Aren’t Mondays the worst? Nothing like waking up and realizing, yeah I’m back on the grind, but not the GOOD grind! Anyways, we get to our MLB Cheat Sheet to give you something to look forward to tonight. Before we get to that, a huge congratulations goes out to “BrettMarino” who won a million god damn dollars yesterday in the PGA Millionaire Maker tournament. I had the exact lineup he did, I just figured I’d sit this one out. In all seriousness though, if this doesn’t get you excited to be playing on DraftKings, I don’t know what will. If your a newbie and haven’t signed up yet, what are you waiting for? Ok, let’s get to the MLB content! As always, you can get me on the Twitter machine at any time @SBuchanan24
With two MLB Moonshot’s running today, make sure you take your shot in both:
Heaviest Pitcher Favorites
– Adam Wainwright vs. Milwaukee Brewers (-175) – This is one of six early games going today. Wainwright is the heavy favorite going into today. Against the Brewers, he’s 12-7 with an astonishing 2.31 ERA. Take it a step further, and his ERA at Miller Park is 2.77.
– Andrew Cashner vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (-168) – Cashner has only started eight games against the Diamondbacks, in that span he’s gone 3-2 with a 3.50 ERA. These numbers don’t blow you away, but Cashner is maturing and growing as a pitcher , while the D-backs don’t really scare you.
– Jacob deGrom vs. Philadelphia Phillies (-163) – Poor Phillies. When aren’t they in this section? Against the Phillies, deGrom has only had two start against them, sporting a 2.03 ERA. Small sample, but this kid is the real deal. I mean, it’s the Phillies after all.
Highest Scoring Games
– Kansas City Royals vs. Minnsota Twins (Target Field) Vegas is thinking some offense will be had in this one. Projected for 8.5 runs, this is tied for the highest total of the day. I’m pretty curious about this one because Danny Duffy has good numbers against the Twins. I guess that means poor Trevor May could be in for a long day (lol.)
– Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. Texas Rangers (Ballpark in Arlington) The second game coming in for 8.5 runs. Two teams that are perfectly capable of scoring some runs. Ross Detwiler has never started against the Angels.
Toughest Left/Right Matchups
Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
– Michael Pineda vs. Baltimore Orioles – Pineda is fantastic against lefties His 1.33 ERA against them ranked the best on the day. His K/9 sits at 7.08.
– Danny Duffy vs. Minnesota Twins- Duffy continues to show how much of a great matchup he has today. Against lefties, he’s right behind Pineda with a 1.46 ERA. The only downfall is his K/9 is lower, at 6.08.
Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
– Andrew Cashner vs. Arizona Diamondbacks – 1.71 ERA against righties is the ERA to kick things off. His K/9 is surprisingly lower than I’d expect, only at 6.39. I expect that to rise throughout the year. Can you tell I’m a fan of Cashner?
– Jordan Zimmerman vs. Boston Red Sox – Zimmerman has great stuff. He has great stuff and he’s set to be a free agent after this season. Sounds like someone is pitching for a contract all season. His 2.41 ERA against righties and a 9.27 K/9 will help him get that contract he covets.
Best Left/Right Matchups
Easiest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
– Trevor May vs. Kansas City Royals – If you think having a 5.57 ERA against lefties is bed, wait until you see what he has against righties. Spoiler alert: it’s awful.
Ruby De La Rosa vs. San Diego Padres – I’m still not used to these new look Padres. Everytime I see their team name I think, “cake matchup.” That’s not the case anymore. De La Rosa and his 4.25 ERA might remember that today as well.
Easiest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
– Trevor May vs. Kansas City Royals– 9.85 ERA. Honestly, what else do I write here?
– Ross Detwiler vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim– It’s crazy to think that Detwiler and his 5.31 ERA against righties is SECOND on the list. May really set the standard today. On top of the terrible ERA, his K/9 at 5.75 makes this extremely unappealing.
Ohhhhh a new section! I told you this Monday wouldn’t be so bad! Now that we have some games in the books, we can finally talk about hitters who are on fire right now.
– Adrian Gonzalez ($4700) – Who hotter then me? Gonzalez had a monster week going 14/28 with five homeruns. Hello, fantasy points! He’s a tough one to leave on the draft board right now.
– Joey Votto ($4300) – Votto starts the season with a bang going 8-27 with three homeruns and eight runs batted in. For the price he’s at, it’s worth the roster spot.
– Paul Goldschmidt ($4700) – Goldy continues to carry the Diamonbacks in 2015, starting with a .333 average to go with two homeruns and six RBIs.
– Billy Hamiliton ($4200) – You want steals? You’ve come to the right place. Hamiliton is already up to seven steals on the season. He’s been having some trouble getting on base, but when he does he always has the green light. At $4200, you can easily expect at least seven points from him if he gets on base.
– Lorenzo Cain ($4300) – All players on this list are under the $5,000 mark. Love it. Cain is 11-25 to start the year and is poised to be a huge part of the Royals lineup.
-Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves – Chance of some thunderstorms in this one. Seems to be the only real concern today. As always, DO YOUR RESEARCH and check beforehand.
One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around
– Danny Duffy vs. Minnesota Twins($7,200) – Against all current Twins, they’re hitting a combined .196 AND have an on-base percentage of .255. Also, out of a combined 120 at bats, 20 went for hits and only five for extra bases. $7,200 for these stats? Sign. Me. Up.
Superstar Worth Paying For…
– Freddie Freeman vs. Mat Latos ($4,500)– Freeman likes when Latos comes around. He crushes Latos with a .625 average against him. Coming off a horrendous start last time out, Latos could be in for another bad night against his arch rival.
Save Big Bucks By Drafting…
– Ryan Hanigan vs. Jordan Zimmerman ($2,900) – Who likes value picks?! This is someone who will definetely be scarcely owned. Advantage, you! He holds a .545 average against Zimmerman, of all people. While he might not get a big blast off him, he’s a good candidate to maybe sneak a couple hits for you and grab you some valuable points.