Wander Franco finding seat for Tampa Bay Monday
Tampa Bay Rays infielder Wander Franco is not in the starting lineup for Monday's series opener against right-hander Spenser Watkins and the Baltimore Orioles.
Franco is finding a seat after starting the last four games. The top prospect is slashing an underwhelming .216/.275/.392 across his first 80 plate appearances in the bigs. Franco's xBA (.217) is on par with his season average, but his xwOBA (.275) is lower than his actual number (.290). Taylor Walls is starting at shortstop in place of Franco on Monday and hitting ninth.
numberFire’s models project Walls for 7.9 FanDuel points and he has a $2,200 salary on Monday. Per our MLB Heat Map, the Rays are one of four teams in the majors on Monday with an implied total above 5.0 runs. Watkins is registering a 14.6 strikeout percentage with a 14.6 walk percentage across 10 1/3 innings this season.
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