Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: Matchups, Top Hitters And Pitchers

Friday night brings us a 13-game slate of baseball. Let’s jump right into all the info, and as always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.

Top Pitcher

Trevor Bauer vs. Chicago White Sox ($9,500) — Bauer and the Indians are huge favorites tonight against the Chicago White Sox. This will be the second time that he’s faced off against this White Sox club, having pitched 6 1/3 innings allowing two runs on three hits with nine strikeouts earlier this month. Bauer isn’t overly expensive in this matchup either, as he’s $1,800 cheaper than Zack Greinke, who faces the Royals. As long as Bauer has his command, he’s in a great spot against a White Sox team that owns a 23.5 K% in September, which ranks as the seventh highest during that span.

Highest Total

L.A. Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies — 12 projected runs — The Dodgers and Rockies are projected at 12 runs tonight at Coors Field, with the Dodgers as the slightest favorites. I like them in this spot against Chad Bettis, who hasn’t pitched much this season but has produced disastrous results. In 24 1/3 innings at Coors Field, Bettis owns a .353 wOBA with a .543 SLG with a 26% hard-hit rate. Another reason I like the Dodgers tonight is that they’re relatively cheap for playing in Coors Field, with the majority of their starters in the mid-$4K range. Getting a few of those players still leaves you room to comfortably fill out your lineup.

Weather Concerns

Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians (Progressive Field) — Rain will be around the area during game time, so a delay is entirely possible here. Keep an eye on this one closer to first pitch.

Park Factors

Park Factors are ranked on a scale of 1.000. Anything above 1.000 is favorable towards the hitters. Anything below that mark favors pitchers.

  • Coors Field — L.A. Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies — As always, Coors Field is home to our most favorable ballpark for hitters of the evening. All offensive categories get the nod here.
  • Globe Life Park — Oakland A’s vs. Texas Rangers — Globe Life Park is our No. 2 ballpark for hitters on this 13-game slate. All offensive categories are favored here.
  • Marlins Park — Atlanta Braves vs. Miami Marlins — Marlins Park is our worst ballpark for hitters on the night. All categories favor the pitchers in Miami.
  • AT&T Park — San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants — AT&T Park is our second-worst ballpark for hitters on the evening. Heading into this contest against the Padres, only triples are favored here.

Splits to Start

Pitchers vs. Left-Handed Batters

Matt Harvey1.023.323Charlie Morton.555.172
Jordan Lyles1.005.344Stephen Strasburg.577.195
Hyun-Jin Ryu.945.325Chase Anderson.603.211

Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters

Marco Gonzales.951.353Doug Fister.565.203
Chad Bettis.907.326Stephen Strasburg.610.223

Batter vs. Pitcher Splits

HitterOpposing SPABFP/AB*
Nolan ArenadoHyun-Jin Ryu144.14
Khris DavisMartin Perez163.68
Brian DozierMatt Boyd272.37

*(Fantasy Points Per At Bat)

Lineup Starters

Pitcher to Build Around

Chase Anderson, MIL vs. STL ($9,100) — With the Cardinals officially eliminated from the playoffs, you have to imagine they’ll be running out their “B” lineup tonight. With that lineup, I like this spot for Anderson at $9,100. On the road, Anderson has posted a .288 wOBA with a .354 SLG and a 9.2 K/9. While Anderson has allowed eight runs against this Cardinals club in the past 16 2/3 innings, he does sport a K/9 of 9.7.

Heavy Hitter to Pay For

Brian Dozier, MIN vs. DET ($4,800) — With Dozier getting the night off yesterday, he should draw the start tonight against Matt Boyd. It’s certainly a favorable spot for him, as Dozier has crushed left-handed pitching all season long. At home in these matchups, Dozier sports .492 wOBA with a .742 SLG and a .474 OBP. Boyd against righties on the road owns a .361 wOBA with six of his 16 home runs.

Save Big by Drafting …

Chase Utley, LAD vs. COL ($3,200) — It’s not often that a player at Coors Field makes the value section of my article, but Utley does just that tonight. He’ll take on Chad Bettis, who sports a .371 wOBA against lefties in his short time in the majors this season with a .577 SLG and four of his eight home runs. Even with Utley having a down year, he’s simply too cheap for me to ignore at Coors at this price point.

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