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Some new names make the report today, guys we've yet to see mentioned at any other point in the month of April. That's what makes baseball so fun anyway isn't it? The fact that if you pay attention every day for the course of six months, you're going to see something you never expected to. The best/worst matchups for Wednesday follow.
DISH DIAMONDS – The Best Hitting Matchups of the Day
Brandon Belt has been a horrible slump, so check the lineup to make sure he's even playing, but he is batting .324 with a .845 against lefties this season. He faces Robbie Erlin Wednesday.
Michael Bourn had a nice five game run that led to 10 hits (April 22-27) to get his early season a going. He's set to face C.J. Wilson who he's hit .412 against with two steals over 19 plate appearances.
Joe Mauer has 10 hits, a homer, and six RBIs againts Dan Haren. That's good for a cool slash line of .385/.414/.577 in 28 plate appearances. Kurt Suzuki also enjoys the matchup as he's got eight hits in 19 at-bats (.421) while Jason Kubel has a homer, five RBIs and a .333 average in 18 at-bats.
Am I the only one that thinks Jurassic Park is coming?
Dayan Viciedo is having a fantastic month and the good times should keep rolling even in a tough matchup with Max Scherzer as Viciedo is batting .364 with two homers in 22 at-bats. Maybe Alejandro De Aza will snap out of his funk. He's bating .294 with a .351 OBP against Max in 37 plate appearances.
DISH DISASTERS – Worst Hitting Matchups of the Day
Zack Cozart... oh never mind.
Freddie Freeman has been on fire to start the year but he's also had little success against Nate Eovaldi with only three hits in 17 at-bats (.176).
Emma Stone is my new hero. Seriously.
Jean Segura may or may not be ready to play Wednesday. He likely should take the day off anyway. He's got an 0-for-15 against Shelby Miller which is only slightly worse than the 1-for-13 that Carlos Gomez has tossed up there.
MOUND MAVENS – Starting Pitchers to Target
Just to make a point... why are folks running in droves from Jesse Chavez? He had one moderate start and you're baling? He owns a 2.32 ERA and 1.10 WHIP while allowing one earned run in four of five starts. He takes on the Rangers club that has hit only nine homers in 463 home at-bats this season though they have been productive overall.
You remember when you could just bean someone in the head with a rubber ball in a game of Dodgeball? Things just got a whole lot more interesting.
Drew Hutchison has 18 Ks and just one walk over his last two starts and over his last three outings he's allowed just four earned runs. The Royals have a .337 BABIP at home despite a mere 16.5 percent line drive rate.
Robbie Ross is pitching at home versus the A's. In three starts in Arlington he has a 3.00 ERA and 1.17 WHIP and in three night starts those numbers are even better (1.93 and 1.07). He's also avoided issuing a free pass in any of his last three starts.
Jordan Zimmermann was hit hard when he faced the Marlins back on April 9th (1.2 IP, 7 hits, 5 ER). In his other four outings he has 2.52 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. He faces the Astros Wednesday.
MOUND MESSES – Starting Pitchers to Avoid
Tony Cingrani versus current Cubs: .196/.297/.393 over 56 at-bats. Oddly, only nine punchouts though. He also looked relatively blah against the Cubs back on April 19th as he lasted five innings while giving up a homer, three runs and four walks. His season long K/BB ratio has also dropped to 2.00.
Bartolo Colon is fat. Bartolo Colon is a cheater. Bartolo Colon is also able to get outs more effectively than anyone has the right to expect him to. However, lefties are batting .293 with a .517 SLG against him this season and the Phillies boast some nice left-handed bats in Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins. Oh, and he's Bartolo Colon.
Edwin Jackson pitching at Great American Ballpark. Doesn't that just sound ominous? He faced the Reds back on April 19th and though he got the win he allowed 10 base runners in 5.2 innings. Unscientifically he's also due to be taken deep since he's gone 28.2 innings without allowing a big fly. By the way... did you know he was born in Neu-Ulm, West Germany?
Bud Norris has a 4.44 ERA and one victory in four starts. In his last six starts at Camden Yards he has a 5.68 ERA and 1.80 WHIP. The Pirates should have some success.
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