Jeimer Candelario (B), 16 percent, Detroit Tigers at Pittsburgh Pirates (RHP Chad Kuhl): Yes, I’m going against one of my recommended pitchers, but part of that is just acknowledging that not everyone goes directly down the list and uses every single guy. Plus, it’s not like Candelario’s having a solid day precludes Kuhl from doing the same. Candelario has done his best against righties with a .929 OPS and nine of his 10 extra-base hits. He has batted second in every game this year, too.
Marcus Semien (R), 27 percent, Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers (LHP Cole Hamels): My weekly Oakland Athletic! Semien is a known lefty-destroyer and he’s done nothing to change that reputation this year. His OPS was 108 points higher against lefties during 2015-17. He’s toting a .321/.400/.536 line against them this year and has batted first or second in every game so far. Hamels has allowed an MLB-high seven homers so far this year, all to righties.
Matt Davidson (R), 43 percent, Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals (LHP Eric Skoglund): If there’s one pitcher you want exposure against on Saturday, it might be Skoglund. The lefty has been a glorified batting-practice pitcher this season, as right-handed bats have pummeled him for a .340/.389/.560 slash line. What’s amazing is that that’s actually an improvement over 2017 (.366/.397/.547). This looks like a prime matchup for Davidson, who has the power to capitalize on Skoglund’s mistakes.
Jeimer Candelario (B), 27 percent, Detroit Tigers at Baltimore Orioles (RHP Chris Tillman): Candelario heads a streak of Tigers in a good spot against one of the worst hurlers in the league. Candelario is featured since he’ll enjoy the platoon edge against the inevitable parade of relievers. Joining Candelario as options are Leonys Martin, Dixon Machado and JaCoby Jones.
Eduardo Escobar (B), 10 percent, Minnesota Twins vs. Cincinnati Reds (RHP Sal Romano): Escobar has done his part filling in for the suspended Jorge Polanco. He’s been particularly dangerous against righties, batting .313/.382/.563 with a .250 ISO. Consider Escobar a great “plug and play” option on Saturday against Romano and his .373 wOBA against lefty batters.
Hernan Perez (R), 1 percent, Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs (LHP Jose Quintana): Right-handed hitters have put up a .313/.397/.547 slash line against the lefty. This includes a bloated 47.2 percent hard-hit rate. Perez has struggled out of the gate but, for his career, he’s done most of his damage against southpaws, including a .316/.342/.447 slash line in 2017.