Show of hands, who stacked Baltimore yesterday? That paid off some serious dividends if you did. I personally made a few bucks off that stack, so I’m ready to continue that momentum tonight, just like all you should. I mean, that’s why you read these, right? Eh, don’t answer that. Let’s get to it. It’s Monday people! Don’t forget, you can always get me on the Twitter machine @SBuchanan24
Heaviest Pitcher Favorites
– David Price vs. Minnesota Twins (-145) – Price has stolen the title from Pedro Martinez when it comes to the Yankees. Luckily for him, he SHOULD have a much easier matchup tonight. Without the eight runs he gave up to the Yankees, Price owns a 0.40 ERA on the season. Did I also mention he pitched 8 2/3 innings of shut out baseball last time out against the Twins? So, tell me why you aren’t drafting Price tonight?
– Ubaldo Jimenez vs. Chicago White Sox (-145) – I still can’t get on board with Jimenez. But that’s just my personal opinion and maybe that hurts me in the short term. He IS pitching very well this year. He’s only given up four runs in three starts for a nice 2.30 ERA. I’m just waiting for the famous implosion he tends to always have. The White Sox are hitting .243 as a team, which is just about the league average. Start if you dare!
– James Shields vs. Houston Astros (-141) – Shields has had a nice start with his new team, going 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA. The obvious appeal with Shields is the ability to strike out batters. The Astros are the easiest to strikeout out in all the majors, with 154.
Highest Scoring Games
– Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks (Chase Field) – Coming in at nine runs, this game features two young pitchers starting for each team. Tyler Matzek and Chase Anderson aren’t exactly household names, but they both aren’t terrible. Vegas is liking the offense in this one.
– Chicago White Sox at Baltimore Orioles (Camden Yards) – The Orioles put on a display yesterday, scoring 18 runs against the Boston Red Sox. Vegas is thinking we should see some runs in this game as well, putting it at nine. With Jimenez and Hector Noesi on the mound, it’s certainly not impossible.
Toughest Left/Right Matchups
Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
– Cole Hamels vs. St. Louis Cardinals – Hamels has been very up and down so far this year, but it hasn’t been coming at the expense of lefties. This year his ERA against them is at 2.18 while they’re only hitting .211 against him.
Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
– Taijuan Walker vs. Texas Rangers – Here’s a name I never would have guessed. Walker owns a 2.25 ERA against righties while they only bat .179 against him. I also can’t help but notice Walker (vs.) Texas Ranger(s).
– Brett Anderson vs. San Francisco Giants – Anderson owns a 2.27 ERA against righties while they bat .240 against him. Remember though, Anderson has only pitched 15 innings so far this season. Small sample size.
Best Left/Right Matchups
Easiest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
– Ubaldo Jimenez vs. Chicago White Sox – I knew he’d start falling apart! Jimenez carries a 5.43 ERA against lefties while they hit .241 against him. It’s only a matter of time before this numbers continue to rise. I’m not giving in.
– Tyler Matzek vs. Arizona Diamondbacks – Matzek isn’t a big fan of lefties. His 5.34 ERA against them is one thing. The .280 average? That’s on a whole other level. Batting practice level, maybe?
Easiest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
– Hector Noesi vs. Baltimore Orioles – Jimenez isn’t good against lefties, Noesi isn’t good against righties. Let’s score some runs, shall we? Noesi has a 5.12 ERA against righties to go along with a .304 average! I’m sold! Runs, runs, runs for everyone!
– Jimmy Nelson vs. Cincinnati Reds – Nelson doesn’t fare to well against righties either, with his 5.03 ERA a telling sign of that. Like Noesi, righties are hitting over .300 against him, .307 to be exact.
– Adeiny Hechavarria ($3800) – Don’t ask me to pronounce his name, I can’t. I can, however, tell you he’s playing some good baseball right now. He’s 12 for his las 24 with a home run, ten RBIs, and eight runs scored.
– Mark Teixeira ($4600) – Who are you and what have you done with Mark Teixeira? In his last 24 at bats, Teixeira has hit five home runs to go along with ten RBIs. His overall numbers aren’t that impressive, but now is the time to get some exposure to him.
– Jimmy Paredes ($4000) – I remember the days when I was drafting Paredes for $2000. You know, on Friday? Instead of giving you his overall numbers, I’ll list his DraftKings points since he came up. 10, 15, 5, 23, 0, 16, and 29. It’s quite understandable why Paredes has jumped 2,000 in a weekend.
Seattle Mariners at Texas Rangers – Looking at a chance of thunderstorms the entire game, with the biggest threat around 8. Monitor this one closely.
One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around
– James Shields vs. Houston Astros ($9600) – I like Shields a lot tonight. The Astros lead the league in strikeouts and Shields can certainly rack them up. He has 29 on the year, which is more then Hamels and Price, who are both priced above him.
Superstar Worth Paying For…
– Adam Jones ($4800) – We have a perfect storm of situations with it comes to Jones facing Hector Noesi tonight. Noesi struggles mightly against righties, Jones bats righty. Jones is batting .600 against Noesi with two home runs. Noesi fears Jones. Jones loves Noesi.
Save Big Bucks By Drafting…
– Juan Uribe ($3100) – We’ve had good success in this area so far this year. I’m hoping we can continue that tonight. Uribe is hitting .281 against Tim Linecum while taking him deep twice. I really think this is a perfect value pick tonight as next to no one will be on him and the numbers are decent.