I'm breaking all the rules in this piece. I'm getting frisky and funky. I'm doing nothing of the sort actually. I just wanted to catch your attention. I can help you out though for the weekend with plenty of BVP data for the weekend matchups on Saturday and Sunday. If that interests you, have a read.
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DISH DIAMONDS – The Best Hitting Matchups of the Day
Carlos Gomez strokes the ball against Mat Latos who will be making his first start of the year. In 15 at-bats Gomez has hit .533 with two homers and seven RBIs. Yeah, ownage. Jean Segura treats Latos like a BP machine too as he's gone 7-for-14. Aramis Ramirez hasn't killed Latos, but he's hit .286 with three doubles and five RBIs over 21 at-bats.
Do the Angels play a hunch Saturday? Gavin Floyd cannot get out Raul Ibanez who has hit .455 with three homers and eight RBIs in just 11 at-bats. Albert Pujols may no longer be a superstar, but he can still defeat mediocre talent. In 13 career at-bats Pujols has hit .528 with two homers and eight RBIs. Josh Hamilton has been on his game since returning and he's always on top of things against Floyd as he's hit .533 with a homer and five RBIs over 15 at-bats.
Ryan Ludwick should be in the Reds lineup. In 29 at-bats against Yovani Gallardo the outfielder has hit .379 with three homers and 11 RBIs in just 29 at-bats. The struggling Jay Bruce has also hammered Gallardo hitting .357 with two homers and nine RBI over 42 at-bats. Let's keep the party going. Todd Frazier has hit .350 with a homer in 20 at-bats. Joey Votto is only batting .244 but he has a homer and 11 RBIs in 41 at-bats. Meanwhile, if Brandon Phillips is healthy enough to play, give him a look too. He's hit .333 with two homers and seven RBIs over 54 at-bats.
Carlos Ruiz and Chase Utley are both 6-for-11 against Edwin Jackson. Utley has three RBIs while Ruiz has two. Marlon Byrd has also hit .304 with a homer and five RBIs over 23 at-bats but the big bopper is Jimmy Rollins who has hit .556 with two homers in nine at-bats.
DISH DISASTERS – Worst Hitting Matchups of the Day
Alex Avila has one hit in 11 at-bats, and five Ks as well, versus Samuel Deduno. The other catcher type, well sort of, of the Tigers is Victor Martinez, and all he does is hit homers. He doesn't hit anything against Deduno though as he has one hit in nine at-bats.
Chris Davis has a homer and four RBIs against R.A. Dickey but he's also hitting .238 and hasn't drawn one walk in 21 at-bats. Adam Jones also struggled against the knuckle baller with a .158 average over 19 at-bats.
Josh Donaldson has two hits in 12-bats, that's a .167 average, to go along with four strikeouts against Hiroki Kuroda. Brandon Moss has a homer but he's also spotting a .200 average and .250 OBP over 16 plate appearances.
Andrew McCutchen is treating June like his b - - - h. Oddly, Randy Wolf has treated him that way in their matchups. McC is batting .200 with a .556 OPS over 28 plate appearances. Clint Barmes, woof. He's hit .100 over 20 at-bats. Randy Wolf guys – come on.
The following group of Nationals players have but one hit against Shelby Miller. Their at-bat totals are listed in parenthesis: Anthony Rendon (5), Jayson Werth (6), Adam LaRoche (8), Denard Span (8) Ian Desmond (9). Just for fun, Bryce Harper too (8).
Ryan Raburn has two homers and eight RBIs in 15 at-bats against Jake Peavy. He's also hitting .200 with a .188 OBP so for the majority of the matchup he's stunk. Michael Brantley has also struggled hitting .227 with five Ks over 22 at-bats though he does have five RBIs. Nick Swisher, just off the DL, has one hit in 12 at-bats but the worst part is that eight of the 11 outs have come via the punchout. Carlos Santana is also 1-for-9.
Alfonso Soriano has been hitting lefties well, but he's also gone 1-for-12 with seven Ks against Scott Kazmir. Derek Jeter cannot hit Kazy either (I totally made up that nickname). Jeter has a .133/.220/.311 slash line over 48 plate appearances.
Josh Willingham has two hits in 16 at-bats against Anibal Sanchez. He's also struck out seven times. Oddly, he's walked eight times which means that despite a .125 average that his OBP is still an impressive .417. Brian Dozier, if his back allows him to play, shouldn't be in your lineup. Physical woes aside, he's also got one hit in 13 at-bats against Anibal.
MOUND MAVENS – Starting Pitchers to Target
Chris Archer faces the Astros in Houston. Current Astros batters are 3-for-24 against him with only one walk. Archer is also rolling over opponents right now having allowed a total of three runs, wait for it, over his last five outings. Five. He hasn't allowed a homer in that time while he's lowered his ERA from 5.16 to 3.42.
Jarred Cosart faces the struggling Rays in Houston. The last time he allowed more than three runs was way back on April 18th. The last time he allowed a homer was back on April 29th. He's also won four of his last six decisions coming in his last six outings. The Rays are hitting .244 with a mere .685 OPS against righties (9th worst in baseball).
Garrett Richards has won his last two games allowing no walks, striking out 13 and allowing no runs. The power sinker is back. He faces the Braves in Atlanta and he's got a 2.08 ERA and 0.97 WHP over eight road starts.
Shelby Miller has made three starts against the Nationals with spectacular results: 0.50 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 18 Ks in 18 innings. He faced the Nats back on April 20th and it was 5.1 innings of shutout ball. He tossed a complete game shutout in his last outing against the mighty Blue Jays. He starts at home.
Scott Kazmir, yet again. Totally bonkers to think that after 13 starts he has a 2.20 ERA and 0.98 WHIP, but there it is. He's allowed just five walks and six runs over his last four starts. He's also sporting a 1.69 ERA and 0.78 WHIP this year over five starts at home. He takes on the Yankees.
MOUND MESSES – Starting Pitchers to Avoid
Gavin Floyd faces the Angels in Atlanta Saturday. Not really sure how he's doing it, but after 6.1 innings of one run ball in Colorado it's time to start taking him seriously. Through seven starts he has a 2.57 ERA and 1.38 WHIP. In three starts at home this year the numbers are nearly the same (2.89 ERA, 1.39 WHIP). Still, that WHIP is pretty darn high and the Angels are 8th in baseball in OPS against righties.
Dan Haren at hone versus the D'backs. Haren hasn't gone more than six innings in 5-straight starts and his numbers since May started aren't very good: 3-4, 4.41 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 1.65 HR/9.
Yovani Gallardo has a 3.71 ERA and 1.25 WHIP this season. Those are both league average numbers. He pitches at home where he owns a 4.01 ERA and 1.24 WHIP over seven starts. He faces the Red. He lost to the Reds on May 3rd when he allowed four runs over six innings.
Hiroki Kuroda faces the Athletics in Oakland. You know what team leads the AL in home OPS? Yep, the A's. The Athletics also handle righties well with the 5th best OPS against them in all of baseball. A bit risky to trust that though given that Kuroda tossed 6.2 innings of one run ball against them just 10 days ago. Still, there it is.
Randy Wolf. Come on. Really? He's allowed 11 runs, nine earned, over his last three starts. He faces the Pirates in Miami.