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Fred Zinkie

Rockies, Brewers bats may thrive Thursday

CarGo, Blackmon, Braun, Lucroy among likeliest picks to click

Rockies, Brewers bats may thrive Thursday

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

Carlos Gonzalez: In his career, Gonzalez has excelled when facing right-handers (.306/.370/.565 slash line) and when batting at his hitter-friendly home park (.335/.393/.632 slash line). The outfielder could thrive in a home matchup against Braves righty Mike Foltynewicz (career 4.96 ERA, 1.47 WHIP), who in his career has allowed left-handed hitters such as CarGo to post a .945 OPS (.765 OPS allowed to righty batters).

Charlie Blackmon: Hitting leadoff, the outfielder could reach base often when he brings his lifetime .806 OPS against right-handers (.730 vs. lefties) into a matchup with the right-handed Foltynewicz (4.79 FIP in 2016). Blackmon could also swipe a base against catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who has thwarted eight of 39 would-be basestealers this season.

Jonathan Lucroy: As a big leaguer, the catcher has posted an .832 OPS against left-handers that exceeds his .763 mark vs. righties. Lucroy could provide elite production at a premium position when he tangles with Pirates southpaw Francisco Liriano (5.11 ERA, 1.61 WHIP in 2016).

Ryan Braun: With a lifetime .336/.404/.624 slash line against left-handers, Braun has proven to wield a potent bat during those matchups. The outfielder could post a substantial DraftKings total when he meets up with the left-handed Liriano, who in his career has allowed right-handed hitters such as Braun to post a .715 OPS (.590 OPS allowed to lefty batters).

Freddie Freeman: The first baseman has long fared best vs. right-handers, against whom he has posted a lifetime .877 OPS (.751 vs. lefties). Freeman could excel when he vacates his pitcher-friendly home park and bats at homer-happy Coors Field against righty Chad Bettis (career 5.34 ERA, 1.54 WHIP) and a Rockies relief corps that ranks 28th in the Majors with a 4.95 ERA.

Nick Markakis: With a lifetime .809 OPS against right-handers that exceeds his .727 mark vs. lefties, the outfielder will be in prime position to have a great game when he tangles with the right-handed Bettis (5.55 ERA, 1.49 WHIP in 2016) and an unreliable Rockies bullpen. Also of note: Markakis will attempt to put balls into play against a Rockies squad that ranks 29th in the Majors with a .679 defensive efficiency ratio.

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Odubel Herrera: With 10 homers, 12 steals and 51 runs and a .369 on-base percentage this season, the outfielder has the diverse skill set that DraftKings participants covet. Herrera could reach base often or score multiple runs when he brings his lifetime .811 OPS against right-handers (.658 vs. lefties) into a matchup at his hitter-friendly home park against Marlins righty Tom Koehler (career 4.20 ERA, 1.38 WHIP).

Maikel Franco: As a big leaguer, the third baseman has produced a .795 OPS against right-handers that exceeds his .701 mark vs. lefties. Franco could go deep or drive multiple runs when he tangles with the right-handed Koehler (4.68 ERA, 1.60 WHIP in 2016).

Adam Eaton: From a premium lineup spot, the outfielder could reach base often or score multiple runs when he takes his lifetime .774 OPS against right-handers (.723 vs. lefties) into a matchup with righty Mike Pelfrey (career 4.55 ERA, 1.50 WHIP) and a Tigers bullpen that ranks 24th in the Majors with a 4.46 ERA.

Jose Abreu: Since arriving to the Majors at the outset of 2014, the first baseman has produced an .881 OPS against right-handers that exceeds his .826 mark vs. lefties. Abreu could post a notable DraftKings total when he bats at his offense-inducing home park against the right-handed Pelfrey (4.95 ERA, 1.76 WHIP in 2016) and an unreliable Tigers bullpen.

Matt Adams: The first baseman has long fared best vs. right-handers, against whom he has produced a lifetime .817 OPS (.574 vs. lefties). Adams could go deep or drive in multiple runs when he faces Padres righty Andrew Cashner (5.05 ERA, 1.48 WHIP in 2016), who in his career has allowed left-handed hitters such as Adams to post a .757 OPS (.666 OPS allowed to righty batters).

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Aledmys Diaz: Hitting .315 with 13 homers across 308 at-bats, the rookie shortstop has been a major contributor to many 2016 DraftKings squads. Diaz could improve on his .963 OPS against right-handers (.830 vs. lefties) when he faces the right-handed Cashner (4.53 ERA, 1.45 WHIP since the outset of 2015) and a Padres bullpen that ranks 25th in baseball with a 4.48 ERA.

Miguel Cabrera: With a lifetime .322/.389/.562 slash line against right-handers, the first baseman has proved to be one of the best in baseball during those matchups. Cabrera could display his power when he bats at homer-happy U.S. Cellular Field against righty James Shields (5.10 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 1.5 HR/9 rate in 2016).

Cameron Maybin: Hitting .337 this season, the speedy outfielder could reach base often when he brings his balanced career splits into a matchup with Shields at Chicago's hitter-friendly venue. Maybin could also swipe a base against catcher Dioner Navarro, who sometimes struggles to thwart would-be basestealers.

Steven Wright: With a 2.78 ERA this season, the right-hander has the skills to compile six-plus effective innings against a Twins lineup that ranks 20th in the Majors with a .718 OPS against righties. Wright could pick up a win if his talented supporting cast builds on their Major League-leading .831 OPS against right-handers at the expense of righty Tyler Duffey (5.23 ERA in 2016).

Sonny Gray: With a 5.12 ERA this season, the right-hander could have a reduced cost in DraftKings contests when he works at his pitcher-friendly home park against a Rays lineup that ranks 23rd in the Majors with a .707 OPS against righties.

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Adam Wainwright: With a 2.54 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP across 11 starts since May 18, the right-hander has emerged from a slow start to the season to become a trusted DraftKings option. Wainwright could stay hot when he works at his offense-suppressing home park against a Padres lineup that ranks 29th in baseball with a .672 OPS against righties.

All statistics are accurate through the completion of Tuesday'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.