It’s the end of the week and no one is as excited about that as I am. Overall, it’s been quite a successful week of baseball for me, so hopefully that means the same for you. Let’s get to todays information! Oh, it’s Friday huh? I’ll give away a $5 ticket today because, well, I’m a nice fella. So make sure to follow me on the ol’ Twitter machine to find out how @SBuchanan24.
Heaviest Pitcher Favorites
Clayton Kershaw vs. Colorado Rockies (-301) – Oh my goodness. Do you see that number!? I think that’s the highest favorite I’ve seen since doing this article. Kershaw isn’t even facing the Phillies! So yes, Kershaw against the Rockies, according to Vegas, as about as much of a lock as you can get. Oh, mama!
Madison Bumgarner vs. Cincinnati Reds (-156) – These two aces always seem to be pitching on the same day, so it really gives you a solid two options to choose between when making your lineups. Alas, they’re also both very expensive. Bumgarner faces the Reds who are hitting .237 as a team, but do have that dangerous middle of the lineup tangent of Joey Votto and Todd Frazier.
Bartolo Colon vs. Kyle Lohse (-153) – I have more pitches then Colon does, but he gets batters out, I don’t. I bet I could beat Colon in a writing contest though…hmmmm. Anyways, Colon continues to put up great numbers with his 3.30 ERA and 40 strikeouts in46 innings pitched. As a club, the Brewers are hitting .228 so once again, Colon might be able to sneak out ANOTHER solid game.
Top Overall Game Over/Unders
Cleveland Indians at Texas Rangers (Rangers Ballpark in Arlington) – 9 Over/Under – I’m starting to think the key to success if you’re a pitcher, is that I have to talk some trash here, and said pitcher will do well. Example: Wandy Rodriguez. He’s been pitching great for the Rangers as he goes up against Bruce Chen in the battle of the veterans. This has the highest run total of the day, so make to get some exposure.
L.A. Angels at Baltimore Orioles (Camden Yards) – 8.5 Over/Under – Camden Yards is always a great place to score some runs as it’s such a hitter friendly park. Jered Weaver goes up against Wei-Yin Chen with Weaver the clear weak link between the two. They both give up a lot of hits, so a lot of hits=runs. I like a mini Baltimore stack tonight.
Toughest Left/Right Matchups
Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
J.A. Happ vs. Boston Red Sox – Happ has to be considered one of, if not the biggest surprise of the 2015 season thus far. He’s been absolutely getting it done this year and he’s top dog against lefties today. He owns a microscopic 0.90 ERA against them with a 12.60 K/9. Wow.
Wei-Yin Chen vs. L.A. Angels – Chen has quietly been good this season, as he’ owns a 1.04 ERA against lefties. He’s never been a big strikeout pitcher, as that stands at 5.19. Comes with the territory.
Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
Chris Young vs. New York Yankees- It’s a small sample size, but Young tops our last today with a 1.26 ERA against righties. His K/9 thus far sits at 8.79 but be warned, I wouldn’t exactly say I trust Young just yet. Stay tuned.
Dallas Keuchel vs. Toronto Blue Jays – Houston, full of surprises this year. Keuchel owns a 1.36 ERA against righties with a 6.13 K/9. He goes up against the always deadly Blue Jays lineup though.
Best Left/Right Matchups
Easiest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
Shane Greene vs. St. Louis Cardinals- Greene has good stuff, he’s just been struggling this year. Lefties have been getting him hard, as he owns a 7.08 ERA against them. The K/9 is also low at 5.75. I’d stay off of him until he figures things out.
Wandy Rodriguez vs. Cleveland Indians– Nope. I’ve learned my lesson about talking trash to pitchers. I do, then they throw gems. So I’ll just simply let you know that Rodriguez has a 6.75 ERA against lefties with a low 4.50 K/9. The end.
Easiest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
Kyle Lohse vs. New York Mets– If I tell you Lohse owns a 10.18 ERA against righties, can I just end the excerpt about him here? Is that good enough?
Jason Marquis vs. San Francisco Giants – Yes, I will have a Giants stack today. Marquis is horrible against righties with his 9.82 ERA. The K/9 is a bit of a saving grae at 8.59.
Edwin Encarnacion ($5100) – A great sign yesterday, even though it really doesn’t mean THAT much, is that Encarnacion went back to back with Jose Bautista. If those two start clicking, oh boy. Encarnacion is 8 for his last 24 with four home runs, eight RBIs, and eight runs scored.
Torii Hunter ($4700) – Hunter continues to keep it going for the Twins! He’s 8 for his last 18 with three home runs, seven RBIs, and eight runs scored. The Twins are hitting right now people. I don’t think a lot of people realize.
Jason Kipnis ($5000) – In my eyes, Kipnis is one of the most frustrating hitters in the league. He’s either really on or he’s REALLY off. Right now, he’s really on. He’s 13 for his last 24 with three stolen bases, three RBI, and six runs scored. Ride it while it’s hot.
Best Batter vs. Pitcher Matchups
Adrian Beltre vs. Bruce Chen -Both of these guys have been around forever, but it’s Beltre who has the better success. Against Chen, he’s 9 for 25 with three homeruns, and a 1.105 OPS.
Adam Jones vs. Jered Weaver – Jones has hit Weaver well during their careers. He’s hitting .304 against him with two homeruns and an 1.016 OPS. With how well Jones is hitting this season, I’m thinking more of the same from him tonight.
Curtis Granderson vs. Kyle Lohse – Here’s your daily sneaky pick for the day. Granderson has terrific numbers against Lohse, who is not having a fun 2015. Granderson is 8-17 against Lohse, with two homeruns and an absurd 1.550 OPS.
The following games have at least a 50% chance of rain tonight:
*New York Yankees at Kansas City Royals have a chance of thunderstorms and that becomes more of a threat as the game goes on. Watch this one closely. *
One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around
Carlos Rodon($5600) – This could be the end of my career before it even begins. But yeah, wow, I’m going for it. Rodon is making his second start for the White Sox against the Oakland A’s. This is my reasoning and I don’t have a ton of stats to back it up so take this for what it’s worth. Oakland doesn’t strike out a lot and they’re in the middle of the pack in terms of hitting as a team. I just REALLY like the fact that Rodon is a highly touted prospect who has electric stuff and batters haven’t seen him yet. Pitching in a friendly park today, I’m taking the gamble. Let me know if you’re coming on this journey with me.
Superstar Worth Paying For…
Nelson Cruz ($5200) – The man just hits. That’s all he does. He hits like a champ. He up to .476 in the month of May and has a tasty matchup against the inconsistent Clay Buchholz, who he hits to a tune of .417. If you aren’t on board with Rodon, at least take a flyer on this one!
Save Big Bucks By Drafting…
Curtis Granderson ($3600) –As I pointed out earlier, Granderson has great numbers against Lohse. With his price point, it’s more than obtainable to roster him. He’s got the power, and a quick 14 points is always welcomed.