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.

Weather Concerns

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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.