home park against an A's lineup that sits 21st in baseball with a .710 OPS against righties. Richards could combine several effective innings with a win in a seemingly advantageous matchup with Aaron Brooks (career 9.18 ERA).
All statistics are accurate through the completion of Monday's games.