Crazy. Final day of the regular season for baseball. It’s truly been a fun ride and I hope that this article has helped you out on some nights. I’m really looking forward to next season and continuing to do these Cheat Sheets for everyone. Let’s jump right into things and as always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.h2. Heaviest Pitcher Favorites
So once again, it’s just about 7:30 AM here on the east coast and we have almost no lines or odds posted on the two websites I trust for Vegas odds. I thought about putting the four game that they have posted, but I don’t think that will really benefit us here. So unfortunately, we won’t have the favorite pitchers posted for today.
Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
Clayton Kershaw vs. San Diego Padres – It’s almost fitting that Kershaw finishes off the season for the Dodgers. After a rough start to the season, Kershaw came back into form. Coming into his final regular season start, Kershaw owns a .244 wOBA against lefties.
Vidal Nuno vs Oakland A’s- Nuno has been solid against left handed batters, I just wish I could say the same about right handed batters. Nuno owns a .260 wOBA against lefties.
Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
Jacob deGrom vs. Washington Nationals – Coming off getting no hit by Max Scherzer last night, the Mets run deGrom out to the mound deGrom has been a force against left handed batters, owning a .211 wOBA.
Clayton Kershaw vs. San Diego Padres- It’s just unfair what Kershaw does to batters. They almost don’t even stand a chance. Kershaw owns a .229 wOBA against righties.
Best Left/Right Matchups
Easiest Pitcher vs. Left Handed Batters.
Josh Smith vs Pittsburgh Pirates – We have four pitchers going tonight that have a wOBA over .400 against left handed batters. That’s a special kind of special. Smith leads the pack today with his .472 wOBA.
David Buchanan vs. Miami Marlins- A Phillies Marlins series to end the regular season. Can you think of anything worse than that!? Not to mention, the Phillies running out David Buchanan with his .453 wOBA against lefties.
Easiest Pitcher vs. Right Handed Batters.
Christian Bergman vs. San Francisco Giants- Bergman is absolutely brutal against right handed batters. He’s even worse than Buchanan, which is a hard feat to accomplish. Bergman owns a .416 wOBA against those righties coming into today.
David Buchanan vs. Miami Marlins – I hope Buchanan comes into the 2016 season and ends up being the ace of the staff. The chances of that happening are slim to none, but this kid has had a really rough season. Buchanan owns a .400 wOBA against righties.
Edwin Encarnacion 3B ($4900) – Encarnacion getting hot at the right time. Coming into today’s matchup, the Blue Jays clean up hitter is 8-18 with four home runs, six RBIs, and seven runs scored.
Colby Rasmus OF ($5000) – Rasmus is trying to keep things interesting for the Astros. His power has certainly helped that cause. Rasmus is 7-17 with three home runs, six RBIs, and six runs scored.
Blake Swihart 3B ($4200) – Swihart is certainly not known for his bat, more for what he can bring behind the plate. So it’s always an extra bonus when he can start hitting. Swihart comes into the final game of the season 7-19 with three home runs, six RBIs, and five runs scored.
Best Batter vs. Pitcher Matchups
Brandon Phillips vs. JA Happ- Phillips has basically owned Happ in the times they’ve matched up against each other. Phillips is 7-17 against Happ with five extra base hits, three of them being home runs, and a 1.535 OPS.
Jose Reyes vs. Matt Cain- One has to think that these numbers have come earlier in the career for Reyes, which makes this even more enticing since Cain is not even close to being the pitcher he once was. Reyes is 10-20 against Cain with five extra base hits, one of them being a home run, and a 1.550 OPS.
Alex Rodriguez vs. Chris Tillman- When A-Rod gets a hit against Tilman, he certainly almost always get’s all of it. Rodriguez is 6-12 against Tillman with four extra base hits, all of them going for home runs, and a 2.000 OPS. Not too shabby eh?
A couple games have some rain today so watch these ones closely
Cardinals at Braves
Padres at Dodgers
One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around
Cole Hamels ($9,800) –I was hoping for DraftKings to hold a “end of the season” blowout sale on pitchers today, but that didn’t end up happening. Instead, we get saddled with Clayton Kershaw getting a $15,00 price tag. He’s the obvious play here today, but that price tag is just too much for me. So, the next best option in my mind is Hamels. He gets a matchup against the Angels tonight, who have been one of the worst offensive clubs in the second half of the season. Throw in the fact that on the season, they have one of the worst wOBA against left handed pitching at .295, and then we might have something here. Hamels is priced well today for his matchup and I think he could walk away with a score in the 18-20 range. Don’t expect a ton of strikeouts here, as the Angels are a tough club to strikeout against left handed pitching, but you truly don’t have a lot of options here.
One sneaky play I do like today is Conley against the Phillies
Superstar Worth Paying For
Joey Votto ($4700) – Votto has a matchup with JA Happ today. Happ has been pitching much better lately, but Votto has been crushing left handed pitching this entire season. Coming into today, Votto owns a .439 wOBA against left handed pitching with an ISO of .216. Those are some pretty damn good numbers for someone who is going to cost you less than $5,000 at the first base position. Votto is going to be a staple in my lineup for today.
Save Big Bucks By Drafting…
Andres Blanco ($2700) – Speaking of being a staple in my lineup, Blanco has been one of them whenever he faces left handed pitching. He’s such a cheap, solid option at a weak shortstop position that I loved to plug into my lineup when I was looking to save some money. He faces Adam Conley today, whom I do like overall against the Phillies, but Blanco is a good option as well. Blanco owns a .418 wOBA against lefties with an ISO of .213. At $2700, he’s a steal