MLB Projected Starting Lineups, Matchups and Injury News 4/5/19

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Injury News

  • Justin Smoak was scratched on Thursday due to a sore neck, keep an eye on his spot in the lineup. It is a bump to Shane Bieber if he is not in.
  • Edwin Encarnacion has been battling a sore hand, and is questionable for today. The off day might give him a chance to get back in the lineup.
  • Jose Ramirez and Nomar Mazara are two bigger names that could be out of the lineup dealing with nagging injuries.
  • Corey Dickerson hit the 10-day injured list, and will be out the next few games.
  • Steve Pearce is back for the Red Sox, and will be a guy that gets into the lineup against left-handed pitching.

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.

Seattle Mariners (7-1) @ Chicago White Sox (2-3)

Starting Pitchers: Yusei Kikuchi (L) vs. Reynaldo Lopez (R)

  • Little bit of weather in this game, but this game was moved back to today due to the rain yesterday. Kikuchi is on the hill, making his third start of his career. He has a 2.53 ERA so far, and will get a White Sox team with some dangerous right-handed bats to worry about.
  • Reynaldo Lopez struggled in his first start, and this is a very tough matchup at home where his flyballs can easily turn into home runs.
  • Domingo Santana leads the Mariners with 11 RBI.

Los Angeles Dodgers (5-2) @ Colorado Rockies (3-4)

Starting Pitchers: Kenta Maeda (R) vs. Tyler Anderson (L)

  • We get the first Coors game of the year, as Kenta Maeda and Tyler Anderson on the hill. Both were very pedestrian in their first starts, and will get tougher tonight.
  • Cody Bellinger is on fire to start the season, hitting .438 with 5 HR and 13 RBI.

San Diego Padres (4-3) @ St. Louis Cardinals (3-3)

Starting Pitchers: Nick Margevicius (L) vs. Jack Flaherty (R)

  • This is another rain game that was pushed back, as San Diego will make their way out to the midwest for the Cardinals home opener. Jack Flaherty is in a great spot for strikeouts, and faces a rather right-handed heavy lineup.
  • On the flip side, Nick Margevicius is in a tough spot against a right-handed heavy lineup. Marcel Ozuna is likely out, but Harrison Bader mashed left-handed pitching.

Tampa Bay Rays (5-2) @ San Francisco Giants (2-5)

Starting Pitchers: Tyler Glasnow (R) vs. Derek Rodriguez (R)

  • The first AL East team is out at an NL West ballpark on the slate, as the Rays take on the Giants. Tyler Glasnow had a strong 2019 debut, and will get one of the worst offenses in baseball tonight.
  • Yandy Diaz is hitting .333 to start the season, and is one of the more underrated hitters on Tampa Bay.

Cincinnati Reds (1-5) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (2-3)

Starting Pitchers: Sonny Gray (R) vs. Joe Musgrove (R)

  • Rain is in the area for this game, and likely will cause a late start or at most a PPD.
  • Sonny Gray looked no different than last season, while Joe Musgrove was labeled a breakout candidate for this season. He will have a chance to take on a Cincinnati offense that is underperforming to start the season.

Minnesota Twins (4-1) @ Philadelphia Phillies (4-1)

Starting Pitchers: Jake Odorizzi (R) vs. Nick Pivetta (R)

  • This is where most of the poor weather sits, and we are looking at a potential PPD in this spot. However, if it plays Jake Odorizzi had a good first start, but is a flyball and HR prone pitcher against a power Phillies offense.

Toronto Blue Jays (3-5) @ Cleveland Indians (3-3)

Starting Pitchers: Trent Thornton (R) vs. Shane Bieber (R)

  • Trent Thornton looked great in his 2019 debut, and will take on a Cleveland lineup that is league average at best these days. Both arms check out as viable DFS and season long options tonight.
  • Carlos Santana has been a consistent bat to start the season, hitting .450.

Boston Red Sox (2-6) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (3-4)

Starting Pitchers: Rick Porcello (R) vs. Zack Godley (R)

  • The Red Sox will visit Arizona, losing their DH. This typically means they can move J.D. Martinez to the outfield if they want his bat in the lineup, which they should given he is the only one hitting.
  • David Peralta is off to another hot start this season, hitting .455.

Miami Marlins (2-5) @ Atlanta Braves (3-3)

Starting Pitchers: Pablo Lopez (R) vs. Kevin Gausman (R)

  • Kevin Gausman will make his 2019 debut after an injury filled spring pushed him back. He will have a strong matchup to get off on the right foot, facing a bottom ten offense at home.
  • Ozzie Albies has been red hot to start the season, hitting .478. The Braves bats could wake up a bit in this series.

Chicago Cubs (1-5) @ Milwaukee Brewers (6-1)

Starting Pitchers: Jose Quintana (L) vs. Brandon Woodruff (R)

  • Last year’s two NL Central teams battled it out, and this year one is continuing the hot trend while the other is struggling in all aspects of the game. Chicago will roll out Jose Quintana, who had league average numbers last season.
  • Javier Baez and Christian Yelich both have continued their strong 2018 seasons into 2019, making the highlight bats tonight.

Oakland Athletics (6-4) @ Houston Astros (2-5)

Starting Pitchers: Frankie Montas (R) vs. Collin McHugh (R)

  • Collin McHugh is coming off a tremendous start, which was his first one in a while given he has been a bullpen arm for the last season and a half. His slider usage remained similar, giving him that strikeout upside.
  • Frankie Montas also looked to have improved his pitch mix, which was desperately needed. He has a power fastball and now working in more off-speed stuff.

Texas Rangers (5-2) @ Los Angeles Angels (1-6)

Starting Pitchers: Lance Lynn (R) vs. Felix Pena (R)

  • Lance Lynn was Lance Lynn in his first Texas start, but will now move on to Los Angeles which is a spot where he could find some moderate success. Los Angeles is an abysmal offense right now.
  • Much like yesterday, the Texas left-handed bats are ones to target against Felix Pena.
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