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Fred Zinkie

Reds bats set to open second half on tear

Trout, Lamb could join Votto, Bruce Duvall as Friday's top picks

Reds bats set to open second half on tear

Welcome to DraftKings fantasy baseball, the Official Daily Fantasy Game of Major League Baseball.

The players listed below are in position to provide difference-making stats for DraftKings participants on Friday.

Joey Votto: The first baseman has used a patient, powerful approach to build an impressive lifetime .314/.433/.543 slash line against right-handers. Votto could go deep or drive in multiple runs when he bats at his homer-happy venue against Brewers righty Matt Garza (5.62 ERA, 1.60 WHIP since the outset of 2015).

Jay Bruce: The outfielder has long fared best vs. right-handers, against whom he has a lifetime .815 OPS (.720 vs. lefties). Bruce could add to his impressive 2016 totals of 18 homers and 63 RBIs across 318 at-bats when he bats at his hitter-friendly home park against the right-handed Garza (5.54 ERA, 1.77 WHIP in 2016).

Adam Duvall: With 23 homers and 61 RBIs across 301 at-bats, the outfielder has been a major contributor to many 2016 DraftKings squads. The Home Run Derby participant could continue his powerful campaign when he brings his lifetime .829 OPS against right-handers (.684 vs. lefties) into a matchup at his offense-inducing home park against the right-handed Garza.

Duvall's 15 homers in Round 2

Jake Lamb: Hitting .291 with 20 homers and 61 RBIs across 289 at-bats, Lamb is in the midst of a breakout season. The third baseman could post a notable DraftKings total when he works at his hitter-friendly home park against Dodgers righty Bud Norris, who in his career has allowed left-handed hitters such as Lamb to post an .811 OPS (.701 OPS allowed to righty batters).

Mike Trout: With a lifetime .312/.400/.573 slash line against right-handers, the outfielder has proven to wield a potent bat during those matchups. Trout has the plate skills to thrive against White Sox fly-ball-prone righty Miguel Gonzalez (career 4.66 FIP, 1.30 WHIP, 1.3 HR/9 rate) and the speed to swipe a base against catcher Dioner Navarro, who sometimes struggles to thwart would-be base stealers.

Kole Calhoun: With a lifetime .773 OPS against right-handers that exceeds his .738 mark vs. lefties, the outfielder will be poised to rip a round-tripper or drive in multiple runs when he tangles with the right-handed Gonzalez (4.39 ERA, 1.39 WHIP in 2016).

Dioner Navarro: As a big leaguer, the catcher has produced a .768 OPS against left-handers that exceeds his .656 mark vs. righties. The switch-hitting Navarro could excel when he bats from the right side against Angels lefty Hector Santiago, who in his career has allowed right-handed hitters to post a .752 OPS (.627 OPS allowed to lefty batters).

Carlos Beltran: With balanced lifetime splits that include a .283/.347/.511 slash line against left-handers, the outfielder will be poised to hit his 20th homer of the season when he bats at his hitter-friendly home park against Red Sox southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez (8.59 ERA, 1.74 WHIP in 2016).

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Starlin Castro: In his career, the second baseman has logged a .756 OPS against left-handers that exceeds his .711 mark vs. righties. Set to bat at his offense-inducing home park, Castro could provide production at a premium position when he faces the left-handed Rodriguez (career 4.77 ERA, 1.38 WHIP).

Jason Kipnis: From a premium lineup spot, the second baseman could reach base often or drive in multiple runs when he brings his lifetime .818 OPS against right-handers (.659 vs. lefties) into a matchup with righty Ervin Santana (career 4.16 ERA, 1.28 WHIP) and a Twins bullpen that ranks 25th in the Majors with a 4.51 ERA.

Tyler Naquin: The rookie outfielder will be in great position to improve on his impressive .324/.382/.604 slash line against right-handers when he faces the right-handed Santana (4.06 ERA, 1.29 WHIP in 2016) and a Twins squad that ranks last in the Majors with a .665 defensive efficiency ratio.

Miguel Cabrera: With a lifetime .322/.389/.563 slash line against right-handers, the first baseman has proven to be one of the best in baseball during those matchups. Cabrera could put a ball into the outfield seats when he faces Royals fly-ball-prone righty Ian Kennedy (5.05 FIP, 1.9 HR/9 rate in 2016).

Brandon Crawford: With balanced career splits, the shortstop could succeed against righty Andrew Cashner (5.40 ERA, 1.56 WHIP in 2016) and a Padres bullpen that ranks 23rd in the Majors with a 4.42 ERA. In his career, Cashner has allowed left-handed hitters such as Crawford to post a .760 OPS (.668 OPS allowed to righty batters).

Crawford's two-run double

Anthony DeSclafani: Since returning from a season-opening stint on the disabled list, DeSclafani has posted a 2.23 ERA across six starts. The right-hander could compile a handful of effective innings and whiffs when he faces a Brewers lineup that leads the Majors with 833 strikeouts.

Jorge De La Rosa: With a 4.61 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP in the Majors, the left-hander could be a cost-effective second starter in DraftKings contests when he vacates his hitter-friendly home park and works at offense-suppressing Turner Field against a Braves lineup that ranks 29th in the Majors with a .640 OPS against southpaws.

Carlos Carrasco: With a 3.04 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and a 9.9 K/9 rate since the outset of 2014, the right-hander has the skills to spin a gem when he faces a Twins lineup that ranks 18th in the Majors with a .725 OPS against righties. Carrasco could also pick up a win if his supporting cast has success against Santana and a shaky Twins bullpen.

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Bartolo Colon: Having posted a 3.28 ERA and 1.22 WHIP, the right-hander has been a cost-effective option in many 2016 DraftKings contests. Colon could continue his solid season when he faces a Phillies lineup that ranks 25th in the Majors with a .707 OPS against righties.

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.