MLB | Must-Haves | 4/13/18

Start off this 13 game slate by locking in these two players into your lineups! Both hitters offer a great amount of safety and upside going into their matchups!

Anthony Rendon (FDraft: $8,600 DK: $4,400 FDuel: $3,500): The Colorado Rockies will visit the Washington Nationals in the 2nd game of the series tonight. Taking the mound for the Rockies will be Kyle Freeland. Last year, Freeland allowed a 1.44 HR/9, 6.14 FIP, and struck out right-handed batters at a low 10.5%. Looking into Anthony Rendon, he absolutely crushed left-handed pitchers last season with a 1.131 OPS, .346 ISO, and a .683 SLG%. Given that Freeland is a ground-ball pitcher, we can take a look at how Rendon has fared to these type of pitchers in his career. Against ground-ball pitching, Rendon has posted a .839 OPS while batting for an average of .302; this split being his best split among the three categories of facing a fly ball pitcher, avg F/G pitcher, or groundball pitcher. Freeland’s three main pitches are a two-seam fastball, a slider, and a 92 MPH four-seam fastball. Against two-seamers from lefties in 2017, Rendon carried a .348 wOBA. Looking at the slider from lefties last season, he crushed them with a .500 ISO. Lastly, Rendon also carried a .684 ISO to 92 MPH four-seam fastballs in 2017 as well. With the added luxury of playing at home, where Rendon has batted for an average of .282, we will be locking him in across all sites and formats tonight.

Michael Conforto (FDraft: $9,100 DK: $4,800 FDuel: $3,800): Our second Must-Have of the night is Michael Conforto of the New York Mets. Conforto has done very well against right-handed pitching in his career and he faces an exploitable right-hander in Zach Davies tonight. Last season, Conforto posted a 1.012 OPS vs righties, as well as a .292 ISO with a .420 wOBA. Conforto also sported a 40.7% hard hit in 2017 against right-handed pitchers. Let’s talk about why we are targeting Davies with Conforto tonight as our Must-Have. In 53 career at-bats, against the two-seam, which is Davies main pitch to lefties, Conforto has a .434 ISO against them, with a .580 wOBA. Additionally, he carries a solid .214 ISO to Davies curveball, which is Davies’ main put out pitch. Davies also allowed a 1.24 HR/9 to left-handed batters in 2017, with a FIP of 4.78, and a .335 wOBA. Conforto is in a great spot tonight and we look forward to locking him and Anthony Rendon in as our Must-Have’s for tonight’s slate!

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