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DraftKings and FanDuel Spotlight Hitters, Saturday 5/26

Jake Hari

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The following Spotlight Hitters were selected by Awesemo.com writer Jake Hari. For more analysis on the slate, check out the MLB Strategy Video and Night Shift Podcast.

Buster Posey ($3,700 DK/$2,700 FD)

I’m not a huge believe in Jose Quintana this season, and that mostly has to do with his struggles against right-handed bats. He’s striking them out under 20% of the time while allowing over 40% hard-contact against righties this season, and Posey has mashed lefties for his career. This year is no different for him, as he’s posted a 43% hard-contact rate and just a 6.5% K-rate with a .216 ISO. Quintana may be a popular option in tournaments, but I love Posey chances to do some damage against him at low ownership.

Eugenio Suarez ($4,900 DK/$4,400 FD)

Speaking of lefty-mashers, Suarez has been one of the best hitters in the MLB against lefties this year, and being in Coors Field should only help. While I do have respect for Anderson (and am even considering rostering him tonight, Suarez’s numbers against lefties are too good to ignore, as FanGraphs has him at 75% (yes, 75%) hard-contact against southpaws on the season with a .556 ISO and .568 OBP. He’s up there with the best of the best bats tonight in a great hitting environment in Colorado.

Max Kepler ($3,400 DK/$3,200 FD)

Kepler will not be popular in tournaments because of the lefty/lefty matchup against Wade LeBlanc, but he has been a much improved hitter against lefties this season and is very cheap. While it is a short sample, this year Kepler is rocking the highest wRC+ (207), highest ISO (.400), and highest wOBA (.480) on the Twins vs. lefties while striking out just 11.8% of the time. His average exit velocity of 91.6 MPH backs up some of the raw numbers he’s posted, and there’s no doubt he can generate a ton of power against soft-tossers like LeBlanc, regularly attaining above 100 MPH exit velocities against similar pitchers.

Jake Hari is the Director of NHL Content at Awesemo.com and contributes to the site's NHL and MLB coverage as a writer of the spotlight stacks articles and host of Strategy Videos and Livestreams. Jake has been dubbed "the Baseball Savant" thanks to his immense knowledge of MLB but he's achieved some of his best success as an innovator in the world of NHL DFS. You can contact Jake by emailing [email protected].

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