Ji-Man Choi on Rays' bench Thursday
Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's series opener against left-hander Yusei Kikuchi and the Toronto Blue Jays.
Choi started against a lefty on Wednesday, but he's taking a seat against the Blue Jays' southpaw a day later. Isaac Paredes is covering first base and batting fifth. Josh Lowe is replacing Choi in the lineup to play center field and bat ninth. Harold Ramirez is at designated hitter and batting third.
numberFire’s models project Paredes for 10.8 FanDuel points on Thursday, and he has a $3,200 salary. Per our MLB Heat Map, the Rays’ implied total (4.45) is seventh out of 16 active teams. Kikuchi has the highest walk rate this season (13.5%) out of Thursday's listed starters.
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