Kurt Suzuki (R), 27 percent, Atlanta Braves at Cincinnati Reds (RHP Sal Romano): Suzuki is doing his best to show that last year was no fluke as he continues to dominate at the dish. Last year’s success was heavily influenced by his work against lefties (1.191 OPS), but this year he’s crushing righties with a 1.071 OPS and all three of the homers he has this year. As rough as catcher can be to fill, I’m surprised that Suzuki is so widely available.
Yonder Alonso (L), 40 percent, Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago Cubs (RHP Tyler Chatwood): Chatwood doesn’t have a major platoon split (56-point OPS split for his career) over his career, but he’s a walk machine who consistently has traffic on the bases, which should be good for a middle-of-the-order bat like Alonso. The Indians first baseman had a fantastic .900 OPS against righties last year with 23 homers. He hasn’t caught fire yet this year (.727 OPS, 2 HR), but his plate skills are still strong and he remains a worthy stream against righties.
So the Patriots didn’t draft a quarterback or defensive help; they instead went for an interior offensive lineman they hope to mold into a starting tackle, then a running back built more for their passing game. The fact that New England didn’t take Brady’s successor and doubled down to help replace what he lost (Nate Solder, Dion Lewis) should please the veteran QB, especially with a wideout likely to come on Day 2.
Curtis Granderson (L), 13 percent, Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers (RHP Bartolo Colon): Granderson has been pretty helpless against lefties in recent years, but right-handers have been a different story. So far this season, he’s produced a .333/.424/.588 slash line against right-handed pitching. He’s also been a top-50 hitter against righties since 2015 in terms of hard-hit rate. Colon has had success this season, but a 45.6 percent hard-contact rate, along with a .200 ISO allowed to lefty batters from 2015-2017, suggests that success will be short-lived.
Manuel Margot (R), 42 percent, San Diego Padres vs. New York Mets (LHP Jason Vargas): That makes this a prime opportunity to buy low. A big-time stolen-base threat with good contact skills and double-digit HR potential, Margot was a popular breakout candidate this offseason. He’s especially productive against southpaws, having hit .285/.353/.480 against them last season. He’ll get an opportunity to jump on Vargas, who’s making his first start of 2018 after missing time with a hand injury.