Half way through the week, and more baseball to play! The Wednesday edition of MLB Cheat Sheet comes your way fresh off the $500K Sweet Spot event. Some late game scoring saved my night yesterday from being a total disaster. That’s always a win in my book. But enough about my life, let’s get to it and as always, you can get me on the Twitter machine, @SBuchanan24
Heaviest Pitcher Favorites
– Jonathon Niese vs. Philadelphia Phillies (-165) – Vegas once again goes with a pitcher opposing the Phillies. To the shock of almost everyone, the Phillies handled Matt Harvey fairly well last night. Can they make it two nights in a row? Noesi has a career 3.00. ERA against the Phillies.
– Lance Lynn vs. Milwaukee Brewers (-152) – Lynn has had moderate success against the Brewers. Current members of the Brewers are batting a combined .269 against him.
– Trevor Bauer vs. Chicago White Sox (-142) – Third day in a row with a starting pitcher named Trevor on my list. How many are there?! I must say, I’m a bit puzzled by this, as Bauer hasn’t had much exposure to the White Sox. In the one game current White Sox had seen him, they batted .444.
Highest Scoring Games
– New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles (Camden Yards) Two mediciore pitchers going against each other at Camden Yards means the 8.5 run total for this game is tonight’s highest. Bud Norris matches up with Nathan Eovildi……this won’t be a pitching duel.
– Oakland A’s at Houston Astros (Minute Maid Park) Coming in at eight runs, the A’s and Astros should be another game showcasing some runs. Both starting pitchers in this one have career ERA’s of 4.11. Not exactly a stat you want to share.
Toughest Left/Right Matchups
Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
– Drew Pomeranz vs. Houston Astros – Pomeranz kicks off us off today with his impressive numbers against lefties. His ERA sits at 1.20 while his K/9 is an enticing 10.20.
– Tyler Matzek vs. San Francisco Giants – Coming in today with a 2.27 ERA against lefties, Matzek surprised me with this number. Even more so is his 9.38 K/. This is why we do our research.
Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
– Wily Peralta vs. St. Louis Cardinals –I’m almost positive Peralta was on here last week and yet, when I saw his name, I was surprised. His 2.08 ERA against righties is the best on the day. His unimpressive 6.68 K/9 number makes him less attractive (fantasy wise.)
– Taijuan Walker vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – Walker comes into today was a 2.25 ERA against righties and a nice 9.00 K/9. He could be a nice under the radar pick today.
Best Left/Right Matchups
Easiest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
– Brandon Morrow vs. Arizona Diamondbacks – Morow does not enjoy his time against lefties. His 6.35 ERA against them proves that. Not to mention lefties are hitting .299 against him.
– Wade Miley vs Washington Nationals – Miley was featured here last week against the Yankees and today is no different. His 5.32 ERA against lefties comes in as the second worst on the day.
Easiest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
– Travis Wood vs. Cincinnati Reds– Call me crazy, but a pitcher who struggles against righties, you’re just asking for a tough career. Wood has a 5.37 ERA against them while they bat .296. Sheesh.
– Erasmo Ramirez vs. Toronto Blue Jays– Ramirez says hello with his 5.29 ERA against righties. Facing an offense like Toronto, it’s not going to get much better. Maybe next week!
-Nelson Cruz ($4200) – What can I say? The man likes to hit homeruns. Cruz picked up where he left off last year and already has five homeruns on the season. Not to mention, this was the fourth straight game he’s homered in. He’s completely locked in. With a salary at $4200, who wouldn’t want a quick 14 points?
– Kendrys Morales ($4000) – Morales looks to be enjoying his time with his new Kansas City Royals team. He’s hitting .414 with two homeruns and five RBIs. Let’s just hope he doesn’t hit a walk off anytime soon.
– Xander Bogaerts ($4000) – After a slow start, Bogaerts is up to hitting .433 on the season with seven RBIs. Make sure he’s starting however, as he is considered day-to-day with knee soreness.
-Pedro Alverez ($3800)– Raw power can come cheap sometimes. Alverez doesn’t give you much other than homeruns, which isn’t a bad thing. He’s got three on the year so far, however, the expectation with him is basically homerun or bust.
For the second day in a row, no game has any real weather concerns. That’s pretty awesome.
One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around
– Travis Wood vs. Cincinnati Reds ($6,100) – Yesterday, I went with the super popular pick of Matt Harvey. It worked out ok, not as much as we’d hoped. So today, I’m making a bold pick. Wood is cheap, has a decent K/9 at 7.00 and the current Reds roster is hitting .202 against him. Chew me out or thank me later.
Superstar Worth Paying For…
– Victor Martinez vs. Francisco Liriano ($4,300) – Martinez isn’t very expensive right now, but I like the matchup enough to showcase it here. Against Liriano, Martinez is batting .464 with a homerun and seven RBIs. With so many prolific hitters surrounding him, Liriano can’t afford to pitch around him.
Save Big Bucks By Drafting…
– Gerardo Parra vs. Lance Lynn ($3,100) – What a bargain for someone who is hitting .471 with two homeruns lifetime off Lynn. Parra will most definetely be rostered in all of my lineups tonight.