Written by Caleb Dameron - DF Insider on April 16, 2019

Robinson Cano (DK: $3,700 FD: $3,100): Our first MLB Must-Have of the night is Mets’ second baseman Robby Cano. Cano draws a matchup against right-hander Nick Pivetta, who is atrocious against left-handed hitters in 2019. Pivetta allows 2.45 HR/9, a 7.11 FIP, a 41.4 percent hard-hit rate and a .449 xwOBA to lefties. Over the past year, Cano has an OPS of .818, and a wOBA of .350 to pair with a hard-hit rate over 45% against right-handed pitchers like Pivetta. Pivetta offers up a mid-90s fastball averaging just shy of 95 mph over 53 percent of the time. Over the past two full seasons, Cano has had great pitch values against this pitch from RHP, with an ISO of .219 and an xwOBA of .377. Pivetta’s secondary pitch will be a knuckle-curve that he throws just over 22 percent of the time. Cano has great success against this pitch as well, dating back to the 2017 season, with a .333 ISO, a .468 wOBA, and an impressive average exit velocity of almost 90 mph. We love the upside Cano provides at a cheap price point, and you should lock him in with confidence in an elite lefty vs righty matchup!

 

Alex Verdugo (DK: $4,100 FD: $2,800): The Los Angeles Dodgers are at home tonight against right-hander Tyler Mahle of the Cincinnati Reds. Mahle has always struggled against lefties throughout his career, but already in 2019 he allows a .448 xwOBA to go with a measly 3% swinging strike rate against them. The Dodgers are righty killers, especially against a pitcher who struggles to strikeout opposing batters. Left-handed slugger Alex Verdugo is at an affordable price across both sites and has already touched up righties in 2019 for a .323 average, two homers, a .903 OPS, .258 ISO, .377 wOBA, and a 44.4% hard-hit rate. We can also tell you that Mahle showcases a four-seam fastball 90-93 mph, a slider, and a changeup to lefties. Against four-seamers 90-93 mph from righties, Verdugo has hit to a .339 xISO and .527 xwOBA throughout his career. Against sliders from righties, Verdugo is hitting to a .267 ISO and .336 wOBA, and against changeups he is hitting for a .333 ISO and .474 wOBA. We love the chances for Verdugo to crush value tonight as we lock him in alongside Cano across all formats!

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