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DISH DIAMONDS – The Best Hitting Matchups of the Day
 
Brewers versus Lance Lynn. It's an extremely small sample size we're looking at here, but check out these numbers: .667, .500 and .400. Those are the batting averages of Scooter Gennett (six ABs), Jean Segura (10 ABs) and Ryan Braun (10 ABs).

Chase Headley faces Jordan Lyles Monday. Headley has long had more success against righties with a solid career slash line of .274/.362/.419.

Derek Norris faces lefty Hector Santiago. For his career Norris' whacked the ball all over the yard against lefties as he's hit .274 with an .840 OPS over 241 at-bats. Check out the 11 homers and 40 RBIs too.

Want to play a hunch? With Ryan Ludwick striking out 14 times in 46 at-bats versus Wandy Rodriguez, check to see if Chris Heisey is in the lineup for the Reds. He's hit .304 with three homers against Wandy in 23 at-bats.

Jhonny Peralta has been atrocious to start the year with the Cardinals. Just awful. He starts to pull out of it Monday as he gets to face Matt Garza who he has 11 hits against in 25 at-bats (.440). If he doesn't, all hope might be lost. Well, something like that.

Brandon Phillips has hit just .254 with a . 694 OPS against Wandy Rodriguez in his career. Still, he had three more hits Sunday to push his average up to .327. He has 11 hits in his last five games.

Giancarlo Stanton is on pace for like 200 RBIs this season. He's also taken Jordan Zimmermann deep three times in 19 at-bats and Jordan is coming off an outing where he allowed five runs while picking up all of five outs.

Justin Upton is out of control hot. Pretty sure that Roberto Hernandez is going to struggle to keep him down. How hot? Upton has hit .591 with four homers, eight RBIs and eight runs scored over his last 22 at-bats.

Joey Votto. The numbers speak for themselves: .352/.397/.556 with a homer in 54 at-bats versus Wandy Rodriguez.

Ben Zobrist takes on Wei-Yin Chen and that has always led to success for Mr. Ray as he's racked up 10 hits in 23 at-bats (.435). Zobrist also hit two bombs Sunday.

DISH DISASTERS – Worst Hitting Matchups of the Day

Jay Bruce The numbers speak for themselves: three hits in 35 at-bats with 16 strikeouts versus Wandy Rodriguez. He's damn near struck out in half his at-bats folks.

Marlon Byrd is not enjoying his at-bats when he takes on Ervin Santana as he's struck out eight times while batting .185 in 27 at-bats.

Billy Hamilton is awful. There, I said it. He left five men on base Sunday and went 1-for-5 to prop up his average to .154. That's 11 games played with two runs and two steals. Doesn't matter who he is hitting off right now. He stinks.

Evan Longoria (2-for-12) and Desmond Jennings (2-for-18) just haven't been able to do much good against Wei-Yin Chen. Jennings also his “hit” .118 over his last 17 at-bats overall.

Pirates versus Homer Bailey. The following Pirates have at least 10 at-bats versus Bailey while failing to hit .180: Starling Marte, Pedro Alvarez, Neil Walker and Jody Mercer.

Howard Bender and I went out Saturday night in San Francisco. Some highlights. (1) Hobos at BART station. (2) Swanky drinks (with Absinthe) at the bar with a gal who told me how much she loves Tom Brady. (3) Quail eggs for dinner. (4) Way, way too many vodka red bulls. (5) Glow sticks. Well a glow necklace. That's right... the Oracle knows how to party.

Casey McGehee has two RBIs in his last nine games.

Adam LaRoche has had a strong start to the year. However, he faces lefty Brad Hand Monday and LaRoche has never been overly impressive against lefties in his career (.245/.300/.429).

Albert Pujols is hitting a meager .211 if he falls behind in the count 0-1. He will face Jesse Chavez who has thrown a first pitch strike 69 percent of the time, a top-10 mark in baseball in the early going.

Will Venable has been dropped to 8th in the order and he's pretty much lost at the moment at the dish. He started out the year 4-for-32 versus righties (.125) and he faces right handed Jordan Lyles Monday.

MOUND MAVENS – Starting Pitchers to Target

4962.gifHomer Bailey has not been good this season with a 7.71 ERA and 2.25 WHIP. OK, he's been awful this year. That will change Monday. He faces the Pirates at home. Last year in 15 home starts he had a 3.35 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. He's also had tons of success against the Pirates in his career with a 2.91 ERA and 1.14 WHIP over 16 starts.

Roberto Hernandez has a 4.35 ERA, but he also has a 1.16 WHIP, 14 Ks in 10.1 innings and an impressive 7.00 K/BB ratio. He faces a Braves club that – minus Freddie Freeman – isn't a huge left handed group, good news for Roberto who has real issues with portsiders: .293/.364/.400 (career).

Ervin Santana tossed eight shutout innings in his first start of the year for the Braves. He's had a 3.12 ERA over his last 33 starts with a 1.10 WIHP. Current Phillies batters have also hit .160 with 18 Ks in 50 at-bats off him.

Eric Stults pitches at home versus the Rockies. Do you know what his numbers at Petco Park are for his career? Try on for size a 10-5 record, 3.18 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP over 22 starts.

Zack Wheeler has actually pitched much better on the road than at home in his young career (2.73 ERA, 1.28 WHIP over 10 starts). He takes the bump in Arizona Monday.

MOUND MESSES – Starting Pitchers to Avoid

2094.gifChris Archer will face an Orioles club that could run out there Chris Davis, Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters, three strong left handed batters. Archer has struggled versus lefties a bit with a .266/.344/.472 line in his young career. The game is also in Camden Yards bringing up another level of concern for Archer.

Wei-Yin Chen has allowed eight runs over 10.2 innings. He hasn't walked anyone, but that's all that can be said positively at the moment. Sit him against the Rays who he was only able to last 4.1 innings against in his last start against them.

There is no truth to the rumor that nacho cheese makes keyboards work better. I ran a test. #NachoFail

Lance Lynn has not pitched well on the road in his career. He has a 17-10 record which plays, but the 4.59 ERA and 1.44 WHIP aren't exactly impressive. He pitches in Milwaukee Monday.


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Comments

Ray Flowers 

rafael - I publish them when I can. Being on the West Coast I try to get them up the day before late at night.

rafael 

Good night Mr Ray. Daily Trends: April 15th could publish early as this? Since the time difference in my country makes me see that it can be too late. thanks

Ray Flowers 

Jimmy - "Masterson, Bogaerts, Castellanos, and Mujica for Anibal Sanchez and Jed Lowrie. Good deal?" Bad deal. Masterson/Mujica likely to equal value for Sanchez. Bog/Cast should bring back a ton more than Lowrie.

Jimmy 

Thanks, I'm proposing a trade. Masterson, Bogaerts, Castellanos, and Mujica for Anibal Sanchez and Jed Lowrie. Good deal?

Ray Flowers 

Jimmy - For more on Simon see - http://www.fantasyalarm.com/articles/flowers/18368/oracle-report-buy-or-sell/?page=2

Ray Flowers 

Good luck to you Monday my friend

Jimmy 

I want to pick up Aflredo Simon or Tyler Skaggs, but don't who to drop or if I should? C Lucroy 1st Rizzo 2nd Ackley 3B Encarnacion SS Rollins OF Adam Jones OF Jason Werth OF Hunter Pence Util Adam Laroche Util Tori Hunter Bench: Jedd Gyroko Nick Castellanos Xander Bogarts Kyle Seager SP Jose Fernandez SP Justin Verlander SP Michael Wacha RP Francisco Rodriguez P Julio Teheran P Justin Masterson Bench: Edward Mujica Drew Smiley DL: Mat Latos Jurickson Profar

Matt Griffith 

Great insight. I enjoy reading these articles every morning. Thanks Oracle.

Ray Flowers 

Rafael - Good luck to you Monday my friend.

Ray Flowers 

Matt Griffith - Thanks for taking the time to read them, and for the support. Appreciate that.

Ray Flowers 

Jimmy - I'd go Skaggs over Simon. I don't see an obvious drop though. In fact, I don't see a move that really makes sense for you. Could drop Castellanos, but given his start that's unwise. I'd stand pat unless you wanted to drop Rollins, something I would not do at the moment.

rafael 

Good night. Excellent article, hopefully all daily trends go early as today. Thanks Mr Ray.   Greetings.


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