So many things to be happy about today. First of all, we have a full slate of games on tap today. Next, it’s ticket giveaway day, so if you want a chance at one of the two $5 tickets I’m giving away, you can follow me on Twitter @SBuchanan24 to found out how. So let’s just right into things.
Heaviest Pitcher Favorites
Max Scherzer vs. Philadelphia Phillies (-205) – Scherzer is by far, the most expensive pitcher on the night, with a huge salary of $14,000. I mean, it’s going to be really tough to get him on your roster today. He comes into tonight with a 1.76 ERA with 123 strikeouts in 102 innings pitched. Think he likes pitching in the National League? He goes up against the Phillies who are still almost dead last in every offensive category, even after this past week where they really knocked around Michael Wacha, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia. Nothing is ever a lock in baseball, but I think this should be a cake matchup for Scherzer. The problem is having a balanced lineup around him. If you really want me to make things difficult, Scherzer has scored 60.1 and 53.7 his last two starts against Milwaukee and Pittsburgh.
Francisco Liriano vs. Atlanta Braves (-188) – Liriano seems like a bargain at only $10,000 when you follow a blurb about Scherzer and his $14,000 salary. Liriano is coming off a bad start against the Natioanls where he gave up five runs on seven hits in five innings, however he did strikeout six in the contest. Liriano really won’t have to worry about the home run ball in this one, as Atlanta is now ranked last in home runs, as an injury to Freddie Freeman isn’t helping the Braves. I like this matchup for Liriano tonight.
Anibal Sanchez vs. Chicago White Sox (-168) – Well it’s starting to get to that point now where Vegas has stopped picking on the Twins in the American League and has focued their attention to the American League Phillies, or as they perfer to be called, the Chicago White Sox. Sanchez looks as if he’s finally back on track, as his last three starts have had 30.5, 42.1 and 18.4 points. Those three starts came against the Cubs, Reds and Yankees. The White Sox continue to hang out in the basement of the majors in terms of offensive production, so this could be a nice start for Sanchez to continue his 2015 resurgence.
Top Overall Game Over/Unders
Texas Rangers at Toronto Blue Jays (Rogers Centre) – 9 Over/Under- You can always tell when we are no longer are at Coors Field, as the top overall projected scoring for a game sits at 9. The Rangers and Blue Jays do battle in a very underwhelming pitching matchup of Nick Martinez and Mark Buehrle. Martinez has pitched well this season,as he has 10 quality starts in 14 game this season, but tonight he faces an offense that is in the top 5 in batting average, runs scored, and home runs. Buehrle has surprisingly now had four straight quality starts for the Jays, but fantasy wise, he’s only netting you an average 13.3 points. Regardless of both players pitching well lately, expect the ball to fly in this one.
Minnesota Twins at Milwaukee Brewers (Miller Park) – 8.5 Over/Under- Now this one could get ugly. Trevor May matches up against Kyle Lohse in this one. May has been decent this season, with a 4.03 ERA to go along with a 1.29 WHIP. The Brewers aren’t that great offensively, but they still can hit some home runs, as they’re 17th in the category. Lohse is a differnt story, as I still can’t believe a major league team throws him out there every five days. He owns a 6.30 ERA with a 1.37 WHIP on the season. Lohse has allowed 17 home runs already this season in only 85.2 innings, but luckily for him the Twins are 25th in the league in home runs. The problem for Lohse is going to be right handed batters, which is who I would target in this one. They’re hitting .323 off of him this season.
Toughest Left/Right Matchups
Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
Jose Quintana vs. Detroit Tigers – He’s always here! You’ll always know when Quintana is starting because he’ll be in this section. Left handed batters are onl hitting .177 of of him this season.
Robbie Ray vs. San Diego Padres – He’s pitching a bit over his head right now, so I wouldn’t get super excited about this number yet. But numbers don’t lie, as Ray is holding leftie to a .200 average at this point.
Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
Max Scherzer vs. Philadelphia Phillies – Of course Scherzer is going to be showcased on this list at some point. Right handed batters are only hitting .154 off of him this season, which is insane.
Francisco Liriano vs. Atlanta Braves – Liriano has been having a great season thus far, and he’s really been keeping righties in check. They’re only hitting .170 off of Liriano so far this season.
Best Left/Right Matchups
Easiest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
Nathan Eovaldi vs. Houston Astros – This is just asinine. Eovaldi throws batting practice during real games when it comes to lefties. They’re crushing him to a .380 average. 380!
Tim Hudson vs. Colorado Rockies – Luckily for Hudson, this game isn’t at Coors Field. Lefties are hitting him to a tune of .290 on the season. Which is much better then this Eovaldi guy.
Easiest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
Kyle Lohse vs. Minnesota Twins– Give me a bat, and I’ll hit a bomb off of Lohse, open challenge. Righties are crushing him to a .323 avearge on the season. I bet it goes up some more tonight.
Jose Quintana vs. Detroit Tigers – Quintana is just like Sabathia, great against one type of hitter, not so much the other. Righties are hitting .304 against him.
J.D. Martinez ($4600) – I think Martinez is proving to everyone that last year wasn’t a fluke. He’s 8 for his last 25 with five home runs, 11 RBIs, and six runs scored. Hitting in that Detroit lineup is always going to bring opportunities.
Albert Pujols ($4800) – Just when you think he’s all done, Pujols reminds us that he is still an offensive force in the majors. He’s 6 for his last 21 with four home runs, 10 RBIs, and eight runs scored.
Buster Posey ($4400) – Posey has kind of been a forgotten man this year, but luckily for you, I’m here to officially let you know that he’s heating up. Posey is 7 for his last 21 with two home runs, 12 RBIs, a stolen base and seven runs scored.
Best Batter vs. Pitcher Matchups
Yoenis Cespedes vs. Jose Quintana -Damnnnnnnnn. Cespedes crushes Quintana. He’s 8-12 against him with six extra base hits, four of them being home runs, and a 2.526 OPS.
Bryce Harper vs. Aaron Harang – Harper seems to crush everybody lately, but historically, he crushes Harang all the time. He’s 10-22 against Harang with three extra base hits, a home run being one of them and a 1.227 OPS.
Paul Goldschmidt vs. Tyson Ross – Goldy continue his MVP season as he goes up against Tyson Ross, who he has a lot of success against. He’s 7-20 with two home runs and a 1.230 OPS.
Looks as if we might have a delay to the start of the Cubs at Cardinals game, but it should clear up closer to game time. At least that what my app tells me. Remember, $10 sponsorship and I’ll let you know which app. I’ll consider $9.95.
One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around
Franciso Liriano ($10000) – I’m not going to tell you Scherzer because it’s just to hard to fit him into a lineup that can be well rounded. If you can do it, all the power to you, truly. But I like the matchup for Liriano tonight. The Braves don’t strikeout a ton, as they’re 17th in the league in strikeouts. Not great for Liriano, but it’s not bad either. The Braves also hit a ton of groundballs, as they’re 4th in the league in that category. I also mentioned they’re now dead last in home runs, so Liriano really shouldn’t have to worry about that tonight. Without Freddie Freeman, no one in that lineup really scares me. So this is not a thumbs down on Scherzer by any means, I just like the price point A LOT more on Lirinao.
Superstar Worth Paying For…
J.D. Martinez ($4600) – Geez, this high priced players I keep recommending keep getting cheaper and cheaper. I like the matchup for Martinez tonight combined with his hot hitting. Martinez is hitting RHP at a clip of .288, while Quintana is allowing a .304 average to RHB. Martinez has seen 16 of his 17 home runs come against a RHP, so if he was going to hit one out today, today might be a good one to bet on. Quintana has given up 9 on the season, and Martinez just keeps crushing them lately.
Save Big Bucks By Drafting…
Xander Bogaerts ($3400) – These guys in this section are starting to get more expensive now! Quite honestly, the lower priced guys are getting worse and worse. Bogaerts is on a real hot streak lately as he’s hitting .350 in his last 20 games. Tonight he goes up against Colome, who’s allowing a .290 average to right handed batters. Fire up Bogaerts.