We have a full slate of games going today! Looking at the pitching matchups tonight, we have a couple really good matchups tonight,but aside from that, it might be a bit difficult to nab some some solid pitching tonight. I’ll leave that for you to decide. As always, you can reach me on the Ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Heaviest Pitcher Favorites
Brett Anderson vs. Philadelphia Phillies (-251) – Vegas is really liking Brett Anderson tonight against the Phillies, don’t you think? He’s coming off two solid starts against the Miami Marlins and Arizona Diamondbacks, where he came away with 34.2 and 25.8 points respectively in this games. Overall, Anderson has a 3.00 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP and 69 strikeouts in 96 innings pitched. The Phillies are, well, the Phillies this season. They have been hitting better, as they’ve moved to 23rd overall in batting average. Not exactly a stat you brag about, but for them, it’s some sort of progress. Priced at only $7600 tonight, Anderson could be a solid and cheap addition to your team tonight.
Corey Kluber vs. Houston Astros (-188) – The obvious appeal with rostering Kluber against the Astros is the strikeout appeal. The Astros strikeout more than any other team in baseball right now, and Kluber owns a 10.7 K/9 on the season. We also went over with this Carlos Carrasco last night and we all know how that ended up. Like Carrasco, Kluber falls victim to the one or two bad innings a night and poof, there goes your night. On the other hand, Kluber has been racking up double digit strikeouts, as he now has down in five of his last 10 starts. It truly depends on which Astros team shows up tonight. Honestly, it’s a tough call in my opinion. Overall, Kluber owns a 3.64 ERA with a 1.14 WHIP and 141 strikeouts in 118 innings pitched.
Francisco Liriano vs. San Diego Padres (-168) – In my opinion, which may not mean a lot, this seems to be the safest option to me tonight. Liriano takes on a Padres team that continues to struggle offensively, as they’re 28th in the league in batting average and 26th overall in OPS. Home runs and runs scored are in the middle of the pack at 18th and 15th. Liriano, overall, has been great this season. He owns a 2.99 ERA with a 1.02 WHIP and 113 strikeouts in 102 innings pitched. Liriano had a fantastic start against the Padres the last time out, which we will look at more in depth later on.
Top Overall Game Over/Unders
L.A. Angels at Colorado Rockies (Coors Field) – 10.5 Over/Under- Feels like it’s been quite awhile since we’ve had a game at Coors Field. Tonight, we get the Andrew Heaney take on Chad Bettis in this one. Heaney hhas been showinng why is was one of the top rated prospects, as he comes into tonight wiith a 1.39 ERA and a 0.69 WHIP with 12 strikeouts in 13 innings pitched. Those two starts came against Houston and the New York Yankees. Tonight he gets a real test against a tough Rockies lineup, who are ranked 5th in batting average and OPS and 7th in runs scored and home runs. Bettis comes into tonight allowing 15 runs over his last 28 innings pitched. The Angels lineup, while chalk full of talent, has been modest at best this season. They do hit a lot of home runs, as they’re ranked 9th in that category. As always, a smart man has some exposure to these games.
Toughest Left/Right Matchups
Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
Johnny Cueto vs. Washington Nationals- Cueto comes into tonight holding down the fort when it comes to lefties. They’re only hitting .168 against him this season.
Jose Quintana vs. Toronto Blue Jays- Here’s your typical, how good Quintana is against lefties but not against righties sentence. Lefties are only getting Quintana for a .184 average thus far.
Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
Chris Young vs. Tampa Bay Rays- Tampa has an early game today, and Young is on the bump for the Rays. But seriously, when is the dominance over right handed batters going to end with Chris Young. I can’t believe were into July and it’s still happening. Righties are only hitting .157 against him. He’s doing better then this guy……
Max Scherzer vs. Cincinnati Reds – Maybe tonight will be the night these guys switch places. It’s insane. Scherzer is still havingn plenty of success against righties, and anyone else actually. They’re only managing a .161 average on the season.
Best Left/Right Matchups
Easiest Pitcher vs. Left Handed Batters.
Nathan Eovaldi vs. Oakland A’s – Well, here’s something that never changes. How atricious Eovaldi is against lefties. They’re still crushing him at a .352 clip.
Bartolo Colon vs. San Francisco Giants- Colon has seen his struggles against lefties, but not nearly is bad as our man Eovaldi has. Colon is getting hit to a .298 clip.
Easiest Pitcher vs. Right Handed Batters
Jose Quintna vs. Toronto Blue Jays – If you were surprised to see Quintana here, you clearly haven’t read my article before. It’s so typical of Quintana to be in here twice. Righties are still giving him issues, as they’re hitting him at a .310 clip.
Wade Miley vs. Miami Marlins – Miley get a “sorry about your luck” apology for being featured here. Sure his .284 average against righties isn’t the best, but looking at other averages that have graced us with their presence, it’s certainly not the worst.
J.D. Martinez ($4900) – We may not nail every pick that I make, but we certainly did with Martinez last night, as he got us 26 points on the night. He price has jumped over $500 overnight, as I said it was going to. The production though, continues to come. Martinez is 14 for his last 29 with five home runs, 12 RBIs, and nine runs scored.
Gerardo Parra ($4000) – Parra has really turned his season around in a hurry. He’s 13 for his last 29 with three home runs, five RBIs, a stolen base and nine runs scored.
Justin Bour ($2900) – One great thing about Bour, is that he can get you some power for dirt cheap money. He’s 6 for his last 19 with four home runs, eight RBIs, and four runs scored.
Best Batter vs. Pitcher Matchups
David Ortiz vs. Dan Haren – We have a few interleague games going on today, with the Marlins visiting the Red Sox tonight. Ortiz has had some success against Dan Haren, who’s pitching tonight. Ortiz is 8-23 against Haren with three home runs and a 1.226 OPS.
Ike Davis vs. Nathan Eovaldi -First, make sure Davis is starting tonight. Second, if he is, don’t forget how badly lefties are crushing Eovaldi. If you forget already, scroll back up. I could simply tell you again but I’m not that nice of a guy. Third, Davis is 5-13 against Eovaldi with four extra base hits, two of them being home runs, and a 1.471 OPS.
James Loney vs. Chris Young – Someone has to knock Young around at somepoint, right? Maybe it won’t be Loney, but at least he’s had some past success against Young. Loney is 8-22 against Young with three extra base hits and a .940 OPS.
Once again, we have a few games with a chance of rain and thunderstorms. Not as bad as yesterday, but watch these ones closely.
A’s at Yankees (small chance of rain)
Padres at Pirates
Astros at Indians
Dimondbacks at Rangers
Angels at Rockies
One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around
Francisco Liriano ($10,300) – Once again, I’m going with the high K upside as a big reason for my pick tonight. Liriano comes into tonight with a 9.9 K/9 on the seaon against a team that is 3rd in the league in strikeouts. Now, some of you may say, “well Steve, that really worked out well for you last night, now didn’t it?” Where I will say “No.” But really, Carrasco was truly a couple of strike three’s away from having a completely different start. I saw an interesting stat last night on Twitter that I can’t confirm nor deny is true, but Carrasco had a 2-strike count on six of the eight batters faced in the first inning. Yikes. Ok, back to Liriano. The last time he faced the Padres, he had a fantastic line against them, as he went six innings allowing three hits, no runs and striking out 11. It’s hard to as for a duplicate start, but I think I can say he should be able to spin another start like that. If he doesn’t, well be satisifed with the fact that I’ll be going down in flames with you.
Superstar Worth Paying For…
Josh Donaldson ($5400) – When isn’t Donaldson worth paying for? This beast of a ball player hit another home run last night, because of course he did. Tonight, he faces Jose Quintana, who we all know has his struggles against left handed batters (but not righties.) Donaldson has been really hitting lefties well, as he owns a .328 average against them to go along with four home runs. If he’s not the one driving in the runs, he’s certainly being driven in by someone as that offense is just so good.
Save Big Bucks By Drafting…
Cesar Hernandez ($3,100) – You know why he has to be on your roster? All he does is score you points. Hernandez literally hasn’t put up a 0 on DK since at least June 21st. Truly, go look it up. Plus, he only costs $3100! He’s been stealing bases like he’s Billy Hamiliton lately and he costs you a fraction of the cost. He’s truly a diamond in the rough right now. Get him in your lineup.