We have a full 15 game MLB slate today, Saturday May 23rd… Let’s take a look at today’s info and please, if you have any thoughts, questions etc, hit me up on twitter!  @Razzle11Grinds

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Heaviest Pitcher Favorites

– Chris Sale ($10,600) vs. Minnesota Twins (-185): Sale is an interesting option as he has 18 strikeouts over his last 16 innings while allowing just 3 runs and 7 hits, but also faces a Twins team that recently got to him for 9 runs over 3 innings of work.  This line really shocked me, however I trust in the Vegas guys as they generally know what they are doing.

– Corey Kluber ($11,300) vs. Cincinnati Reds (-185): I think Kluber is my top choice of the day as he takes on the Reds at home, while coming off of back to back double digit strike out games. He has gone 17 innings over his last two starts, allowing just 1 run on 6 hits while striking out 30.  He should get a lot of offensive help in this one as Cleveland runs out a pretty left handed heavy lineup and as you will see below, DeSclafani struggles to get lefties out.

– CC Sabathia ($8,400) vs. Texas Rangers (-160): In this spot I could have put a few games as they were all at the -160 line but I went with Sabathia as he has been really solid over his last couple of starts and I think he is in the best spot overall of the 3 options.  The other two guys are: Mike Bolsinger vs San Diego and Stephen Strasburg vs Philadelphia.  You might be thinking why not list Strasburg? Normally I would, but his opposing pitcher is Cole Hamels and Cole has been pitching extremely well.

 

Highest Scoring Games

– San Francisco Giants @ Colorado Rockies (Coors Field) – As long as the weather holds out, this game should be the highest of the day, just as we saw last night when these two teams combined to score 19 runs.  The Rockies called up a pitcher to make his 2015 debut in this one and generally that is a bad thing when pitching at Coors.

– Seattle Mariners @ Toronto Blue Jays (Rogers Centre) – I like this game as a sneaky one even with an over/under of 9.  James Paxton takes on Mark Buehrle in this one and we could certainly see some fireworks.

 

Toughest Left/Right Matchups

Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters

– Shelby Miller vs Milwaukee – Miller has been filthy in 2015 so far and he has held right handers to a .202 average with an OPS of .556 over his 8 starts.

– Matt Harvey vs Pittsburgh – Harvey has held left handed batters to an average of .184 with an OPS of .569.  That OPS seems inflated as lefties have just 5 extra base hits on the season but 4 of those have gone for home runs.

Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters

– Shelby Miller vs. Miami – So far in 2015, right handed hitters are hitting just .109 against Miller with a .174 slugging and an OPS of .385.  They have just 6 combined runs (RBI + RS) against him so far.

– Anthony DeSclafani vs. Cleveland – Right handed hitters are hitting just .145, have a slugging of just .217 and an OPS of .408 against DeSclafani in 2015.

 

Best Left/Right Matchups

Easiest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters

– Trevor May vs. Chicago – Trevor May has been better in 2015 than he was in 2014 however he is allowing left handed hitters to hit .343 with an OPS of .850 so far and those numbers seem to be creeping higher recently.

– Mark Buehrle vs. Houston – Buehrle is not really fooling anybody so far in 2015 as left handed hitters are hitting .346 with an OPS of .997.  They are striking out just once every 10.4 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 .319 and an OPS of .845.  They have 36 combined runs (RS + RBI) and 17 extra base hits in 2015.

– Stephen Strasburg vs. Philadelphia – Strasburg just does not look himself so far in 2015 and that is apparent in his numbers against righties as they are hitting .340 with an OPS of .911.  Right handed hitters have 40 combined runs against him so far.

Weather Concerns

– At first glance, the only weather concerns happen to be in Denver.  I know what you are thinking, whats new?  They are scheduled to play a double header there today and I would imagine they will do their best to get in the first game.

One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around

– Shelby Miller ($9,300) vs. Milwaukee Brewers – As you read above, Miller has been filthy so far in 2015.  He takes on a generally very right handed heavy Brewers lineup and Miller is at his filthiest when taking on hitters from the right side.  The Brewers offense continues to be extremely up and down as they managed just 1 run on 2 hits Thursday and then came back and put up 11 runs yesterday.

Superstar Worth Paying For…

– Nelson Cruz ($5,400) vs. Mark Buehrle – I wanted to list a lefty from Cleveland, however it is just impossible to pass on this match-up.  Buehrle just is not fooling anybody at the plate and Cruz is just destroying the baseball so far in 2015.  I think this is a very popular pick as long as people can afford him to go along with pitchers like Harvey, Kluber and Miller.

Save Big Bucks By Drafting…

– Billy Burns ($2,700) vs. Nathan Karns – Billy Burns week is going on as he as stepped in for Coco Crisp at the top of the A’s lineup.  Burns offers basically zero power but he has ridiculous speed and can make things happen on the base paths.  At just $2.7K, I will gladly take a single, stolen base and a run scored.