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Heaviest Pitcher Favorites
Michael Wacha vs. Colorado Rockies (-236) – Vegas REALLY likes going against the Rockies since the Tulo trade! They didn’t downsize THAT much, my goodness. But yeah, there you have it, Wacha is tonight’s favorite pitcher according to Vegas. Wacha comes into tonight with a 3.27 ERA with a 1.12 WHIP and a K/9 of 7.5. Wacha is hitting a bit of a rough patch as of late. He’s allowed four or more runs in five of his last 10 starts. His overall numbers are good, but I don’t think I’m rushing to my phone to roster him against the Rockies tonght. Regardlees of losing Tulo to the Blue Jays, the Rockies are still one of the best offenses in the majors. They come into tonight ranked 3rd in batting average and runs scored, 2nd in OPS and 7th in home runs. Truly, I would to be in total YOLO mode if I’m rosting Wacha.
Clayton Kershaw vs. LA Angels (-215) Here’s a start I can get behind much easier. Kershaw comes back after being scratched the other day from experiencing soreness in his hips. 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.
Madison Bumgarner vs. Texas Rangers (-166) – One thing is for sure tonight, we have a good pool of pitchers to choose from. Bumgarner gets a start tonight against the Rangers offense, who have been all over the map this season. The Rangers rank 21st in batting avearge, 8th in runs scored, 11th in OPS and 10th in home runs. See what I mean? Bumgarner has had a bit of trouble with the home run ball, letting up 14 on the year thus far. However, overall, Bumgarner has been solid. He enters tonight with a 3.16 ERA to go with a 1.10 WHIP and a K/9 of 9. Unlike the other two teams, the Rangers strike out at a good clip, the 9th most in the league. If Bumgarner is on tonight, you can be sure he can rack up some strikeouts. At $10,300 he isn’t a horrible price, but he’ll have to have a really good game to reach his value. A feat I don’t feel is impossible tonight.
Top Overall Game Over/Unders
Detroit Tigers at Baltimore Orioles (Camden Yards) – 8.5 Over/Under- Again, we have quite a few games projected to be at 8.5 runs today, but I certainly had to showcase this one. Buck Farmer goes for the Tigers and Wei-Yin Chen for the Orioles. Let’s start with Farmer. He’s made two stars for the Tigers and they were absolute train wrecks. Farmer owns a 9.22 ERA in those two starts with a 1.90 WHIP. Also in those two starts, he gave up four home runs in 13.2 innings. It’s an extremely small sample size for sure, but I’m certainly going to have a healthy amount of Orioles in my lineup tonight. Chen has been good this season, owning a 2.88 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP, he just gets a good Tigers offense. The Tigers rank 1st in batting avearge, 5th in runs scored, 4th in OPS and 11th in home runs. Take a good look at this game tonight.
Toughest Left/Right Matchups
Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
Tommy Milone vs. Seattle Mariners – Milone continues to be a hero when it comes to facing lefties. He enters his start against the Mariners with a .155 average against them.
Johnny Cueto vs. Toronto Blue Jays – Cueto makes his first start as Royal, and boy does he have a tough matchup. Hopefully, his good numbers against lefties will help his cause, as he’s holding them down with a .173 avearge.
Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
Taylor Jungmann vs. Chicago Cubs –At least Brewers fans have something to look forward to every five days. The young Jungmann enters today with a .176 avearge against righties.
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.
Mike Lorenzen vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – It will be interesting to see if Lorenzen actually makes this start tonight, as he’s been subject to numerous trade rumors. Regardless of where he starts, he bring his .336 average against lefties with him.
Kyle Kendrick vs. St. Louis Cardinals – Wouldn’t be a list without a Rockies starting pitcher who really can’t get out a particular type of batter. Today, Kendrick is our guy, allowing a .316 avearge against lefties.
Easiest Pitcher vs. Right Handed Batters
Drew Hutchison vs. Kansas City Royals – Hutchison has a tough matchup against the Royals tonight, and his .329 avearge against righties will certainly be his enemy.
Nick Martinez vs. San Francisco Giants – An open letter to Nick Martinez: Dear Nick, I heard you aren’t good against righties. Rumor has it, you allow a .311 avearge to them. Please circle Yes, No, or Maybe and return to Steve Buchanan. Thanks.
Aaron Hicks ($4000) – Hicks has been playing lie a man possessed lately. Hicks is 13 for his last 23 with two home runs, nine RBIs, eight runs scored, and a “what the hell, why not” stolen base.
Jose Abreu ($4600) – If you haven’t noticed, the White Sox are sudddenly hitting, really well. Abreu is helping lead the charge on that, going 11 for his last 27 with three home runs, 11 RBIs, and seven runs scored.
Michael Taylor ($2900) – Taylor is quietly having a nice little stretch of hitting. Taylor is 10 for his last 22 with three home runs, six RBIs, and three runs scored.
Best Batter vs. Pitcher Matchups
Todd Frazier vs. Jeff Locke- Had this here yesterday, but it was Burnett starting, not Locke. Sorry about that. So here it is again! Frazier is 9-20 off Locke with three extra base hits, two of those being home runs and a 1.322 OPS.
Juan Lagares vs. Gio Gonzalez- Lagares comes into tonight with some good numbers off Gonzalez. Lagares is 10-22 against Gonzalez with five extra base hits, one of those being a home run, and a 1.296 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.
The Giants and Rangers might have a delay to start the game, but it should be able to fit it in. Other than that, you’re all clear.
One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around
Taylor Jungmann ($7500) – Damn, I think I’m going to have to start believing the hype around this kid. Jungmann get a start against the weak Cubs lineup at a super nice price of $7500. That price is going to get you a kid who’s averaging 19.8 points per start, a 2.14 ERA with a 1.05 WHIP and a K/9 of seven, against the second easiest team to strik out in the league. I really don’t see how you can go wrong here. Oh, did I mention this start is at Miller Park? Are the starts aligning for another big start from Jungmann or what? Rostering him tonight is going to give you a ton of flexability and I think you’ll be pleased with this pick. Let’s get it!
Superstar Worth Paying For…
Adam Jones ($4700) –Honestly, anyone on the Orioles tonight will most likely be a good pick. Going up against Buck Farmer, who’s really struggled in his small sample size in the majors, is not something I’m going to ignore. If you don’t want to base it off his time in the majors, he owns a 4.50 ERA in the minors and his career in the majors, which he did pitch in 9.1 innings last year, is 10.17. Farmer has already given up four home runs in the two starts, split between righties and lefties. Jones is one of my targets tonight with Chris Davis being another.
Save Big Bucks By Drafting…
Juan Lagares ($2700) – Lagares seems to be stuck in a platoon with Kirk Nieuwenhuis with Lagares starting against lefties. .Well what would you know, Gio Gonzalez is a leftie! So with Lagares getting the start, and his good numbers against Goznalez that I showcased, he could be a nice sneaky play tonight. He costs $2700, you can’t even complain if he doesn’t pan it. But he WILL (and he better.)