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Fred Zinkie

Blue Jays projected to swing strong vs. Orioles

Blue Jays projected to swing strong vs. Orioles

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The players listed below could provide difference-making stats for DraftKings participants on Tuesday.

Jose Bautista (Blue Jays): Since the outset of the 2010 season, the outfielder has used a patient, powerful approach to build a .268/.389/.559 slash line against right-handers. On Tuesday, Bautista could rip a round-tripper when he visits homer-happy Camden Yards to face righty Miguel Gonzalez (4.85 ERA, 1.38 WHIP in 2015).

Edwin Encarnacion (Blue Jays): From the cleanup spot in the highest-scoring lineup in baseball, the first baseman will be poised to drive in multiple runs when he faces Gonzalez (career 4.70 FIP) at Baltimore's hitter-friendly venue. Since Aug. 1, Encarnacion has hit .339 with 16 homers and 49 RBIs across 165 at-bats.

Ryan Goins (Blue Jays): The shortstop owns a lifetime .624 OPS against right-handers that exceeds his .527 mark vs. lefties. Goins -- who has posted a .348 on-base percentage since Aug. 26 -- could have success against Gonzalez, who will be making his first start since Aug. 30 due to a right shoulder injury.

Yoenis Cespedes (Mets): Since joining the Mets' lineup on Aug. 1, the outfielder has compiled 17 homers and 44 RBIs across 218 at-bats. Cespedes -- who owns balanced career splits -- could post a difference-making total in DraftKings contests when he bats at offense-inducing Citizens Bank Park against right-hander David Buchanan (7.96 ERA, 1.94 WHIP in 2015).

Cespedes' triple in the 3rd

Curtis Granderson (Mets): From his perch atop the lineup, the outfielder will be in position to improve on his lifetime .860 OPS against right-handers (.696 vs. lefties) when he faces Buchanan at Philadelphia's hitter-friendly venue. Also of note: Granderson and his teammates will attempt to put balls into play against a Phillies squad that ranks last in the Majors with a .667 defensive efficiency ratio.

Daniel Murphy (Mets): The second baseman has long fared best vs. right-handers, against whom he has posted a lifetime .784 OPS (.675 vs. lefties). Murphy could be part of a Mets stack -- with Cespedes, Granderson, outfielder Michael Conforto and first baseman Lucas Duda -- against Buchanan (career 5.22 ERA, 1.52 WHIP.

Carpenter's solo homer

Bryce Harper (Nationals): Hitting .336 with 41 homers across 503 at-bats, the outfielder has been among the best hitters in baseball this season. Harper could produce a game-changing total in DraftKings contests when he faces rookie righty Matt Wisler (5.40 ERA, 1.58 WHIP) and a Braves bullpen that ranks last in the Majors with a 4.78 ERA.

Anthony Rizzo (Cubs): With 30 homers and 17 steals across 673 plate appearances, the first baseman possesses a diverse skill set that is matched by few players at his position. Rizzo could produce in multiple ways when he brings his lifetime .848 OPS against right-handers (.760 vs. lefties) into a matchup with Reds rookie righty Josh Smith (7.23 ERA, 1.90 WHIP).

Kyle Schwarber (Cubs): With 16 homers across 214 at-bats, the rookie outfielder -- who also qualifies at catcher in DraftKings contests -- has been a major contributor to many recent DraftKings squads. Schwarber could display his power when he faces Smith (6.30 FIP) at homer-happy Great American Ball Park.

Chris Coghlan (Cubs): With 16 homers, 11 steals and 62 runs across 485 plate appearances, the outfielder -- who also qualifies at second base in DraftKings contests -- is in the final days of a productive season. With a career .785 OPS against right-handers (.629 vs. lefties), Coghlan has the plate skills to thrive against Smith. He could also swipe a base against catcher Brayan Pena, who has thwarted 12 of 68 would-be basestealers this season.

Coghlan's triple

David Peralta (D-backs): Wrapping up a breakout season, the outfielder is hitting .307 with 17 homers and 77 RBIs across 456 at-bats. Peralta could drive in multiple runs when he brings his lifetime .889 OPS against right-handers (.607 vs. lefties) into a matchup with righty Christian Bergman (career 5.24 ERA, 1.47 WHIP) and a Rockies relief corps that ranks 29th in the Majors with a 4.74 ERA.

Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers): With a season-to-date 11.5 K/9 rate and a 1.95 ERA since the outset of 2013, the left-hander is arguably the best pitcher in baseball. Kershaw has the skills to spin a gem when he travels to pitcher-friendly AT&T Park to face the Giants.

Robbie Ray (D-backs): With a 5-12 record and a 1.30 WHIP this year, Ray could be a cost-effective second starter in DraftKings contests when he works at home against the Rockies. Colorado ranks 25th in the Majors with a .673 OPS against southpaws and sits last in baseball with a .650 OPS in road contests.

Ray's six scoreless innings

Jorge Lopez (Brewers): It will take a leap of faith, but DraftKings participants can consider Lopez for his Major League debut at pitcher-friendly Petco Park. The right-hander was the Brewers' Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2015 after posting a 2.26 ERA across 24 Double-A starts, and he will face a Padres lineup that ranks 27th in baseball with a .692 OPS against righties.

Bartolo Colon (Mets): Since Aug. 26, the right-hander has posted an impressive 1.65 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP across 43 2/3 innings. Colon could continue to limit the opposition when he faces a Phillies lineup that ranks last in the Majors with a .678 OPS against righties. On Tuesday, he may come away with a win if his impressive supporting cast can have success against Buchanan.

All statistics are accurate through the completion of Sunday's games.

Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.