I'm ready for the weekend. I need a break. My mind is full of numbers – football and baseball. Maybe I just need a bunch of hooch. Yeah, that's the ticket. Poor little Ray... working in fantasy sports. Suck it up punk. That what you're thinking? If you are you wouldn't be wrong – at all. I'm just complaining, well, cause I'm obnoxious like that. Here are the matchups for Saturday and Sunday. Had to finish them before heading out to the backyard to work on my tan which is currently approaching savage on the tan-o-meter.
DISH DIAMONDS – The Best Hitting Matchups of the Day
Jose Bautista has a .341/.429/.756 slash line against David Price in 47 plate appearances. Ted Williams would be proud of that. Bautista has blasted five big flies and driven in 11 runs. Wow.
Miguel Cabrera is batting .404 with two homers and eight RBIs against James Shields (47 ABs). Austin Jackson is batting .317 over 32 at-bats. Torii Hunter is at .321 over 53 at-bats. Amazingly he has but one RBI.
DISH DISASTERS – Worst Hitting Matchups of the Day
Adrian Beltre is a force. He's a mystery performer against Jered Weaver. In 74 career at-bats, a large sample size, he's hit .216 with a .231 OBP and .311 SLG. Alex Rios is batting .185 with one homer, two steals an a .5678 OPS over 29 plate appearances.
Kelly Johnson has one RBI and four steals over 40 plate appearances against Ubaldo Jimenez. He's also just hit .235. Has drawn 10 walks leading to a .409 OBP though. Mark Teixeira is just a mess against Ubaldo. He's struck out eight times and hit .105 over 19 at-bats.
Alexei Ramirez is on this list every day at this point, isn't he? He's hitting .222 over 18 at-bats against Zach McAllister. Paul Konerko is 3-for-18 while Adam Dunn (2-for-16 with 10 Ks) and Dayan Viciedo (2-for-13) also struggle.
Jimmy Rollins is a complete disaster against Stephen Strasburg. Like a hen running around in a lions cage trying to escape without being eaten. He has 11 strikeouts in 24 at-bats and has hit .082. Chase Utley is also terrible at .125 over 16 at-bats.
MOUND MAVENS – Starting Pitchers to Target
Cole Hamels dominates the Nationals. In 28 career starts he has a 2.58 ERA and 1.08 WHIP with 190 Ks in 184.2 innings. The last time he allowed more than three earned runs in a start this year was May 27th. He's allowed three homers in eight starts and has dropped his ERA from 4.43 to 2.87 over those outings.
Hisashi Iwakuma... how do you bench him at this point? In eight road starts this season he owns a 2.93 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. In seven outings against the A's he has a 1.09 WHIP though his ERA is elevated at 4.35. Iwakuma hasn't faced the A's this season, but he's allowed just one run in his last two starts while he struck out 17 and walked none (he's issued just two walks his last five starts).
Wade Miley faces a Giants club that is in a tailspin. The last two weeks the team has hit .199 and that is downright pitiful. Miley has allowed just three runs with 18 Ks and one walk over his last two starts.
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Mike Minor pitches in Wrigley. The homers are a certain concerns, he's allowed a whopping eight in his last six starts, but he's also traditionally pitched well against the Cubs (3.56 ERA, 1.12 WHIP over five stats, all of which ended up with Minor getting the “W”).
Charlie Morton has a 3.88 ERA and 1.18 WHIP on the road this season. Those numbers are 2.55 and 1.19 in 12 night starts this season. He pitches in Cincinnati against he Reds. For more on Morton see his Player Profile.
MOUND MESSES – Starting Pitchers to Avoid
Drew Hutchison has been nails on the road. In 11 road starts he owns a 2.43 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. Unfortunately hes made two starts this year against the Rays and though he's won both games the results aren't very impressive: 4.35 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, 0.57 K/BB ratio. Not exactly heartwarming.
Ian Kennedy pitches in Los Angeles. The last time he faced the Dodgers he gave up five runs, four earned, on June 20th. The Dodgers are also 4th in baseball in OPS against righties so it won't be easy for Kennedy to improve upon his previous effort.
Mike Leake faces the Pirates, a club that is 11th in baseball in OPS against righties. The game will be Cincinnati. Leake has allowed 20 hits in his last two starts and has permitted a homer in 5-straight (seven homers his last seven starts). The last time he faced the Pirates he allowed four runs over seven innings while striking out two.
Jake Peavy has been better of late, much better actually, allowing three runs over two starts. Still, he's got a 6.00 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in eight road starts and the last time he faced the Astros he allowed four runs while striking out two batters over six innings. His last win, his only win of 2014? That was on April 25th.
Rick Porcello has been really good this year. However, he was bombed for seven runs in his last outing, and the guy has two strikeouts over his last two starts (14.2 IP). He also had a 4.41 career ERA in 16 outings against the Royals who are batting a robust .285 the past two weeks.