Friday. We made it folks and we have a nice slate of night games tonight to get your fantasy baseball fix in. If that just wasn’t enough, DraftKings announced the details for the Fantasy Baseball World Championship. If this isn’t the most exciting thing you’ve heard all day, then check your pusle again. Also, since it’s Friday, I think I’ll give away another $5 DraftKings tournament ticket around 12 PM ET, so if you like free things, make sure to follow me on the Twitter machine @SBuchanan24
Heaviest Pitcher Favorites
– Felix Hernandez vs. Minnesota Twins (-191) – The King is indeed the King when it comes to tonight’s favorite. He’s off to his typical year, with a 2-0 record to go along with a 2.37 ERA and 23 strikeouts. I don’t expect the Twins amounting to much in this one.
– Garrett Richards vs. Texas Rangers (-185) – It’s nice to see Richards healthy and pitching in 2015. He was a bit rusty against the Astros last time out, but I think he’ll be performing much better tonight. Vegas agrees.
– Shane Greene vs. Cleveland Indians (-139) – Greene is off to an unbelieveable start this season. His 3-0 record is nice for sure, but his 0.39 ERA is the most impressive. It won’t last of course, but Vegas is thinking it won’t end tonight with the Indians either.
Highest Scoring Games
– San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies (Coors Field) – I finally change the write up here. Is everyone happy now? As usual, the game at Coors Field comes in with the highest run total at 10. Always try to at least grab one or two players from this game into your lineup.
– Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles (Camden Yards) – Coming in at 9 runs, the Red Sox and Orioles do battle. Rick Porcello has been watching the balls fly out of the ballpark this season. He’s a pure contact pitcher and the Orioles can certainly do that.
Toughest Left/Right Matchups
Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
– Felix Hernandez vs. Minnesota Twins- You had to know this one was coming. Against lefties, Hernandez owns a fantastic 1.20 ERA. His K/9 is surprisingly lower than I’d expect, 8.93. Can I really complain about that though?
– Michael Pineda vs. New York Mets – Pineda will kick off the subway series bringing his 1.33 ERA against lefties. His 7.08 K/9 is also at a good spot, seeing how is price is not as expensive as you’d think.
Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
– Andrew Cashner vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – If Cashner is starting, I never fail to have him in one of my lineups. He owns a 1.71 ERA against righties with a low 6.39 K/9. Give it time, that K/9 WILL improve.
– Jordan Zimmerman vs Miami Marlins – The battle of two teams who have stumbled out of the gate to start the season. Zimmerman comes into tonight with a 2.41 ERA with a 9.27 K/9 against righties.
Best Left/Right Matchups
Easiest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
– Carlos Martinez vs. Milwauee Brewers – I don’t really have anything nice to say about Martinez. His 5.65 ERA against lefties is one thing. It’s the extremely ugly 4.66 K/9 that I can’t fathom. I mean talk about someone who won’t help your team at all. (Just my luck he’ll pitch a no hitter tonight.)
– Jose Quintana vs. Kansas City Royals– At least Quintana can strike lefites out. He does own an 8.39 K/9 against them. But his ERA is what sets things back, coming in at 4.86. I guess you just have to take the good with the bad.
Easiest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
– Wandy Rodriguez vs. L.A. Angels – He still pitches? Oh, ok. Rodriguez owns an atrocious 6.75 ERA against righties with a 6.75 K/9. Apparently, he’s just down with the 675 number. That’s fine. Doesn’t mean that’s always a good thing.
– Eddie Butler vs. San Francisco Giants – Butler helps Vegas out by bringing his 5.06 ERA against righties to Coors Field. Another reason why this game is coming in at 10 runs tonight. His K/9 is a pathetic 2.53. Maybe I’ll stack the Giants tonight.
– Gregory Polanco ($4500) – We keep showcasing Pirate batters in this section, a good thing if you’re a fan in Pittsburgh. Polanco is the newest addition as he’s 11 for his last 25 with a homerun, four RBIs, and three stolen bases.
– Brett Gardner ($4600) – When you’re going for steals, the obvious choices come to mind. Billy Hamiliton and Dee Gordon. Don’t forget about Gardner though. He’s 6 for his last 19 with five stolen bases.
– Yoenis Cespedes ($4400) – When everyone on Detroit starts clicking, this lineup is one of the most dangerous ever. Cespedes is starting to feel it. He’s 7 for his last 22 with three homeruns and ten RBIs. With the hitters in front of him, he should have ample RBI opportunities.
Looking good all around. The Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox have about a 30% chance of rain during the game. It doesn’t look like it will amount to much.
One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around
– Scott Kazmir vs. Houston Astros ($8500) – What I like the most about Kazmir is his ability to rack up the strikeouts. Earlier this year, Kazmir had 27.9 points in his start against the Astros with eight strikeouts. I’m thinking more of the same tonight.
Superstar Worth Paying For…
– Adrian Gonzalez ($4300) – I cannot BELIEVE how much Adrian Gonzalez has seen his price drop. While I was looking for his salary for tonight, I honestly thought he wasn’t playing because of how low he is. He has unbelieveable numbers against Cashner. He’s 9 for 25 with four homeruns. Honestly, at this price he needs to be in your lineup.
Save Big Bucks By Drafting…
– Asdrubal Cabrera ($3300) – Sneaky, sneaky, sneaky. Cabrera has seen good success against R.A Dickey. He’s 4-11 with two homeruns and a .462 on-base percentage. Steve Buchanan seal of approval.