We have a full 15 game MLB slate today, Saturday April 25th.. 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

C.J. Wilson ($7,600) vs. Texas Rangers (-170): Wilson gets to take on his former team and is the largest favorite on the board tonight.  The Rangers offense just is not the same as it had been over the years and I think Wilson gets the W and gets us a pretty solid start.  Be careful, as he was complaining of some elbow stiffness the last time out.

– James Paxton ($7,000) vs. Minnesota Twins (-160): Paxton has struggled so far this season but gets to take on a Twins offense that was shutout last night in Seattle.  He is very affordable at just $7K and his offense should be able to put up a good amount of runs against Trevor May.

– Adam Wainwright ($9,400) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (-150): Wainwright is always a top option as a favorite and he gets to take on a Brewers offense that has been non-existent so far this year (non-existent is an understatement).  The way this lineup is swinging, about the only bat that Wainwright has to worry about is Adam Lind.


Highest Scoring Games

– San Francisco Giants @ Colorado Rockies (Coors Field) – Game in Coors Field you say?  We get our typical over/under of 10 runs in this game.  De La Rosa was lit up in his 2015 debut and Tim Hudson does not scare anybody at this point in his career.  Pay attention to the weather in this one.

– Pittsburgh Pirates @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Chase Field) – This game offers us an over/under of 9 runs tonight.  Chase field is a great hitters park and I personally think this game will end up with the most runs on the day/night.


Toughest Left/Right Matchups

Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters

– Matt Harvey vs New York Yankees – Over the last 3 seasons, Harvey has held LHB to a .187 batting average while striking out 1 ever 2.8 at bats.

C.J. Wilson vs Texas – Wilson allows a batting average of .195 to left handed hitters to go along with a slugging % of just .271.  Striking out 1 better every 3.2 batters.

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.

– Jake Arrieta vs. Cincinnati– Arrieta is very tough against both RH and LH batters.  RH’s hit just .207 against Arrieta in 2014 while striking out every 3 at bats.


Best Left/Right Matchups

Easiest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters

– Trevor May vs. Seattle Mariners- May gets hit hard by everybody and he allows LHB to hit .298 with a slugging % of .500.  The Seattle lineup will be littered with LHB against May.

– Erasmo Ramirez vs. Toronto Blue Jays – Ramirez was hit to an average of .282 by LHB in 2014 and so far in 2015 is allowing them to hit .333.

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.

– Erasmo Ramirez vs. Toronto Blue Jays – Ramirez is just a gas can so far in 2015 as he has allowed RHB to hit a ridiculous .524 with a slugging % of .857 so far in 2015.

Weather Concerns

– Pay attention to the weather in Chicago, Cincinnati, Baltimore and Colorado.  It appears to be a guarantee that there is going to be rain today in Chicago and Cincinnati.  I am not a weather man, but these games give me some concern.  Please make sure you check them out.

One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around

– Jake Arrieta ($9,300) vs. Cincinnati Reds – Arrieta has picked up in 2015 where he left off in 2014.  He has a 1.74 ERA through 3 starts so far this season and has 19 K’s in 20.2 innings.  In 2014 against the Reds, Arrieta went 2-1 with 30 strikeouts in just 20 innings pitched.

Superstar Worth Paying For…

– Jose Abreu ($5,600) vs. Edinson Volquez – Abreu is not cheap, however he is seeing the ball extremely well right now as he has 3 straight multi-hit games.  Over that span he has 2 doubles and 2 home runs to go along with 6 RBI.

Save Big Bucks By Drafting…

– Paulo Orlando ($2,000) vs. John Danks – Orlando has been an extra base hit machine and gets to face another lefty today.  He was 3 for 3 with a double last night in the suspended game and he continues to surprise after being a career minor leaguer.  At just $2K, he does not have to go out and hit 2 home runs to pay off that salary.