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Ray Flowers was shocked by the 7-1 loss of Brazil to Germany in the semi-finals of the World Cup. Who wasn't? He was able to gather himself, of course, in time to breakdown the matchups for majior league play on Wednesday. Still shocking was that game of futbol.
* 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
Good matchups due to success at home:
Steve Pearce has hit .374 with five homers in 91 at-bats.
Good matchups do to facing a lefty:
Troy Tulowitzki versus Eric Stults. He's hit .389 with seven homers in just 72 at-bats. He's also playing at home. Drew Stubbs is at .356 with three homers as well. Nolan Arenado has six hits in 13 at-bats against Eric Stults. Tulowitzki, just mentioned him, has seven hits in 19 at-bats (.368). He's also walked seven times leading to an impressive .538 OBP. D.J. LeMahieu has six hits in 16 at-bats (.375).
Jayson Heyward hits the returning to action Dillon Gee very well. In 21 at-bats he's hit .381 with a homer, a steal and six walks leading to a .536 OBP.
Ryan Howard has no fear of Kyle Lohse. It's actually the hurler who should fear the hitter. Howard has hit .440 with a 1.277 OPS against Lohse as he's gone deep twice with eight RBIs over 29 plate appearances.
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DISH DISASTERS – Worst Hitting Matchups of the Day
Adrian Beltre has five hits in 19 at-bats. He's failed to pick up an RBI to compliment his .684 OPS against the suddenly struggling Dallas Keuchel. Elvis Andrus has also had a rough go of it with a .211 mark in 19 at-bats (he does have two steals).
Adrian Gonzalez has four hits in 20 at-bats against Max Scherzer. He has one RBI, but that effort dwarfs what Matt Kemp has done, or more appropriately, hasn't been able to do. Shockingly, Kemp has gone 0-for-18, not a single hit.
Jimmy Rollins has strode to the plate 43 times against Kyle Lohse. He's hit .179 with a .256 OBP and .538 OPS. Unfortunately for Chase Utley... he wishes he was that good. Utley has hit .148 with a .443 OPS and one RBI over 30 plate appearances.
Don't know why you would do this, but dude is talented.
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MOUND MAVENS – Starting Pitchers to Target
Dillon Gee has been really good since June of 2013, but he will be making his first start since May 10th against the Braves at Citi Field. The Braves are terrible against righties with the 5th worst OPS against righties in the game and Gee has a 2.95 ERA and 1.12 WHIP over 12 starts against the Braves. Do you trust him given it's his first start?
Kyle Lohse pitches at home where he has a 2.10 ERA and 0.88 WHIP over seven starts. He's taking on a Phillies team that he walked five batters against in five innings in the last meeting. That's not who he is. He's walked a total of 11 batters over his last 10 starts.
Lance Lynn pitches at home against the Pirates. Lynn has a 3.17 ERA on the year at home, and if you remove the beating he took against the Dodgers two starts ago hes allowed two or fewer runs in each of his last four starts. Doesn't have a great history against the Pirates though (5.13 ERA, 1.44 WHIP in 59.2 innings).
Yordano Ventura has allowed a total of 11 earned runs over his last six starts. Oddly, he has only one game in his last eight in which he has more than four strikeouts. He faces the Rays, a team that he held to just two hits over six scoreless innings in their lone matchup. Yordano has also gone at least seven innings in four of his last five starts.
MOUND MESSES – Starting Pitchers to Avoid
Yu Darvish has been uneven of late. In three of his last four starts he's allowed four earned runs, and in four of his last seven outings it's been four earned runs allowed. He's also been taken deep three times in his last three starts and he has only one win in four outings. He dominated the Astros the last time out and in seven career starts he owns a 2.29 ERA and 0.75 WHIP against them, but boy is he struggling – for him – right now. ANd he got hit on the noggin in BP Tuesday.
Roenis Elias pitches at home against the Twins. Back on May 17th he gave up four runs over seven innings to the Twins, and in his last two outings he's allowed 10 runs in 11 innings thanks in no small part to three homers allowed.
Kyle Gibson has a 5.54 ERA in 10 road starts. In his 10 road starts he's averaged 2.8 strikeouts a game. He's allowed 14 runs over his last three starts... and they have lasted only 12 innings. He pitches in Seattle.
Dallas Keuchel is dealing with injury, and really struggling: last 6 starts - 5.45 K/9, 3.55 BB/9, 4.03 ERA, 1.55 WHIP. He pitches on the road against the Rangers.
Brandon McCarthy makes his first start of the year for the Yankees in Cleveland. In eight road starts this season he has a 4.50 ERA and 1.41 WHIP. In 15 night starts he has a 5.56 ERA and 1.47 WHIP. In 61.2 innings against the Indians he has a 4.38 ERA and 1.36 WHIP. This season he has a 5.01 ERA and 1.38 WHIP. You wanna start that?
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