We have a full slate of games today with a lot of interesting match ups. So far, I’ve enjoyed two straight days of cashing here on DraftKings. For all you math geeks, that means I’m batting 1.000 on the year. So do yourself a favor and read today’s version of MLB Notes. As always, you can get me on the Twitter machine @SBuchanan24
Heaviest Pitcher Favorites
1) Anibal Sanchez vs. Minnesota Twins(-204)-Wow. Sanchez is today’s favorite pitcher by A LOT. Hard to argue that fact going against the light hitting Twins. In 10 games started against the Twins, Sanchez owns a 2.60 ERA. Need I say more?
2) Scott Kazmir vs. Texas Rangers(-157)- Kazmir has had some moderate success against the Rangers lifetime, sporting a 9-5 record with a 3.32 ERA. Be warned though, Kazmir is either really on or really off. He’s more of a GPP play in my opinion.
3) Wily Peralta vs. Colorado Rockies(-148)-Remember this, I only report what Vegas says here. Peralta has a career 6.46 ERA against the Rockies. But this is why Vegas is glitzy and I live in an average house. You just have to decide who you trust here. But, as it stands, Peralta is the third favorite pitcher of the night.
Highest Scoring Games
1) San Fransisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks (Chase Field) Vegas has this game slated for 9 runs, good for the highest total of the night. An injury to Matt Cain allows prospect Chris Heston to start for the Giants. His matchup against Jeremy Hellickson expects to have quite a few fireworks in this one.
2) Boston Red Sox at Philadelphia Phillies (Citizens Bank Park) 8 runs are projected for the Sox and Phillies for today. The Red Sox were letting the ball fly on Opening Day hitting four home runs. Their matchup against Aaron Harang could be another day with the long ball.
Toughest Left/Right Matchups
Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
1) Michael Pineda vs. Toronto Blue Jays- Pineda has no problems against lefties as he carries a 1.33 ERA against them with 7.08 K/9 rating. Although Toronto is righty heavy, it’s still worth mentioning.
2) Danny Duffy vs. Chicago White Sox – I was surprised how well Duffy does against lefties. Would you believe me if I told you he owns a 1.46 era against them?
Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
3)Andrew Cashner vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – I love Cashner. He can get you a lot of strikeouts and he’s great against righties. 1.71 ERA proves that.
4) Wily Peralta vs. Colorado Rockies – Ok. Maybe this is why Vegas is liking Peralta. For all his struggles, he does have a 2.08 ERA against righties. Go figure huh?
Best Left/Right Matchups
Easiest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters
5) Ricky Nolasco vs. Detroit Tigers- I don’t have a bone in my body that tells me to start Nolasco. His 5.38 ERA against lefties solidifies my thoughts.
6) Wily Peralta vs. Colorado Rockies– Hey, it’s our buddy again! He’s good against righties, not so much against lefties. 5.12 ERA. Talk about from one spectrum to the other.
Easiest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters
7) Jeremy Hellickson vs. San Francisco Giants–Hellickson owns a 5.68 ERA against lefties. That’s far to high for my liking.
8) Ricky Nolasco vs. Detroit Tigers – The man is on this list twice. He isn’t a good option. You still want numbers? Fine, 5.38 ERA.
1) Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals- The weather report is calling for thunderstorms in this one. Thunderstorms and baseball are not friends. Watch this one as you build your lineup.
2) Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds – See above.
One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around
Rick Porcello vs. Philadelphia Phillies(6,900) – I’m taking a bit of a chance here today and going with Rick Porcello. The Phillies are not impressive at the plate and Porcello with a $6,900 price point could be a huge bargain. Add on the fact that I don’t think Harang will be able to contain the Red Sox offense and you’re looking at a cheap W in the scoring.
Superstar Worth Paying For…
Hanley Ramirez vs. Aaron Harang ($4800) – Ramirez gives Harang nightmares. 10-26 lifetime, which is good for a .385 average. Six of those hits are for extra bases and FIVE of those are home runs.
Save Big Bucks By Drafting…
Jace Peterson vs. Dan Haren($3100) – How boring. I had Peterson yesterday. But he’s produced so far, and the price point is unbeatable. I promise he won’t be here tomorrow.