We have a full 15 game MLB slate today, Sunday April 19th.. Let’s take a look at today’s info and please, if you have any thoughts, questions etc, hit me up on twitter! @Razzle11Grinds
Heaviest Pitcher Favorites
– Stephen Strasburg ($10,100) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (-215): Strasburg is both your heaviest favored and highest priced pitcher for today’s action and gets to pitch at home where he had an ERA of 2.56 and a K/9 of 10.9. He has not looked like himself yet to start the season but at some point he is going to turn it around and that could start today against the Phillies.
– Matt Harvey ($9900) vs. Miami Marlins (-205): Did Harvey really have Tommy John last year? If he did not have a scar on his arm, I would not believe that he did. He looks just as dangerous as before and he is only getting better. He is just insanely tough to hit, especially at home where he holds a career ERA of 1.89 and a batting avg against of .190.
– Adam Wainwright ($9500) vs. Cincinnati Reds (-185): Wainwright gets to take on a Reds offense that really just does not offer much to be afraid of aside from Votto and Frazier. Wainwright loves pitching in prime time games and he gets to face the Reds, @ home on Sunday Night Baseball. Any night that Wainwright takes the mound he is capable of a complete game gem and tonight could certainly be that performance.
Highest Scoring Games
– Baltimore Orioles @ Boston Red Sox (Fenway Park) – The Orioles and Red Sox get to play on this wonderful Sunday afternoon and offers us an O/U of 9. The Red Sox offense is just too good for Gonzalez to hold down, even though he has started this season pitching as well as anybody in the game.
– Cleveland Indians @ Minnesota Twins (Target Field) – Watch the weather as it appears to be not ideal out there. With that said, we get T.J. House against Trevor May in a game that should offer quite a bit of offense. This game offers an O/U of 8.5.
Toughest Left/Right Matchups
Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
– Matt Harvey vs Miami – Over the last 3 seasons, Harvey has held LHB to a .187 batting average while striking out 1 ever 2.8 at bats.
– Danny Duffy vs Oakland – Over the last 3 seasons, Duffy has allowed LHB to hit .169 with a slugging % of just .209. He has struck out one out of every 4.2 lefties faced.
Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
– Stephen Strasburg vs. Philadelphia– Strasburg holds right handers to a .218 average while striking out a batter every 2.9 at bats.
– Michael Pineda vs. Tampa Bay– Pineda holds RHB to a .201 average and just a .291 slugging % while striking out 1 out of every 4.8 he faces. He also holds LHB to a .199 average and should be in a great spot today.
Best Left/Right Matchups
Easiest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
– Trevor May vs. Cleveland Indians- May gets hit hard by everybody and he allows LHB to hit .298 with a slugging % of .500. The Indians lineup will be littered with LHB against May.
– Brandon McCarthy vs. Colorado Rockies – McCarthy has been hit by lefties to the tune of .288 over the last 3 seasons. The OPS by LHB vs McCarthy is .745 over those 3 seasons and the Rockies happen to have some excellent bats from the left side.
Easiest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
– Trevor May vs. Cleveland Indians – May is supposed to be a solid prospect for the Twins but he has not pitched like it in his short career as you see him for the second time today. He allows RHB to hit .327 with a slugging % of .519.
– David Buchanon vs. Washington Nationals – Buchanon has allowed RHB to hit .293 while allowing an extra base hit every 9 at bats. The Nationals offer some pretty powerful RH hitters and should make it a long day for Buchanon.
– Pay attention to the weather in Minnesota. I am not a weather man, but this game gives me some concern. Especially because it is basically the only game with weather issues being reported as of yet.
One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around
– Shane Greene ($6,000) vs. Chicago White Sox – Greene’s price is just too excellent to ignore and not have exposure to. He has yet to allow a run in two starts in 2015. He has allowed just 11 base runners in 16 innings pitched so far and the Tigers have what many consider the best offense in the game.
Superstar Worth Paying For…
– Adrian Gonzalez ($5600) vs. Eddie Butler – Gonzalez is playing better than anybody on the planet right now and he gets to take on a young right handed pitcher today. He is worth the price right now and with a pitcher like Greene being available for just $6000, it is easier to fit in Gonzalez’s salary.
Save Big Bucks By Drafting…
– Brock Holt ($3,100) vs. Miguel Gonzalez – Holt looks to be batting in the lead off position today for the Red Sox and I will look to take advantage of that in a game with the highest over/under on the board.