Alright, show of hands, who’s $100,000 richer? No? Only one hand went up. Ok. A huge congrats goes out to Jdaddy3535 who was able to take down the MLB $300K Swing for the Fences event last night. His team scored 182.20 points, good for first place. For the rest of us, we continue to grind away and today is no different. Today is a split slate of games, six this afternoon and six tonight. Good luck, and as always, you can follow me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Heaviest Pitcher Favorites
Clay Buchholz vs. Texas Rangers (-170) – Well…..Vegas must really be banking on the good Buchholz to show up today. He’s the heavy favorite tonight going up against Wandy Rodriguez and the Texas Rangers. If you’ve rostered Buchholz before (don’t be embarrassed if you haven’t) he’s extremely inconsistent, however, he can pull out those gems from time to time. Vegas is thinking it’s possible tonight against the light hitting Rangers.
David Price vs. Houston Astros (-166) – Price is set to take on the Astros this afternoon, up against Scott Feldman. He’s 3-1 on the year with a 3.40 ERA with 42 strikeouts in in 53 innings pitched. Houston strikes out more then any team in the American League and second in all the majors. Price tends to strikeout a batter or six during his outings.
Jorge De La Rosa vs. Philadelphia Phillies (-149) – This might be more of a shot at the Phillies then favoring De Le Rosa. But, as I always say, I just pass on the information. I honestly don’t have much good to say here, other then the fact that the Phillies are near the bottom of the league in terms of combined batting average. They’re in Coors Field, and ummmm, yeah. Personally, I wouldn’t take the risk.
Top Overall Game Over/Unders
Philadelphia Phillies at Colorado Rockies (Coors Field) – 10 Over/Under – The pitching matchup in this one is less than stellar. Jerome Williams vs. Jorge De La Rosa. De La Rosa has been a mess when it comes to home starts, as his ERA is north of the 11 mark. I would be stacking the hitters as always in this game.
L.A. Angels at Toronto Blue Jays (Rogers Centre) – 9 Over/Under – Matt Shoemaker goes up against R.A. Dickey in this one. I always have at least a couple of hitters who are opposing Dickey. More often then not, Dickey has a bad inning at the minimum and hopefully my batters on my team cash in. He has a 4.33 ERA at home, so I’m liking the Angels in this one.
Toughest Left/Right Matchups
Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
John Danks vs. Cleveland Indians- Surprisingly enough, Danks has been able to keep lefties in check. They’re only hitting .174 off of him this year. His K/9 sits at 6.8 for the year.
Danny Salazar vs. Chicago White Sox – Well it’s not going to be fun if you’re a left handed batter in this one, now is it? Salazar has lefties only hitting .211 off of him. His K/9 is at an incredible 12.4 on the year.
Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
Jacob deGrom vs. St. Louis Cardinals – deGrom has been on my roster almost every game he’s pitched this season. He’s holding righties to a .195 average. His K/9 for the year is at 8.1.
Jesse Chavez vs. Tampa Bay Rays – His record may not show it, but Chavez has been solid in 2015. Righties are only hitting .219 against him while he holds a K/9 of 8.4
Best Left/Right Matchups
Easiest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
Chris Tillman vs. Seattle Mariners- Tillman has been getting knocked around this year, especially by lefties. They’re hitting him at .333 for the year. The Orioles “ace” isn’t pitching like one this season.
Jerome Williams vs. Colorado Rockies– It’s never a good idea to have stats that don’t favor you against a particular set of batters and be pitching in Coors Field. Williams seems to be up to that task. Like Tillman, lefties are hitting .333 against Williams on the year.
Easiest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
John Danks vs. Cleveland Indians – He’s great against lefties but horrible against righties. They’re hitting him at a .311 clip on the year. Danks can only hope for a 9 lefty batter lineup tonight.
Clay Buchholz vs Texas Rangers – He’s one of the top three favored pitchers for tonight, according to Vegas. But, he has troubles against righties. They’re knocking him around the ballpar to an average of .308.
Ryan Braun ($4400) – Braun continue to make us forget what a slow start to the season he had. He’s currently 7 for his last 20 with four homeruns, ten RBIs, a stolen base and four runs scored. The price is a steal with how well he’s playing right now.
Jose Ramirez ($3400) – Ramirez isn’t here because he’s knocking the ball out of the yard or spraying it around the field. He’s only 6 for his last 24 but in that span he has four RBIs, six runs scored, and the most important stat, five stolen bases.
Justin Upton ($5000) – Upton is starting to heat up again. He’s 7 for his last 21 with three home runs, five RBIs, and seven runs scored in that time. Now if only the rest of the Padres could do the same.
Best Batter vs. Pitcher Matchups
Alexi Ramirez vs. Danny Salazar – Ramirez does NOT make an out with Salazar is on the mound. He’s 8-10 against Salazar with a home run and a 2.000 OPS. All numbers are true, no typos. Crazy numbers.
Ryan Raburn vs. John Danks – Raburn hits really really well against some guys. Normally, he’s an average player at best. Against Danks, he’s hitting .362 with four home runs and a 1.192 OPS. On top of that, he owns a .426 OBP against Danks. Hopefully, he’s in the lineup tonight.
Miguel Cabrera vs. Scott Feldman – Here’s a shock. Cabrera hits someone well. Against Feldman, Cabrera owns a .563 average with two homeruns and a 1.651 OPS. Then again, I’d roster Cabrera if he was 0-48 against someone. He’ll get him.
Seattle Mariners at Baltimore Orioles has a good chance of rain all during game time. Watch this one closely if you’re playing the afternoon slate.
One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around
David Price ($9600) – We had another good pick with Tyson Ross last night as he got his 20 points. I wouldn’t say that was my most intelligent pick because I’m sure everyone kind of had the same idea. But yesterday was a bit of a rough slate of games. This afternoon, I like Price going up against the Astros. The Astros have been seeing some success lately, but not against power pitchers, like Price. They’re hitting .229 as a team and strikeout the most in the American League. Fire up Price.
Superstar Worth Paying For…
Nelson Cruz ($5400) – Against Tillman, Cruz doesn’t have great numbers, but he’s only seen him eight times. Tillman wasn’t pitching as bad as he was then and Cruz wasn’t hitting as well as he is now. So without going with a pick that everyone expects like Bryce Harper, I’m going with Cruz today.
Save Big Bucks By Drafting…
Alexi Ramirez ($3600) – Pretty hard to leave someone on the board who’s hitting .800 against a pitcher. Does that guarantee a hit tonight? Of course not, but I like my chances. If you were glancing over Ramirez overall numbers, it would be easy to pass him up. But you know better.