- Height / Weight
- 6' 0" / 205 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 8/27/1993 (26)
Boston first baseman Sam Travis hit his third home run in four games on Saturday in a 12-4 losing effort against the visiting Angels. Travis doesn't usually start versus right-handers, thereby not making him viable in weekly leagues, but the 25-year-old has been a lefty masher of late and can be a useful stream in leagues with daily moves. And when starting versus a lefthander, Travis can also be worth a look in DFS when salary relief is needed at first base or outfield, where he also qualifies.
The Boston Red Sox activated first baseman Steve Pearce (calf) from the 10-day injured list on Thursday and optioned first baseman Sam Travis to Triple-A Pawtucket in a corresponding move. Pearce, last year's unlikely World Series MVP, is likely to slot in at first base and hit third immediately on Thursday against A's left-hander Brett Anderson. He hit .304/.400/.559 with five of his 11 home runs against southpaws this year and is a strong DFS play when he's facing the right left-hander. Pearce's season-long value is less appealing in a timeshare with Mitch Moreland.
Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers is hitting sixth, while first baseman Sam Travis is starting at first base and batting in the seven spot against southpaw Yusei Kikuchi on Friday night. Facing a lefty on the mound, Devers shifts down from the three spot where he hit on Opening Day, while Travis is the right-handed half of the Sox' first base platoon with Mitch Moreland until Steve Pearce returns from the IL. Interestingly enough, Devers has a .279 career AVG vs LHP with 101 wRC+. Meanwhile, Travis has just one career homer and 18 RBI in 121 career plate appearances. Neither present great DFS options on Friday given their situations in the lineup.