The pitcher ranks seem a little thin today.
Every pitcher in our rankings has at least one negative going for him tonight. Then again, Hisashi Iwakuma had no negatives going for him last night and he dropped a stinker on our lineups. It wasn’t quite as bad as Matt Shoemaker. … Where was I?
Oh, right, we’ve got pitcher rankings and hitters to fill your lineups. Let’s get to it.
Pitcher rankings for Tuesday, April 21
We have a full slate of games today, so there are a lot of options. But only some of them are good.
Chris Archer and Lance Lynn are at the top of the list by a pretty good margin over No. 3 Wade Miley. I’m avoiding Miley, but the Archer-Lynn pair is solid. Lynn and Jonathan Niese might be a safer pairing with less strikeout upside.
Lynn and Mike Fiers is a decent strikeout upside pairing, like Archer and Lynn. We need Fiers to pitch more than five innings a game. If he could go seven or eight he might top the K chart.
Hitters to target for Tuesday, April 21
I only have one stacked lineup today and that’s the Indians against Hector Noesi.
There’s no reason to go into much detail about the Rockies-Padres matchup in Coors. You’re already on that one.
Toronto against Bud Norris in the Rogers Centre is also a good option.
The two other pitchers at the bottom of our rankings, the Yankees’ Nathan Eovaldi against the Tigers, and the Twins’ Tommy Milone against the Royals are also in play but I don’t feel as strongly about them.
Here are a couple hitters with low batting averages on balls in play — low BABIP means the player should improve as they regress to their norm — and decent weighted on-base average matchups against the pitcher they’re facing:
C Russell Martin, SS Brandon Crawford, OF Jose Bautista
Bautista has three bombs but he’s only batting .143.
Here are the players I’ll use the most today:
C Martin, Josh Phegley, Derek Norris
1B Edwin Encarnacion, Justin Morneau
2B Luis Valbuena, Stephen Drew
SS Crawford and Drew
OF Bautista, Corey Dickerson, Starling Marte, Justin Upton, Andrew McCutchen, Adam Jones, Lucas Duda, Jimmy Paredes
Good luck today and every day.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: EP has been playing fantasy sports since 1996. He is among the top third of overall players at RotoGrinders.com. He won two NBA GPPs this season, his first dedicating significant time to NBA lineups, and is among the top 32% of hockey players. He’ll use the same methods in an attempt to crack an MLB tournament in 2015.