Another full slate of games tonight as we get you ready for a huge night on DraftKings. The $1 million dollar Home Run contest is tonight with someone taking down a $100,000 first prize. If that contest is a little to rich for you, the $100,000 Mini Home Run is only $3 dollars. First place gets $10,000. Let’s get you some dollar dollar bills tonight! As always, feel free to reach me on the Twitter machine @SBuchanan24
ALERT – The Chicago White Sox at Baltimore Orioles Game Tonight Has Been Postponed. Adjust Lineups Accordingly
Heaviest Pitcher Favorites
– Johnny Cueto vs. Milwauee Brewers (-201) – Cueto comes into tonight tied as tonight’s favorite. His matchup against the Brewers should be a piece of cake, at least according to Vegas. The Brewers as a team are hitting near the bottom of the barrel, at .228 on the year.
– Michael Wacha vs. Philadelphia Phillies (-201) – Why pick only one when you can take both? Vegas has Wacha tied with Cueto tonight for the heaviest favored pitcher. We all know the downfall of the Phillies, while Wacha has had a nice start to the year going 3-0 with a 1.33 ERA. He only has 12 strikeouts in his three starts so far. Keep that in mind.
– Clayton Kershaw vs. San Francisco Giants (-168) – Usually a rare occurance when Kershaw isn’t the favorite to start that night. But he does go against Bumgarner once again. Last time out against the Giants, Kershaw pitched six innings, striking out nine while giving up two runs.
Highest Scoring Games
– Seattle Mariners at Texas Rangers (Ballpark In Arlington) – Rangers and Mariners are tabbed to be the highest scoring game tonight with 9. 5 runs. J.A. Happ goes up against Ross Detwiler. Happ has been fantastic to start this year and Detwiler is starting for the first time since April 19th.
– Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks (Chase Field) – Honestly, I see these two starting pitchers on paper and I just roll my eyes. Not that they’re really bad, just such an unappealing matchup. It comes in tonight projected at 9 runs with Kyle Kendrick and Archie Bradley on the mound.
Toughest Left/Right Matchups
Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
– Clayton Kershaw vs. San Francisco Giants- Of course. I mean, do I even need to write a summary when he comes up? Kershaw owns a 0.96 vs. lefties thus far while they bat .190 against him.
– Madison Bumgarner vs. L.A. Dodgers – First time we’ve had opposing pitchers on this list. Bumgarner comes into tonight with a 1.84 ERA against lefites. On top of that, they’re only hitting .215 when facing Bumgarner. Pitching duel!
Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
– Clayton Kershaw vs. San Francisco Giants – 1.96 ERA. .195 average against him. You know the drill.
– Johnny Cueto vs. Milwaukee Brewers- Cueto has a 2.44 ERA against righties while they are hitting .237 against him. He also has a great K/9 at 9.39.
Best Left/Right Matchups
Easiest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
– Chase Whitley vs. Tampa Bay Rays – Whitley comes into tonight with an UGLY 6.18 ERA against lefties. Even more alarming, is the .313 average they hit against him.
– Kyle Kendrick vs. Arizona Diamondbacks– I just always associate the name Kyle Kendrick with bad pitching. The numbers don’t lie, against lefties, he has a 5.69 ERA with opponents batting .256.
Easiest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
– Travis Wood vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – Wood is number one! But not in a good category. Against righties, Wood owns a 5.62 ERA while they bat .257 against him.
– Ross Detwiler vs. Seattle Mariners – Detwiler has a 5.31 ERA against righties while they mash him for a .293 average against. That ball could be flying today.
– Jose Altuve ($4200) – I love Altuve. He can literally do it all. He’s on a hot streak right now going 11 for his last 29 with a homerun, eight RBIs, and three stolen bases.
– Anthony Rizzo ($5200) – Rizzo is expensive, but boy can he hit. Going 10 for his last 22 with a homerun, four RBIs, and scoring seven runs.
– Todd Frazier ($4500) – Frazier is one of those guys where I feel as though people know about him, but when it comes time to making lineups, they forget. Well, I’ll let you in on a secret. He’s 5 for his last 16 with two homeruns, five RBIs, and two stolen bases. Don’t tell you friends.
Not a weather concern, but watch the status of the Chicago White Sox at Baltimore Orioles game. Yesterday, it was cancelled due to all the riots going on in Baltimore.
One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around
– Tyson Ross vs. Houston Astros ($9200) – It’s starting to get really hard to stay away from a strikeout pitcher going up against the Astros. Yesterday, we nailed it with Shields, as he got 31.30 points last night with 12 strikeouts. Tonight, I think it might be more of the same with Ross.
Superstar Worth Paying For…
– Anthony Rizzo ($5200) – I think Rizzo is a good play tonight, aside from numbers I just gave above, he’s also hitting .309 against Jeff Locke, tonight’s starting pitcher. I’d be paying the big bucks tonight for Rizzo.
Save Big Bucks By Drafting…
– Aramis Ramirez ($3400) – I got some crazy numbers I’m about to throw at you. Against Cueto, Ramirez is hitting .354 with five homeruns. He’s in my lineup.