Fernando Tatis Jr. on cleanup duty Monday for Padres
San Diego Padres outfielder Fernando Tatis Jr. is starting in right field and batting cleanup in Monday's series opener against right-hander Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Padres are mixing things around in the lineup after they were swept by the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend. Juan Soto is batting second and Manny Machado is hitting third while Tatis falls into the cleanup role for the first time this season. Tatis has slashed just .143/.294/.179 and struck out in half of his plate appearances over the last eight games.
Wainwright has a 7.63 xERA and 11.6% strikeout rate that both rank among the worst in the majors this season for qualified pitchers. Per our MLB Heat Map, the Padres' implied total is 5.20, fourth-highest of the day, and the game total is 9.0. numberFire’s models project Tatis ($3,700) for 12.7 and Soto ($3,300) for 14.4 FanDuel points on Monday.
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