Welcome to a weekend edition of Home Run Derby. Today is a bit of a funk day with 2 double headers, multiple pitchers making their season debuts, lots of warm weather and lots of games. Because of the double headers, we will be splitting our day up with early and main. Be sure to check back after early lock for our home run pick for the main slate!
Jordan Luplow- As an Indians fan, Luplow has been a huge surprise. I was excited when we got him because I knew he was talented and I thought he had a chance to find a role. What I didn’t anticipate was his domination of lefties. Today he is taking on CC Sabathia and and the Yanks. Lets take a look at some numbers.
As you can see, Luplow has monster numbers against lefties with a .401 wOBA and .355 ISO! While CC isn’t getting destroyed by any means, he is on the last leg of his career and much more susceptible to getting beat around. CC relies heavily on a cutter at this stage of his career. A pitch which Luplow has hit well with a .390 wOBA and .250 ISO.
The Indians make for an intriguing GPP stack here as a few guys actually have amazing history against CC in a smaller sample size. Jose Ramirez, Carlos Santana and Francisco Lindor all have .400+ batting averages against CC in 14+ plate appearances. Makes for a fun trio to pair with Luplow.
Mark Canha– Canha and the A’s are in Texas taking on Joe Palumbo, a rookie making his big league debut, and the Rangers. Palumbo is jumping straight from AA to the bigs today. He has nice numbers at AA, but the lack of experience is going to be tough for him to overcome here. Add in the fact that it is almost 90 with winds blowing out, and you have potential for a huge total here.
Let’s take a look at not just Canha, but the A’s numbers against lefties.
The A’s against lefties is always one of my favorite stacks. They have multiple guys with elite power (over .200 ISO) and can do damage up and down the lineup. As you can see, Canha has the most power here, even more than Khris Davis. Canha is a guy you can always get at lower ownership and he just dominates lefties. At a total approaching 6 runs, Stack Em Up here, with Canha leading the way!
Be sure to check back later for our main slate picks!