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Week 26 Hitting Planner: Big Bats And Big Hits

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With a lot of the fantasy sports attention shifting towards the NFL, fantasy baseball playoffs are heating up away from the spotlight. The NFL is known for its big hits and high scoring in relation to the MLB. The Week 26 Hitting Planner is all about big hits and scoring runs, so without any further delay, here is your hitting planner.

Week 26 Hitting Planner

Catcher

Manny Pina, MIL (at PIT, vs. CHC)

Brewer’ catcher, Manny Pina, makes his first appearance in a hitting planner by batting .400 over his last six games. Pina has seen his average exit velocity rise to 94.1 mph over the last week, and that should help propel his continued success into the Week 26 Hitting Planner. He’s chipped in four runs and three runs batted in as well, but with only one extra-base hit. Look for that to change as he’s been making 45.5% contact as line drives in the same sample size.

 

First Base

Chris Davis, BAL (vs. BOS, vs. TBR)

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While Chris Davis is only batting .158 over his last six games, his average EV has steadied around 92.5 mph. While the batting average might be hard to swallow in the playoffs, a large home run burst seems imminent with Davis making 75% of his contact in the air over the last week. Expect lots of home runs from Davis as he’s gone without one in his last 31 at-bats.

 

Second Base

Robinson Cano, SEA (vs. TEX, vs. CLE)

Without a home run in his last six games, Robinson Cano is due for a power streak. The main issue comes from Cano’s batted ball profile as in the same time span he’s made 50% of his contact on the ground. With an average EV over the last week of 94.6 mph, Cano could easily make a shift to hitting more fly balls adding more power to a strong batting line. He’s slashed .280/.308/.280 over his last 26 PA. The Week 26 Hitting Planner should see a return of power for both Chris Davis and Robinson Cano.

Third Base

Matt Chapman, OAK (at DET, vs. TEX)

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Much like Chris Davis, Matt Chapman has not fared well in his last 25 PA with a .095 batting average to show. This seems to be more bad luck than poor play at the moment. He’s only two for eight on balls hit above 100 mph. With 42% of his contact being classified as fly balls, the Week 26 Hitting Planner could be a huge power-hitting week for Oakland’s third baseman.

Shortstop

Marwin Gonzalez, HOU (vs. CHW, vs. LAA)

Position flexibility helps Marwin Gonzalez’s value, but a 164 wRC+ over the last week places him in the Week 26 Hitting Planner. He’s slashed .333/.333/.667 in that same time span. He’s added three runs, four runs batted in, and a home run to a solid batting average. With the Astro’s firmly planted into the playoff picture, Gonzalez could see more playing time with other starters resting.

Outfield

Joey Gallo, TEX (at SEA, at OAK)

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Another low average, high power player, Joey Gallo has surprisingly been making a lot of contact lately. Over the last week, Gallo has a .286 batting average, and with his raw power, he’s a threat to go deep in any at-bat. He should continue to make solid contact in the Week 26 Hitting Planner.

Rhys Hoskins, PHI (vs. LAD, at ATL)

The Phillies young outfielder’s rise has seen him enter the upper echelon of power hitters in the MLB. Rhys Hoskins should continue his tear in the Week 26 Hitting Planner as he’s still hitting 35.7% of his contact as fly balls with 50% of that contact being graded as Hard. The Week 26 Hitting Planner should be another great power week for Hoskins whos quickly become one of the hardest hitters in the MLB.

Marcell Ozuna, MIA (vs. NYM, at ARI)

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Over the last week, Marcell Ozuna has been tearing the cover off the ball while seeing his average EV stabilize near 93 mph. His slash line of .318/.318/.500 should carry in the Week 26 Hitting Planner with an early week matchup against a Mets starting rotation surrendering 1.41 HR/9.

Final Thoughts

Maybe these MLB hitters don’t hit like MLB Luke Kuechly of the Carolina Panthers, but they do hit the ball hard (upwards of 100 mph for some). The MLB is chalk full of hard hitters, but pay attention to the Oriels whos home stadium is second in 2017 with an HR Park Factor of 1.415.Thank you for reading, and tune in next week for…

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Aaron Hinckley

Aaron Hinckley

An aspiring stay at home dad, Aaron is a graduate of Mercer University who is a self proclaimed analytical nut and master grilled cheese maker.
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