It’s the Monday edition of the MLB Cheat Sheet as we get you ready for another night of fantasy baseball action! It seemed like it was a rough weekend if you were a starting pitcher. Lot’s of “chalk” pitching matchups didn’t go as we had hoped and busted a lot of lineups (mine very much included.) The best part about DFS though is that we can wipe the slate clean and start all over again! As always, you can get me on the Twitter machine @SBuchanan24
Heaviest Pitcher Favorites
Dallas Keuchel vs. Texas Rangers (-175) – Vegas might be starting to recognize that Houston, at least during this winning streak, is for real right now. Keuchel has been phenonmal so far in 2015 with a 0.73 ERA striking out 22 in 37 innings. Texas is in the middle of the pack in terms of striking out, so Keuchel is very much in play tonight.
Clayton Kershaw vs. Milwauee Brewers (-168) – The Brewers are really off to a rough start this year. It doesn’t get much easier when they face Kershaw tonight. Sure, Kershaw saw his ERA jump recently, as it sits at 3.73, but this should be a cake matchup for him.
Jordan Zimmermann vs. Miami Marlins (-165) – For the first time that I can remember, the Twins and Phillies were not featured in this section of the Cheet Sheet. Mark this day down. Anyways, Zimmermann has stumbled out of the gate in 2015, owning a 4.88 ERA. His K/9 has also slipped this year to 5.9. He isn’t a bad play tonight, seeing how expensive some of the other pitchers are.
Top Overall Game Over/Unders
Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies (Coors Field) – 10 Over/Under – Ah yes, everyone’s favorite ballpark, Coors Field. As almost always, Coors field carries the highest over/under of the day. You should be getting at least one or two of these hitters in your lineup as you see fit. Just realize, pricing is usually adjusted accordingly.
New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays (Rogers Centre ) – 9.5 Over/Under – Chase Whitley and R.A. Dickey go against each other in what should be another high scoring run affair. Whitley is making his second start of the year while Dickey struggles once again in 2015.
Toughest Left/Right Matchups
Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
Clayton Kershaw vs. Milwaukee Brewers- Despite seeing Kershaw’s overall ERA rise as of late, he’s still throwing fire against lefties. His 0.96 ERA is still the best on the day with a 10.75 K/9.
Felix Hernandez vs. L.A. Angels – Hernandez comes into today with a 1.20 ERA against lefties. His K/9 seems a bit low against them, at least to his standards, at 8.93. I say by June, it should be back up in the 10 range.
Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
Clayton Kershaw vs. Milwaukee Brewers – Well, of course. It’s pretty amazing to see Kershaw’s ERA against righties rise, and it still sits under 2. His 1.96 ERA is the best for today, as it seems like it is everyday he pitches. His 10.87 K/9 is the cherry on top.
Jesse Hahn vs. Minnesota Twins- Don’t knock the Twins, they’ve been scoring some serious runs as of late. Now they have a good test against Hahn, who has the second best ERA against righties. He has Kershaw-like numbers against them right now, with the ERA at 1.98 and the K/9 at 9.66.
Best Left/Right Matchups
Easiest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
Carlos Martinez vs. Chicago Cubs – Martinez doesn’t bring much to the table when it comes to facing lefties. He carries a 5.65 ERA while his K/9 is 4.66. A really low number that’s not going to help you to much tonight.
Clay Buchholz vs. Tampa Bay Rays– It’s so tough to roster Buchholz because you never know which one will show up. His 5.12 ERA against lefties would be one reason not to draft him. His K/9 is in the middle of the pack, at 6.82.
Easiest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
Clay Buchholz vs. Tampa Bay Rays – You’d think this would be the final nail in the coffin, right? His 5.62 ERA against righties is the worst on the night. However, his K/9 is at a respectable 7.17, which wouldn’t exactly hurt you. It’s a tough call.
Travis Wood vs. St. Louis Cardinals – The Cardinals have a great offense. They should be able to handle Wood tonight. His ERA against righties sit at 5.37. Like Buchholz though, his K/9 is at a respectable 7.31.
Josh Reddick ($4700) – Reddick has been making it happen as of late. He’s 11 of his last 23 with three homeruns, twelve RBIs and eight runs scored. The price tag is climbing, but not high enough that you can’t make room for him.
Evan Gattis ($4800) – Not only is Gattis on fire right now, but you can play him at catcher or outfield, which is HUGE for his value. He’s 7 for his last 22 with five homeruns, twelve RBIs, and seven runs scored. He’s a very homerun dependant hitter, but when he hits them, he’s worth the pick.
Paul Goldschmidt ($5700) – Goldschmidt is someone I can understand if you have trouble fitting him in. Tonight, he’s the most expensive hitter on the board. Goldy is 15 for his last 27 with a homerun, six RBIs, two stolen bases and five runs scored. He can do it all for you if you can swallow the hefty price tag.
Best Batter vs. Pitcher Matchups
Derek Norris vs. Madison Bumgarner – Always nice to find a hitter who has good numbers against an ace. Norris batting .545 against Bumgarner in 11 at bats with a 1.129 OPS.
Nick Hundley vs. Josh Collmenter – Besides the fact that this game will be at Coors Field, Hundley is hitting .429 in 14 at bats against Collmenter. Add on the fact that he has a homerun and an OPS at 1.214, Hundley could be a great value pick.
Justin Upton vs. Madison Bumgarner – Is this a sneaky way of telling you Bumgarner could have a rough night tonight?! Upton hits him to a tune of .407 with a homerun and an OPS of 1.056.
Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies has a chance of thunderstorms tonight. Watch this one closely.
One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around
Dallas Keuchel vs. Texas Rangers ($8000) – On a night when we have 3 pitchers that are over 10,000 tonight, Keuchel sits at 8,000 and ready for the picking. Going against a team that is currenttly hitting .220 as a club, it’s hard to deny the price tag on Keuchel.
Superstar Worth Paying For…
Matt Holliday ($4400) – Always looking for that elusive homerun, Holliday has hit a few off of Travis Wood. Four to be exact. On top of that, out of the 15 hits he has off of Wood, 8 of them have gone for extra bases.
Save Big Bucks By Drafting…
Derek Norris ($3100) – As I eluded to just a few moments ago, Norris has great success against Bumgarner. The matchup on the surfact might scare away people from drafting him, but you know better. That’s why you read this article!
Good luck tonight!