The only thing I enjoy about Tuesday, is the fact that ALL the games are night games. It’s been a really weird slate of games to start off the season. The only exception to tonight, is the Red Sox vs. Washington Nationals game is NOT included in tonight’s matchups. If that bums you out, maybe a $50,000 first prize in tonight’s Sweet Spot contest will bring your spirits up. $27 dollar entry for the big one tonight. So, to get you ready, we get going with today’s MLB Cheat Sheet. As always, you can get me on the Twitter machine, @SBuchanan24
Heaviest Pitcher Favorites
– Matt Harvey vs. Philadelphia Phillies (-226) – Vegas REALLY likes Harvey tonight. Look at that number! If you’ve been reading my articles, like the huge fan you are, you’ll know the Phillies are always here. The offense is atricious. So far in 2015, they’ve scored 16 runs. Don’t expect that number to climb much higher today.
– Jake Arrieta vs. Cincinnati Reds (-148) – First off, look at the difference between Arrieta and Harvey, crazy! Anyways, Arrieta enjoyed a breakout season for the Cubs last year and looks to continue that trend in 2015. The Reds are only batting a combined .200 against him, which is a good reason Arrieta is heavily favored.
– Daniel Norris vs. Tampa Bay Rays (-147) – The Blue Jays are hoping to get something out of their young prospect. Making just his second start in the majors, the 22 year old has a career 4.02 ERA in three minor league seasons. The upside with this kid is that he does strike batters out a lot. His 10.7 K/9 is nice to see.
Highest Scoring Games
– Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Texas Rangers (Ballpark in Arlington) Nine runs are projected for this one. On one side, we have the Angels starting a rookie, Drew Rucinski. On the other, the Rangers send Nick Martinez with his 4.55 career ERA to the mound.
– Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays (Rogers Centre) Coming in at 8.5 runs, this one certainly has the potential for high offense. Even though Norris has upside, he comes in essentially as an unknown. Wouldn’t be a bad idea to side with the hitters for this game.
Toughest Left/Right Matchups
Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
– Jake Arrieta vs. Cincnnati Reds – Arrieta comes into today with a 2.13 ERA against lefties and a fantastic 10.72 K/9. The only unfortunate part about these stats is the fact that the Reds are very heavy with righties.
– David Buchanan vs. New York Mets – Buchanan does own a favorable 2.39 ERA against lefties, which would would seem like a nice advantage. However, the unimpressive 4.78 K/9 deters me. The Buchanan name is disappointing me.
Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
– Carlos Carrasco vs. Chicago White Sox – I wasn’t sure if Carrasco would just be a flash in the pan, but so far he’s looked good in the early going. His 2.60 ERA against righties ranks as the best for today.
– Jose Quintana vs. Cleveland Indians – Tough day to be a righty in this game huh? Quintana is second next to Carrasco against righties with a 2.76 ERA.
Best Left/Right Matchups
Easiest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
– Trevor Cahill vs. Miami Marlins- Tough time to be named Trevor. Yesterday, Trevor May was in this section,now Cahill. His 7.63 ERA against lefties is clearly the worst for today.
– Anthony Desclafani vs. Chicago Cubs – Desclafani may not fare to much better against lefties. His ERA against them stands at 6.89. His K/9 is at a respectable 8.04, if you want him to feel good about something.
Easiest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
– Christian Bergman vs. San Francisco Giants– Oh my. Bergman might have a tough day against the Giants. His 8.10 ERA against righties must sound awfully appealing to the guys from SF.
– Anthony Desclafani vs. Chicago Cubs– A second appearance on the list usually is a bad sign. With his 5.71 ERA against righties, you have to wonder if he as success against anyone at all.
– Miguel Cabrera ($4,900) – At this price, Cabrera is a BARGAIN. Hitting .520 with two homeruns and eight RBIs, Cabrera is locked in. He’s honestly cheap right now, get some exposure while you can.
– Stephen Vogt ($4,000) – Vogt is quietly having a great start to the season for the A’s. He’s 7-22 with a home run and five RBIs. For a catcher at that price, he’s a good option right now.
– Ian Kinsler ($4100) – Kinsler has been scoring a TON of runs so far this year. Having already scored eleven on the season, it also indicates he’s getting on base a lot. At $4,100, you have to like these numbers.
– Corey Dickerson ($4,800) – The price tag is a bit high, but Dickerson is a huge part of the potent Rockies offense. With two homeruns and nine RBIs on the young season, Dickerson is a huge threat to go deep at any time.
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One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around
– Matt Harvey vs. Philadelphia Phillies($9,300) – Hard to argue with Vegas on this one. As stated earlier, Harvey is bar none the absolute favorite pitcher tonight, against a team that’s only scored 16 runs thus far.
Superstar Worth Paying For…
– Adam Jones vs. CC Sabathia ($4,600)– Jones has had good success against the big man. Hitting .304 with three home runs against him, Jones could be a the perfect person to pay a few extra bucks for tonight.
Save Big Bucks By Drafting…
– Mike Aviles vs. Jose Quintana ($3,200) – Aviles has been seeing some extra playing time lately as the injury bug goes through the Indians locker room. While his numbers aren’t mind blowing, he is batting .500 against Quintana. I’ll take those odds for a cheap price tag.