Welcome to interleague play! Today start’s the much talked about tim in baseball where AL and NL teams do battle. Some people absolutely love it while other think it’s a complete waste of time. Regardless of your feelings, we have plenty of fantasy baseball to play tonight. As always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24. Good luck!
Heaviest Pitcher Favorites
John Lackey vs. Minnesota Twins (-190) – Lackey might still be recoving from his hangover he got at Coors field his last time out where he gave up 10 runs on 12 hits in just four innings. He comes into tonight’s start with a 3.74 ERA to go along with 57 strikeouts in 74 innings. He takes on a Twins team that has been falling in the leaderboards in offense.
Dallas Keuchel vs. Colorado Rockies (-178) – I don’t think I’ll ever get used to the Astros being an American League team. At first glance, I thought the Astros were the only team not playing an interleague game today. Incorrect. Keuchel has a real test today as he takes on one of the best offenses in the league. The Rockies rank 2nd in batting average, 8th in runs scored, 3rd in team OPS, and 7th in home runs. Keuchel has been phenonmal at home, where he owns a 1.29 ERA in seven starts. Overall, Keuchel owns a 1.90 ERA with 72 strikeouts in 95 innings pitched.
Anibal Sanchez vs. Cincinnati Reds (-170)- At first glance, I didn’t know how I felt about this. But when you look at his last three starts, Sanchez has done quite well against the Angels and Cubs while stumbling a bit against the A’s. The Reds are a decent offense that hit a ton of home runs, as they rank 5th in that category. Sanchez is giving up a lot of home runs, 13 to be exact. The most Sanchez has given up in any given year is 20, as he’s on pace to shatter that number this year. If he can contain the long ball, he might be able to sneak out a victory here.
Top Overall Game Over/Unders
Cleveland Indians at Chicago Cubs (Wrigley Field) – 9.5 Over/Under- Trevor Bauer takes on Jake Arrieta in this game projected at 9.5 runs. Arrieta has been great this season with a 3.16 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 77 innings. The Indians are in the middle of the league in terms of offense where the Cubs are about the same. Bauer has had his issues with control this season, which has really hampered what could be another great season for him. If the runs are going to come in this one, I would bank it being from the Cubs.
Atlanta Braves at Boston Red Sox (Fenway Park) – 9 Over/Under – This would be a fantastic source of runs for tonight, however, it might be tough to get this game in, as Boston is expecting a lot of rain today. Regardless, Williams Perez takes on Rick Porcello. Porcello is a contact pitcher, which is great, but all the contact are falling in for hits. His WHIP stands at 1.31 on the season, which when you throw in with 11 home runs on the season, isn’t going to do you any favors. Thankfully for Porcello, the Braves are second to last in home runs. Also, in his last four starts, Porcello owns a 7.03 ERA. Watch the weather in this one, as it’s a great source of runs tonight if they play.
Toughest Left/Right Matchups
Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
Dallas Keuchel vs. Colorado Rockies- With these numbers against lefties, you’d think Cole Hamels was taking the mound. Against lefties, Keuchel is holding them to a .130 average. His K/9 is 6.8.
Masahiro Tanaka vs. Miami Marlins – The most expensive pitcher on the night also has great numbers against lefties. They’re only hitting .191 against Tanaka. His K/9 sits at 9.7.
Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
Francisco Liriano vs. Chicago White Sox- Liriano has a great matchup tonight, going up against the season long struggling White Sox. He’s holding righties to a .171 average this season. Liriano owns a 10.5 K/9, which he should be able to showcase tonight.
Masahiro Tanaka vs. Miami Marlins – Well, now he’s just showing off. Tanaka is holding righties to a .191 average. I think it’s safe to say that he’s fully recovered from his trip to the disabled list.
Best Left/Right Matchups
Easiest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
Carlos Frias vs. Texas Rangers – Frias isn’t really sure when to turn off batting practice mode when he faces lefites. They’re crushing him to a .370 average this season. His K/9 isn’t really helping things either, at 5.1.
Jesse Hahn vs. San Diego Padres– Hahnnnnnn has extreme splits which makes him hard to predict. Lefties are hitting him to a tune of .314 on the season. His K/9 sits at 5.8. I’m not impressed.
Easiest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
Kyle Lohse vs. Kansas City Royals- It amazes me that someone still sends this guy out every five days. Lohse is allowing a .345 average to righties on the year. I hope that numbers inflates today was he takes on the Royals.
Noah Syndergaard vs. Toronto Blue Jays– Not a good game to struggle against a particular batter. Syndergaard allows a .311 average to righties. Going up against Toronto, Syndergaard might be in for another rough night.
Russell Martin ($3900) – Martin has turned out to be a great fit in the Blue Jays lineup. I also believe his price is great for the production he’s been giving. He’s 9 for his last 21 with two home runs, eight RBIs, and nine runs scored.
Miguel Cabrera ($5600) – Cabrera is having another MVP type season, and lately, he’s been showing why. He’s 10 for his last 17 with two home runs, seven RBIs, and five runs scored. He’s super expensive, but usually worth it.
Jace Peterson ($3500) – Peterson has been really hot lately and his price is still cheap. He’s 13 for his last 31 with a home run, five RBIs, a stolen base and seven runs scored. Great hitter to target tonight if the game gets in.
Best Batter vs. Pitcher Matchups
Michael Cuddyer vs. Mark Buehrle – Usually when I profile a player on here, they have a small sample size, as they may see a starting pitcher two or three times a year. Well, Cuddyer has seen A LOT of Buehrle. He’s 35-107 (lol) with three home runs, 14 extra base hits and a .876 OPS. I mean, these guys are practially brothers.
Alexi Ramirez vs Edinson Volquez – Ok, this is more of a normal sample size. Ramirez is 6-13 against Volquez with a home run and a 1.269 OPS.
Andre Ethier vs. Yovani Gallardo – Ethier is hitting well against Gallardo. He’s 8-21 with a home runs and a 1.095 OPS.
The follwing games have a chance of thunderstorm/rain at some point during the game, so keep a watch on these closely.
White Sox at Pirates
Red at Tigers
Braves at Red Sox
Blue Jays at Mets
Indians at Cubs
One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around
Francisco Liriano ($10000) – Liriano has a lot of things going for him today, except maybe the weather. The White Sox are about as sad as it gets when it comes to offense. The only thing the White Sox have going for them, is they don’t strike out a ton, but Liriano has been getting almost every team this season. The White Sox really struggle when it comes to left handed pitching, as they’re only hitting .212 on the season. I think it’s safe to roster your team around Liriano tonight. Just watch that weather.
Superstar Worth Paying For…
Josh Donaldson ($5300) – Donaldson is destroying the ball off of right handed pitchers this season. He’s already up to 13 home runs on the season against righties while batting .295. Going up against Noah Syndergaard, who is facing the team that drafted him, he may be in for a tough night against such a good offense. Syndergaard is allowing just under a home run per start, so I’m firing up Donaldson in my lineups tonight.
Save Big Bucks By Drafting…
Chris Colabello ($3000) – I’m taking another Blue Jay because it’s hard to ignore that Colabello is hititng .341 on the season and only costs you 3000. He is going to always have opportunities to drive in runs in such a potent offense that I think until his price goes up, he’s almost worth considering on a daily basis. He might not give you a ton of power. but he certainly he get you points elsewhere.