Edwin Encarnacion- E5 is officially en fuego, a la NBA Jam. He has 5 homeruns in his last 5 games and hit another 2 last night.
Ryan Raburn- For the season, Ryan Raburn has 4 home runs. All 4 of them have come in the last two games.
Rickie Weeks- Not a more mercurial talent than Weeks in the whole sport, it seems like. Last night, against the Pirates, Weeks went 3 for 4 with a home run.
(Programming note: This version of the pulse is for late games only)
Cliff Lee- The only Cleveland Indian batters with solid BvP numbers versus Lee are Nick Swisher and Jason Giambi, two guys who just don’t frighten anyone anymore. Lee has had his struggle this year, but an Indian’s team that has shown widely variable performances this year seems like an opportune point for Lee to throw a gem.
Paul Maholm- His last outing was a disaster; there is no avoiding that. The Nationals as a team are hitting .234 for the season and they fare even worse against lefties. Bryce Harper is the one player who scores you with the lefty-rightie matchup, but in his careeer, Harper is 0-6 against Maholm.
Paul Goldschmidt- Tim Lincecum is not his former self. Paul Goldschmidt gets better at hitting every single day and is the proud owner of a 2.303 OPS versus the Giants leftie. Goldschmidt will be in all my lineups and I would recommend fading Lincecum for the day.
Robinson Cano- The Yankees face Erik Bedard today, at Yankee stadium. Bedard owns a 15+ ERA and while the Yankees are certainly not the Yankees of old, they can still beat up on a bad pitcher and that is exactly what Bedard is. Start any Yankee that you want, but make sure to check Baseball Press before lineups lock. You never know who Giradi will throw out on a given day.
Chase Headley- Headley is the rare athlete who actually came back from injury and was ready to perform. Tonight, he draws a juicy matchup against the always terrible (unless he is facing the Marlins) Scott Feldman. Take advantage of the matchup and let Headley perform for your squad tonight.
Matt Joyce- Luis Mendoza just isn’t a very good pitcher. I desperately want him to be okay, but he just isn’t. Matt Joyce will get the start against the right handed pitcher tonight, and a home run is my baseline expectation for Joyce. He is 2-3 off of Mendoza in his career and just has to add a homerun now.
Matt Kemp- This is it. The slump buster. I’m calling my shot right now. Kemp gets to face Juan Nicasio, at his home park. For his career, Kemp has hit a triple and a home run off of Nicasio, in only 11 at-bats. He is still dirt cheap many places. Don’t fade this opportunity.
Top 5 BvP Lines
|Paul Goldschmidt R||14||8||1||0||5||10||2||4||0||0||.571||.588||1.714||2.303|
|Jayson Werth R||30||10||4||0||1||5||2||5||0||0||.333||.375||.567||.942|
|Matt Holliday R||27||12||3||1||2||7||3||7||0||0||.444||.500||.852||1.352|
|David Wright R||10||6||0||0||1||3||2||2||2||1||.600||.667||.900||1.567|
|Albert Pujols R||11||7||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.636||.636||1.182||1.818|