Breaking down the 5/27 Early MLB slate - Wednesday edition

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.

This is early only. I will be posting another blog for the late 4 game slate!

Games and Pitching Matchups

Texas Rangers @ Cleveland Indians

RHP Colby Lewis @ RHP Carlos Carrasco

Colorado Rockies @ Cincinnati Reds

RHP Kyle Kendrick @ RHP Mike Leake

Miami Marlins @ Pittsburgh Pirates

Undecided @ RHP Gerrit Cole

Chicago White Sox @ Toronto Blue Jays

RHP Jeff Samardjiza @ RHP Marco Estrada

Kansas City Royals @ New York Yankees

RHP Chris Young @ RHP Michael Pineda

Boston Red Sox @ Minnesota Twins

RHP Rick Porcello @ RHP Phil Hughes

Philiadelphia Phillies @ New York Mets

RHP Sean O’Sullivan @ RHP Noah Syndergaard

Seattle Mariners @ Tampa Bay Rays

RHP Felix Hernandez @ RHP Chris Archer

San Francisco Giants @ Milwaukee Brewers

RHP Ryan Vogelsong @ Undecided

Detroit Tigers @ Oakland Athletics

RHP Alfredo Simon @ LHP Scott Kazmir

Houston Astros @ Baltimore Orioles

RHP Colin McHugh @ RHP Ubaldo Jimenez

Diving into Pitching Statistics

Pitcher Team Woba vs R Woba vs L K/9 XFIP HR/9
Colby Lewis Texas Rangers .235 .329 6.99 4.35 0.64
Carlos Carrasco Cleveland Indians .343 .274 10.58 2.68 0.73
Kyle Kendrick Cleveland Rockies .371 .397 5.06 4.98 1.86
Mike Leake Cincinnati Reds .240 .361 4.60 4.27 1.53
Undecided Miami Marlins 0 0 0 0 0
Gerrit Cole Pittsburgh Pirates .250 .270 9.95 2.63 0.32
Jeff Samardjiza Chicago White Sox .314 .324 7.23 3.84 1.03
Marco Estrada Toronto Blue Jays .347 .287 8.63 4.25 1.67
Chris Young Kansas City Royals .166 .204 5.97 5.04 0.26
Michael Pineda New York Yankees .319 .301 9.21 2.54 0.78
Rick Porcello Boston Red Sox .334 .343 7.85 4.07 1.47
Phil Hughes Minnesota Twins .382 .322 5.90 4.13 1.55
Sean O’Sullivan Philadelphia Phillies .264 .391 5.14 4.56 1.61
Noah Syndergaard New York Mets .287 .303 8.31 4.10 0.52
Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners .276 .251 9.19 2.74 1.02
Chris Archer Tampa Bay Rays .264 .250 10.50 2.79 0.60
Ryan Vogelsong San Francisco Giants .266 .459 6.60 4.80 1.80
Undecided Milwaukee Brewers 0 0 0 0 0
Alfredo Simon Detroit Tigers .224 .342 5.97 4.23 0.63
Scott Kazmir Oakland Athletics .309 .290 8.62 3.78 0.98
Collin McHugh Houston Astros .365 .272 7.34 3.64 0.94
Ubaldo Jimenez Baltimore Orioles .249 .279 8.46 3.13

Pitcher Ballpark Shifts

I will list some pitchers that will going from his home park to an extreme park. I will list both beneficial and negative shifts for pitchers.

Chris Young

Kaufmann Stadium does a good job of keeping balls in the park, which is where Chris Young has been producing at. Today he will be in Yankee Stadium where the ball flys out of right field. I expect some yankees to get ahold of a few.

Rick Porcello

Porcello will be traveling from Fenway Park to the spacious park in Minnesota. Porcello just received a huge contract from the Red Sox and that money ist to be an average pitcher. I expect a good start from porcello and a good season.

Favorite 3 Pitchers

Gerrit Cole

Gerrit Cole will be facing the Marlins with a lineup consisting of Dee gordon, Giancarlo Stanton, uhhhh… ummm…., ya exactly. Stanton is the one guy who really scares me. The reason im not worried about it is Stanton’s biggest weakness is a slider vs a righty. Cole has a great slider and I expect him to actually strikeout out Stanton a few times.

Noah Syndergaard

The Phillies are very bad vs righties, and Syndergaard is a very good young pitcher. Syndergaard has a good floor tommord and can see this being his first huge game of his career.

Ubaldo Jimenez

Jimenez will be pitching against the astros tommorow. They will inflate his strikeout rate and his homerun rate. I see Ubaldo giving up 1 or 2 HRs and stil striking out enough guys to have a good outing.

Notable BvP

Hitter Pitcher At Bats Hits EBH HR
Joey Votto Kyle Kendrick 15 6 2 1
Jay Bruce Kyle Kendrick 17 6 1 2
Brian Dozier Rick Porcello 24 7 0 3
David Ortiz Phil Hughes 29 10 3 2
Dustin Pedroia Phil Hughes 35 11 3 3
Mike Napoli Phil Hughes 15 6 0 2
A.J Pierzynski Zack Greinke 52 21 3 3

Top 3 Favorite Stacks


Mets will be able to tee off on Sean O’Sullivan today. Granderson, Duda, and Murphy are some of my favorite plays of the slate and I expect a very nice outing of the Mets today.


The brewers will face Ryan Vogelson in Miller Park. Vogelsong is AMAZING at giving up Home Runs. Its probably his best skill. The guys in the lineup like Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez, Khris Davis, Gerardo parra, Adam Lind are some of my favorite plays of the day.


Kyle Kendrick will pitch against the Reds tommorow. Kendrck is bad vs everyone, and the reds have players with speed, power and the combo of both. I have no problem with rostering any Reds batter in the top 7 of the lineup.

2 To Dong

Lucas Duda

Duda will be stepping up to the plate with Sean O’Sullivan attempting to get him out. I dont think that will fare well for O’Sullivan. Duda is my number 1 pick for a Home Run.

Jay Bruce

Jay Bruce is going to have a great chance for a homer today. Kendrick leaves plenty of pitches over the plate, and Bruce is a guy that can take advantage of that.

Stolen Base Predictor

I will choose 2 guys I think have a great oppurtunity at a stolen base.

Brett Gardner

Chris Young has trouble holding players on 1st and I expect Gardner to take advantage of that if he can get on 1st.

Billy hamilton

Hamilton will be hitting against Kyle Kendrick. if he can get on base, I fully expect him to easily steal 2nd. Once het gets on 2nd, I expect him to get knocked in.


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  • laser1000000

    Great work. Thanks!

  • elbirdos

    Nice content, a good spell check wouldn’t hurt, I like Duda too but Jose Abreu @ 3200 is hard to pass up.

  • papa123

    @elbirdos said...

    Nice content, a good spell check wouldn’t hurt, I like Duda too but Jose Abreu @ 3200 is hard to pass up.

    Ya abreu is a great option.
    And my bad with the spelling. I was up all night trying to get this out before lock. My bad

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