It’s the middle of the week and that means we split the games up! There’s three games going this morning, however, this article is not going to cover those. We’re going to focus on the nightcap where the majority of players will be. If you have some real pressing questions about this afternoon, feel free to get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Heaviest Pitcher Favorites
Hector Santiago vs. Colorado Rockies (-151) – Some interleague action gives us tonight’s favorite pitcher with Vegas, Hector Santiago. He’s 2-2 on the year with a 2.57 ERA. He’s facing the second best offense in the league, but Vegas is a big fan. I’d be cautious with this pick, as I can’t say I’m completely on board with this one. But, who am I?
Kyle Lobstein vs. Minnesota Twins (-150) – Just so you know, we do have some household names pitching tonight, Vegas just isn’t a big fan. Lobstein faces a Twins team that’s really turned their offense around as of late. There been hovering around the .260 range as a team batting average. While Lobstein does have the stuff to tame them, he doesn’t strike a lot of batters out. With only 15 in 33 innings, he’s not getting you those valuable points.
Carlos Frias vs. Miami Marlins (-136) – This will officially go down as the oddest favorable pitchers section I’ve done. Nonetheless, Frias is 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA. Matched up against the Marlins, who again, can hit, Frias is also someone who doesn’t strike out a lot of batters. He could be decent as a punt play, but don’t expect much.
Top Overall Game Over/Unders
Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers (Tiger Stadium) – 9 Over/Under – Ricky Nolasco and Lobstein go toe to toe in what surely will see some runs. Nolasco sees his ERA sitting at 9 for the year which is usually a great indication that he gives up runs. A lot of them. With Lobstein being a favorite for tonight, you know Vegas is thinking Nolasco is going to get rocked. Shocking.
Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles (Camden Yards) – 9 Over/Under – These two teams keep finding themselves in this section. Aaron Sanchez and Miguel Gonzalez match up in this one. Both pitchers capable of putting up some runs. The way this series has gone, I can’t say I disagree with Vegas here.
Toughest Left/Right Matchups
Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
Aaron Sanchez vs. Baltimore Orioles – If Sanchez does indeed give up some runs tonight, it most likely won’t be coming off the bat of a leftie. Sanchez owns a 1.54 ERA against them with a 7.71 K/9.
Cole Hamels vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – Well it’s refreshing to start seeing some household names in my article. Hamels owns a 2.18 ERA against lefties while his K/9 comes in at 7.40.
Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
Taijuan Walker vs. San Diego Padres- I feel as though Walker has consistently been making an appearence in this section. He owns a 2.25 ERA against righties while the K/9 is at an impressive 9.
Cole Hamels vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – So what you’re saying is, it’s going to be a tough night for the Pirates? It may just be, as Hamels owns a 2.53 ERA against righties with a 9.04 K/9.
Best Left/Right Matchups
Easiest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
Carlos Frias vs. Miami Marlins – Overall, Frias has good looking numbers, except with lefties. They’ve given him a 9.22 ERA, even though his K/9 is at 6.59.
Ricky Nolasco vs. Detroit Tigers– As expected, Nolasco makes this list. His 5.38 ERA against lefties would make anyone’s list who talks about pitchers that get knocked around by hitters. His K/9 isn’t helping much either at 5.49.
Easiest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
Ricky Nolasco vs. Detroit Tigers– Heyyyyyy, Ricky! Long time no see! You really aren’t good at your job, are you? His 5.39 ERA a against righties is the worst on the day. Maybe you should just stay in the bullpen tonight.
Jordan Lyles vs. L.A. Angels – Another good reason why Hector Santiago is the heavy favorite tonight, Lyles is awful against righties. He owns a 5.22 ERA even though the K/9 is a smidge under 7 at 6.99.
Delino DeShields ($3500) – Another Texas Rangers player who’s completely flying under the radar, DeShields is a great cheap option. He’s 5 for his last 15 with six stolen bases and seven runs scored. While he may not put up power numbers, he can quickly get you seven points at least by getting on base and swiping a bag.
Edwin Encarnacion ($5400) – Now, to fit Encarnacion on your team, you’ll have to get some cheaper guys on your roster (hi, see player above.) Encarnacion has been worth it lately going 7 for his last 19 with three homeruns, seven RBIs, and seven runs scored. He’s expensive, but he’s putting up big numbers.
Yasmani Grandal ($4400) – Grandal seems to be a fan of driving in runs lately. He’s 7 for his last 12 with two homeruns, 11 RBIs, and five runs scored. The catcher position is usually a tough position to fill, so Grandal is a nice choice.
Best Batter vs. Pitcher Matchups
Robinson Cano vs. James Shields -These two would see each other often when they both played in the American League East. Judging by the numbers, it seems as if Cano got the best of Shields. He’s hitting .405 against him with four homeruns and a 1.141 OPS.
Kyle Seager vs. James Shields – Alright well, Shields might have his hands full today. Granted this is a much smaller sample size, but Seager is 5-11 off Shields with two homeruns and a 1.500 OPS. I put him here because of the two homeruns in five hits. Not bad by any means.
Colby Rasmus vs. Tim Hudson -OK, I know you were already planning on rostering Rasmus tonight, but just to reinforce your thinking, Rasmus is hitting .429 against Hudson with two homeruns and a 1.395 OPS.
The following game have at least a 50% chance of rain tonight:
Kansas City Royals at Texas Rangers has a chance of thunderstorms all throughout the game. This will almost certainly see delay(s).
One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around
Matt Harvey($10,400) –Harvey might have burned you recently with an average start against the Phillies, but I like him tonight against the strikeout happy Cubs. Harvey has 38 strikeouts in 39 innings so far and I think that number can dramatically increase tonight. In a shorter slate of games, you want to rack up those points.
Superstar Worth Paying For…
Dee Gordon($4900) – Gordon is starting to become matchup proof, as he’s hitting .425 in the middle of May. Always a threat to steal, Gordon can quickly get you some big points. In the last 11 games he’s played, he’s reached double digit points in seven of those.
Save Big Bucks By Drafting…
Colby Rasmus($3800) – I really like Rasmus tonight against Hudson. He won’t be owned much and his numbers against him are great. He’s a little more expensive then what I’d usually feature in this section, but he won’t break the bank either.