MLB DFS Hitting Coach: July 6
Published: Jul 06, 2021
Trea Turner, SS, WSH – He missed a few games with a finger injury but was back on the field on Monday and promptly had two hits including a home run. That is now six hits in his last two games and ten over the last five games. He will face Ryan Weathers tonight who has allowed ten runs in his last four starts which doesn’t sound bad, but it is just over 17 innings. Turner has hit three homers in just eight games at Petco Park, so even it being a pitcher’s park doesn’t faze him. He also is crushing left-handed pitching with a .375 average and 1.020 OPS.
Trevor Story, SS, COL – I guess what I am saying here is it is a good night to pay up for shortstops! Story has homered in back-to-back games and drove in five runs. He threw in a stolen base for good measure too. He faces Merrill Kelly tonight who I love to pick on but hasn’t been too awful. However, he has allowed 14 home runs already this season and Story has hit .429 against him in his career with three doubles, a triple and two home runs. He has hit .305 at Chase Field in 41 career starts with 25 extra base hits.
Christian Yelich, OF, MIL – This one is more for GPP play and for those who like rolling the dice. Yeah, it is gutsy to pick a batter against Jacob deGrom. However, he has allowed five earned runs in his last two starts and can’t shutout everyone! Milwaukee is also hot as a team and Yelich has hit .441 against deGrom in 34 career at-bats so this isn’t that small of a sample size. Not too many other players will likely go against deGrom so it could be a nice way to differentiate your lineup.
Yoan Moncada, 3B, CWS – He is also just returning from an injury but drove in two runs with a triple yesterday, so I feel no reservations using him today. Moncada has hit .307 in his career at Target Field with 12 extra base hits in 19 starts. All five of his home runs have come against right-handed pitching and he has hit .323 lifetime against Jose Berrios with three doubles and two homers. The Twins starter has allowed three earned runs or more in three of his last five starts and look for Moncada to keep it rolling today.
Jorge Polanco, 2B, MIN – Let’s stay in the same game and give you a solid option at a tough position. Polanco has a home run and four RBI in the last week, including two multi-hit games. The White Sox will throw Carlos Rodon who was one of the first half’s surprise stories, but it is starting to unravel as he has allowed seven earned runs in his last two outings over just ten innings. Polanco is hitting 40 points higher against left-handed pitching and has seven hits in 16 lifetime at-bats (.438 average) against Rodon with a double and a home run.
J.T. Realmuto, C, PHI – He received an off day on Monday so he absolutely should be behind the plate today. He is starting to show signs of coming out of his season long funk as he has three hits including a triple and home run in the last two games he has played. I love the matchup tonight against Jake Arrieta who is sitting on an ERA of 5.57 and has allowed 16 home runs this season, among the worst in baseball. Realmuto hits 30 points higher against righties and seven of his eight home runs this season have come against right-handed pitching. He has six hits in 16 at-bats against Arrieta in his career and five of those were for extra bases with two doubles, a triple, and two home runs.
David Peralta, OF, ARI – I’m not going to lie and try to sell you that Peralta is having some awesome season, but this is DFS and there are reasons to consider him tonight. First, he is super cheap, not that far from being free, especially on DraftKings. But he has a hit in three straight games and is a better hitter at home than on the road. The Diamondbacks draw Jon Gray tonight who has been decent his last two times out but had allowed three or more earned runs in his previous four starts and has allowed seven runs to Arizona in their two meetings already this year. Peralta has hit cleanup both of those games and has two hits against Gray this season. He has hit .429 against Gray in 35 lifetime at-bats so he is a great cheap option to help you fill out your outfield.