We have a full 15 game MLB slate today, Saturday May 30th… 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
– Tim Lincecum ($7,400) vs. Atlanta Braves (-170): Lincecum and the Giants are the biggest favorite of the day/night as they are at home against the struggling Atlanta Braves. Your initial thought will be to look at some Braves lefties because you think Lincecum just is not the same anymore, however you will find out later in this article why that might be a bad idea.
– Dallas Keuchel ($8,700) vs. Chicago White Sox (-165): I think Keuchel makes the best option for your cash games today as I love his upside against a White Sox offense that does not put fear into any opposing pitcher. He certainly is priced very low compared to his production and I think it should be easy to roster him tonight.
– Michael Wacha ($8,700) vs. LA Dodgers (-160): This one initially shocked me but I do suppose that Vegas is taking into account that the Dodgers have not scored a run on the road in 37+ innings as they have been shut out in 4 straight road games. I think Wacha will be a sneaky play as most will see his opponent and look elsewhere, especially in GPP’s as Kuechel is the same price.
Highest Scoring Games
– Boston Red Sox @ Texas Rangers (Globe Life Field) – Boston takes on a rookie in Alex Gonzalez of the Rangers today in what could be a very high scoring game as Wade Miley gets the start for the Red Sox. This game has an over/under of 9 as of this writing and I could see that creeping towards 9.5 before game time.
– Toronto Blue Jays @ Minnesota Twins (Target Field) – Aaron Sanchez takes on Kyle Gibson in this game that offers an over/under of 8.5 runs. Last night’s contest saw 10 runs being scored, even with the Twins only scoring their 4 in the first inning. Sanchez has been filthy against righties but lefties have knocked him around and Gibson does not miss many bats and that’s a dangerous thing against the Blue Jays.
Toughest Left/Right Matchups
Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
– Dallas Keuchel vs White Sox – Keuchel has allowed left handed hitters to hit just .140 with a slugging of .180 and an OPS of .369. He has allowed just 2 doubles as far as extra base hits to left handed hitters
– Tim Lincecum vs Atlanta – Lincecum appears to have found the way back machine as he is holding left handed hitters to an average of just .143 so far in 2015 and they have managed to slug a paltry .190 against him.
Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
– Shaun Marcum vs. Seattle – Marcum has held righties to an average of .133 so far in 2015 while striking them out 1 every 3 at-bats. Will be interesting to see him up against Nelson Cruz in this one.
– Aaron Sanchez vs. Minnesota – Sanchez has been filthy against right handed hitters so far in 2015 as they are hitting just .152 and have a slugging of just .196.
Best Left/Right Matchups
Easiest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
– Carlos Frias vs. St Louis – Frias was lit up in his last start and exposed some of his weaknesses. Left handed hitters have hit him for a ..386 average and a .983 OPS so far in 2015.
– Nathan Eovaldi vs. Oakland – Left handed hitters have hit .371 against Eovaldi so far in 2015 and sport an OPS of .968 while putting up 26 combined runs (RS + RBI).
Easiest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
– Jose Quintana vs Houston – Quintana is in a tough spot against the right handed power of the Astros today as righties have hit .318 with a .465 slugging while combining for 39 runs.
– Erasmo Ramirez vs. Baltimore – The Orioles may be the team to stack today as Ramirez has allowed right handed hitters to hit .306 with a .484 slugging and a combined 35 runs in just 62 at-bats.
– There is some rain in a few places as Cincinnati, Texas, St Louis and Chicago all have some rain predicted at some point today. After doing some research, the Royals-Cubs game is in a very bad spot as it appears that rain is not going to let up at all today and probably makes it nearly impossible to get the game in today.
One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around
– Dallas Keuchel ($8,700) vs. Chicago White Sox – Keuchel is the second biggest favorite on the slate and is arguably the best overall pitcher going today/tonight. He is absolutely filthy against left handed hitters which means we may not see a hot hitting LaRoche and Gillespie in the lineup as well as it turns Melky Cabrera around to the right side, a side in which he is hitting .071.
Superstar Worth Paying For…
– Adam Jones ($5,000) vs. Erasmo Ramirez – As we notice above, Ramirez may be in for a rough day as the Orioles can be very right handed and have quite a bit of punch from that side of the plate and Ramirez struggles against right handed hitters. They say that hitting is contagious and I think once Ramirez starts getting knocked around, everybody will jump on board and we may see Adam Jones hit his first home run in 18 games and try to get off of just 1 home run for the month of May.
Save Big Bucks By Drafting…
– Billy Burns ($3,200) vs. Nathan Eovaldi – Burns has been somewhat popular recently due to his combination of price, ridiculous speed and opportunity in the lead off spot. Like I said earlier, Eovaldi really struggles against lefties and I think Burns causes some havoc on the base paths and scores 3 runs today with Reddick and Vogt hitting behind him.