After yesterday’s somewhat abbreviated slate of eleven games, we’re back at full strength today. Fifteen games, and outside of the midwest, the weather looks great. The following games might have some weather issues; listed in chance of precipitation from most likely to least likely: San Francisco at Chicago (AL) [40%], Kansas City – Detroit [30%], and Cincinnati – Pittsburgh [30%]. There are a couple more games that have a 20% of precipitation, but those forecasts typically don’t end up ruining much of anything. I’m not purposely avoiding any game today, except for maybe San Francisco at Chicago; that game does have some nice matchups, though, if you’re willing to roster the players involved.
Jhoulys Chacin’s fastball has been one of the worst pitches in baseball this season. He’s facing a Dodgers’ lineup, that is seen as somewhat of a disappointment, despite the fact it owns the sixth highest wOBA in the majors.
The aforementioned Giants hit left handed pitching pretty well; they’re facing John Danks tonight, weather permitting. Speaking of left handed pitching, the Orioles lineup, as a whole, isn’t otherworldly versus southpaws, but Adam Jones and Nelson Cruz are damn good against them.
The Indians-Angels matchup features two of the top hitting teams versus right handed pitching; ranking first and sixth, respectively. A case can be made for using either team liberally today. I lean towards using the Indians’ lineup more for one reason: money. The Angels’ lineup features a lot of big name players, those players cost more money.
On the pitching side of things, I like Dallas Keuchel’s matchup. Tanner Roark, Michael Wacha, Jon Niese, and Roenis Elias, too. Of course, if you’re looking for ultra-premium talent, Yu Darvish and Zack Greinke are out there, as well.
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If you have a little money left over, or just aren’t a big fan of Cabrera, Michael Brantley (if he suits up after being removed early last night) is always an option; a fine one, in fact.
Michael Morse – $6,524
Weather might be an issue, but given the iffy forecast, I’d say it’s more of an issue for the pitchers involved. Morse hits lefties well, and Danks isn’t very good versus right handed bats, especially power ones.
Marcus Stroman – $11,811
Admittedly, Stroman’s shown the ability to allow deep drives. Fortunately, the Yankees’ lineup doesn’t feature a ton of power. Mark Teixeira seems like he could be a trouble maker, if he’s in the lineup, but Stroman’s strikeout ability presents us with a nice high upside start for pretty cheap.
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