There are four more homestands in Coors Field this year. Players heading to Coors are always sought after, but the park is somehow playing even crazier than normal making those guys even more appealing. This past weekend saw several San Francisco Giants garner some attention with a four-game set in Coors including Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford (who paid off handsomely with 3 HR in the doubleheader on Monday), Kevin Pillar, Alex Dickerson, and Mike Yastrzemski.
Let’s look ahead at the next two Coors homestands and see if we can plan for potential pickups and avoid paying full price the weekend for those series.
Monday July 29th – Sunday August 4th
The Dodgers come in for three on that Monday and they are currently slated to see a lefty and two righties. Kyle Freeland is the lone lefty in the Rockies rotation so lefty bats are always in play. As a top team, the Dodgers are littered across fantasy rosters leaving little on the wire. Two guys standout as potential pickups here:
Matt Beaty OF/1B
The left-handed hitting utilityman is up after the Chris Taylor injury and already 2-for-2 with a 3-run HR and a walk in two substitution appearances. Overall, he has a 103 wRC+ with 3 HR and 1 SB in 114 PA.
David Freese 1B
A known lefty-masher, Freese has flipped the script a bit this year with a great .377/.450/.698 line against righties, albeit in just 60 PA. He’ll likely draw the start against Freeland and should at least get a pinch-hit appearance in the others if he can’t steal a second start somewhere.
The Giants return after that for a series starting August 2nd. Freeland, if he stays on the current rotation, will start in this series, too. The same guys mentioned in the intro will be in play here… assuming they are still Giants.
Brandon Belt 1B/OF
I wouldn’t mind seeing Belt dealt just to see what he could do in a different home park, but it’s unlikely as there just isn’t the need for 1B among the contenders, especially at the cost of $17.2 million each of the next two years. Belt has a career .313/.378/.547 line with 10 HR, 30 RBI, and 36 R in 222 career PA there.
He’ll be firmly on the radar after this Coors performance so you might want to jump early if you’re going to stream him for this series. The Giants open that week with three at Philadelphia, another offense-friendly park.
Kevin Pillar OF
Did you realize he’s on pace for a 21 HR, 14 SB, 87 RBI, 84 R season? It comes with a .248 AVG and it’s kinda bland, but he’s been a top 40 OF. He should get all three starts.
The lefty-hitting outfielders will be hot pickups again heading into the July 29th week, especially with all six games coming in hitter parks. The Giants only face four lefties in their next 17 games so the pair should be in the lineup regularly. Dickerson has been on fire with a 167 wRC+ in his 31 games while Yastrzemski has been about average with a 96, but that does include 7 HR in 155 PA.
Pablo Sandoval 3B/1B
Sandoval has quietly put up a 109 wRC+ and regularly hits high in the lineup with 54% of his plate appearances coming in the 3 and 4 spots.
Monday August 12th – Sunday August 18th
This one is a bit further out so you can’t plan too far ahead. That said, I think we can find some Diamondbacks and Marlins to keep in mind for this week. The rotation will almost certainly change, but I will mention that the D’Backs are slated for three righties while the Marlins would get Freeland.
Jake Lamb 3B/1B
Lamb’s career has been defined by his ability to crush righties with 267-point platoon split. He’s been better against lefties this year, but in a remarkably small sample of 63 total PA (8 against lefties… lol).
Carson Kelly has a massive platoon split (498-point split) so Avila will get at least one of these starts and perhaps two of three. This is a good OBP play as Avila’s average is terrible even against righties yet he still has a .878 OPS because of his excellent walk rate. He’s also hit 5 HR in the 83 PA.
Garrett Cooper 1B/OF
He’s still far too available in 10-team leagues given that he has a 142 wRC+ with 11 HR in 226 PA. I have no problem picking him up well ahead of this series in anticipation of three games at Coors.
This is a raw talent and he’s shown flashes of his skills throughout his 210 PA. He should get to play the rest of the season and if he taps into his power, his 93 wRC+ could surge.