I mentioned Kris Bryant possibly being a Spotlight Hitter last night in the Night Shift podcast, and it ended up exactly as expected. Bryant gets the RHH/LHP match-up against Jarlin Garcia. Garcia sports a giant 5.31 xFIP versus RHH in his career. That’s not the sort of performance you want to have against someone of Bryant’s ilk. Kris Bryant is the best hitter on the entire slate.
Similar to Bryant, Springer has the RHH/LHP match-up against Brett Anderson and the A’s. While this isn’t as good of a situation as Bryant (Anderson is simply better than Jarlin Garcia. At least, he has been in the past), I’m willing to bet on Springer’s ability to destroy lefty pitching, as evidenced by his career .530 SLG and .255 ISO.
McCutchen made this list yesterday (1-3, 1BB, 1RBI, 1R) and he’s here again today. Again, this is more of a play on DraftKings, but he works on either site. Zach Eflin is not a good pitcher. While he’s a disaster against lefties, his stuff against righties isn’t much better (career xFIP vs. RHH: 4.84). Citizens Bank Park had the biggest park factor in baseball for power to RHH. Yes, even higher than Coors. McCutchen is in a great spot. If you don’t have an outfield spot open, I have a similar feel for Buster Posey.
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