All signs point to a Kurt Suzuki slump-busting game.
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Minnesota Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki ($7,098), who enjoyed one of his best-hitting seasons last year, has experienced some major shrinkage in his offensive output in 2015. And with a .192 mark over his last seven games, things haven’t been getting any better. In fact, Suzuki has seen a fair amount of pine time lately — but there is some good news.
The Twins kick off another series against Boston on Monday, and the veteran backstop simply loves facing the BoSox, hitting safely in 13 straight games against them to the tune of a .417 mark. Better yet,Boston is starting Clay Buchholz, a pitcher whom Suzuki is 9-for-18 against in his career. We’re banking on Suzuki snapping his slump in a big way Monday.
It’s time to jump on Miami 1B Justin Bour’s ($11,658) train. This rookie just keeps mauling pitchers, having gone deep three straight games. In all, Bour is 24-for-65 (.369) with five dingers this season. Oh sure, this may all be a weird anomaly, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take advantage of his hot streak while you can.
Colorado 2B DJ LeMahieu ($9,545) is an amazing pick right now. He had a huge game Sunday (3-for-4, two runs, two-run homer) to raise his BA to .380 over the last 13 games. Keep in mind, LeMahieu enjoyed an even better April than May, and overall, we are loving how productive he’s been this season.
But here’s the kicker: he has struggled against the Dodgers lately (.146 BA over last 14 games) and specifically against Clayton Kershaw (who hasn’t?), going just 2-for-14 over the last two seasons. We’re recommending you discard the history and ride the hot hand — especially considering that Kershaw hasn’t exactly looked like himself early on this season.
- On Monday, Atlanta SP Alex Wood has a chance to win a third straight start for the first time in his career — all on the road. He’s only given up three runs in 14 IP over his last two outings.
- Tampa Bay 3B Evan Longoria is 0-for-5 in his career against Monday’s starter, Garrett Richards. Longo is also hitless in his last two games with just a .227 mark over the last week and a substandard .262 BA in May.
- Seattle SP Felix Hernandez (8-1 with a 1.91 ERA) is averaging over seven innings per start, putting him on pace to top 225 frames for the sixth time in his career. Workhorse!
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