A full slate of games is going tonight AND they all play at night. It’s the small victories in life that we love to celebrate, right? Let’s get right into it today and as always, you can get me on the Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Heaviest Pitcher Favorites
– Francisco Liriano vs. Chicago Cubs (-159) – With a full slate of games going tonight, especially with some of the other starting pitchers for the taking, I was surprised Liriano was the favorite. Against the current Cubs roster, they’re batting a combined .261 against Liriano. Vegas just isn’t liking the Cubs tonight.
– Jason Vargas vs. Minnesota Twins (-152) – Here goes Vegas, picking on the Twins again. Surprisingly enough, the Twins are actually hitting Vargas well, at .289. But once again, Vegas is projecting a rough for the Twins.
– Jonathon Niese vs. Atlanta Braves (-149) – Vegas knows more than you and I do, I simply relay the information. Current members of the Braves are hitting .314 against Niese. Again, Vegas is usually right. Now it’s a game of, who do you trust?
Highest Scoring Games
– San Diego Padres at Colorado Rockies (Coors Field) – Get excited everybody, we have games at Coors Field again! This game comes in at a whopping 10 runs today! However, be warned that all hitters will be priced accordingly for what I like to call the “Coors effect.” However, you’d be crazy to NOT have some exposure to this game. (Yes, this the exact same excerpt from yesterday. Honestly, it still applies. Lazy? No. Just resourceful.)
– New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers (Comerica Park) – This game was also featured on this section yesterday, but we can talk a bit more about this one. Looking at a matchup of Nathan Eovaldi and Kyle Lobestein, this game certainly doesn’t come across as a battle of the aces. Get your exposure in this one.
Toughest Left/Right Matchups
Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
– Drew Pomeranz vs. L.A. Angels- Pomeranz has the honor of having the lowest ERA against lefties for today. His 1.20 ERA with a nifty 10.20 K/9 could give the Angels lefties some trouble today.
– Mike Fiers vs. Cincinnati Reds – Fiers always makes the cut here at some point. His 2.23 ERA against lefties is the reason today. He also is carrying an impressive 9.46 K/9 against them.
Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
– Mike Fiers vs. Cincinnati Reds – Back so soon? Fiers is owning righties as well with a 2.06 ERA and a 9.61 K/9. Taking a a step further, I looked what current Reds batters are hitting against Fiers, .215. Get him in your lineup tonight.
– Taijuan Walker vs. Houston Astros – The Astros burned us last night, knocking Iwakuma around. Hopefully, they don’t do the same to Walker. Against righties, Walker has a 2.25 ERA with a 9.61 K/9.
Best Left/Right Matchups
Easiest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
– Trevor Cahill vs. New York Mets – Boy, this part of the article can get real ugly. Cahill owns a 7.63 ERA against lefties, with an even worse 5.96 K/9. Also, his name is Trevor. Trevor’s don’t seem to have good baseball stats showcased on my page.
– Brandon Morrow vs. Colorado Rockies – You don’t want to be walking into Coors Field with a high ERA against any type of batter, but that’s just what Morrow is planning on doing. With his 6.35 ERA against lefties, he’s not looking at a successful day on the mound.
Easiest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
– Travis Wood vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – Wood starts us off with his terrible 5.37 ERA against righties. His 7.31 K/9 is decent, if he can prevent the scoring.
– Hector Noesi vs. Cleveland Indians – Noesi is not much better with righties. The owner of a 5.12 ERA, I’m not expecting to many of you to be on Noesi to begin with. His numbers across the board are just…..not good.
– Steven Souza Jr. OF ($4500)- Souza is doing it all for Tampa right now. He’s 10 for his last 26 with three homeruns, eight RBIs and three stolen bases. His price isn’t that crazy either.
– Matt Kemp OF ($5700)- From one end of the spectrum to the other, Kemp does have a very high price tag. He’s 9 for his last 23 with a homerun, eight RBIs and eight runs scored. This Padres lineup can score some runs and they’re playing at Coors Field. “Coors Effect,” baby!
– Luis Valbuena 2B/3B ($3900)- Valbuena is putting up some power numbers. In his last 16 at bats, he’s crushed four homeruns. For some cheap power who seems locked in right now, Valbuena is your guy.
Nothing overly threatening for tonight. As always, check closer to game time as Mother Nature is known to change her mind often.
One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around
– Colin McHugh ($8100) vs. Seattle Mariners – McHugh is a man on a mission this year. In his two starts this season, he owns a 1.54 ERA with 15 strikeouts. In terms of DraftKings points, that’s good for 33.2 and 19.3 respectively. With such an upside in the strikeout category, I’m rolling with McHugh.
Superstar Worth Paying For…
– Ryan Braun ($4600)- Braun has some serious numbers against Jason Marquis tonight. He’s hitting .520 lifetime with an .840 slugging percentage. Add on a homerun and six RBIs and Braun should be worth the $4600 price tag.
Save Big Bucks By Drafting…
– Grady Sizemore ($3100) – It’s funny, even though I know for a fact that this section always provide “value players,” I make a face when I see who I’m picking. But, for a reason. Against Dan Haren, Sizemore destroys him. Hitting .550 lifetime with three homeruns! Granted, these numbers came earlier in Sizemore’s career, but at $3100, c’mon!