We have a full 15 game MLB slate today, Saturday May 2nd.. 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
– Jake Arrieta ($9,100) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (-185): Arrieta has held his opponents to an average of .184 so far this season and gets to face one of the weakest offenses in the majors so far this year. I think this is a great recipe for success tonight.
– Scott Baker ($5,000) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (-160): I was caught off guard by this line as Scott Baker does not exactly put fear into opposing hitters at this point and the Diamondbacks offense can be a little dangerous. However, I will trust the vegas guys and at just $5K Baker makes an intriguing SP2 option.
– Corey Kluber ($9,400) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (-157): Kluber has not looked his Cy Young self in 2015 yet and he is going to be tested by the Bombs-Away Jays. Even with the down start to 2015, Kluber has held right handed batters to an average of .230 which bodes well for his chances today.
Highest Scoring Games
– New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox (Fenway Park) – The game at Fenway has an over/under of 9.5 runs with 2 pitchers in Eovaldi and Miley that are not pitching all of the best so far this year and could lead to some offensive fireworks.
– Chicago White Sox @ Minnesota Twins (Target Field) – Noesi and Nolasco take the mound in this game and it offers us an over/under of 9 runs. Nolasco will be making his first start coming off of the DL and Noesi really should not be in a major league rotation.
Toughest Left/Right Matchups
Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
– Jake Arrieta vs Milwaukee – In 2014, Arrieta held LHB to an average of .198 while striking out 1 out of every 3 batters he faced. So far in 2015, he is allowing LH hitters to hit just .167 against him.
– Chris Archer vs Baltimore – Archer has been lights out against everybody in 2015 and he has held left handed hitters to an average of .178 so far this year with a strike out every 3 at bats.
Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
– Francisco Liriano vs. St. Louis – So far in 2015, right handed batters have just 7 hits in 73 at bats which equates to an .096 average with 30 strike outs. That makes it sound like a rough day for Holliday, Peralta and Molina. Liriano also has been very tough against lefties over his career and could cause troubles for the whole Cardinal lineup.
– Jake Arrieta vs. Milwaukee– Arrieta is very tough against both RH and LH batters. RH’s hit just .207 against Arrieta in 2014 while striking out every 3 at bats. They are hitting just .196 against him so far in 2015.
Best Left/Right Matchups
Easiest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
– Aaron Sanchez vs. Cleveland Indians – So far in 2015, LHB’s are hitting a robust .389 with an OPS of 1.294 against Sanchez. They have 4 home runs against him already this season and that number should go up today.
– Jeremy Hellickson vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – In 2015, LHB’s are hitting a “paltry” .439 with an OPS of 1.039. The Dodgers have some pretty dangerous lefties and this could make for a LONG night for Hellickson.
Easiest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
– Jorge De La Rosa vs San Diego Padres – So far in 2015, righties are hitting .414 with 7 extra base hits in just 29 at bats. For De La Rosa’s sake, I am glad this game is not in Coors because the Padres may be taking batting practice all game long.
– John Danks vs. Minnesota Twins – So far in 2015, RHB’s are hitting .298 with an OPS of .951. He has allowed 10 extra base hits in just 57 at bats by right handed hitters.
One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around
– Chris Archer ($8,600) vs. Baltimore Orioles – I am going to be riding Archer until he blows up, but at this point I just do not see that happening any time soon. He is pitching lights out and I think some will be scared off of him as the Orioles lineup can put a scare into you.
Superstar Worth Paying For…
– Anthony Rizzo ($5,300) vs. Mike Fiers – Rizzo is 5 for 7 so far against Fiers and he is in a great spot to grow that number and add to the 2 extra base hits he has against Fiers. The Cubs are looking to be a great stacking option for Saturday as Fiers seems lost out there.
Save Big Bucks By Drafting…
– Ike Davis ($2,800) vs. Nick Martinez – Davis has been playing pretty solidly and should not be priced this low in a hitters park against a pitcher that is pitching way over his head to start 2015. I think Martinez comes crashing down to earth very soon and left handed power hitters like Davis are going to be the reason.