We’ve finally made it to the end of the week. We didn’t have any short slates this week, so this might have been my favorite week of baseball, ever. Well, maybe not, but it was a good one that’s for sure. Also, because it’s the end of the week, you know what the means. Another giveaway! So make sure you follow me on Twitter, @SBuchanan24, and you can find out how you can win a $5 DraftKings ticket! Good luck tonight!
Heaviest Pitcher Favorites
Chris Sale vs. Texas Rangers (-190) – Sale has been a man posessed lately. He comes into tonight with a 3.01 ERA with 105 strikeouts in 80 innings pitched. He’s had at least 30 points in his last three starts against Tampa Bay, Houston and Texas, who he takes on tonight. In that last start, he pitched seven innings, giving up three hits, no runs and striking out 13. You hate to make the expectations that high, but with the way he’s been pitching as of late, it’s a bit hard to not expect greatness once again.
Carlos Carrasco vs. Tampa Bay Rays (-169) – Carrasco has been having a strange season. His ERA is high, sitting at 4.38 coming into tonight. But he’s had some great games along the way as well, and his K/9 is at 10.3. He goes up against the Rays, who aren’t exactly gifted in the offense department. Carrasco hasn’t been walking many batters, as he’s only walked 18 in 74 innings this season. He just has to piece together a solid start, as all of his stats point to him being solid.
Tyler Lyons vs. Philadelphia Phillies (-165)- With injuries plaguing the Cardinals rotation, Lyons has stepped in to take a spot in the rotation for now. He’s struggled since coming up, coming into tonight with a 5.00 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. He is striking out a lot of guys, 23 in 18 innings pitched, but he has been getting knocked around and letting up home runs, as he’s given up four. But he does have a matchup against those damn Phillies tonight, so maybe this is the start that really gets things going for him. Personally, I’d have no problem starting him in a GPP tonight as a bit of a punt play.
Top Overall Game Over/Unders
Milwaukee Brewers vs. Colorado Rockies (Coors Field) – 10.5 Over/Under- Even with one of the worst offenses coming for a visit, this game still gets tabbed with 10.5 runs. That folks, is the power of Coors Field. An extremely unattractive pitching matchup is due for tonight, as Taylor Jungmann takes on Jorge De La Rosa. Jungmann has only seen the Pirates and Nationals thus far, so this could be an adventure for the rookie. De La Rosa has been TERRIBLE at home this season, coming into tonight he owns a 6.99 ERA in six starts giving up four home runs and walking 18 in that span. The Brewers are bad, but they are 15th in the league in home runs.
Baltimore Orioles vs. Toronto Blue Jays (Rogers Centre) – 9.5 Over/Under – This game also features a less than stellar pitching matchup. If I had tickets to this game, I wouldn’t be to pleased. Mike Wright goes up against Marco Estrada in this one. Wright has really struggled in short time in the rotation, as in his last two starts he’s given up five runs and didn’t make it out of the fifth inning. Estrada continues to let the ball fly out of the park, as he’s given up eight home runs in 57 innings pitched. This would be another great game to target those hitters.
Toughest Left/Right Matchups
Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
Lance McCullers vs. Seattle Mariners- McCullers has been great since his callup, as he comes into tonight with an even 2.00 ERA. Against lefties, he’s been lights out as they’re only hitting .121 against him.
Eduardo Rodriguez vs. Kansas City Royals – The rookie came back down to earth his last start, as he was shelled by the Toronto Blue Jays. Despite the bad start, he’s still got a great average against lefites, as they’re only hitting .167 against him.
Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
Jacob deGrom vs. Atlanta Braves- deGrom continues to pick apart the National League. Against righties, they’re only hitting .183 this season. His last start out against the Braves, he only gave up one run in seven innings striking out nine.
Dan Haren vs. Cincinnati Reds – It always gives me a bit of a chuckle when I see Haren performing well, because he was so against the trade to Miami when it first happened in the offseason. Against right handed batters, he’s holding them to a .191 average.
Best Left/Right Matchups
Easiest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
Tyler Lyons vs. Philadelphia Phillies– Lyons might be enjoying his cup of coffee in the majors, but he isn’t enjoying his time when he has to face a left handed batter. They’re hitting .375 against him thus far.
Ruby De La Rosa vs. San Diego Padres- De La Rosa is another guy that seems to do well against one type of hitter and not the other. Lefties are his kryptonite, as they’re hitting .321 against him.
Easiest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
Phil Hughes vs. Chicago Cubs– Hughes gets an interleague start today against the Cubs. He’s had back to back quality starts his last two, but he continues to struggle against right handers, as they’re hitting .316 against him.
Carlos Carrasco vs. Tampa Bay Rays- You know what, Carrasco is only here on bad luck. He really isn’t that bad against righties, as they’re hitting .276 against him. Blame it on the fact that everone, except Hughes, has been keeping righties in check. .
Manny Machado ($4900) – Stay in the leadoff spot, forever. Machado has been crushing the ball, as he’s 11 for his last 27 with four home runs, eight RBIs, two stolen bases and 10 runs scored. He truly has been so valuable and a great table setter for the Orioles.
Carlos Correa ($3900) – Correa has been doing it all for the Astros as of late, and his price tag is still low. He’s 11 for his last 31 with two home runs, four RBIs, three stolen bases and six runs scored. He could be a great addition to your team tonight.
Starling Marte ($4200) – Marte hasn’t been hitting for a lot of power, LATELY, but his avearge has been shooting up. He’s 17 for his last 34 with four RBIs, two stolen bases and five runs scored.
Best Batter vs. Pitcher Matchups
Aaron Hill vs. James Shields – Hill, hasn’t been starting consistently lately, but if he does tonight, he’s got great numbers against Shields. He’s 10-36 with four home runs and a .989 OPS.
Ryan Braun vs. Jorge De La Rosa – Oh man, poor Jorge. He’s just not very good at the “get Ryan Braun out” game, now is he? Braun is 10-14 against him with three home runs and a…..let me just give you a second here……2.408 OPS. That deserves this video.
Adam Rosales vs. Chris Sale – Again, not someone who is consistently in the lineup, however, if he is, this could be another one of those diamond in the rough picks. Rosales is 7-14 against Sale with three home runs and a 1.643 OPS. Yes, I was all about this matchup before. Get over it.
You know, us DFS players are very concerned about the environment and making sure the Earth “Goes Green!” and getting the rain it deserves. Just do it when baseball isn’t on. Looks like it’s going to be a clear night all around. It’s about time, dammit.
One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around
Chris Sale ($10200) – Booooooooo! I know, I know, I get it. I’m not thrilled when I pick the obvious either. But, if you asked me, what pitcher do I throw out tonight, how do I not go with Sale? He’s completely locked in right now, and I truly made an effort to throw someone else on here, I just couldn’t. He’s averaging almost 26 points a start right now, which his price justifies. Add on the fact that he completely dominated the Rangers the last time he faced them and I can’t hate this pick at all. The Rangers are a good offensive club, and it’s hard to expect the same results, I just can’t be off this pick until I see some regression from Sale. His 11.7 K/9 is looking might nice against this team who strikeouts out the 6th most in the league.
Superstar Worth Paying For…
Ryan Braun ($4900) – I’m going BvP style in this pick here. Yeah, Braun has only faced De La Rosa 14 times in his career, but he has 10 hits against him! De Le Rosa is ATROCIOUS at home, as I pointed out earlier, I can’t see this pick going south, even though it always can because, that’s baseball. For what it’s also worth, Braun is hitting .309 at Coors Field in 24 games played with two home runs. Why not make it three tonight? Four? I won’t be mad.
Save Big Bucks By Drafting…
Jung Ho Kang ($3100) – Kang is still super cheap and he’s got some nice numbers on the year. He’s batting .280 with four home runs and 20 RBIs on the season with a .783 OPS. He’s in the middle of a decent little stretch of hitting where he’s 8 for his last 22 with four RBIs and four walks and tonight he takes on Joe Ross, who is once again making a spot start for the Nationals.