Breaking down the 5/26 MLB slate

Hey grinders, I am looking to make this a regular post. I will be breaking every aspect of the days slate. My goal for this blog is to tie up the whole slate into just one piece of writing.

Games and Pitching matchups

Washington Nationals @ Chicago Cubs

RHP Jordan Zimmerman @ RHP Kyle Hendricks

Houston Astros @ Baltimore Orioles

RHP Scott Feldman @ RHP Chris Tillman

Kansas City Royals @ New York Yankees

LHP Jason Vargas @ RHP Adam Warren

Miami Marlins @ Pittsburgh Pirates

RHP Mat Latos @ LHP Jeff Locke

Chicago White Sox @ Toronto Blue Jays

LHP John Danks @ RHP R.A Dickey

Texas Rangers @ Cleveland Indians

LHP Wandy Rodriguez @ RHP Danny Salazar

Colorado Rockies @ Cincinnati Reds

LHP Jorge De La Rosa @ RHP Mike Lorenzen

Philadelphia Phillies @ New York Mets

RHP Jerome Williams @ RHP Jacob Degrom

Seattle Mariners @ Tampa Bay Rays

LHP J.A Happ @ RHP Alex Colome

San Francisco Giants @ Milwaukee Brewers

LHP Madison Bumgarner @ RHP Matt Garza

Boston Red Sox @ Minnesota Twins

RHP Clay Buccholz @ RHP Mike Pelfrey

Arizona Diamondbacks @ St. Louis Cardinals

RHP Archie Bradley @ LHP Jaime Garcia

Atlanta Braves @ Los Angeles Dodgers

RHP Julio Teheran @ LHP Clayton Kershaw

San Diego Padres @ Los Angeles Angels

RHP Odrisamer Despaigne @ RHP Matt Shoemaker

Detroit Tigers @ Oakland Athletics

LHP David Price @ RHP Jesse Chavez

Diving into todays pitching

Team Player WobaR WobaL K/9 XFIP HR/9
Washington Nationals Jordan Zimmerman .232 .342 7.84 3.92 2.32
Chicago Cubs Kyle Hendricks .285 .325 7.29 3.92 0.45
Houston Astros Scott Feldman .382 .302 5.83 3.53 1.17
Baltimore Orioles Chris Tillman .382 .360 6.31 5.21 1.31
Kansas City Royals Jason Vargas .314 .426 4.91 5.26 1.40
New York Yankees Adam Warren .339 .291 5,48 4.61 1.02
Miami Marlins Jose Urena .307 N/A N/A N/A 0.24
Pittsburgh Pirates Jeff Locke .325 .430 7.04 3.88 0.98
Chicago White Sox John Danks .398 .290 6.55 4.95 1.64
Toronto Blue Jays R.A Dickey .348 .328 4.58 4.91 1.68
Texas Rangers Wandy Rodriguez .250 .360 7.53 4.17 0.52
Cleveland Indians Danny Salazar .319 .293 12.37 2.45 1.44
Colorado Rockies Jorge De La Rosa .336 . 392 10.08 3.52 0.65
Cincinnati Reds Michael Lorenzen .349 .455 5.21 5.10 1.89
Philadelphia Phillies Jerome Williams .381 .347 5.25 4.57 1.50
New York Mets Jacob Degrom .207 .335 8.73 3.27 0.97
Seattle Mariners J.A Happ .304 .280 7.23 3.63 0.95
Tampa Bay Rays Alex Colome .297 .372 7.03 3.49 1.48
San Fransisco Giants Madison Bumgarner .291 .305 8.21 3.55 0.95
Milwaukee brewers Matt Garza .348 .341 6.58 4.42 1.38
Boston Red Sox Clay Buccholz .345 .288 9.85 3.11 0.85
Minnesota Twins Mike Pelfrey .361 .264 4.40 4.73 0.60
Arizona Diamondbacks Archie Bradley .346 .272 6.33 4.60 0.33
St. Louis Cardinals Jaime Garcia .301 .525 3.86 5.41 1.29
San Diego Padres Odrisamer Despaigne .405 .265 4.08 4.79 1.27
Los Angeles Angels Matt Shoemaker .383 .353 8.53 3.92 2.64
Detroit Tigers David Price .304 .248 8.15 3.63 0.91
Oakland Athletics Jesse Chavez .236 .279 8.45 3.80 0.41

Drastic Ballpark Shifts

John Danks

Sure, U.S Cellular isn’t quite a pitchers park, but its not the Rogers Centre. I have a hard time seeing Danks keeping the ball in the park. I expect guys like Donaldson, Encarnacion, and Collabello to be highly owned, but rightfully so.

Clay Buccholz

Buccholz will be moving from Fenway Park to The spacious park in Minnesota. He will have a much better chance of keeping the ball in the park against a team that struggles vs righty pitchers.

Favorite 3 pitchers

Clayton Kershaw

Kershaw is an easy plug and play for me in cash games today. He is the largest favorite in the slate and in the game with the lowest over/under. I will have Kershaw in a lot of my tournaments also. His upside is much higher than anyone else as you can realistically see him put up 25 FD points and nobody would blink an eye.

Jacob Degrom

Degrom has the honor of going against the oh’ so bad Philadelphia Phillies tonight. The Phillies are by far the worst team when facing a righty pitcher, its rather laughable. Degrom will be the guy I have more than the field in tournaments. I expect a very nice night and expect some run support.

Danny Salazar

Salazar is a strict GPP play for me. The rangers have been hitting the ball well, but Salazar can shut them down. Danny Salazar has one of the highest Strikeout upside in the league and could see him getting double digit Ks and a win.

Notable BvP

Hitter Pitcher At Bats Hits Double(s) HR(S)
Colby Rasmus Chris Tillman 20 6 2 2
Giancarlo Stanton Jeff Locke 12 6 1 2
Steve Pearce J.A Happ 18 6 2 2

Top 3 Favorite Stacks

Blue Jays

I have to go with the chalk stack as it sticks out so much. I expect the Blue jays to smash Danks and get him out of the game early. Don’t be afraid to play a lefty to be contrarian as the bullpen will ikely bring some righties.

Orioles

The orioles are my favorite stack tonight. My favorite 4 are Machado, Paredes, Adam Jones and Chris Davis. Feldman always leaves a few over the plate and this isn’t the team you want to do that against. Look for the Orioles to take advantage of some mistakes and send a few over the wall at Camden Yards.

Cubs

Jordan Zimmerman is a good pitcher. One of his main weaknesses is letting the ball get out of the park. With the wind blowing out 20+ MPH, I love the cubs. With the same wind yesterday, and the game being low scoring, I expect the ownership to be much lower. The game was an anomaly and I will take the 60 year sample size over the 3 week sample size.

2 to Dong

I will be highlighting m2 favorite guys to hit a HR tonight. 1 that I think has best chance, and 1 sneaky guy.

Giancarlo Stanton

Stanton looked great last night hitting the ball hard. Locke has been better than expected but I can see Stanton Sending one 450 feet tonight.

Chris Young

Chris young will be up against the Royals and Jason vargas tonight. Young has hitting lefties well during his career and this year has been no different. Young should be low owned and i think has a good of a chance at a homer as anyone besides Stanton tonight.

Thanks so much for the read! please give me any feedback wether you like the blog or not. iwill be posting it each and every day and hope it will be useful for some.

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  • KillaChap

    This is fantastic. No fluff, just suggestions and easy explanations.

  • jettyray

    To the point. Solid info with more than a few sound suggestions. Good job.

  • papa123

    Killachap and Jettyray, really appreciate the love. I was trying to do exactly that, get to the point. Thanks so much

  • leratain

    123 your blog is a must read. Keep up the good work.

  • papa123

    @leratain said...

    123 your blog is a must read. Keep up the good work.

    thank you! let me know if there is anything else I should add that would help everyone out

  • xBenJamminx

    • Blogger of the Month

    Papa I think you did a great job here and if you post daily I will definitely be a reader. With that said, have you thought about doing a section on potential stolen bases like you did with homeruns? Maybe take a look at the runner’s SB numbers compared to the pitchers SB allowed numbers along with the catcher’s SB numbers allowed? I think that would be a nice little add-on that is not really seen much throughout RG. Anyways, great job.

  • xBenJamminx

    • Blogger of the Month

    Papa I think you did a great job here and if you post daily I will definitely be a reader. With that said, have you thought about doing a section on potential stolen bases like you did with homeruns? Maybe take a look at the runner’s SB numbers compared to the pitchers SB allowed numbers along with the catcher’s SB numbers allowed? I think that would be a nice little add-on that is not really seen much throughout RG. Anyways, great job.

  • papa123

    @xBenJamminx said...

    Papa I think you did a great job here and if you post daily I will definitely be a reader. With that said, have you thought about doing a section on potential stolen bases like you did with homeruns? Maybe take a look at the runner’s SB numbers compared to the pitchers SB allowed numbers along with the catcher’s SB numbers allowed? I think that would be a nice little add-on that is not really seen much throughout RG. Anyways, great job.

    ah, great idea. I will add that from now on, starting tommorow. Will be doing 2 seperate blogs tommorow. early and late

  • ramsangels71

    Well done! Keep up the great work!

  • ramsangels71

    The stacking section is great for tournaments!

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