The end of the week is nigh. By the time the games start tonight, you’ll be home free. After a short schedule today, we’re back to full capacity. Fifteen games are on the slate today, and forecasts around the league are good, temperature wise. We’re aware that higher temperatures are associated with higher run scoring, unfortunately weather reports don’t stop there. There’s a good chance of a couple of games at least being delayed, or played in less than ideal conditions. Those games are (listed in order from greatest chance of precipitation): Minnesota at Detroit, Colorado at Cincinnati, Chicago (NL) at Atlanta, and St. Louis at Pittsburgh.
Doug Fister is making his 2014 debut today against Oakland. I’m staying away from starting Fister today for two reasons: it’s his first start back and Oakland is really good. The other side of that match-up, though, can be stacked against. The Nationals’ lineup is full of solid-great right handed bats, and Tommy Milone hasn’t been very effective this year, so he might be in for a rough night. The weather forecast is iffy, but it just feels like Phil Hughes is going to lit up today if the game is able to be played. Jake Odorizzi has been dreadful so far and he gets an Indians’ lineup that can start eight lefties if Terry Francona chooses to. Also, Jose Fernandez is nearly THIRTY THOUSAND DOLLARS today. Sheesh.
The Daily Five
As I mentioned above, I love lefties versus Odorizzi. He’s had trouble getting through lineups more than once, so we might as well stack against him until something changes.
Ian Desmond – $5,486
Desmond’s contact rate is alarming, but given his price and match-up I’m fairly comfortable slotting him in there today.
Corey Kluber – $16,920
Kluber’s groundball rate has improved this year. His strikeout rate is up, and he has the twelfth lowest FIP among starters. Long live the Corey Kluber society.
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