The Thursday edition of the MLB Cheat Sheet is upon us. Last night was a rough night if you took David Price. Sometimes, we have to find out the hard way that the Yankees simply have his number. So much for his “redemption game.” Other than that, we had a good amount of solid pitching performances. Let’s get to it for today and tonight as we’re back to the split slate of games. The first game starts at 12:35 this afternoon! As always, if you want to “get at me” you can always use the Twitter machine @SBuchanan24
Ton’s of day baseball going on; get in on the action:
Or, play in the night slate:
Heaviest Pitcher Favorites
– Max Scherzer vs St. Louis Cardinals(-151) – Scherzer, like he has been all year, is today’s favorite. He’s absolutely dominated since coming over to the National League. With a 0.83 ERA and WHIP and 25 strikeouts in 22 2/3 inning pitched, it should be more of the same for him this afternoon.
– Bartolo Colon vs. Atlanta Braves (-134) – Is Vegas big (no pun intended) on Colon today because he’s the most entertaining hitter in the game? You’re basically guranteed a helmet flying off with every swing. But really, Colon matches up against a Braves team that’s having issue scoring runs. Colon is 3-0 on the year with a 2.25 ERA.
– Drew Hutchison vs. Baltimore Orioles (-133 – This one falls under the night slate of games, but Hutchison is tonight’s heavy favorite. He had a rough game against the Orioles his last time out, but when he’s “on,” Hutchison could handle this Baltimore team. Start with caution, but the pickings are slim tonight.
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 10.5 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. Lucky for you, this is the last day of this series. You won’t see this little writeup ever again. Oh, today is coming in at 10.5 runs instead of 10 like the last three days. So techincally, this is a new writeup.
– Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays (Rogers Centre) – Again, like yesterday, this game is coming in at 8 1/2 runs. Hutchison and Chris Tillman take the mound for this one. Tillman has good stuff, but like Hutchison, if he is even slightly off, he’ll get knocked around no problem. Get at least one or two hitters from this game in your lineup.
Toughest Left/Right Matchups
Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
– Anibal Sanchez vs. New Yor Yankees- Right now, Sanchez is looking at 1.54 ERA when matched up against lefties. With his K/9 at 7.71, Sanchez will be looking to have a much better start then Price did last night.
– Zack Greinke vs. San Francisco Giants – No surprise here with Greinke displaying his work against lefties. His 2.06 ERA and 8.44 K/9 always makes him an attractive option to start on your roster.
Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
– Julio Teheran vs. New York Mets – I’m a big fan of Teheran, so it was nice to see him at the top of the list today. He carries a 2.46 ERA against righties with an impressive 8.21 K/9. He’s one of my personal favorites for today.
– Max Scherzer vs. St. Louis Cardinals – No list would be complete without Scherzer. With a 2.49 ERA against righties, while impressive, I’m fascinated more with this 11.36 K/9. That’s just not fair.
Best Left/Right Matchups
Easiest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
– Drew Hutchison vs. Baltimore Orioles – I always feel awkward when I have a pitcher in the beginning of the article as a heavy favorite, then he’s down here in the “Easist pitcher vs. righties or lefties. But I only report the numbers, folks! A 5.69 ERA against lefties is not going to get you far. But hey, his 8.58 K/9 is nice, right?
– Clay Buchholz vs. Tampa Bay Rays – The “ace” of the Boston Red Sox comes in with a 5.12 ERA against lefties. I’m honestly surprised it’s not much higher. Buchholz has not looked good other than Opening Day. I wouldn’t start him until he gets some consistency. If you’re waiting for that, have fun.
Easiest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
– Clay Buchholz vs. Tampa Bay Rays – Still waiting? He carries a 5.62 ERA against righties. He’s an “ace” though, right? (I’m a Sox fan, figure that out yet? Bitter, party of one!)
– Jordan Lyles vs. San Diego Padres – The Rockies are only five starting pitchers away from having a solid team! Only five! Lyles is a great reason why today’s game went from 10 runs to 10.5 runs. His 5.21 ERA against righties is far from impressive.
– Stephen Vogt ($3500) – Not only is Vogt hitting well, but he’s eligible for about 17 different positions. Ok so maybe three (catcher, 1B OF) but it’s no excuse to not get him in your lineup. Vogt is 8 for his last 17 with three homeruns, eight RBIs and five runs scored. For $3500, you could do A LOT worse.
– Lorenzo Cain ($3800) – Cain is so cheap right now for the production he’s giving. Just don’t tell the guys at DraftKings, ok? He’s 8 for his last 22 with a homerun, four RBIs, five runs scored and four stolen bases.
– Jose Abreu ($5200) – It was only a matter of time. If you drafted Abreu earlier this season, you guys might not be on speaking terms. Well, it’s time you pick up the phone and apoligize so you can get back together. He’s 9 for his last 25 with three homeruns, ten RBIs, and four runs scored.
Should be a safe day/night slate. I had a chat with Mother Nature and she’s been put back in her place.
One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around
– Michael Wacha vs. Washington Nationals ($8200) – Yes of course I like Scherzer, but what fun is it if you know what I’m going to pick before you read it? Wacha has had a small sample of the Nationals, who are currently hitting .138 against him. As a team, they’re only hitting .226 and rank 18th in runs scored. I like my chances with Wacha. Chris Sale is my pick for tonight.
Superstar Worth Paying For…
– Ryan Braun ($4700) – Braun hasn’t exactly but putting up Braun like numbers, but maybe today is the day to get that going. Against Homer Bailey, Braun hits .355 with two homeruns.
Save Big Bucks By Drafting…
– Johnny Gomes ($3100) – First, make sure he’s starting. If he is, Gomes has great success against Colon. Batting .381 lifetime against him with three homeruns and a .952 slugging percentage. He’s also insane.