No reason to be upset about a Monday, we have lots of fantasy baseball to play tonight. With 10 games on the schedule, we have plenty to talk about. Make sure you read this article fully, I’ll be giving away a $5 ticket away today, so study this like you would a final. Also, make sure to follow me because, well, that’s how I give it away.Good luck tonight, and to follow me on the ol’ Twitter machine, go here.
Heaviest Pitcher Favorites
Zack Greinke vs. Miami Marlins (-193) – Vegas had a rough week last week. So many favored pitchers were hit hard and not performing like they should be. Greinke against the Marlins is a great pick to start the week off right. As a team, they are hitting well, at .270, but they’re also striking out a ton. If Greinke can minimize the damage, he can rack up some points.
Gerit Cole vs. Phildelphia Phillies (-162) – Last time out, I was here praising Cole on how he was the NL Pitcher of the Month for April and you should roster home blah, blah, blah. Then he goes out and gives you 7.3 points. So after further review, pitcher of the month means nothing. But really, one bad start shouldn’t make you shy away from him. Going against the light hitting Phillies, he’s worth it.
Mike Leake vs. Atlanta Braves (-138) – Here’s the thing about Leake, he’s cheap, can strikeout batters and should be in your lineup tonight. He’s put up at least 20 points in his last three starts including 25 against the Braves already. He only had three strikeouts in that one, but his K/9 is hovering around six, suggesting that he can do better then the last time out.
Top Overall Game Over/Unders
Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers(Ballpark at Arlington) – 9 Over/Under – A real knockout, drag out in this one! The classic best hitting baseball team against one of the worst hitting. Colby Lewis has been pitching well for the Rangers, but I’m curious how well it will sustain against the Royals. Meanwhile, Danny Duffy is, well, average as usual.
Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles (Camden Yards) – 8.5 Over/Under – Marco Estrada matches up against Ubaldo Jimenez in the hitter friendly Camden Yards. Two pitchers that on the surface, look good, but both priced at 6,000 and under. That’s for a REASON! Both are pitching over their heads and putting up less than stellar performances last time out. Roster the hitters not the pitchers.
Toughest Left/Right Matchups
Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
Alex Colome vs. New York Yankees – So, good news and bad news. Good news is, Colome has been the toughest on lefites amongst today’s starting pitchers with a 1.38 ERA. Bad news? He’s not striking them out. His 4.15 K/9 leaves much to be desired.
Jon Lester vs. New York Mets – Lester has been on the right track as of late, especially against lefties. He owns a 1.99 ERA against them with a beautiful 9.42 K/9.
Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
Wily Peralta vs. Chicago White Sox- Against righties, Peralta continues to get it done. With a 2.08 ERA, Peralta leads the pack today. His 6.68 K/9 isn’t bad either.
Jon Lester vs. New York Mets – For awhile, it looked as if the Cubs made a mistake when they brought in Lester. But all seems well now as Lester makes his second appearence on this list. Against righties, Lester owns a 2.59 ERA with a 8.89 K/9.
Best Left/Right Matchups
Easiest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
Ubaldo Jiminez vs. Toronto Blue Jays – I’be been saying it over and over. Jiminez is going to come undone soon. Looks like that time has arrived. Against lefites, Jiminez owns a 5.43 ERA on the year with a 7.62 K/9.
Wily Peralta vs. Chicago White Sox – Peralta vs. kryptonite. He owns a 5.12 ERA against lefites while his K/9 is at 7.29. When these guys aren’t busy giving up runs to lefites, they’re at least striking them out.
Easiest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
Colby Lewis vs. Kansas City Royals – Lewis has been pitching well, just not against righties. He owns a 5.77 ERA with a 7.62 K/9. I’m at least happy they’re striking people out.
Jerome Williams vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – Williams isn’t exactly lighting it up against righties. His 5.77 ERA is a good indication of that. His K/9 isn’t impressive either, sitting at 5.82, making him almost unplayable tonight.
Bryce Harper ($5500) – Were you expecting someone else? Unless you don’t pay attention, Harper is on a monster tear right now. He’s 10 for his last 22 with six homeruns, 13 RBIs and eight runs scored. That’s video game numbers.
Ryan Braun ($4900) – Braun is here because he’s scoring a ton of runs as of late. He’s 8 for his last 23 with a homerun and four RBIs, but it’s the 11 runs scored that sticks out. He’s getting on base a lot which is what matters the most.
Marlon Byrd ($4400) – Whoever said your late 20’s is when you enter the prime of your career clearly never met Byrd. The 37 year old is 8 for his last 21 with three homeruns, eight RBIs and four runs scored. Oh, and for the hell of it, he threw in a stolen base as well.
Best Batter vs. Pitcher Matchups
Evan Longoria vs. CC Sabathia – If there is ever a time you rostered a hitter against a pitcher strictly based off BVP stats, this would be the time. Longoria OWNS Sabathia. Hitting .414 lifetime with 24 hits in 58 at bats is one thing. 14 of those hits have gone for extra bases, six of them being homeruns. He has a 1.390 OPS against him for the cherry on top. Well, damn.
Ryan Braun vs. Jeff Samardzija – Any other day, Braun would be the top dog on this list. Well, not today sonny boy! Regardless, Braun is 9-18 against Samardzija, with three homeruns and a 1.627 OPS.
Dustin Pedroia vs. Scott Kazmir -Pedroia hits Kazmir wicked hahhhhhd (really well.) He’s 19-38 against him with two homeruns and a 1.438 OPS.
The following game have at least a 50% chance of rain tonight:
Atlanta Braves at Cincinnati Reds has a chance of thunderstorms all throughout the game. Doesn’t seem to be enough to cancel though.
One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around
Jacob deGrom($8100) – I like deGrom for a few reasons tonight. Yes, the Cubs are right in the middle of the pack in terms of hitting, at .252. But, they are number one at striking out. deGrom has a K/9 sitting at 7.9. Add in the fact that he’s the 7th most expensive pitcher on the night and I feel like I’m committing robbery. If deGrom has less than 6 strikeouts tonight, I’ll drink a Mike’s Hard Lemonade in public. A cranberry one.
Superstar Worth Paying For…
Paul Goldschmidt ($5300) – Goldy is batting .417 against Stephen Strasburg, who hasn’t looked like himself this season. Goldschmidt, has very much looked like himself. Aside from his impressive season numbers, Goldy is ALWAYS a big threat to go deep. ***Looks like Strasburg had his start pushed back due one day and will be starting tomorrow. Max Scherzer is slated to go tonight. Goldschmidt has never faced him before, so for that reason, I’ll keep him on here and hope he’s very low owned tonight and something good comes out of it. But, I fully don’t blame you if you’re not off of this idea***
Save Big Bucks By Drafting…
Kelly Johnson ($3200) – Johnson is hitting .313 against Mike Leake. For the price your paying, that’s already a good enough reason. What intrigues me the most is the fact that Johnson has been batting cleanup for the Braves. While that may not say much about the team, it does bring incredible value to Johnson.