Gennett has been inserted as the Reds’ cleanup hitter versus right-handers.

Chance Sisco (L), 2 percent, Baltimore Orioles vs. Detroit Tigers (RHP Mike Fiers): A recent hot streak has propelled Sisco to the two-hole, enhancing his chance for at-bats and the associated production. Furthering his case is matching up with Fiers, who historically allows a lot of baserunners and has only whiffed 10 in 17 stanzas this season.

Wilmer Flores (R), 2 percent, New York Mets at San Diego Padres (LHP Clayton Richard): It has been a weeks since the Mets faced a southpaw starter, so their lineup isn’t certain, but it’s assured Flores will be hitting in the heart of the lineup. The lefty-crusher is off to a slow start, but it’s only a matter of time before he makes up for lost time.

Scooter Gennett (L), 32 percent, Cincinnati Reds at Minnesota Twins (RHP Phil Hughes): This is more a reflection of the club’s woes and could change with Eugenio Suarez back in the lineup. Regardless, Gennett will be in a prime lineup spot, facing a pitcher with one of the highest home run rates over the past few seasons.

Kolten Wong (L), 3 percent, St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates (RHP Trevor Williams): Williams has a 2.15 ERA through five starts. That looks awfully nice, but don’t believe it. He’s not missing bats (6.4 K/9), he’s showing poor control (4.6 BB/9), and his 2.15 ERA isn’t supported by his 3.73 FIP or 4.87 xFIP. It’s been slow going for Wong out of the gate, but he showed last year that he can be a formidable option against righties (.288/.380/.431).

C.J. Cron (R), 8 percent, Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles (RHP Alex Cobb): Cron has actually hit righties just as well as lefties throughout his career and while he’s had a sharp platoon split favoring his work against lefties this year, I have to get someone in against Cobb. He has been trounced in both of his starts this year after missing spring training and I’m not sure there’s any reason to believe he’s going to turn it around quickly … if at all.

Yonder Alonso (L), 42 percent, Cleveland Indians vs. Seattle Mariners (RHP Mike Leake): Alonso has carried over his power gains from 2017, as he already has six homers this season, putting him on pace for 42 bombs. He’s in a great spot to continue his power outburst against Leake, who has been smashed by righty batters this season, allowing a .442 wOBA and four homers in 14 innings.canucks_010

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