A short slate of games kicks off our week here on DraftKings. Six games will be played tonight to get you ready for what will be a huge Wednesday night coming up. If you haven’t heard already, DraftKings is awarding $100,000 to someone in the Swing For the Fences contest. The entry fee? Three dollars!!! So as we get excited for that, let get to tonight’s action. As always you can follow me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Heaviest Pitcher Favorites
Matt Harvey vs. St. Louis Cardinals (-144) – Harvey is tied for most favored pitcher. The Dark Knight takes on a Cardinals team that is 5th in the league in hitting and right about middle of the league in runs scored. As expected, Harvey has been phenonmal this season with 47 strikeouts in 46 innings pithced. Just be aware, with the short slate, almost everyone will have Harvey.
Dan Haren vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (-144) – Vegas just couldn’t pick one so we have a tie with Harvey. Haren wasn’t even going to pitch when he was traded to the Marlins, now he’s 4-2 with a 3.70 ERA on the year. The Diamondbacks are 3rd in the league in hitting and score a lot of runs.
Kyle Lobestein vs. Milwaukee Brewers (-140) – On paper, this is a decent matchup for Lobestein. He’s facing a team that is one of the worst in the majors in team average, at .229. They also strikeout A LOT. But Lobestein isn’t exactly a strikeout pitcher. Yes, the slate is short tonight so he might not be the worst option, but you could still find better. He could be relatively low owned, even in a short slate game, so he has that going for him.
Top Overall Game Over/Unders
Philadelphia Phillies at Colorado Rockies (Coors Field) – 9.5 Over/Under – The Phillies at Coors Field, huh? This could be interesting. Cole Hamels takes on the struggling Jordan Lyles tonight, in a game that is projected to have the most runs. What makes the Phillies slightly intriguing is the fact that Lyles might not be 100%, as he was hit with a comebacker in his last outing. Then again, would a 100% Lyles be that much more dangerous?
Oakland A’s at Houston Astros (Minute Maid Park) – 8.5 Over/Under – Yup, I’ve given up on Drew Pomeranz from Oakland. So I fully support this high run total tonight. Lance McCullers takes the ball for the Astros in this one. McCullers has been shutting batters down in the minors, with a 0.62 ERA and a 43:11 K:BB ratio.
Toughest Left/Right Matchups
Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
Cole Hamels vs. Colorado Rockies- Hamels has been doing what he does every year. Against lefties, they’re only hitting .143 against Hamels. Per the ususal, his K/9 is right up there at 9.49.
Drew Pomeranz vs. Houston Astros – Ok so the problem with Pomeranz, is that he can’t go deep into games. That’s my biggest gripe with him. Not that I’d do much better, but I get upset seeing him pulled early (when I roster him.) Anyways, against lefties, they’re only hitting .147. However, the K/9 is also an issue, at 5.40.
Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
Dan Haren vs. Arizona Diamondbacks- And you wanted to stay home, Haren. Against righties, they’ve been having a tough go around with Haren, hitting .185. The K/9 isn’t that great, at 6.75, but you could do worse.
Rubby De La Rosa vs. Miami Marlins – Pitchers duel tonight? I doubt it, but at least on paper it looks enticing. De La Rosa is holding righties to a .191 average. The K/9 is surprisingly though the roof, at 10.66.
Best Left/Right Matchups
Easiest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
Rubby De La Rosa vs. Miami Marlins- From one spectrum to the other. De La Rosa doesn’t like when a left handed batter comes up. They’re hitting him at .296 on the year. To go with that, the nice K/9 he has against righties is cut in half against lefties, at 5.79.
Corey Kluber vs. Chicago White Sox– Coming off the best start of his career, Kluber is at least SUPPOSED to be having some trouble with lefties right now. They’re hitting him at .294. But just to show that the number might be a bit inflated, his K/9 is at an outstanding 11.03. I’m sure that has nothing to do with his last start either…..
Easiest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
Kyle Lobstein vs. Milwaukee Brewers– Which stat will win today? The fact that Lobstein is hit the hardest by righties, at .325? Or that Milwauee is one of the worst hitting clubs in the league? Find out tonight! (Lobstein has a K/9 of 1.89……you needed to know that.)
Mike Fiers vs. Detroit Tigers – Well, this game might have some runs. Righties are knocking Fiers around as well, at a tune of .291. I think as I get more research in, this might be a great game to have A LOT of hitters from. Espicially the righties.
Miguel Cabrera ($5100) – Technically, I could fit Cabrera in this section every day if I wanted to. But I like to mix the batters up so you don’t see the same guys. Cabrera is 9/24 with four home runs, nine RBIs, and seven runs scored in that span. If historic information also makes you hot, he recently hit his 400th career home run during this span.
Jason Kipnis ($4800) – I usually don’t like showcasing hitters on here on back to back days, but it’s a short slate and I don’t write over the weekend. But Kipnis, who I’ve said is super frustrating or incredibly loved, is 14 for his last 24 with a home run, three RBIs, and eight runs scored. His salary has also dropped, surprisingly, since Friday.
Ian Kinsler ($4300) – Kinsler is 10 for his last 26 with four RBIs, six runs scored and two stolen bases. When he starts stealing bases, I know he’s locked in. So why don’t you join me and start rostering Kinsler.
Best Batter vs. Pitcher Matchups
Ryan Raburn vs. Chris Sale – Truly, sometimes the most unexpected guys just knock aces around. Raburn (of all people) hits .280 against Sale with two homeruns and a .997 OPS. Sneaky play tonight.
Melky Cabrera vs. Corey Kluber – Cabrera doesn’t have a lot of power, but he has hit Kluber well. He holds a .455 average against him with a 1.182 OPS. Sneaky times two.
Wilson Rosario vs. Cole Hamels – All sneaky plays today! Rosario is hitting .33 against Hamels with two homeruns and a 1.167 OPS. In these short slates, you have to roster a couple of these guys.
*All clear on a short night. The Phillies and Rockies might have a short delay in the beginning, but nothing much other than that. *
One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around
Chris Sale ($9500) – Yes, I’m very well aware that Carlos Rodon didn’t work out on Friday. I’ll man up and bring my mistake forward. I’m still writing, so that’s a plus. It happens guys, we won’t always nail these. Anyways, I like Sale tonight. It was said that he wasn’t throwing his slider much in the beginning of the year because he was trying to save his elbow. That’s great and all, but it showed that he was extremely hittable without mixing that in. It seems as if that’s been adjusted and he looked like the Sale of old in his last start. With that being said, I’m on Sale until further notice.
Superstar Worth Paying For…
Paul Goldschmidt ($5300) – Goldy is really having a stellar year for the Diamondbacks. On the year he’s hitting .341 with ten homeruns, 32 RBIs and a 1.100 OPS. If Haren has a rough night, I can say it could have a lot to do with Goldy. You can certainly afford him tonight, so I’d love to hear you excuse otherwise.
Save Big Bucks By Drafting…
Ryan Raburn ($2500) –So the stars have to align a bit for this pick to work. First, Raburn has to be healthy, which he was injured on Friday night slamming into the wall. Second, he has to start, which is not always a guarantee. If those happen, he’s a great pick tonight for chump change. As I said earlier, he hits Chris Sale well for some reason and I suspect, even in a short slate, he won’t be on a lot of rosters. Hopefully, it works out.