Wednesday, Wednesday, Wednesday. I just needed to get my word count up for my editor so I used the same word three times. Think anyone will notice? I'm not going to be nearly as lazy when listing the BVP data for the matchups of June 4th.
* NOTE: Players are listed in alphabetical order for the sake of making them easily sortable/findable.
DISH DIAMONDS – The Best Hitting Matchups of the Day
Chris Carter has had a lot of early success against Garrett Richards. In 13 at-bats he's hit a ball into the seats, batted .462 and driven in four runs.
Edwin Encarnacion has a matchup to exploit Wednesday. Rick Porcello hasn't exactly been able to keep the big fella down as EE has hit .417 with three RBIs in 12 at-bats. Melky Cabrera has been even better hitting .471 with an RBI in 17 at-bats. Can't leave out Jose Bautista who is hitting .462 with two RBIs over 13 at-bats. The sinker baller hasn't given up a homer to any of the three batters.
Neil Walker has lit up Ian Kennedy to the tune of three homers, nine RBIs an a .444 average over 18 at-bats. Ike Davis has done even better. He's only got nine at-bats but guess what? He's hit four solo homers. Pretty impressive.
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DISH DISASTERS – Worst Hitting Matchups of the Day
Peter Bourjos figures to be in an out of the lineup now that Oscar Taveras has been promoted. He should be out of it Wednesday against Jason Vargas who has struck him out seven times while holding him to a .125 batting average over 16 at-bats.
Alcides Escobar has hit .261.280/.261 in 27 plate appearances against Adam Wainwright. He also has no homer and no steals. He's just not very good. Eric Hosmer has one hit in nine at-bats. He hasn't been good most of the year.
Mark Reynolds is frequently flailing at the dish, and he's long been unable to do anything of significance against Ricky Nolasco. In 15 at-bats Mark has only two hits but it's the whopping 10 Ks that cause pause.
Jimmy Rollins, woe is he against Stephen Strasburg. Rollins has hit .100 with eight Ks over 20 at-bats. Domonic Brown is 1-for-9 with five Ks against the fire balling righty.
Jayson Werth has produced two homers against A.J. Burnett but he's also hit .125 with seven Ks over the course of 16 at-bats. Danny Espinosa is 1-for-9 with five Ks showing not an iota of success.
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MOUND MAVENS – Starting Pitchers to Target
In three of his last four start Josh Beckett has allowed a total of two earned runs (over his last four he's allowed six earned runs allowed). He pitches at home where he takes on the White Sox and Beckett has been sharp in six home starts (2.31 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 33 Ks in 35 IP).
Corey Kluber starts against the Red Sox. Kluber had 60 Ks in the month of May to become just the second hurler to hit that mark in any month of a season over the last 10 years (the other was Yu Darvish in August of 2013). Kluber is also sporting a 2.66 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in six home starts and the last time he faced Boston he struck out 10. The Sox, if you haven't noticed, haven't been hitting of late. Over the last two weeks the Sox are batting .252 with only nine homers. Compare that to the Blue Jays who are hitting 3.10 with 23 homers as a team.
Daisuke Matsuzaka faces a Cubs team that his barely hit at home (.237/.308/.375). The Cubs have also hit a league worst .220 against righties this season helping to lead to a pathetic .633 OPS, again the worst in baseball.
Stephen Strasburg versus the Phillies in D.C. In seven home starts he has a 2.03 ERA, and over the course of seven starts against the Phillies his ERA is sitting at 2.28. Back on May 2nd he gave up three runs to the Phillies but all three runs were unearned. He's only allowed one big fly in his last five starts.
MOUND MESSES – Starting Pitchers to Avoid
Josh Collmenter tossed a gem last time, a complete game shutout in which he faced the minimum (27 batters). He faces a Rockies club that has a team OPS of .952 and a batting average of .344 at home. Good luck starting any pitcher there, escpeically when they've allowed five homers over their last four starts like Collmenter has.
Jarred Cosart is hard to get excited about. He throws gas and that is neato, but the results are just so middling. He hasn't given up a homer in five starts and that has lowered his ERA down to 4.18, but he still has a 1.38 WHIP and just 40 Ks in 60.1innings. He faces and Angels club that scored five runs off him over six innings back on April 7th.
Edwin Jackson is that hot girl that always flirted with you so you would do her homework, or drive her around on errands – a tease. He's got stuff and at times can be effective (23 Ks over his last three starts covering 16.1 innings). Unfortunately he gave up eight runs in one of those outings and his year long ratios are poor (4.81 ERA, 1.41 WHIP). He faces the Cubs at Wrigley.
Ricky Nolasco faces a Brewers club that has long had his number: eight career starts, 7.58 ERA, 1.84 WHIP. He's also been bombed when he's pitched on the road this year: seven starts, 7.51 ERA, 1.93 WHIP.
Garrett Richards had a rough outing the last time he took the hill as he allowed five runs while recording two outs. Two. Three starts again he faced the Astros and he picked up a loss in that outing too allowed 10 hits and five runs over seven innings. Add up his last three starts of 2014 and Richards has a 7.98 ERA and 1.84 WHIP. Pass on him against the Astros.
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