Giants projected to find success swinging vs. Rockies
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The players listed below could provide difference-making stats for DraftKings participants on Sunday.
Josh Donaldson (Blue Jays): This season, the third baseman has posted an impressive .291/.356/.549 slash line against right-handers and a .337/.386/.667 slash line at his hitter-friendly home park. Donaldson will be poised for an excellent game when he hits at home against Orioles fly ball-prone righty Chris Tillman (career 4.15 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 1.2 HR/9 rate).
Ben Revere (Blue Jays): From his perch atop the highest-scoring lineup in baseball, the outfielder may maximize his opportunities to reach base and score runs when he faces Tillman (4.87 ERA, 1.36 WHIP in 2015). This season, Revere has posted a .742 OPS against right-handers that exceeds his .602 mark vs. lefties.
Eric Hosmer (Royals): The first baseman has long fared best vs. right-handers, against whom he has posted a lifetime .805 OPS (.683 vs. lefties). Typically slotted into the No. 3 spot or cleanup spot in the order, Hosmer may be poised to drive in multiple runs when he faces White Sox righty Erik Johnson, who has registered a career 4.73 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP across 10 starts.
Jayson Werth (Nationals): The outfielder will be set to improve on his career .926 OPS against left-handers (.794 vs. righties) when he faces Braves rookie southpaw Manny Banuelos (4.50 FIP, 1.48 WHIP). Also of note: Werth and his teammates will attempt to put balls into play against a Braves squad that sits 27th in baseball with a .689 defensive efficiency ratio.
Scooter Gennett (Brewers): The second baseman owns some of the most lopsided splits in baseball, with a career .815 OPS against right-handers in comparison to a .295 mark vs. lefties. Gennett could reach base often and score multiple runs when he faces rookie righty Michael Lorenzen (5.66 ERA, 1.65 WHIP) at hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park.
Adam Lind (Brewers): The first baseman -- who has hit .304 with 18 homers and 68 RBIs across 336 at-bats against right-handers this season -- has produced a career .866 OPS against righties that exceeds his .587 mark vs. southpaws. Lind will be poised to produce when he faces Lorenzen at Cincinnati's offense-inducing home venue.
Jean Segura (Brewers): With balanced career splits, Segura will be in position to reach base often when he faces Lorenzen (5.75 FIP). The shortstop could also swipe his 21st bag of the season at the expense of catcher Brayan Pena, who has thwarted 11 of 66 would-be base stealers in 2015.
Kole Calhoun (Angels): With a lifetime .788 OPS against right-handers that exceeds his .716 mark vs. lefties, Calhoun will be in position to succeed against righty Colby Lewis (career 4.79 ERA, 1.37 WHIP) and a Rangers bullpen that sits 26th in baseball with a 4.48 ERA. In his career, Lewis has allowed left-handed hitters, such as Calhoun, to post a .819 OPS (.725 OPS allowed to righty batters).
Buster Posey (Giants): With a lifetime .330/.386/.560 slash line against left-handers, the catcher has proven to be among the best in baseball during those matchups. Posey could provide a game-changing total in DraftKings contests when he vacates his pitcher-friendly home park and faces Rockies southpaw Yohan Flande (career 4.63 ERA) at homer-happy Coors Field.
Marlon Byrd (Giants): The outfielder will be primed to rip a round-tripper when he puts his lifetime .803 OPS against left-handers (.741 vs. righties) to the test against Flande and a suspect Rockies bullpen. Also of note: Byrd and his teammates will attempt to put balls into play against a Rockies squad that sits 28th in baseball with a .686 defensive efficiency ratio.
David Ortiz (Red Sox): In the midst of a very strong second half, Ortiz is poised to take advantage of an excellent track record against right-handed pitching when he faces young Phillies righty Jerad Eickhoff. Ortiz, who is hitting .329/.400/.684 since the All-Star break, has a lifetime .994 OPS when holding the platoon advantage. And while Eickhoff's big league experience is admittedly limited, he's allowed lefties to hit .333/.400/.667 against him in his brief career.
Madison Bumgarner (Giants): With a career 3.04 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP, the left-hander has the skills to excel at Coors Field against a Rockies lineup that sits 24th in the Majors with a .680 OPS against southpaws. The left-hander could combine several quality frames with a win in a seemingly advantageous matchup with Flande.
Zack Greinke (Dodgers): With a 1.59 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP, Greinke has been arguably the most effective starter in baseball this season. The right-hander could continue to silence the opposition when he works at pitcher-friendly Petco Park against a Padres lineup that ranks 26th in baseball with a .693 OPS against righties.
Joe Ross (Nationals): One of the best rookie starters this season, Ross has posted a 3.50 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP across 12 starts. The right-hander could extend his impressive debut campaign when he works at home against a Braves lineup that sits 29th in the Majors with a .680 OPS against righties and last in baseball by a wide margin with 83 homers.
Ryan Zimmerman (Nationals): The veteran Zimmerman has long been a force against opposing southpaws, and he will be positioned to post big numbers against Banuelos as a result. Zimmerman will carry a career .905 OPS versus lefties (compared to .797 versus righties) into the matchup with Banuelos, who has yielded a .261/.329/.406 slash line to righties in his young career. It's also worth noting that Zimmerman's career OPS at home (.852) is significantly higher than his OPS on the road (.796).
All statistics are accurate through the completion of Friday's games.