We have a full 15 game MLB slate today, Saturday July 11th.  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

– Ryan Vogelsong ($6,600) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (-195): Vogelsong gets to take on the offensively challenged Philadelphia Phillies.  He has to hope his teammates didn’t use up all of their offense last night for Madison Bumgarner as they put up 15 runs.

– Carlos Carrasco ($11,000) vs. Oakland Athletics (-170):  I love that Carrasco is coming off of a sub-par start in this one and should be in a prime spot to dominate these A’s at home.  Vogt and Reddick being the A’s two most dangerous bats have struggled recently.

– Jorge De La Rosa ($6,800) vs. Atlanta Braves (-160):  De La Rosa a big favorite in a game at Coors usually means the Braves are in for a rough time, however De La Rosa is a reverse splits pitcher and that means the Braves could surprise in the run category.  He may be a big favorite, but I just can not in good conscience recommend him.


Highest Scoring Games

– Atlanta Braves @ Colorado Rockies (Coors Field) – Coors field game, which means we automatically have a game with a double digit over/under.  By now you should know that when a game is at Coors, you need to take a good look at the bats.

– New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox (Fenway Park) – This game has an over/under of 9 runs and two pitchers that have struggled recently.  I can see this one rivaling the Coors Field game in terms of total offense.


Toughest Left/Right Matchups

Toughest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters

– Chris Bassitt vs Seattle Mariners – A small sample size so far in 2015, but Bassitt has allowed left handed hitters to hit just .167 against him with a slugging percentage of just .190.

– Dallas Keuchel vs Tampa Bay Rays – Keuchel has allowed left handed hitters to hit a minuscule .146 against him so far in 2015.  Lefties have an OPS of just .390.

Toughest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters

– Chris Young vs. Toronto Blue Jays – This one may catch you off guard and make you second guess stacking those Blue Jays as Young has allowed right handed hitters to hit just .158 against him in 2015.  They have also managed an OBP of just .197.

– Jake Odorizzi vs. Houston Astros – Right handed batters have hit just .182 against Odorizzi so far in 2015.  They have an OPS of .614.  Odorizzi is returning from a DL stint and gets to face the strikeout happy Astros.


Best Left/Right Matchups

Easiest Pitchers vs. Left Handed Batters

– Jorge De La Rosa vs. Atlanta Braves – De La Rosa is a reverse splits pitcher as he allows lefties to hit .315 with an OPS of .943 against him.

– Raisel Iglesias vs. Miami Marlins – Iglesias comes off of the DL to face the Marlins and their lefties should be happy as Iglesias has allowed lefties to hit .315 against him so far in 2015.  He has yet to give up a long ball to left handed hitters though.

Easiest Pitchers vs. Right Handed Batters

– David Buchanon vs San Francisco Giants – Buchanon as been knocked around by right handed hitters so far in 2015 as they have an average of .362 and a .982 OPS.

– Hisashi Iwakuma vs. Los Angeles Angels – Right handed hitters are hitting .359 against him with an OPS of just 1.186.  He has allowed 5 home runs to them in a small sample so far thanks to his extended DL stay.

Weather Concerns

– There is some rain in just one spot as of right now as the Minnesota-Detroit game seems to have a little rain in the forecast.  Make sure to pay attention to all areas as we never know when rain is going to pop up.

One Pitcher To Build Lineups Around

– Chris Sale ($12,500) vs. Chicago Cubs – I know Sale is pretty expensive, but that is why I decided to put him here.  I think people will try to spend down on their SP1 option in order to save and I think Sale will be lesser owned than he should be as the Cubs strikeout a ton.  He gets to pitch at Wrigley which means Lester has to hit and we can pretty much guarantee that is 2-4 strikeouts.

Superstar Worth Paying For…

– Bryce Harper ($5,700) vs. Miguel Gonzalez – Harper has been pretty quiet recently and I expect that to change against Miguel Gonzalez.  Harper is capable of blowing up at any point and with his price tag and recent performance factored in, I think Harper goes very low owned today which is definitely something we want.  I am going to call a home run and multi-RBI game from Harper.

Save Big Bucks By Drafting…

– Justin Bour ($3,000) vs. Raisel Iglesias – We saw earlier that Iglesias is one of the weakest pitchers against left handed hitters so far in 2015 and Bour destroys the baseball against right handed pitching.  I noted that Iglesias has yet to give up a long ball to a lefty and I think that changes in this one. Bour takes him deep.