Fridayyyyyy has arrived. We have a full slate of games today which is always something to be stoked about. However, the pitching tonight is AWFUL. So if you enjoy offense, this will be the night to get on some games. Also, as an added bonus, I’ll be writing your Cheat Sheet articles this weekend, so if that doesn’t get you excited, I don’t know what will. And of course, it’s Friday, so let’s give away a $5 ticket! I know that’s what you’re all waiting for. So make sure to follow me on Twitter @SBuchanan24, and we’ll run the contest from 7:30am ET to 2:30 pm ET. Good luck tonight!
Heaviest Pitcher Favorites
Edinson Volquez vs Texas Rangers (-156) – This is totally who you expected to be here, right? Well to be quite honest, as I mentioned, the pitching tonight is a complete mess. So after the inital five seconds of shock I had, I remembed how bad pitching was. Volquez comes into tonight with a 2.95 ERA with 48 strikeouts in 61 innings pitched. The Rangers have been slipping a bit in terms of hitting, but they’re still 2nd in runs scored this season.
Kyle Gibson vs. Milwaukee Brewers (-134) – Gibson takes on the worst hitting team in the majors, the Brewers. As a team, the Brewers are currently hitting .230 and they’re in bottom three for runs scored and OPS. Gibson doesn’t strike a lot of guys out, but honestly, the pitching is REALLY bad tonight (you catching the vibe here?) You’re going to have to get lucky with some of these guys.
Tanner Roark vs. Chicago Cubs (-133) Even going up against the Cubs, who strikeout more than any team in the majors, Roark might not be the best option in the fantasy world. He only has 11 strikeouts in 31 innings pitched. Do some quick math here anddddd yup, he’s terrible in that department. The Cubs are struggling to hit and score runs, so he might be able to give you some decent points, but don’t expect anything major here.
Top Overall Game Over/Unders
Miami Marlins vs. Colorado Rockies (Coors Field) – 11 Over/Under- If you wanted offense, look no further than Coors Field tonight. This one is projected at 11 runs, which is the highst total I’ve seen in a long time. Tom Koehler goes up against Eddie Butler in this one. Two good hitting teams in Coors is a scenario we daily fantasy players dream about. Target hitters in this one or forever hold your peace. Amen.
Houston Astros vs. Toronto Blue Jays (Rogers Centre) – 9 Over/Under – With terrible pitching will come good offense, and I fully expect you’ll see a lot of that tonight. The Astros and Blue Jays are our second highest projected game in terms of runs. Roberto Hernandez goes up against Aaron Sanchez in this one. Both of these teams can score some runs and both teams can crush the ball, as they’re ranked in the top five in both categories. Sanchez also struggles against lefties, who hit him at .321.
Toughest Left/Right Matchups
Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
Jose Quintana vs. Detroit Tigers- Today’s list might look kind of odd. The good will be good and the bad will be, well, really bad. Quintana has been great against lefties, as they’re only hitting .172 off of him. His K/9 on the year sits at 8.2
Edinson Volquez vs. Texas Rangers – I might have given Volquez some lip earlier, but hey, he really has been decent this season. Lefties will tell you that, as they’re only hitting .180 against him. His K/9 sits at 7.1.
Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
Aaron Sanchez vs. Houston Astros – Sanchez is still doing his Jekyll and Hyde impression when it comes to lefties and righties. Righties are only hitting .160 against him. His K/9 is at 6.1.
Jake Odorizzi vs. Seattle Mariners – Odorizzi is most likely the first pitcher I brought up where you were like “Odorizziiiiiiiiii, I KNOW HIM!” Well here he is, getting out all the righties. They’re hitting .183 against him while his K/9 sits at 7.3
Best Left/Right Matchups
Easiest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
Nathan Eovaldi vs. L.A. Angels – Eovaldi isn’t quite sure if he’s supposed to get lefties out, because they’ve been crushing him this season. They’re hitting .375, which is quite honestly astounding. His K/9 is at 6.6.
Jeremy Hellickson vs. New York Mets– Hellickson was originally supposed to pitch yesterday, but the Diamondbacks did a some shuffling around and now he takes on the Mets. Lefties are hitting .348 against him while his K/9 is at 6.2.
Easiest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
Kyle Lohse vs. Minnesota Twins – Loshe isn’t really going to be helping out the team today with the way he pitches to righties. They’re hitting .336 against him, which is not something you want to take into a matchup against the hot hitting Twins.
Jerome Williams vs. San Francisco Giants – Williams isn’t much better, not that I was expecting you to roster him anyways. But if you were feelin froggy, righties are hitting .329 against him. Soooo, you still wanna jump?
Freddie Freeman ($5000) – Freeman enjoys hitting home runs. We enjoy when he hits home runs. So now would be a good time for both parties to enjoy said home runs. He’s 9 for his last 24 with five home runs, ten RBIs, a stolen base (don’t get used to it) and eight runs scored. He goes up against Charlie Morton tonight.
Troy Tulowitzki ($5100) – Tulo is truly on fire right now. Doesn’t hurt that he’s at Coors Field either. He’s 10 for his last 20 with four home runs, 10 RBIs, and seven runs scored. He takes on Tom Koehler tonight.
Joey Butler ($3700) – Let’s give some of the cheaper guys some love! Butler is 12 for his last 28 with two home runs, four RBIs, three stolen bases and five runs scored. He’s been a great play as of late, even more so with his cheap price tag. He takes on J.A. Happ tonight.
Best Batter vs. Pitcher Matchups
Dustin Pedroia vs. Scott Kazmir – Pedroia is always in this section. I guess he just takes a few pithchers he loves to crush, and runs with it. Against Kazmir, he’s batting .475 with two home runs, a .580 OBP and a 1.380 OPS.
Alex Rodriguez vs. Jered Weaver – Along with Pedroia, Rodriguez has seen a lot of this pitcher, and he continues to get it done. He’s hitting .346 against Weaver with five home runs, a .469 OBP and a 1.469 OPS!
Jose Bautista vs. Roberto Hernandez – Bautista is no stranger to Hernandez. He’s hitting .412 against him with two home runs, a .545 OBP and a 1.604 OPS. My goodness.
The Marlins and Rockies may see a thunderstorm or two during the game. Watch this one closely, because we really really really want them to play.
One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around
Jake Odorizzi ($8600) – Boy, this wasn’t an easy one to pick, but at the same time it was. You’re honestly going to have to get a bit creative tonight in tournaments, as everyone is going to target the same pitchers. But in terms of obvious choices, I like Odorizzi tonight. He’s going up against a stuggling offense who are only hitting .236 as a team and rank 28th in runs scored. They strikeout a lot and Odorizzi is coming in with a 7.3 K/9. Safeco field is always a plus, so I have to roll with Odorizzi.
Superstar Worth Paying For…
Albert Pujols ($5000) – Truly, with so much less than stellar pitching today, you really have a lot of good options tonight. I like Pujols because he’s been crushing RHP this season. He’s hitting .290 against them with 12 home runs. He faces Nathan Evoaldi, who is allowing righties to hit .285 against him, and he gives up about a home run a start. Pujols has been on fire lately and when he’s locked in, he’s locked in baby.
Save Big Bucks By Drafting…
Jose Iglesias ($3300) – Don’t look for a power hitting pick today, but I like Iglesias to maybe get you a few sneaky points. He faces Jose Quintana, who is allowing a .308 average against righties. Iglesias, if he had enough plate apperances, would be first in contact percentage in the entire league and he doesn’t hit a lot of fly balls. Again, he’s not going to win you a tournament, but he can be a decent building block.