We have a full 15 game MLB slate today, Sunday July 5th.  I hope everybody had a safe and fun 4th of July.  Now, let’s take a look at today’s info and please, if you have any thoughts, questions etc, hit me up on twitter!  @Razzle11Grinds

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Heaviest Pitcher Favorites

– Lance Lynn ($10,100) vs. San Diego Padres (-170): Lynn takes the mound as the biggest favorite on Sunday as he gets to face a very weak Padres lineup.  The Padres managed to pull out a 2-1 victory on Saturday and I look for the Cardinals to bounce back in this one.

– Jordan Zimmermann ($9,200) vs. San Francisco Giants (-160):  This one surprised me a little bit as I expect this to be a tough match-up for Zimmermann.  However, his offense gets to take their hacks against Ryan Vogelsong and that can be a recipe for success, especially for Bryce Harper.

– Mike Bolsinger ($6,800) vs. New York Mets (-150):  Bolsinger gets to take the hill opposite of the rookie Steven Matz.  The Mets lineup has been doing absolutely nothing of late and I think Bolsinger is going to need to be on his game to out-duel Matz in this one.  Bolsigner’s price tag makes him extremely intriguing as an under the radar SP2 option.


Highest Scoring Games

– Colorado Rockies @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Chase Field) – The Rockies and D’backs get to face off with the brothers (not related) De La Rosa taking the mound for each team.  I expect there to be offensive fireworks in this one as the D’backs destroy left handed pitching and Rubby De La Rosa has a lot of trouble with left handed hitters.

– Toronto Blue Jays @ Detroit Tigers (Comerica Park) – This game could be a blast to watch as Estrada struggled mightily his last time out and now faces a very powerful lineup, even without Miguel Cabrera.  Verlander has struggled so far in 2015 and the Blue Jays are the type of offense that can cause pitchers troubles when they are not on their game.


Toughest Left/Right Matchups

Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters

– Chris Bassitt vs Seattle Mariners – A small sample size so far in 2015, but Bassitt has allowed left handed hitters to hit just .115 against him with a slugging percentage of just .154.

– Cole Hamels vs Atlanta Braves – Hamels is somebody you expect to see here as he has held lefties to a .150 average to go along with a slugging of .188 so far in 2015.  I like his chances against a very weak Atlanta Braves offense.

Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters

– Shelby Miller vs. Philadelphia Phillies – Miller has held right handed hitters to an average of just .164 so far in 2015 while allowing them an OPS of .473.  Those numbers are extremely elite as he has been filthy so far in his first year with the Braves.

– Mike Montgomery vs. Oakland Athletics – Montgomery does not offer us a very huge sample size, however he has been absolutely dominant in his short major league career and has held right handed hitters to an average of .167 and an OPS of .447 so far.


Best Left/Right Matchups

Easiest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters

– Bud Norris vs. Chicago White Sox – Norris has been getting spanked by left handed hitters all season long as they have an average of .336 with an OPS of 1.025 against him.  He has an ERA of 7.52 against them and has allowed 24 extra base hits to them.

– Mat Latos vs. Chicago Cubs – Latos has allowed left handed hitters to hit .308 against him so far in 2015 with an OPS of .819.  He also has an ERA of 7.11 against left handed hitters.

Easiest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters

C.C. Sabathia vs Tampa Bay Rays – Righties have hit Sabathia to the tune of .329 so far in 2015 with an OPS of .937.  He has allowed 18 home runs to right handed hitters so far, which bodes very well for a very strong right hand heavy Rays lineup.

– Carlos Rodon vs. Baltimore Orioles – Rodon has allowed right handed hitters to hit for a .313 average to go along with an OPS of .855 so far in his young career.  He has also allowed right handed hitters to steal 4 bases in 5 attempts so far.

Weather Concerns

– There is some rain in Boston and Atlanta as I write this.  I am not sure how severe it will be or if it will even appear at those parks.  The Atlanta weather intrigues me because of the Miller-Hamels pitching match-up.

One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around

– Mike Montgomery ($7,600) vs. Oakland Athletics – I debated a few pitchers here as I think there are a few options that I want to plug into one of the spots.  With the way that Montgomery has been pitching, I find it hard to ignore that price tag and the fact that he is left handed and takes on an A’s team that struggles against lefties.  As we saw above, Montgomery has dominated right handed hitters as well in his short major league career.  He makes an interesting option to me and I may pair him with somebody like Bolsinger, Matz or McCullers in order to stack some strong bats.

Superstar Worth Paying For…

– Bryce Harper ($5,500) vs. Ryan Vogelsong – I think this match-up is just too good to pass as it aligns as a great home run spot for Harper as he continues to step up and be the only consistent offensive threat for the Nationals.  He homered Saturday against Madison Bumgarner and this is a much easier match-up for him.

Save Big Bucks By Drafting…

– Nolan Reimold ($3,100) vs. Carlos Rodon – Reimold is somebody I love to target when the Orioles are facing a left handed pitcher as he has found himself near the top of the lineup recently and offers some pop for a cheap price.  I also like his teammate, Caleb Joseph, against left handed pitching as I think Wieters will be taking the day off.