The slate today is broken up pretty well, but we are going to look at the day games for your Saturday. There are a few top-end pitchers but there are still plenty that aren’t great, and we have several matchups that we should look to exploit. Let’s get the weekend off to the right start, by cashing lineups. Here are some hitters you should focus on. 

Top Tier

Max Muncy, 1B, LA – He has been really hot of late as he is hitting .318 with five home runs with 11 RBI in the last seven games including a couple two-home games. He also has hit 17 of his 28 home runs at home and has a 1.077 OPS at home, as opposed to a .875 on the road. He also has a 36-point higher batting average against left-handed pitchers and has a 1.026 OPS against them. Rich Hill pitches for the Mets today and he has allowed three earned runs or more in five of his last seven starts. Muncy’s hard hit rate is 39.2% for the season and his wOBA is .417 so when he makes contact, he is making it count. 

Trea Turner, SS, LA – The power has diminished as the season goes on, but Turner is getting on base at a breakneck pace. He has hit .417 in the last week with four multi-hit games, including four doubles and two stolen bases. Obviously, he is also facing Rich Hill today, and Turner really takes advantage of left-handed pitching. He is hitting .402 against southpaws for the season, with a 1.103 OPS. He is new to Dodgers, but he has found Los Angeles to be a friendly place to hit. On top of this hot streak, he is currently on, Turner has hit .306 there in his 15 career starts with six extra base hits. 

Nelson Cruz, OF, TB – He hasn’t been great since going to Tampa Bay, but it looks like Cruz is in for a good game. He does have four hits in the last four games, including a two-homer game on 8/17. He will face Dallas Keuchel who has allowed four earned runs or more in three of his last five starts and his strikeout rate has really declined in his career. Cruz has definitely had his way with Keuchel in his career with a .316 average with six home runs in 57 career at-bats. He does really well against lefties in general with a .328 average against them as opposed to .241 against right-handed pitchers. 


Jonathan Schoop, 1B/2B, DET – He has been really hot lately with eight hits in the last four games with three RBI. The Blue Jays will send one of their better pitchers to the mound in Hyun-Jin Ryu, but he has allowed 11 earned runs in his last two starts, so if you are going to bet against him, now is the time. Schoop has been great against left-handed pitching this season with a .359 average against them as opposed to .262 against righties. His OPS is 1.017 against left-handers and eight of his 18 home runs have been off lefties despite over 200 fewer at-bats against them. Schoop has performed well at Rogers Center on top of the two hits yesterday he has 19 extra-base hits there in 42 starts. 

Buster Posey, C, SF – He hasn’t been killing it lately at the plate, but Posey looks to get back on track today. He will face Oakland’s Sean Manaea who has allowed 15 earned runs in his last three starts, including four home runs. Posey has also hit .364 against him with a couple of doubles. Posey has owned left-handed pitching all season long with a .385 average and 1.063 OPS. He has also hit .304 in Oakland for his career and is a great value at his price today. 

Value Tier

Mike Zunino, C, TB – You can’t argue with the hot streak. Zunino is traditionally a horrible hitter for batting average, but the guy has hit .321 with five home runs in the last 14 days. He doesn’t play every day so be sure to check the lineups, but he has been absolutely raking and is at a very conservative price. Like his teammate Nelson Cruz, Zunino also does very well against left-handed pitching. He hits .341 against left-handers as opposed to .145 against righties. He has a double and a couple home runs against Dallas Keuchel in his career, and if he is playing, he is a near no brainer at his price. 

Michael Conforto, OF, NYM – He has had a nightmare season, but been better of late as he has at least one hit in ten of the last 11 games including four multi-hit games. The Dodgers are throwing Max Scherzer who is having a good season. However, if you have the guts to play him, Conforto has had great success against him. He has hit .324 against the future Hall of Famer including four home runs and six RBI. It’s tough to trust a guy who is hitting .222 on the season, but there’s some positive history here. 

Corey Dickerson, OF, TOR – He isn’t a guy you see suggested often, but he does have two home runs, four RBI, and five runs scored in the last three games he played. All four of his home runs this season have come against right-handed pitching, and he has a great matchup today. The Tigers are throwing Wily Peralta who has allowed six home runs in his last five starts that only span 23 innings. Dickerson has six hits in ten at-bats against him with a double and two home runs.