The dust has settled from a crazy 2015 MLB Trade Deadline and now we watch as teams start making their push to the playoffs. As for us, we continue to daily grind that is fantasy baseball. We have lots to get to so let’s jump right into things. As always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
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Heaviest Pitcher Favorites
Dallas Keuchel vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (-190) – Keuchel is coming off one his worst starts this season against the tough Kansas City Royals. In that start, Keuchel gave up five runs on 10 hits, but he did have five strikeouts against the toughest team in the league to do that against. Tonight, Keuchel gets another tough offense in the Diamonbacks. They come into tonight ranked 6th in batting average and runs scored, 8th in OPS and 17th in home runs. Arizona is the complete opposite of Kansas City, as they strike out the 8th most in the league, something that will certainly bump his vs,he up tonight. It’s hard to go against Keuchel tonight, with how well he’s pitched this year overall. But, you have to wonder if he’ll have similar results to the KC game. At $11,200, it might be a risky play.
Clayton Kershaw vs. LA Angels (-170) Here we are again. Kershaw was scratched again last night and is schedule to go again this afternoon. Since nothing has changed since yesterday, I’ll keep my original blurb about him that I made yesterday. Anddddd go: I mean I’ve heard rumors that hips don’t lie, so I can understand Kershaw wanting to skip his start. Kershaw comes into tonight with a 2.51 ERA to go with a 0.94 WHIP and a phenonmal K/9 of 11.9. The Angels are a tough team to strikeout, as they rank 22nd in that resepect, but Kershaw is one freak of nature. I’m not worried about the strikeouts that much. Once again, the tough part about rostering Kershaw is his price tag. He has gone down since his last scheduled start, but don’t get to excited, going down in price means he’s at $14,500. I know, right? I’d never tell you to fade him, but if you did, I’d understand.
Lance Lynn vs. Colorado Rockies (-170) – Vegas keeps going against the Rockies and guess what, it’s been working. That’s why Vegas knows it’s stuff. Lynn goes tonight with his 2.71 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. Lynn is currently running on a streak of striking out at least five batters in 10 straight starts to go along with nine quality starts during that same time. As always, and I’ll stay this way, the Rockies are still one of the best offensive clubs in the league. They have the second best average in the league, they’re 4th in runs scored, 3rd in OPS and 7th in home runs. Overall, Lynn has been fantastic, and with seeing how well Wacha pitched against them last night, I’d feel good about going with Lynn.
Top Overall Game Over/Unders
Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox (Fenway Park) – 8.5 Over/Under- Oh yeah,this one is going to be a real mess. Matt Moore goes up against Joe Kelly in this offensive dream match. Moore enters tonight with a 7.61 ERA and a 1.90 WHIP. Coming back from Tommy John surgery has not gone very well for Moore to say the least. Moore owns a 15:12 K:BB, which certainly isn’t helping his cause at all. Moore is also allowing about a home run a start, which could certainly spell trouble in the hitter friendly Fenway Park. Moving onto Joe Kelly, we don’t have much more to be excited about here either. The predicted Cy Young winner (his words, not mine) is making his second start since being sent down to the minors earlier this year. Kelly owns a 5.94 ERA to go along with a 1.51 WHIP. Kelly does get a week offensive lineup, but this is also a man who scored negative points against the White Sox the last time out. Get my point? I won’t even reccommend getting exposure to the game, I’m straight up demanding you do.
Toughest Left/Right Matchups
Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
Dallas Keuchel vs. Arizona Diamondbacks – Keuchel has been a force this season, I mean he doesn’t mess around. Against lefties, he’s holding them to a .197 average on the year.
Cole Hamels vs. SF Giants – Hamels is hoping to bring his success against lefties to the American League. Against lefties, they were only hitting .203 against him. Let’s see what the American League will bring.
Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
Joe Ross vs. New York Mets –Ross has made quite the impression since he’s come to the majors. He’s been fantastic against righties, as they only hitting .184 against the rookie.
Clayton Kershaw vs. LA Angels – Kershaw makes the list because, of course. He owns a .197 avearge when facing righties this season because, of course.
Best Left/Right Matchups
Easiest Pitcher vs. Left Handed Batters.
Raisel Iglesias vs Pittsburgh Pirates – It’s been a small sample, but Iglesias has been struggling against lefties. They’re smacking him around to a .359 average thus far. Geez.
Joe Ross vs New York Mets – Maybe Ross is human after all. Lefties have been able to figure him out thus far, but it hasn’t even been that bad. They’re hitting .292 off of Ross this season.
Easiest Pitcher vs. Right Handed Batters
Matt Moore vs Boston Red Sox – It hasn’t been a nice 2015 for Moore. Maybe less should actually be Moore. You like that? Thanks guys, I’ll be here all week. Moore is allowing a .327 average to righties.
John Danks vs. New York Yankees – Preduction: Danks won’t pitch well today. Danks has been horrible all year with the exception of two or three starts. Righties are hitting .283 against him. After today, over .400.
Alex Rodriguez ($5000) – As a Red Sox fan, it comes with the the package to hate all Yankees players. But damn, it’s hard not to love what Rodriguez is doing right now. Suspended for a year, then comes back and cleans house. Rodriguez is 10 for his last 23 with four home runs, seven RBIs, and 10 runs scored.
Chris Davis ($4400) – Davis has been an RBI machine lately. Not surprising, since the Orioles are a good hitting team. Davis is 8 for his last 26 with four home runs, 14 God damn RBIs and six runs scored. Impressive.
Mike Trout ($4800) – Don’t start Trout they said, his wrist is really bothering him. Wrong. His wrist seems JUST fine. Trout is 9 for his last 16 with three home runs, eight RBIs, four runs scored and a stolen base. Liars.
Best Batter vs. Pitcher Matchups
Buster Posey vs. Cole Hamels- Hamels makes his first start in a Rangers uniform and go figure, it’s against a National League team. Posey gets one more shot at Hamels, whom he’s 11-21 against with five extra base hits, one of those being a home runs with a 1.403 OPS.
David Ortiz vs Matt Moore – Oritz is hitting really well right now, and he gets a matchup against Matt Moore, whom he has good numbers against. Ortiz is 6-13 against Moore with three extra base hits, one of those being a home run, and a 1.346 OPS.
Albert Pujols vs. Clayton Kershaw- Ohhhhhh, love the good numbers against an ace. Pujols comes into tonight 9-20 against Kershaw with three extra base hits, two of those going for home runs, and a 1.322 OPS.
Another clear day of baseball. Love it. And you.
One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around
Joe Ross ($7500) – Yesterday, I went with Jungmann, who got his 17.5 points. Not a shabby return for a low $7500. Tonight, I’m hoping I can strike it again with another low priced pitcher in a good matchup. Ross faces the improved Mets team, but not improved enough to be scared off. I AINT SCARED. The Mets did acquire Yoenis Cespedes, but that’s not enough to improve this sad Mets offense. Coming into tonight, the Mets rank last in batting average, runs scored and OPS. Ross is potentially making his last start before being sent back down to make room for Stephen Strasburg, so maybe a little extra motivation for Ross will do us some good. Ross has truly been fantastic, owning a 34:3 K:BB ratio and a 3.03 ERA with a 0.95 WHIP. Fire up Ross.
Superstar Worth Paying For
David Ortiz ($4400) –Huh? Ortiz has struggled against left handed pitchers all season. Why Steve, why? Well, let’s divulge what Ortiz has been doing against these lefties. Since July, is 11-29 against them with three home runs. Is it a small sample size? Certainly is. But Ortiz is batting .321 since the All Star break and has good numbers against Moore tonight. In a game with one of the highest projected runs totals of the night, I’m all in on Ortiz.
Save Big Bucks By Drafting…
Chris Young ($3100) – With a left handed pitcher on the mound, John Danks of all people, Young should see a start for the Yankees. Young has been a force against left handed pitching, hitting .370 wit seven home runs and a 1.139 OPS. For $3100, need I say more?