We have just mintues before the earliest game’s first pitch.
I’m not going to waste your time with a lengthy intro.
Here are the pitchers I’m considering for today:
1. Chris Sale, $10,000 — The handedness and home/away matchups against Detroit give me a bit of pause, but he should have one of the highest strikeout totals, Las Vegas thinks he’s the third-most likely pitcher to win and his WHIP indicates he should be pitching better than he is.
2. Max Scherzer, $12,000 — The most expensive pitcher on the board today has a -211 money line. The lower the number the better. The next lowest is Gerrit Cole at -155. Scherzer also is third on my strikeout chart. play him with confidence in the early games.
3. Gerrit Cole, $9,500 — Cole has been lights out and faces a Reds lineup that has been lights on (?). That means they’ve struggled. Cole is my favorite pitcher play of the day.
4. Scott Kazmir, $8,000 — Kazmir wasn’t on my radar during initial lineup building, but he has the potential to score the most fantasy points tonight. He has a decent strikeout profile and the handedness matchup is in his favor. He also has 22 strikeouts to 7 walks and a .208 batting average against the Twins’ batters.
5. Jacob deGrom, $8,500 — This is probably my second favorite pitcher play of the day. deGrom is throwing in one of the few pitcher’s parks in play today against Baltimore. The Orioles’ lineup has been pretty solid this season, but in this interleague matchup against deGrom, they have three at-bats, no hits and a walk.
6. Samuel Deduno, $4,400, and Alex Colome, $5,500 — This is the part where I give you a pitcher priced like an outfielder who could outperform his price or at least get you 10 points and allow you to upgrade your bats considerable. Deduno is my top play, but there are some caveats. Mostly that the Rangers have crushed him for a .348 average and two homers and a 6:9 K:BB ratio in 46 career at-bats. However, he is the fourth-most likely pitcher to win according to Las Vegas and his splits — handedness and home/away — are favorable. The Colome decision comes down to whether we believe his first start or his past performance. We don’t want to hinge our entire bankroll on a singular performance, but take a shot on Colome today. In his first game of 2015, Colome struck out six in five scoreless innings and earned 25.5 fantasy points. Boston is hitting just .240 as a team.
Some other pitchers to consider: Lancy Lynn, Ubaldo Jimenez (Jimenez, Colby Lewis, Carlos Frias
Batters to stack: Arizona or Colorado — It’s Josh Collmenter vs. Tyler Matzek so, runs all around; St. Louis vs. Jon Lester, this one’s a sneaky play, but the Cardinals have knocked Lester around (.337 with 4 homers in 97 at-bats.)
Other hitters to consider: 2B/3B Justin Turner, OF Nelson Cruz, C/OF Evan Gattis, C Russell Martin, 3B Nolan Arrenado, C Yasmani Grandal, OF Mike Trout, OF Jason Heyward, 1B Victor Martinez, 1B Adrian Gonzalez, 2B/3B Luis Valbuena, 1B Joey Votto, SS Johnny Peralta, 1B/OF Logan Morrison, OF Justin Upton, OF Joc Pederson, OF Carlos Gonzalez.
Good luck today and every day.