MLB Projected Starting Lineups, Matchups and Injury News 4/1/19
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- Joey Wendle was removed from yesterday’s game with a hamstring injury. He is day-to-day.
- Freddy Galvis was scratched from yesterday’s starting lineup with back tightness.
- Andrew Benintendi sat out yesterday’s game with a sore knee, but did pinch hit late. Should not be serious, and expect him back in tonight.
- Daniel Murphy will miss at least the next few weeks with a fractured finger. It is looking to be a more lengthy IL trip for Murphy.
- Miguel Cabrera returned to Sunday’s lineup after leaving Saturday’s game with a hand injury.
Today’s MLB Matchups
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St. Louis Cardinals (1-3) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (1-1)
Starting Pitchers: Adam Wainwright (R) vs. Chris Archer (R)
- Chris Archer is getting the start today, starting his first full season in Pittsburgh. His numbers were about the same when he moved from Tampa. Archer’s only start against St. Louis was a struggle, going just 4.1 innings allowing 11 baserunners.
- At 37 years old, a lot has dropped off for the once great Adam Wainwright. He began to throw his curveball and cutter more, limiting that decreasing fastball.
- With the cold weather and big ballpark of PNC Park, Vegas isn’t expecting a ton of runs here sitting at 7.5. Public money is on the under.
Chicago White Sox (1-2) @ Cleveland Indians (1-2)
Starting Pitchers: Ivan Nova (R) vs. Mike Clevinger (R)
- Mike Clevinger dominated Chicago last season, holding them to three earned runs over three starts. He also tallied 28 strikeouts in those three starts, winning each.
- The Indians might have been bigger favorites with their lineup last season, but they sit as -170 tonight at home. Public money is heavily backing the Indians to get a win tonight.
- Chicago have struck out an average over 12.7 times per game over the last ten meetings. Sort of expected against this staff.
Detroit Tigers (2-2) @ New York Yankees (1-2)
Starting Pitchers: Tyson Ross (R) vs. Domingo German (R)
- Tyson Ross makes his Tigers debut today. He struggled last season in San Diego, as his walk issues continued, and his strikeouts dropped.
- The Yankees sit has -212 favorites at the moment, which is down from some of the games in the Baltimore series. This game has a high over/under, with the Yankees sitting with a high implied total of 5.1.
- Domingo German made 14 starts last season, posting a 5.57 ERA. He has big strikeout upside, but allowed a ton of walks and home runs.
Milwaukee Brewers (3-1) @ Cincinnati Reds (1-1)
Starting Pitchers: Zach Davies (R) vs. Tanner Roark (R)
- Tanner Roark is making his Reds debut today, starting against Milwaukee. Roark has struggled against left-handers in his career, making this a tough debut with the power lefties in the Brewers lineup.
- Vegas is looking at this game as almost an even split. Cincinnati are small favorites at -112. Public money is heavy on the Brewers.
- The Brewers have averaged 10.3 hits and 5.6 runs per game over the last ten meetings between the two.
Chicago Cubs (1-2) @ Atlanta Braves (0-2)
Starting Pitchers: Kyle Hendricks (R) vs. Sean Newcomb (L)
- Chicago is looking to bounce back from a rough night, and both these teams will be looking to get back on track. Both bullpens are bottom five in runs allowed so far this season.
- Sean Newcomb struggled at home last season, allowing a 5.06 ERA compared to 2.74 on the road.
- Kyle Hendricks has struggled a bit more in the first half of the season in his career, compared to the second. He is still a solid floor pitcher who eats a ton of innings.
Baltimore Orioles (2-1) @ Toronto Blue Jays (2-2)
Starting Pitchers: David Hess (R) vs. Sean Reid-Foley (R)
- We get into the back of the rotation for both teams, and they aren’t very good rotations to begin with. Much like the Tigers-Blue Jays series, we will have to see if these lineups are bad enough the under hits no matter what.
- Toronto enters as heavy favorites, sitting at -170 tonight.
Colorado Rockies (2-2) @ Tampa Bay Rays (3-1)
Starting Pitchers: Chad Bettis (R) vs. Ryan Stanek (R)
- Chad Bettis had his usual severe home road splits, allowing a .287 wOBA on the road, compared to a .384 wOBA at home. However, with no major changes other than the HR/9, Bettis is not a very good arm.
- It looks like we are getting the bullpen game for the Tampa Bay Rays tonight, as Ryan Stanek is scheduled to start. They did this quite a few times last season, and well, it worked.
New York Mets (2-1) @ Miami Marlins (2-2)
Starting Pitchers: Steven Matz (L) vs. Caleb Smith (L)
- Steven Matz held Miami to three earned runs over three starts in 2018, racking up a strikeout per inning. Matz will look to get off on the right foot against a Miami team that was bottom five against left-handed pitching.
- Caleb Smith has the ability to miss some bats, and did just that against the Mets last season with 15 strikeouts over two starts.
- Matz’s last three games against Miami all hit the under. The under is 4-5-1 in the last ten meetings between these two teams.
Houston Astros (1-3) @ Texas Rangers (2-1)
Starting Pitchers: Brad Peacock (R) vs. Drew Smyly (L)
- Brad Peacock won a rotation spot, after moving to the bullpen in 2018. Looking back in 2017 when he made 21 starts, he had a 3.00 ERA and 29.5% strikeout rate.
- Drew Smyly will make his first start since 2016, missing the last two seasons with major injuries.
- Houston has one of the few implied totals over five on the day.
- The under has hit in six of the last ten games between these two teams.
San Francisco Giants (1-3) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (3-1)
Starting Pitchers: Drew Pomeranz (L) vs. Julio Urias (L)
- Julio Urias looked excellent this spring, for what it is worth. He finished with 15 strikeouts in 15.2 spring innings, with a 0.51 WHIP.
- The Dodgers are the second biggest favorites on the day behind the Yankees (-199).
- Drew Pomeranz had a higher velocity in spring training, and looked pretty sharp. His last two seasons have been derailed by injuries. Not saying he is going to have a good start here, but he is a name to watch.
Boston Red Sox (1-3) @ Oakland Athletics (3-3)
Starting Pitchers: David Price (L) vs. Aaron Brooks (R)
- David Price was pushed back to start the fifth game of the series. Boston starters have really struggled, but Oakland’s offense dropped off the table when at home last season.
- Boston has had a rocky start to the season, but are slight favorites on the road against Oakland. Public is all in on the -136 moneyline for a Sox win.
Arizona Diamondbacks (1-3) @ San Diego Padres (3-1)
Starting Pitchers: Merrill Kelly (R) vs. Matt Strahm (L)
- Merrill Kelly is a 30-year-old making his major league debit. He has subpar strikeout stuff, and a below average walk rate in the last few minor league seasons.
- The tables are turning in the NL West, as San Diego enter tonight as -155 favorites.
Los Angeles Angels (1-3) @ Seattle Mariners (5-1)
Starting Pitchers: Chris Stratton (R) vs. Felix Hernandez (R)
- Obligatory Mike Trout Vs. Felix Hernandez BvP statement. He is 31-for-83 off him in his career, with eight home runs.
- Felix Hernandez has lost his last three starts against Los Angeles, allowing 15 earned runs, and the over has hit each time.
- Chris Stratton is making his Angels debut. He had a 5.09 ERA and 4.43 xFIP in San Francisco last season over 145 innings.