Kevin Newman sitting Friday for Pirates
Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Kevin Newman is not in the lineup for Friday afternoon's series opener against right-hander Zach Davies and the Chicago Cubs.
Newman appears to be getting a normal day off. Erik Gonzalez will shift to shortstop and Todd Frazier will make a start at third base and bat seventh.
numberFire’s models project Gonzalez for 8.9 FanDuel points and he has a $2,000 salary on Friday. Davies' strikeout rate (14.2 percent) and walk rate (15.0 percent) are inviting for hitters, but per our MLB Heat Map, the Pirates only have an implied total of 3.5 runs.
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