Fresh off a huge night on DraftKings, we reach the middle of the week. Today, we have a really strange slate of games. This afternoon starts at 12:35 while tonight starts at its normal 7:10. No matter which part of the day you decide to play, I got you covered. As always, feel free to reach me on the Twitter machine @SBuchanan24
With 2 game slates today, you can get in on the action Early or Late:
Heaviest Pitcher Favorites
– Zack Greinke vs. San Francisco Giants (-180) – When Greinke is pitching, he’s always one of the favorites. He’s off to a great start this season, 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA. His WHIP is very impressive sitting at 0.788. Hard to argue why he gets top billing tonight.
– Felix Hernandez vs. Texas Rangers(-178) – Another pitcher that doesn’t really require much explaining. Hernandez goes up against a Rangers team that sits dead last in batting average. While they don’t strikeout a lot, this should be an easy matchup for the King.
– Carlos Martinez vs. Philadelphia Phillies (-170) – The young 23 year old has been enjoying a nice start to 2015. With a 1.35 ERA through three starts, Martinez has been flying under the radar. Tonight, might be the night he’s discovered, going against the Phillies.
Highest Scoring Games
– Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks (Chase Field) – Both these teams just have really bad pitching staffs. Jordan Lyles matches up against Josh Collmenter in the battle of mediciore pitchers. Lyles has a career ERA of 4.99 and Collmenter is a respectable 3.43. Collmenter, however, is giving up just about 1.5 hits per inning.
– Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins (Target Field) – Shane Greene matches up against Phil Hughes in this one. Greene has pitched well thus far while Hughes, not so much. His 4.39 ERA will certainly inflate against a tough Tigers lineup.
Toughest Left/Right Matchups
Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
– Felix Hernandez vs. Texas Rangers- The King is king against lefties. His 1.20 ERA against them coincides with the .200 average they bat against him. Of course, his 8.93 K/9 is a nice finishing touch.
– Zack Greinke vs. San Francisco Giants – Against lefties, Greinke owns a 2.06 ERA while they bat .246 against him. Like Hernandez, his K/9 is up there, at 8.44.
Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
– Andrew Cashner vs. Houston Astros – We all know Cashner is one of my favorites. One of Cashner’s favorites is facing righties. His 1.71 ERA is best on the day. His K/9 is a bit on the low side however, at 6.39.
– Jesse Hahn vs. L.A. Angels – Hahn will start the night with a 1.98 ERA against righties. What’s more impressive, is that they’ve only hit .194 against him.
Best Left/Right Matchups
Easiest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
– Carlos Martinez vs. Philadelphia Phillies – Martinez has been good this year, just not against lefties. His ERA and batting average against are both the highest on the day at 5.65 and .289 respectively.
– Jesse Hahn vs. L.A. Angels– Good against righties, not so much with lefties. Hahn has a 4.14 ERA against lefties, even though they’re only hitting .227 off him.
Easiest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
– Wandy Rodriguez vs. Seattle Mariners – For some reason, Rodriguez keeps getting sent out to the mound. His 6.75 ERA against righties would be a good reason to keep him in the dugout. Or maybe it’s the .313 righties are hitting I don’t know, you pick!
– Jordan Lyles vs. Arizona Diamondbacks – Lyles has also been having a hard time preventing righties from scoring. His 5.21 ERA against them would have been the worst if the day, but Rodriguez came and saved the day.
– George Springer ($4400) – We’ve been waiting for his power to show up in 2015 and it looks like it finally has. Although Springer is 6 for his last 26, he’s making it count when he gets on. In that span he has two homeruns, seven RBIs, and five stolen bases. But be warned, his price tag is still a bit high.
– Jacoby Ellsbury ($4500) – Players who can swipe a bag are so valuable in your lineups. A quick five points will always help your cause (unless he gets caught, -2 points) Ellsbury is one of those guys. He’s 9 for his last 21 with a homerun, three RBIs and four stolen bases.
– Corey Dickerson ($5200) – Dickerson is expensive, don’t get me wrong. However, I find myself trying to fit him in almost everyday. He’s 10 for his last 22 with three homeruns, five RBIs and five runs scored.
Nothing overly concerning. But never assume that it stays this way. ALWAYS check closer to game time.
One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around
– Zack Grenike vs. San Francisco Giants ($10200) – Sorry guys, I hate to go with the obvious pick but sometimes, you must. All current hitters on the Giants are hitting a combined .204 against Greinke with 31 strikeouts in 103 at bats. Hard to deny these numbers.
Superstar Worth Paying For…
– Miguel Cabrera ($4900) – Cabrera is a big fan of facing Phil Hughes. He’s hitting .471 with five homeruns and 9 of his 16 hits have gone for extra bases. If you’re playing the early slate, make room for Cabrera.
Save Big Bucks By Drafting…
– Ichiro Suzuki ($3000) – Suzuki isn’t getting any younger, but he certainly can still hit Bartolo Colon. Suzuki has hit three homeruns off him and is a career .280 hitter against him. He’s been in the lineup almost everyday due to injury and at $3000, you really can’t complain much.