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Tuesday is the day to make it happen. Actually, you need to make it happen every day, but I just needed a catchy lead in for the BVP piece for June 10th. Here are some of the matchups that you should make yourself aware of before setting your daily lineup.
* NOTE: Players are listed in alphabetical order for the sake of making them easily sortable/findable. The matchups are also generated based on Batter vs. Pitcher data. Just because a player is not listed does not mean that he is a bad or good play. The players listed below are mentioned merely because of the BVP data for the matchup.
DISH DIAMONDS – The Best Hitting Matchups of the Day
Jose Bautista has six hits in nine at-bats against Kevin Correia. The slugger has hit two homers and has riven in five runs. Jose Reyes has also joined the offensive fireworks as he's hit .347 with a .971 OPS over 28 at-bats. He's hit a homer and stolen two bags.
Ian Kinsler has hit .382 with a 1.240 OPS against John Danks in 34 at-bats. He's hit four big flies while driving in 12 runners. Austin Jackson has been stuck in reverse all year, but history suggests success Tuesday. He's hit .385 with three bombs and five RBIs over 49 at-bats. Torii Hunter should also excel as he's hit .326 with three homers, nine RBIs and six steals in 50 plate appearances. Wow is right.
Juan Nicasio has given up a .455 average to both Jordan Schafer and Jason Heyward who both have five hits in 11 at-bats. Freddie Freeman is even better. The all-star caliber first sacker has hit three bombs with seven RBIs in nine at-bats. He's also walked four times. That leaves him with a slash line for the ages: .556/.714/1.889.
James Loney rips it up when Adan Wainwright is on the bump. In 23 battles he's produced a .435 average that includes three doubles an a homer. Another relative lightweight, David DeJesus, has also killed with a .360 average, two homers and a steal in 25 at-bats.
DISH DISASTERS – Worst Hitting Matchups of the Day
Eric Hosmer is a loser. Just ask around. He's also similarly been terrible when Corey Kluber has been on the hill hitting .111 with six Ks in 18 at-bats. Billy Butler matches those numbers... exactly (.111, six, eight).
David Ortiz has just two hits in 19 at-bats against Chris Tillman. He's also struck out five times. A.J. Pierzynski has three hits in 15 at-bats (.200). Mike Napoli has hit .278, but he's also got just one RBI and has struck out eight times in 18 at-bats. Daniel Nava is at .217 with no RBIs over 23 at-bats.
Alexei Ramirez has 64 at-bats against Justin Verlander. He's hit a homer and stolen three bags but he's also batting .250 with a .585 OPS. Unfortunately that's a great effort when compared to three other White Sox. Paul Konerko is batting .172 with 16 Ks in 58 at-bats. Alejandro De Aza is at .192 with a .250 OBP over 28 plate appearances (he does have two homers). Third, Gordon Beckham has a .206/.200/.294 line over 34 plate appearances.
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MOUND MAVENS – Starting Pitchers to Target
John Danks has worked at least seven innings in each of his last three outings. He's also allowed a total of three runs. He'll be facing a Tigers team that he held to one run back on April 21st. He's also been very effective at home this season going 2-2 with a 3.03 ERA and 1.11 WHIP as he's held batters to a mere .212 batting average in Chicago.
Hisashi Iwakuma pitches at home against the Yankees. He's made seven starts this season and gone at least six innings each time out. He's also allowed two or fewer runs in four of the starts. He's also issued a mere three free passes over his last six outings. Oh, and he has a 2.66 ERA over his last 40 starts.
Tom Koehler pitches in Texas against the Rangers. Sounds scary, but with seemingly every player on the club from Texas injured, is it? Tom has a 3.33 ERA and 1.26 WHIP on the season, and though he allowed seven run on May 23rd his ERA over his last seven starts is still 3.59 while his WHIP is 1.29.
Through 13 starts Corey Kluber is 6-3 with a 3.23 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 99 Ks in 86.1 innings. He's gone at least six innings in each of his last seven starts and only once in that time did he not post a quality start. He's better at home than on the road, but he's still worth a start on the road against the Royals.
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Mike Minor is a decent, not great, option Tuesday. He's got a 3-1 record with a 1.12 WHIP in five starts against the Rockies, and he's allowed just seven earned runs over his last five starts this season to drop his yearly ERA down to 3.07. If only the start wasn't in Colorado he could get a hearty thumbs up.
MOUND MESSES – Starting Pitchers to Avoid
Madison Bumgarner. No analysis need. He's a superstar. He starts versus the Nationals, or does he? He hasn't been great at home with a 4.94 ERA and 1.54 WHIP over five starts. The Nats are also second in baseball with a .287 batting average against lefties. Maybe you pass for just one start.
Marco Estrada is making history. He's allowed at least one homer over his last nine starts. Terrible. Ready for historically atrocious? In those nine starts he's permitted 16 homers. Sixteen. Don't know how you can trust him in any setup. He's also allowed 16 runs over his last four starts spanning 23.2 innings (a 6.08 ERA). He takes on the Mets in New York.
Mike Leake has allowed nine runs over his last 11 innings. He face a Dodgers club that has posted a 4.80 ERA against him over 30 innings. The Dodgers are also fourth in baseball with a .767 OPS against right-handed pitching.
Drew Pomeranz has allowed more than two earned runs just once this season. He's allowed four homer in his last three starts though, and his ERA in that time is 4.96. He's also sporting a WHIP of 1.41 over those three starts. Back on May 30th he got the win against the Angels but he also allowed two bombs and five runs in 5.1 innings – his worst outing of the year.
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