Kelly Johnson- My Rays stack yesterday went about according to plan. Johnson led the way with 3 hits, a double, a homer and 3 runs scored.
Paul Goldschmidt- Can’t say that I saw this coming against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers. Once Kershaw was out of the game, however, Goldy took control of the game by blasting a game winning homer in the 9th.
Vernon Wells- Whoever hooked Vernon Wells up the rejuvenation machine, I want some of that in the morning instead of coffee. Last night, Wells went 3/4 with a home run, 2 RBI’s and a stolen base.
Jeremy Guthrie- Before Guthrie came to Kansas City, he was one of the worst pitchers in the majors. In KC this year, he is sporting a rather nice 2.40 ERA. The outlying numbers suggestion some regression is possibly coming, but I don’t see it happening tonight. Chris Davis only has 2 hits in his last 5 games and Nick Markakis has only 3. Unless Guthrie gets death by paper cut tonight, I see him having a strong out.
Lucas Harrel- Not a great matchup, but a pretty solid pitcher who has performed admirably in 2013. Outside of one shelling by the Detroit Tigers (and who doesn’t get shelled by the Tigers), Harrell was been a fantasy worth start and he is very cheap on most sites. The elite options today are Cole Hamels and David Price, both who are struggling. That means today is great day to load up on elite pitchers and have cheaper pitchers. Harrell gets a matchup against a team who K’s alot. Mark Trumbo is over 26%, Pujols is over 12.3%, and even the great Mike Trout is over 18%. This should help Harrel keep men off base and limit damage if he does.
Alex Gordon- Alex Gordon is the best hitter on the entire Royals roster. Freddy Garcia has a career 4.14 and his highest career K/9 came in 7 2012 starts with the Yankees. What am I trying to tell you? Stack your Royals and start with Alex Gordon. He is an excellent left handed hitter and Freddy Garcia is a bad right handed starter.
Ben Zobrist- For a team that doesn’t hit very well, it’s insane how many times I’ve stacked Rays in the last week. When the pitching is bad, the hitting will follow. Today, the Rays face up against R.A Dickey who just can’t seem to get a grip onto the magic he had last year. Dickey is a knuckle baller, but even in his Cy Young campaign, he had a real split between lefties and righties. Zobrist can hit from either side of the plate and will lead the charge against Dickey tonight.
Cody Ross- Was not expecting these Batter versus Pitchers stats. Ross is 11-37 off of Hamels in his career, with 5!!! homeruns. Hamels has been struggling with the long ball in his last few starts, even giving up 2 solo shots to the Marlins his last time out. Perfect cheap outfield play.
Garret Jones/Pedro Alvarez- I am going to give you the choice between which streaky Pirates hitter you want to start because I’m that nice of guy. The Mets are trotting out Dillon Gee tonight, who has a 6.16 ERA, 5 home runs allowed, and allows a .507 SLG% to left handed batters. Either guy is an equal bet for a home run tonight. Play whoever is cheapest.
David Wright- On the other side of the diamond from Alvarez and Jones is David Wright, who will be facing Jeff Locke. Locke’s 90 MPH fastball isn’t scaring many, and I don’t expect it to stop Wright who is currently slugging an absurb .608 against righties.
Top 5 BvP lines
|Billy Butler Â R||16||6||3||0||0||2||3||0||0||0||.375||.474||.563||1.036|
|Shane Victorino Â S||14||6||0||0||1||6||1||1||1||0||.429||.500||.643||1.143|
|Joe Mauer Â L||23||10||0||0||2||4||1||2||0||0||.435||.458||.696||1.154|
|Jose Bautista Â R||31||11||1||0||4||7||6||7||0||1||.355||.474||.774||1.248|
|Cody Ross Â R||37||11||2||0||5||7||3||4||1||0||.297||.350||.757||1.107|