I’m sick. I sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, and all that other stuff – but I’m going to try to put the Nyquilmares behind me and deliver you topnotch FanDuel picks for Saturday, May 16.
Being sick on a Saturday is like finding out your girlfriend’s hot sister had a crush on you before you started dating your siister. It’s like someone bringing free donuts into the office the day you ate four donuts on the way into work. It’s like seeing a hot girl in a bikini, then walking up and seeing it’s your sister.
Let’s talk some baseball!
There are four afternoon games (one 1pm game, two 2pm games and one 4pm game), along with 11 nighttime games (six 7pm games, two 8pm games and three 9pm games). We’ll be discussing the nighttime games in this article. But with 11 nighttime games, you’ll have 22 starting pitchers to choose from!
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Interesting Notes About Tonight’s Starting Pitchers
Here are a few things that stand out to me about today’s list of starting pitchers:
- Of the 22 starting pitchers tonight, just four of them are left-handed, including a CC Sabathia-Danny Duffy matchup in Kansas City. That matchup is very intriguing, considering both the Yankees and Royals have two of the top-six offenses against left-handed pitching.
- The Brewers’ offense is getting healthier … slowly – but they’re also getting their offense fixed quickly, including last night’s bombing of Bartolo Colon. I really wanted to look deeper into Jacob deGrom for tonight, but he has reached the sixth inning just once in his past four starts. He also has rough home/road ERA splits right now (1.40/6.75), with four games at home and three away.
FanDuel Picks for Saturday, May 16
I’ll try to give you a regular choice (mid and expensive), with a bargain option as well, for each position. As always, check the team’s lineups as you get closer – a great spot to do that is on MLBStartingNine.com.
Zack Greinke, RHP, L.A. Dodgers vs. Colorado, $10,100
There are three aces going tonight (even though Greinke is essentially a No . 2 guy), with Greinke, Felix Hernandez and Max Scherzer. Greinke is the cheapest of the three, though, and he faces a Rockies offense that has a .289 OBP away from Coors Field (25th in the majors). Vegas loves Greinke and the Dodgers to get the win, as they are the top favorite, at (-240) to win.
Jesse Chavez, RHP, Oakland vs. Chicago White Sox, $-
If you’re not going with one of the aces, Chavez makes for a great mid-priced choice. Vegas puts the A’s at a (-148) favorite to beat the White Sox and LHP John Danks in Oakland. Chavez has had some pretty bad luck recently, but he has pitched well. Over his past four starts, he has pitched 25 innings and allowed 11 ER (3.96 ERA), with 23 strikeouts.
Mike Leake, RHP, Cincinnati vs. San Francisco, $7,300
What do you want out of a starting pitcher on FanDuel? You want someone to get a win, someone to eat up innings, and someone to strike out a bunch of batters. Well, two out of three ain’t bad with Leake, as he is a (-135) favorite, going up against Ryan Vogelsong (1-2), and he has averaged over seven innings per start this season (49.2). Plus, the Reds currently have the best team defensive efficiency (.724) in the National League, not allowing extra chances to hitters and baserunners, and that’s huge for pitchers.
Russell Martin, Toronto at Houston ($3,600)
Russell Martin’s bat does not pay attention to splits, as he has 6 HR and 16 RBI against right-handed pitching this season. He’s part of what should be a nice stack of Blue Jays vs. Scott Feldman.
Salvador Perez, Kansas City ($2,500)
He’s healthy and he’s hitting lefties at a .310 clip. The Royals have more hits against left-handers than any other major league team. Spoiler alert: There are a lot of Royals in this writeup.
Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds vs. San Francsico ($3,900)
Votto has an awesome matchup against Ryan Vogelsong, who has allowed seven home runs to left-handed hitters.
Kendrys Morales, Kansas City ($2,900)
He has a nice matchup against CC Sabathia, and Morales leads the team with 12 RBI against left-handers this season.
Devon Travis, Toronto at Houston ($3,300)
Vegas loves the Astros/Jays game as one of the highest-scoring games of the day, with an over/under of 9.0 runs today. Travis leads all Blue Jays with 22 RBI against right-handed pitching.
Omar Infante, Kansas City vs. N.Y. Yankees ($2,300)
Had a nice night Friday and he has six doubles in nine hits (.273) against lefties.
Josh Donaldson, Toronto at Houston ($3,700)
He’s crushing right-handers this season, with six homers and 20 RBI so far, and this game should be a high-scoring affair.
Manny Machado, Baltimore ($3,700)
Only five other hitters have more basehits than M.M. against right-handed pitchers this season.
Yunel Escobar, Baltimore ($2,600)
He’s cheap and he’s batting .306 against righties in 2015.
Marcus Semien, Oakland ($3,500)
I know it’s tough to pay big for a young player just two months into the season, but Semien is batting .400 against lefties, and right-handed hitters are killing Danks this season.
Zach Cozart, Cincinnati vs. San Francisco ($2,600)
He has an .869 OPS vs. right-handed pitching, and Vogelsong is ripe to get rocked Saturday night.
Mike Trout, L.A. Angels ($5,200)
I hate recommending the best hitter in baseball, but he has seven homers and 16 RBI against right-handers, and Bud Norris is allowing a major-league worst .495 wOBA to right-handed hitters this season.
The slugger has four homers vs. right-handers, and Colby Lewis has been known to give up a few longballs (25 last season).
Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City ($2,600)
I’ve mentioned quite a few Royals hitters today, but Cain leads them all against left-handed pitchers, with a 1.088 OPS vs. LHP. Only Nelson Cruz (34) has more total bases vs. lefties this season than Cain’s 30. He also had four RBI Friday night.
Chris Young, N.Y. Yankees ($2,600)
Sure, it’s just a small sample size, but C.Y. is doing what he was brought to the Bronx to do – hit left-handed pitching. He leads the majors with a .433 batting average against LHP, with nine extra-base hits out of 13 (second in the majors).
Good luck with your FanDuel picks for Saturday, May 16!
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