It’s Friday, everybody! A perfect day to play some fantasy baseball, as every team will be playing today, starting at 3:05. Today’s daily fantasy cheat sheet provides a number of important factors to weigh when creating your MLB lineups. Be advised, all the advice below hinges on if a particular player starts and how the weather holds up. Make sure you check this information ahead of making your lineups for the most updated news. As always, you can get me on the Twitter machine @SBuchanan24
Heaviest Pitcher Favorites
– Gio Gonzalez vs. Philadelphia Phillies (-159)-In any other city, Gonzalez could easily be a teams number two or even number one starter. Just goes to show how stacked the Nationals are. In 12 career starts, Gonzalez is 6-4 with a 3.05 ERA against the Phillies. Add in the fact they’re most likely trotting out their weakest Phillies team in years, you have to like your chances.
– Dan Haren vs. Tampa Bay Rays (-152)- Haren gets the nod for his first start since being traded to the new look Marlins. Haren has a nice 3.01 career ERA against the Rays. Like the Phillies, the Rays aren’t exactly an offense that scares you.
– Hector Noesi vs. Minnesota Twins (-145)- If your baseball team is going against the Phillies or Twins, good chance the opponents starting pitcher makes this list. A career 5.16 ERA pitcher is your third favorable pitcher on the list. For what it’s worth, he’s started five games against the Twins and has a 4.19 ERA against them. The struggle is real, the Twins are bad.
Highest Scoring Games
– Chicago Cubs at Colorado Rockies (Coors Field) COORS FIELD ALERT We love hitters in Coors Field. This games falls in the early slate of games, so don’t forget that. With two mediocre pitchers going and being in Colorado, this is today’s highest scoring game at 9.5 runs.
– Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox (U.S. Cellular Field) Another game expected in the 9 run range, most likely because of the White Sox production, not the Twins. This game also falls into the early slate of games. Make sure to stack these hitters accordingly.
Toughest Left/Right Matchups
Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
– Drew Pomeranz vs. Seattle Mariners- Pomeranz starts today with a 1.20 ERA facing lefties. Even more impressive is his K/9 which stands at a whopping 10.20.
– Mike Fiers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates- Another great K/9 for Fiers at 9.46 against lefties. His ERA when opposing them is great as well, 2.23.
Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
-Derek Holland vs. Houston Astros– Wow. Holland holds an impressive 0.99 ERA against righties. His K/9 however is an unimpressive 6.26.
– Mike Fiers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – Fiers strikes again! His ERA against righties stands at 2.06 and his K/9 at 9.61. Those are numbers you can get excited about.
Best Left/Right Matchups
Easiest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
-Brandon Morrow vs. San Francisco Giants – Now, the ugly section. Morrow has an atricious 6.35 ERA against lefties. The horror people, THE HORROR.
-Wade Miley vs. New York Yankees– No pressure Wade! First start for the Red Sox against the Yankees, at Yankee stadium. Oh, and your ERA against lefties is 5.32? Maybe you should stay home…..
Easiest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
-Travis Wood vs. Colorado Rockies–Hitters love Coors Field. Pitchers, not so much. Wood and his 5.37 ERA against righties, ugh. Hang out with Wade Miley instead.
-Erasmo Ramirez vs. Miami Marlins– The thought that pops into my head when I am reminded about Ramirez is that he’s just not good. 5.29 ERA against righties. Sounds about right.
-Red Sox at New York Yankees – Good chance of rain here today, especially at the start of the game. Looks like it’s tonights biggest threat. Keep an eye on this one.
-New York Mets at Atlanta Braves – Thunderstorms are expected all during game time. This game could easily see a delay or five.
One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around
-Gio Gonzalez vs. Philadelphia Phillies($9,100) – I hate to go with the obvious, but I’d be lying if I took someone else. Gonzalez has a cake matchup against the lowly Phillies. He should have no problem handling them tonight. Just be cautioned, me and everyone else is thinking the same thing. He could be very heavily owned tonight.
Superstar Worth Paying For…
Andrew McCutchen vs. Mike Fiers ($5,200)– McCutchen has great numbers against Fiers. 6-14 with four home runs. McCutchen might cost you big bucks today, but it would be well worth the investment.
Save Big Bucks By Drafting…
Devon Travis vs. Bud Norris ($3200) – Travis is the starting second baseman for the Blue Jays. He’s been flying under the radar and quietly is 3-6 on the season. He’s batting 9th which hurts his value a bit, but if he gets on base, he has plenty of guys hitting after him that can drive him home.