MLB Projected Starting Lineups, Matchups and Injury News 4/2/19

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Injury News

  • The Yankees have been hit with the injury bug early, as Miguel Andujar and Giancarlo Stanton hit the IL. Greg Bird and DJ LeMahieu will work more into the lineup now.
  • Dexter Fowler had x-rays on his foot, but showed no fracture. At most he will be out a few games.
  • Joey Wendle hit the 10-day IL with a hamstring injury.
  • After a bad Sunday start for Walker Buehler, he is experiencing some shoulder trouble.

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.

Detroit Tigers (2-3) @ New York Yankees (2-2)

Starting Pitchers: Jordan Zimmermann (R) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (R)

  • The Yankees lineup will look a little differently today, after Stanton and Andujar hit the IL yesterday.
  • New York are once again one of the bigger favorites on the day, taking on another deep rebuilding team at home. No surprise with this line.

Milwaukee Brewers (4-1) @ Cincinnati Reds (1-2)

Starting Pitchers: Jhoulys Chacin (R) vs. Anthony DeSclafani (R)

  • Against the current Reds roster, Chacin has allowed a .356 wOBA and has a sub 20% strikeout rate over 150 plate appearances.
  • Christian Yelich failed to hit a home run for the 5th game in a row. Yelich and the left-handed bats get a bump again today. Anthony DeSclafani allowed a .388 wOBA and .288 ISO to lefties last season. Against right-handers he was much more dominant, holding them to a .294 wOBA and .143 ISO.

Philadelphia Phillies (3-0) @ Washington Nationals (1-2)

Starting Pitchers: Zach Eflin (R) vs. Max Scherzer (R)

  • Bryce Harper comes to town for the first time, and he will square off against Max Scherzer making for must see TV. Scherzer has a 33% strikeout rate against the current Phillies roster.
  • Weather is looking a little iffy here, as rain is in the area. It is more of a concern because Washington is notably bad at calling games early despite them being playable.
  • In 2018, Zach Eflin upped his fastball from 92 to 94 on average. He also threw his slider much more, sitting around 25%. After being a gas can, now he has upped himself to be more of a boom or bust arm.

Baltimore Orioles (3-1) @ Toronto Blue Jays (2-3)

Starting Pitchers: Andrew Cashner (R) vs. Marcus Stroman (R)

  • Toronto’s offense continues to be no-hit through the first halves of games, and by bad pitching. They will face yet another below average arm, this time Andrew Cashner.
  • Marcus Stroman will look to capitalize on a good first start on the season. He threw his slider 35% of the time in that game, using it as a put away pitch at 54.5%.

New York Mets (3-1) @ Miami Marlins (2-3)

Starting Pitchers: Jason Vargas (L) vs. Jose Urena (R)

  • This is a less than stellar pitching matchup heading into tonight’s game. Jason Vargas will round out the Mets rotation before turning over to Jacob deGrom. Urena was another arm that turned up his slider usage, and we will need to see if that continues.
  • Vargas won his two starts against Miami last season, and the under hit in both games. Urena went 2-1 against the Mets last season.

Colorado Rockies (2-3) @ Tampa Bay Rays (4-1)

Starting Pitchers: Kyle Freeland (L) vs. Blake Snell (L)

  • Blake Snell will get the Rockies at the Trop tonight, where he was dominant all last season. On the flip side, Colorado’s offense falls off the map on the road. They are also bottom five in wRC+ to start the season.
  • The Rockies have a miserable 3.2 implied run total tonight.

Houston Astros (2-3) @ Texas Rangers (2-2)

Starting Pitchers: Justin Verlander (R) vs. Shelby Miller (R)

  • Justin Verlander has a 32% strikeout rate against the Texas lineup in his career, sitting with a sample of over 350 plate appearances.
  • Shelby Miller has not pitched a healthy season since 2016. In that season he had a 6.15 ERA and 1.25 HR/9.
  • Houston comes in as massive road favorites at -203, and have one of the highest implied totals on the slate.

Minnesota Twins (2-1) @ Kansas City Royals (2-1)

Starting Pitchers: Jose Berrios (R) vs. Brad Keller (R)

  • Jose Berrios enters as a small road favorite tonight, looking to keep his success going against Kansas City. He has allowed a .277 wOBA and has a 24% strikeout rate against this roster in his career.
  • The Royals have the best ranked speed among any team in baseball.

Boston Red Sox (1-4) @ Oakland Athletics (4-3)

Starting Pitchers: Chris Sale (L) vs. Mike Fiers (R)

  • The speculation of Chris Sale is going to be heavy tonight. Often this is a guy who averages around 95mph on his fastball, but was averaging just 92mph in his opener. He went through this stretch last season, but there is more of a concern right now. Sale’s location was more of an issue, with 23 of his 76 pitches being in the heart of the zone.
  • Mike Fiers found better form in Oakland last season, lowering his xFIP by a run and upping his strikeout rate 7%.

Los Angeles Angels (1-4) @ Seattle Mariners (6-1)

Starting Pitchers: Trevor Cahill (R) vs. Marco Gonzales (L)

  • This game is sitting with a rather high total as the Seattle offense just continues to rake. However, you have two arms capable of limiting an offense. We will just need to see how Safeco plays, as it fluctuates on a yearly basis.
  • Seattle is averaging eight runs per game so far this season. They are also averaging 9.8 strikeouts per game. Boom or bust type matchup at the moment.

San Francisco Giants (2-3) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (3-2)

Starting Pitchers: Madison Bumgarner (L) vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu (L)

  • Madison Bumgarner looked like the one of old last time out, but will endure a tougher matchup against a lineup that has knocked him around a bit lately. He was able to get the Padres to swing out of the zone quite a bit in his 2019 debut. We will have to see against a more elite offense.
  • Despite being +155 underdogs, the Public is looking looking more a the Giants for an outright win.┬áThe under is also 2-0-1 in Bumgarner’s last three starts against Los Angeles.

Arizona Diamondbacks (2-3) @ San Diego Padres (3-2)

Starting Pitchers: Zack Greinke (R) vs. Eric Lauer (L)

  • It looks like the downward trend of Zack Greinke’s velocity has continued. He is now sitting at 88 on average from his last start. His velocity is down across the board.
  • The under has hit six of the last ten games between the two teams.
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