MLB DFS Hitting Coach: June 18
Published: Jun 18, 2021
Fernando Tatis Jr, SD – It almost feels like you can’t not play Tatis. In 53 games this season he has 22 home runs, 13 steals, 49 RBI, and 48 runs scored. In 27 games since returning from the IL on May 19, he is hitting .316 (31-98) with 13 home runs, six steals, 35 RBI, and 25 runs scored. He has five home runs and 10 RBI in his last six games. Today he faces a righty and that’s a good thing as he has massive reverse splits this season, slashing .296/.371/.704 against them this season with 18 home runs and 10 steals, compared to .214/.292/.571 against lefties with four home runs and three steals. No active hitter is averaging more DK points per game than the 12.2 per game that Tatis is averaging. Santillan gave up five hits, four walks, and two hit by pitches across 4.2 innings of work in his first career start his last time out.
Ronald Acuna Jr, ATL – It’s tough to plus both Tatis and Acuna into a lineup together, but you’re also taking a risk by not doing so. He is also having a monster year, hitting .294 with 18 home runs, 14 steals, 43 RBI, and 54 runs scored. Only one player is averaging more DK points per game than Acuna and that’s Tatis. Acuna is currently riding a six-game hitting streak and in that span he is hitting .435 (10-23) with three steals, five RBI, five doubles, and six runs scored. He has been incredible at home this season, slashing .294/.411/.654 with 13 home runs, compared to .293/.377/.533 with five home runs on the road. Martinez has not pitched well this season with a 5.82 ERA and that number gets even worse on the road as he has a 6.21 ERA across seven starts away from St. Louis. On top of all that, Acuna is a perfect 4-4 with a dinger against Martinez in a handful of at-bats in his career.
Daniel Vogelbach, MIL – Vogelbach hasn’t been great this season, but we aren’t considering him today based on what he has done this season. It is because this is a Coors Field game and he is facing a pitcher who has a 4.86 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. Senzatela has been crushed by both lefties and righties as both sides of the dish are hitting over .290 against him this season. In other words, pretty much all Brewers are in play today, but I chose to highlight Vogelbach. All of Vogelbach’s production this season has been against righties as he is slashing .235/.348/.432 against them with six of his seven home runs and all eight of his doubles, compared to .125/.222/.250 against southpaws.
Adalberto Mondesi, KC – Mondesi hasn’t played a whole lot this season, playing in just eight games total, but he has been extremely productive when on the field, hitting .345 with three home runs, one steal, three doubles, six RBI, and three runs scored. That’s good for an average of 10.0 DK points per game and at a sub-4K price, that’s a steal. He should be able to keep that momentum going tonight against Pivetta, who has a 4.28 ERA and 1.31 WHIP this season. Also this being a home game for Mondesi appears to be a good thing as he slashed .330/.378/.563 across 29 home games last season, compared to .190/.217/.284 across 30 games on the road.
Bobby Bradley, CLE – Talking about average DK points per game, Bradley actually has the third highest average just behind Tatis and Acuna! Yes, he’s only played 10 games, but averaging 11.2 points per game is incredible. He is hitting .375 with four home runs, 11 RBI, and eight runs scored to this point after bashing another home run last night. He has the benefit of facing a right-handed pitcher today and not just a right-handed pitcher, but a terrible one in Kuhl. Kuhl has a 6.52 ERA, 6.51 FIP, and 1.62 WHIP through seven starts this season. Lefties have done the damage, slashing .264/.397/.528 against him, compared to the .218/.357/.382 line that righties have produced.
Odubel Herrera, PHI – Herrera is having a nice season, hitting .276 with four home runs and four steals. Since being moved to the leadoff spot on May 30, he is hitting .317 (20-63) with two home runs, a steal, seven RBI, and 14 runs scored across 14 games played. Cueto has struggled this season with a 4.00 ERA and 1.35 WHIP and he has really struggled over his last seven starts with a 5.29 ERA and .343 BAA. Left-handed bats have really given him trouble as they are slashing .308/.351/.490 against him this season, compared to the .280/.316/.449 line righties have produced. Herrera has done solid in this matchup going 4-13 (.308) with a home run against Cueto in his career.