MLB Projected Starting Lineups, Matchups and Injury News 4/22/19

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Injury News

  • Adam Frazier is questionable tonight for the Pirates, and would likely leadoff if he is in the lineup.
  • Ji-Man Choi and Mike Zunino are both questionable for the Rays tonight.
  • Robinson Cano was in a soft cast for his right hand, and is considered questionable for tonight.
  • Mike Moustakas isn’t expected to hit the IL, but did break his finger and is considered day-to-day.
  • Anthony Rendon sat out yesterday due to an elbow injury. We hope he is in the lineup today.
  • You probably caught whiff of another Yankees injury, as Aaron Judge will be out for an extended period of time.

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 (11-11) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (12-7)

Starting Pitchers: Zack Godley (R) vs. Joe Musgrove (R)

  • Pirates are a -138 home favorite tonight, and Joe Musgrove has been excellent so far in 2019. Pirates are 6-3 as favorites this season.
  • Musgrove has a 25% strikeout rate this season, and 4.8% walk rate. His xwOBA is sitting at .264. He gets a team with seven bats over a 20% strikeout rate.

Chicago White Sox (8-12) @ Baltimore Orioles (8-15)

Starting Pitchers: Manny Banuelos (L) vs. David Hess (R)

  • While we have two bad teams here, we also have two very subpar arms on the hill in a hitters park. Both implied totals are over five.
  • Both teams have been favorable on the over this season. Davis Hess has allowed a 50% hard-contact rate, and has a .461 xwOBA.
  • Yoan Moncada continues to hit well, and while he still has a 25% strikeout rate, he looks more comfortable at the plate. He also has a 50% hard-contact rate this season.

Detroit Tigers (10-10) @ Boston Red Sox (9-13)

Starting Pitchers: Matt Boyd (L) vs. Chris Sale (L)

  • Vegas is a little heavy on the Sox, as they are -205 favorites and have a 5.1 implied total. A bit odd despite how poor they have been and how good Matt Boyd has been.
  • Boston are 7-12 as favorites this season, and are 2-5 against left-handed pitching.
  • Matt Boyd has Chris Sale like numbers this year, with a 36% strikeout rate, and is limiting hard-contact to 30%.
  • Sale on the other hand has not pitched like Chris Sale, sitting with a 16% strikeout rate and .377 xwOBA.

Kansas City Royals (7-15) @ Tampa Bay Rays (14-8)

Starting Pitchers: Brad Keller (R) vs. Yonny Chirinos (R)

  • Hunter Dozier continues to mash, and has a .433 xwOBA and 47% hard-contact rate this season. Ryan O’Hearn and Lucas Duda are also sitting over a 50% hard-contact rate.
  • Good spot for the Rays offense again, as Brad Keller has allowed a 43% hard-contact rate, and has a walk rate at 13%.
  • Yonny Chirinos is making a start, and won’t be going deep, but has a 27% strikeout rate.

Philadelphia Phillies (12-9) @ New York Mets (11-1-)

Starting Pitchers: Jake Arrieta (R) vs. Steven Matz (L)

  • Mediocre team totals on both sides, and this game is essentially a pick’em. However, both teams are averaging over five runs in the last ten meetings. The over is 6-3-1.
  • Pete Alonso has a 53% hard-contact rate, and continues to mash. The Mets have a lot of high hard-contact bats, and some guys underperforming.
  • Steven Matz and Jake Arrieta both have a .353 xwOBA so far this season.

Milwaukee Brewers (13-10) @ St. Louis Cardinals (12-9)

Starting Pitchers: Adrian Houser (R) vs. Jack Flaherty (R)

  • Jack Flaherty has struggled a bit this season, but expected stats point to better days. He has a 27% strikeout rate so far this season, and .320 xwOBA. He will need to navigate around the red-hot Christian Yelich tonight.
  • Marcell Ozuna has a .662 xSLG which leads the Cardinals bats. Paul DeJong leads the team in hard-contact, sitting at 48%.

Minnesota Twins (12-7) @ Houston Astros (13-8)

Starting Pitchers: Jake Odorizzi (R) vs. Brad Peacock (R)

  • Houston are one of the bigger favorites on the slate, sitting at -180. They also have an implied total over five. The Astros are 6-0 at home.
  • The Astros have averaged 6.3 runs per game in their last ten against Minnesota.
  • Brad Peacock has a .235 xwOBA this season and 25% strikeout rate. However, he faces a tough Minnesota lineup tonight that doesn’t strikeout a ton.

Washington Nationals (10-10) @ Colorado Rockies (9-13)

Starting Pitchers: Jeremy Hellickson (R) vs. Tyler Anderson (L)

  • Tyler Anderson is making his first start off the IL, and has looked rocky besides that. He has allowed a career .332 wOBA to right-handers, and a .329 wOBA to lefties.
  • This just screams perfect matchup for Anthony Rendon, who has a 67% hard-contact rate and faces a lefty in Coors.
  • Jeremy Hellickson is starting for Washington, and while he has limited damage, he doesn’t miss many bats.

New York Yankees (11-10) @ Los Angeles Angels (9-13)

Starting Pitchers: J.A. Happ (L) vs. Matt Harvey (R)

  • The Angels are 1-6 against left-handed pitching to start the season. The over is 6-4 in the last ten meetings between these two teams.
  • Both Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun have over a 50% hard-contact rate so far this season, but they have reverse strikeout and walk rates.
  • Aaron Judge will be out, and Matt Harvey will get a watered down Yankees lineup. His xwOBA over .400 and 15% strikeout rate aren’t encouraging.

Texas Rangers (12-8) @ Oakland Athletics (11-13)

Starting Pitchers: Mike Minor (L) vs. Chris Bassit (R)

  • Oakland is averaging 6.8 runs per game in their last ten meetings with Texas. The over is 7-3. The A’s are also 7-3 against left-handed pitching this season.
  • Mike Minor has been solid, with a .275 xwOBA, and gets a bump in a pitchers park tonight. Chris Bassitt has a 20% strikeout rate and .231 xBA.
  • Joey Gallo’s HRs have returned as they were expected to. When he makes contact, he has a 65% hard-contact rate.
  
Jason Guilbault has been writing and podcasting in the fantasy sports world for over five years. You can find his work at Daily Fantasy Cafe. He is an avid Tottenham fan, and follows the Boston sports teams. When he isn’t diving into stats, he is enjoying the outdoors or down at the local brewery.

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