Who are the best and worst plays for Thursday, April 17th? Our very own Oracle, Ray Flowers, has mined the data, scoured the stats, surveyed the landscape and come up with a list of batters and pitchers to target, or avoid, for game action Thursday.

DISH DIAMONDS – The Best Hitting Matchups of the Day
Charlie Blackmon is pretty much hitting everything this season. He's also batting .485 against right-handed pitching. He starts against Ian Kennedy who he's gotten three hits off of in 10 career at-bats.

Michael Brantley loves to see him some hard throwing Tiger righties on the hill. In 38 at-bats against Justin Verlander Mr. Brantley has hit .395 with six RBIs while stealing four bases. Teammate Michael Bourn, just off the DL, has hit .389 with three steals over 18 at-bats against Verlander.

Dexter Fowler has been slumping since he missed time while hospitalized, but he faces left Bruce Chen Thursday. As you may know, I'm no Chen fan to begin with. Toss in the...

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