I hope you did well yesterday. If you played the early lineup we posted, you probably cashed. The other ones weren’t too good.
Today we’re back with the full complement of pitcher research, including an added wrinkle — projected innings pitched.
Let’s get to it.
Pitcher rankings for Sunday, April 19
In cash games today, I’m taking two of those top four players despite their $9,000-plus salaries.
Matt Harvey or Stephen Strasburg will likely be in every tournament lineup, but I might pair them with a slightly lower priced option.
Garrett Richards is coming off the DL today and is an interesting play. The Astros have struck out more times than any other team. But this is Richards’ first game back, it’s at Chase Field and he costs $9,000. At that price I’ll pay up a bit for a safer play, like Jon Lester or Adam Wainwright. Or I’ll drop to Tim Hudson, Gerrit Cole, Michael Pineda, or Rick Porcello.
I’m interested to see what Cole does one start after an ace performance against the Tigers.
Lester hasn’t lived up to expectations so far this season. He’s at the top of the rankings each time but hasn’t performed. He’s also expensive at $9,200. That makes him both a risky play and a good contrarian play against the Padres, who have the fifth most strikeouts in the Majors this season.
Hitters to target for Sunday, April 19
There aren’t a ton of great stacking options today. Only two games have over/unders of 8.5, the highest total of the day. Boston is expected to beat Baltimore and Cleveland is expected to beat Minnesota. Consider stacking the Indians against Trevor May. You could also go with the Twins against T.J. House.
Toronto, against Shelby Miller, and the Dodgers, against Eddie Butler, are the next two options. They are in the 8 O/U tier. Miller and Butler are our lowest rated pitchers today.
While filling out the rest of your lineup you’ll want to keep the above stack teams in mind. Picking a Blue Jay or a Dodger to help fill out the rest of a lineup with a stack is smart.
Here are some other hitting options I’m considering today:
On a hot streak:
Nelson Cruz, OF; Stephen Drew, 2B/SS, Dexter Fowler, OF; Russell Martin, C; Jake Smolinski, OF
Value plays with decent wOBA matchups:
C Martin, 1B Adam LaRoche, 2B Jose Ramirez, 2B/SS Drew, 3B Casey McGehee, 3B Trevor Plouffe, SS/OF Eduardo Escobar, OF Smolinski, OF Dalton Pompey
May is the pitcher most likely to give up a homer today, according to Rotogrinders. The batters most likely to benefit: Carlos Santana, Brandon Moss and Jose Ramirez.