MLB Projected Starting Lineups, Matchups and Injury News 4/18/19

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Injury News

  • David Dahl and Ryan McMahon both were activated, and could be back with the team today.
  • Yoan Moncada did test negative for a concussion, but might have a few days off.
  • Francisco Lindor is nearing his return, and could make his debut this weekend.
  • Carlos Santana sat out Wednesday with some hamstring soreness, keep an eye on him.

Today’s MLB Matchups

Underneath each game you will find game and lineup notes, alongside betting and fantasy tips. Clicking into each team will bring you to their team hub where you can look at news, stats, projected lineups, schedule, and more.

Arizona Diamondbacks (9-9) @ Atlanta Braves (9-8)

Starting Pitchers: Luke Weaver (R) vs. Mike Soroka (R)

  • Luke Weaver has not adjusted well to Arizona, struggling in his first few starts. He is allowing a 46% hard-contact rate, and has an extremely tough matchup today.
  • Atlanta has seven bats with over a 40% hard-contact rate in meaningful batted ball entries.

San Francisco Giants (8-11) @ Washington Nationals (8-8)

Starting Pitchers: Drew Pomeranz (L) vs. Patrick Corbin (L)

  • Not only has Anthony Rendon been one of the hottest hitters in baseball this season, he is also a long time lefty masher. Great spot for Rendon against Drew Pomeranz.
  • Drew Pomeranz does indeed look healthy to start the year, and has a 26% strikeout rate. Still allowing a lot of hard-contact and the walks are below average, but that has always been his game.
  • When Corbin misses, hitters are squaring him up hard. He still has a 31% strikeout rate, but is allowing a 52% hard-contact rate and .512 xSLG.

Chicago White Sox (7-10) @ Detroit Tigers (8-9)

Starting Pitchers: Ivan Nova (R) vs. Tyson Ross (R)

  • Ivan Nova has allowed a 40% hard-contact rate this season, and has a .285 xBA against. He will draw the Tigers, who are striking out at a bottom five clip to start the season.
  • Niko Goodrum is a name that stands out right now. He has a 57% hard-contact rate, and .461 xwOBA. His strikeout rate is also down from his career norm at the moment.

Toronto Blue Jays (7-12) @ Minnesota Twins (9-6)

Starting Pitchers: Clay Buchholz (R) vs. Michael Pineda (R)

  • With a few starts now under Michael Pineda’s belt, he has a 26% strikeout rate and 3.5% walk rate. His expected stats are a bit mediocre, but Pineda is always a hit or miss arm.
  • Clay Buchholz made his 2019 debut, limiting the Rays at home. He worked all his pitches, not throwing any one of them over 30%. He has made improvements, and still has one of the nastiest changeups.

Kansas City Royals (6-12) @ New York Yankees (8-9)

Starting Pitchers: Homer Bailey (R) vs. Domingo German (R)

  • The control is what holds Domingo German back, as he sports a 14% walk rate and 28% strikeout rate. He has an excellent curveball, that he uses 35% of the time. Expected stats are all superb, he just needs to find the zone a bit more.
  • Would we expect Homer Bailey to have a 30% strikeout rate this season? No, but he does, and some horrible batted ball and expected stats to his name.
  • Lucas Duda has been in the lineup more often of late, and has a 54% hard-contact rate and .394 xwOBA.

Baltimore Orioles (7-12) @ Tampa Bay Rays (14-4)

Starting Pitchers: Andrew Cashner (R) vs. Hunter Wood (R)

  • Tampa Bay has three bats with over a 50% hard-contact rate this season, Avisail Garcia, Tommy Pham, and Kevin Kiermaier.
  • Despite Andrew Cashner having some decent starts, he has a higher walk rate than strikeout rate, and is allowing a 50% hard-contact rate. Things are going to blow up soon.

Los Angeles Dodgers (12-8) @ Milwaukee Brewers (12-7)

Starting Pitchers: Julio Urias (L) vs. Zach Davies (R)

  • Tough draw for both arms today, as Julio Urias will take on a tough Milwaukee team. Zach Davies will do the same, and face a lot of left-handed bats with now a bump in Miller Park.
  • Cody Bellinger returned to the lineup in yesterday’s game, but Justin Turner took a seat due to some nagging injuries.

Philadelphia Phillies (11-6) @ Colorado Rockies (6-12)

Starting Pitchers: Zach Eflin (R) vs. Kyle Freeland (L)

  • We get ourselves another Coors game, and two offenses that can put up runs in a hurry get a bump.
  • While Kyle Freeland is a solid left-hander, he will face a dangerous lineup of right-handed bats like Andrew McCutchen, J.T. Realmuto, Rhys Hoskins, and Maikel Franco. Scott Kingery will also get into the lineup swinging a hot bat.
  • Zach Eflin has been more notably bad against left-handed hitters, which outside of Charlie Blackmon there isn’t a ton to like.

Seattle Mariners (13-8) @ Los Angeles Angels (8-10)

Starting Pitchers: Felix Hernandez (R) vs. Chris Stratton (R)

  • Two arms that have been below average of late square off in Los Angeles. Both have under a 20% strikeout rate, and are allowing over a .400 xSLG.
  • Kole Calhoun leads the Angels in hard-contact, sitting at 54%. Dan Vogelbach leads the Mariners at 55%.

Cincinnati Reds (5-12) @ San Diego Padres (11-8)

Starting Pitchers: Tanner Roark (R) vs. Chris Paddack (R)

  • Chris Paddack continues to live up to the hype, sitting with a 30% strikeout rate, and allowing a 25% hard-contact rate. His main pitches are the four-seam and changeup. He will use a curve about 10% of the time.
  • Tanner Roark has allowed a 45% hard-contact rate this season, but expected stats are about league average.
  
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