Friday is such a glorious day (unless you work in retail.) The work week is coming to a close and you got plenty of time to do some baseball research. I got you covered as always. As an added bonus, this weekend, I’ll be giving away a couple of tickets to a $5 DraftKings tournament of your choice. So more than ever, make sure to follow me on the Twitter Machine @SBuchanan24
Heaviest Pitcher Favorites
– Clayton Kershaw vs. Colorado Rockies (-278) – Kershaw is the undeniable favorite tonight taking on the Rockies. He’s the favorite not only because he’s Clayton Kershaw, but it helps that the Rockies are hitting a combined .226 against him. Not to mention he has a 2.11 ERA at home in 111 starts.
– Max Scherzer vs. Philadelphia Phillies (-251) – Scherzer gets his second start against the Phillies already in the 2015 season. That switch to the National League was a good idea, eh? Amazingly, with 0.66 ERA, he’s still searching for his first win of the season. Very good chance that comes tonight. Poor Phillies.
– David Price vs. Chicago White Sox (-170) – Just goes to show the quality of starting pitching ahead of Price when he’s the third favorite of the night. Current White Sox batters are only hitting .225 against him. That number is honestly inflated when you factor in Adam Eaton, who’s batting an amazing .625 against Price! (Hellooooooooo, value pick tonight) Besides the other two, Price is a great play.
Highest Scoring Games
– Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox (Fenway Pahk) – This game comes in at 9 nines for tonight. It’s a classic “which pitcher shows up tonight.” Joe Kelly for the Sox and Ubaldo Jimenez for the Orioles. Both pitchers are capable of throwing a gem or absolute dud.
– L.A. Angels at Houston Astros (Minute Maid Park) – Jered Weaver matches up against Roberto Hernandez for the second game projected at 9 runs. Two mediciore pitchers throwing potential meatballs all night. Make sure to get exposure in this one.
Toughest Left/Right Matchups
Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
– Clayton Kershaw vs. Colorado Rockies – It should be a shock to no one that Kershaw is at the top of this list. His 0.96 ERA against lefties is freakishly good. His K/9 also sits at 10.75.
– Johnny Cueto vs. St. Louis Cardinals – I was going to put Kershaw on here twice but that would have been unfair. Cueto owns a 2.05 ERA against lefties with 8.42 K/9. Any other day, Cueto would easily be number one in this category.
Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
– Clayton Kershaw vs. Colorado Rockies – Of course. Kershaw has a 1.96 ERA against righties with a 10.87 K/9. What else can you say? The man is good, just very expensive to have on your team.
– Corey Kluber vs. Minnesota Twins – The Twins are the worst hitting team in baseball, has more than 50% of their lineup hitting righty and Kluber has a 2.34 ERA against righties. Poor Twins.
Best Left/Right Matchups
Easiest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
– Drew Hutchinson vs. Atlanta Braves – We’ve reached the part of my article where I have to call out pitchers who don’t perform well. You’re first, Hutchinson! His 5.69 ERA against lefties lands him here first.
– Ubaldo Jimenez vs. Boston Red Sox – Jimenez is always a wild card when he starts. To help figure out what you’ll get, his 5.43 against lefties is the second worse for today.
Easiest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
– Jimmy Nelson vs. Pittsburgh Pirates– Nelson owns a 5.03 ERA against righties coming into today. With a career 4.07 ERA, could be a long day against a decent Pirates offense.
– Joe Kelly vs. Baltimore Orioles– Kelly doesn’t fare to well against righties either, owning a 4.86 ERA against them. Between Jimenez and himself, it’s starting to seem clear why this could be such a high scoring game.
-Adam Jones ($5300) – Boy, his price tag has skyrocketed over the past week. Why? Well, he’s 12 for his last 21 with four homeruns, nine RBIs, and nine runs scored in that time. Mr. Jones is poised for a huge season.
– Justin Upton ($4700) – The change of scenery has been doing Upton well. In his last 25 at bats, Upton has ten hits, two homeruns and scored eight runs. Hitting near the top of a stacked Padres lineup will keep these numbers healthy.
– Joey Votto($4700) – People are forgetting how well Votto can hit. His problem has been staying on the field. Well, so far so good. Votto has three homeruns in his last 24 at bats. He’s not heavily owned lately in tournaments so grab him before people start remembering him.
For the FOURTH day in a row, no game has any real weather concerns. Mother Nature is one lovely lady.
One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around
– Max Scherzer vs. Phildelphia Phillies ($11,700) – I know he’s expensive! But it’s the Phillies! Scherzer had his way with them earlier, scoring 22.7 DK points. In six innings, he gave up one run on six hits and struck out eight. Pay the money tonight with Max.
Superstar Worth Paying For…
– Buster Posey vs. Josh Collmenter ($4,000) –Wow, Posey at $4,000? I’d draft him if he was 0-81 against Collmenter. Lucky for you, he’s not. Instead, Posey is batting .550 against him with three homeruns and nine RBIs. For this price, he’s a must.
Save Big Bucks By Drafting…
– Jon Jay vs. Johnny Cueto ($3,100) – I love finding these stats because you KNOW Jay won’t be highly owned. Well, that’s your gain. Jay is hitting .444 against Cueto with three homeruns. No excuse to not have him rostered tonight.