It’s Wednesday and that can only mean one thing, a split slate! We have 3 games this afternoon and then 12 games tonight. The Rockies and Diamondbacks are playing a double header today, but only the first game will be available for you to pick players from. Good luck tonight, and as always, you can get me on the Twitter machine @SBuchanan24
Plenty of MLB action today, with two game slates:
Heaviest Pitcher Favorites
Max Scherzer vs. Miami Marlins (-200) – Scherzer gets the games started this afternoon as the super heavy favorite against the Marlins. He’s been spectacular, as one would expect when he made the jump to the National League. With the less than stellar pitchers to choose from in the afternoon slate, Scherzer may be 100% owned today. I’m not kidding.
Gerrit Cole vs. Cincinnati Reds (-161) – The National League Pitcher of the Month, Cole goes tonight against the Reds. That’s right folks, Cole was the best pitcher in the National League last month. In April, he compiled a 1.76 ERA while striking out 35 batters and walking only eight. With the Reds only batting .226, I like his chances.
C.J. Wilson vs. Seattle Mariners (-145) – It’s funny, when I think Seattle, I feel as though they’re hitting so well and are in great shape. That’s the furthest from the truth. Nelson Cruz is doing well, everyone else, not so much. As a team they’re hitting .234. Wilson on the other hand is quietly having a nice year with a 2.73 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 33 innings.
Top Overall Game Over/Unders
Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies (Coors Field) – 10.5 Over/Under – This is the over/under for the afternoon game. If you do play the afternoon slate, just keep an eye on the lineups. With the doubleheader, managers can rest a couple of their starters so they aren’t stuck playing both games. Besides that, this could be a really doozy with Josh Collmmenter and Tyler Matzek starting in this one. Runs, anyone?
New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays (Rogers Centre) – 9 Over/Under – This game is also showcasing two less then stellar pitchers. CC Sabathia goes up against Mark Buehrle. Buehrle has been having trouble locating his pitches all year while Sabathia has been seeing a decrese in his velocity. With both pitchers owning ERAs north of five, this would be great teams to stack tonight.
Toughest Left/Right Matchups
Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
Alex Colome vs. Boston Red Sox- It’s still early in the season, so sometimes you have unknown names leading the pack in some stats. Take today for example, as Colome leads the way against lefties with a 1.38 ERA. However, his K/9 is extremely unimpressive at 4.15.
Danny Duffy vs. Cleveland Indians – Again, not a name I’d bank on seeing here come July. Duffy so far owns a 1.46 ERA against lefties. At least his K/9 is better then Colome, at 6.08.
Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
Wily Peralta vs. L.A. Dodgers – Peralta is always on here! He’s still getting it done with righties, as his 2.08 ERA is still best of the group. His K/9 sits at an average 6.68.
Max Scherzer vs. Miami Marlins – Finally, a name that will still actually be here later in the year. Scherzer owns a 2.49 ERA against righties while his K/9 is an incredible 11.36! That’s how you get it done, baby!
Best Left/Right Matchups
Easiest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
Carlos Frias vs. Milwaukee Brewers – Frias hasn’t had much success when it comes to lefties. They’ve graciously given him a 9.22 ERA on the year. When he’s not getting knocked around by them, he does own a 6.59 K/9.
Justin Masterson vs. Tampa Bay Rays – Masterson has been seeing a dip in his velocity this year, and lefties love it. They’ve knocked him around for a 6.68 ERA on the year. In what seems to be a common theme, his K/9 is an average 6.15.
Easiest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
Colby Lewis vs. Houston Astros – The Rangers are off to a tough start this year. Lewis doesn’t exactly help with his struggles against righties. He owns a 5.77 ERA against them while his K/9 sits at a respectable 7.62. He goes up against the red hot Astros, however.
Samuel Deduno vs. Texas Rangers – Well, what do you now? Two opposing pitchers that struggle against righties. Deduno owns a 5.04 ERA against them while he also owns a nice 7.74 K/9. So basically in this game, you’ll either score a run or strikeout. Got it!
Michael Brantley ($5300) – Brantley has been getting it done since coming back from his injury. He’s 9 for his last 23 with two homeruns, eight RBIs, and two stolen bases. He’s a bit expensive, but someone who can rack up the points for you.
Russel Martin ($4100) – Lately, all the attention has been on Evan Gattis and Stephen Vogt when it comes to catchers. Meanwhile, Martin is over here, clearing his throat as loud as he can, trying to get your attention. He’s 10 for his last 22 with three homeruns, five RBIs, and six runs scored.
Logan Morrison ($3500) – How can you go wrong with a guy who’s only going to run you for $3500? In his last four games played, Morrison has had 16, 7, 14, and 22 DK points. He’s 13 for his last 26 with three homeruns, five RBIs, and scored six runs.
Best Batter vs. Pitcher Matchups
Jason Heyward vs. Jon Lester – One of my favorites, someone who hits an ace well. They’re usually left off a lot of rosters for that exact reason so this is where you (hopefully) pick up an advantage. Lifetime against Lester, Heyward is 7-12 with a homerun and a 1.750 OPS.
Victor Martinez vs. Chris Sale – Another one. Martinez is 15-32 against Sale with three homeruns and a 1.358 OPS. Of the 15 hits Martinez has, six have gone for extra bases.
Carlos Gonzalez vs. Josh Collmenter – Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about you afternoon folks! Gonzalez is 5-15 against Collmenter with two homeruns and a 1.311 OPS.
The following 2 games have at least a 50% chance of rain tonight:
Oakland Athletics at Minnesota Twins and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coloradio Rockies. Watch these two one closely.
One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around
Gerrit Cole vs. Cincinnati Reds ($9,500) – Even if he wasn’t the Pitcher of the Month, I’d still have him here. Cole is truly dominating right now and the Reds aren’t hitting well at all. They’re in the middle of the league in strikeouts and runs scored. Cole should be able to handle them no problem tonight.
Superstar Worth Paying For…
Michael Brantley ($5300) – Honestly, I don’t have someone who is a lock tonight to start. After going over the numbers, no one really popped out at me in terms of superstar status. Brantley might be the safer of the options because he’s locked in right now. It doesn’t hurt that he’s had DK points in the double digits the last four nights either.
Save Big Bucks By Drafting…
Mark Reynolds ($2900) – I had Reynolds on here before and I think he didn’t start that night. Then he played the next night and had a grand slam a walk and scored two runs. I would have looked like a genius. But that’s the point, Reynolds isn’t who he used to be but he’s so cheap and is still capable of the big games.
Good luck tonight!