Nelson Cruz (DK: $4,600 FD: $3,800): Our first Must-Have of the night is Twins’ slugger Nelson Cruz. Cruz draws a matchup against lefty Steven Matz, who has been hit hard by right-handers, allowing over 2 HR/9, a 5.47 FIP, and a hard-hit rate just under 41 percent. Cruz has mashed left-handed pitching this season, sporting an OPS of .981, a .333 ISO, .393 wOBA, and a hard-hit rate just under the 70 percent mark. Matz primarily offers up his sinker, with a secondary changeup, which is great because Cruz crushes these pitches. Against the sinker, Cruz holds an xISO of .671 and an xwOBA of .833 so far on the season to go along with an xISO of .471 versus the changeup. Lock in Cruz with confidence as we love his upside in an elite matchup on tonight’s slate!
Jose Altuve (DK: $4,000 FD: $4,100): The Houston Astros are in Los Angeles tonight to face the Angels and left-hander Andrew Heaney. Jose Altuve has hit very well in LA against the Angels thanks to his career .332 average and .839 OPS at Angel Stadium. Heaney is also showcasing some worrisome numbers against right-handed bats thanks to a 55% fly-ball rate, 47.4% hard-hit rate, 1.72 HR/9, a 5.00 FIP, and .221 ISO. Altuve leads this Astos’ team against left-handed pitching thanks to his .411 average, .411 ISO, 1.264 OPS, .508 wOBA, and 43% hard-hit rate against them. We can also tell you that Altuve should see a sinking-fastball nearly 60% of the time tonight and he holds down a very impressive .715 xwOBA against the pitch from lefties this season. Altuve always has stolen base upside as well so we are ready to lock in his hefty upside tonight across all lineups alongside Nelson Cruz!
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