We have a full 15 game MLB slate today, Sunday May 17th… Let’s take a look at today’s info and please, if you have any thoughts, questions etc, hit me up on twitter! @Razzle11Grinds
Heaviest Pitcher Favorites
– Mike Bolsinger ($6,500) vs. Colorado Rockies (-215): Bolsinger has done an excellent job of filling in for McCarthy so far and gets to take on a Rockies offense that exploded late in last night’s game and got the win against a heavily favored Zack Greinke. I like the way Bolsinger is pitching and his price makes him a very interesting option. The one negative is he tends to not go extremely deep in games.
– James Paxton ($7,400) vs. Boston Red Sox (-165): I was kind of shocked to see Paxton as such a large favorite against the Red Sox until I dug deeper into his numbers and realized that teams tend to stack righties in their lineups and without much success as they are hitting about .200 on the season against him.
– Edinson Volquez ($5,900) vs. New York Yankees (-150): This match-up is an interesting one to me as the Yankees generally lead baseball in pitches seen per plate appearance and control has never been Volquez’s strong suit. I think Volquez is a big favorite because his opposing pitcher is Chris Capuano who is coming off of the DL.
Highest Scoring Games
– Arizona Diamondbacks @ Philadelphia Phillies (Citizens Bank Park) – Collmenter vs O’Sullivan should be a good one from an offensive standpoint today and the park plays so small that the 9 over/under could easily be reached in the 5th or 6th inning.
– Cleveland Indians @ Texas Rangers (Ballpark in Arlington) – Another park that plays smaller has an over/under that started at 8.5 and has been bet up to 9 as of right now. Carrasco has not looked like his 2014 self since being hit with a line drive and Martinez is due for some regression as his 2015 numbers do not match any of his career minor or major league numbers.
Toughest Left/Right Matchups
Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
– Garrett Richards vs Baltimore – 2015 has not been kind to hitters against Richards as lefties are hitting just .169 with an OPS of .506 so far. Honorable mention against righties as they are hitting just .159 and have an OPS of .497 this year.
– Chris Archer vs Minnesota – Left handed hitters are hitting Archer at a .211 clip and have an OPS of .519 while striking out once every 3 at bats in 2015.
Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
– Shelby Miller vs. Miami – So far in 2015, right handed hitters are hitting just .135 against Miller with a .216 slugging and an OPS of .463. They have just 6 combined runs (RBI + RS) against him so far.
– Anthony DeSclafani vs. San Francisco – Right handed hitters are hitting just .133, have a slugging of just .173 and an OPS of .359 against DeSclafani in 2015. They have more walks against him than extra base hits at this point in 2015.
Best Left/Right Matchups
Easiest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
– Sean O’Sullivan vs. Arizona – Left handed hitters are enjoying their time in the box against O’Sullivan so far this season as they are hitting .353 with an OPS of 1.303. They have struck out just once while averaging a home run every 5.9 at bats.
– Mark Buehrle vs. Houston – Buehrle is not really fooling anybody so far in 2015 as left handed hitters are hitting .356 with an OPS of .916. They are striking out just once every 11.3 at bats.
Easiest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
– Mark Buehrle vs Houston – Like I said above, Buehrle is not fooling anybody as righties are hitting him to the tune of .345 and an OPS of .913. They have more extra base hits than strike outs against him in 2015.
– Stephen Strasburg vs. San Diego – Strasburg just does not look himself so far in 2015 and that is apparent in his numbers against righties as they are hitting .326 with an OPS of .860. Right handed hitters have 36 combined runs against him so far.
– At first glance there appears to be some rain in Cincinnati, Baltimore, Minnesota and Philadelphia this morning. From what I have read it appears to be light rain but I am not a weather man and do not know what kind of storm systems may be behind. Make sure to pay close attention and be prepared to swap players out.
One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around
– Jake Arrieta ($9,500) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates – Arrieta looked extremely solid in his last start as he went 8 innings while giving up just 1 run and striking out 10. The Pirates roster is hitting just .188 against Arrieta in their careers and if you take McCutchen’s numbers out of that equation you get a batting average of just .127.
Superstar Worth Paying For…
– Miguel Cabrera ($4,900) vs. Lance Lynn – Cabrera is priced as the 7th most expensive first baseman today and he gets to take on a pitcher in Lynn who throws a lot of fastballs. We certainly know by now that Cabrera can hit anybody’s fastball and he is one of the hottest hitters in the game right now as he has homered in 3 straight games.
Save Big Bucks By Drafting…
– Jace Peterson ($3,200) vs. Henderson Alvarez – Alvarez is making his return from an extended DL stint and Peterson has found himself in the lead-off spot recently, which makes his value jump through the roof at just $3.2K.