MLB Projected Starting Lineups, Matchups and Injury News 4/9/19

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Injury News

  • Mike Clevinger is going to be out at least 6-8 weeks for Cleveland. Hyun-Jin Ryu is going to hit the IL.
  • For today’s slate, things are looking relatively clean.

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.

Cleveland Indians (6-3) @ Detroit Tigers (7-3)

Starting Pitchers: Corey Kluber (R) vs. Jordan Zimmermann (R)

  • Jordan Zimmermann has basically gotten away from that fastball that was crushed last season. He is using his slider 38% of the time, and his curveball 23% of the time. This is at a higher rate as he started to make the adjustment last season.
  • Carlos Santana continues to be a strong bat, hitting over .400 to start the season. Power is limited on this team, as Hanley Ramirez leads the team with two.
  • Both these teams rank 30th and 29th in team ISO this season.

Toronto Blue Jays (3-8) @ Boston Red Sox (3-8)

Starting Pitchers: Matt Shoemaker (R) vs. Chris Sale (L)

  • Today is the ring ceremony for the Red Sox, but a chance to get this season on track. Chris Sale has really struggled to start the season, and that velocity will be on watch yet again.
  • J.D. Martinez has been red hot, as both him and Rafael Devers are up there on the exit velocity charts to start the season. Devers is on track to bust out here soon.
  • Dustin Pedroia will be activated today, and in the lineup hitting 7th.

Tampa Bay Rays (8-3) @ Chicago White Sox (3-6)

Starting Pitchers: Charlie Morton (R) vs. Ervin Santana (R)

  • Charlie Morton will get a weaker Chicago White Sox team, as the Rays continue to do well this season. Morton has looked like his Houston self to start the year.
  • The Rays are striking out 28% of the time so far this season, but face a low strikeout arm in a hitters park.
  • Tim Anderson has made some better adjustments at the plate, swinging outside the zone much less than prior seasons.

Miami Marlins (3-7) @ Cincinnati Reds (1-8)

Starting Pitchers: Jose Urena (R) vs. Luis Castillo (R)

  • Jose Urena’s velocity is a bit of a concern, but his slider usage is up a bit which may tie into things later on.
  • The Reds offense has been one of the worst to start the season, but have over a 4.5 implied total at home against the Marlins.
  • Luis Castillo will look to keep his hot streak going. He has 17 strikeouts and a 59% groundball rate through his first two starts.

Oakland Athletics (6-8) @ Baltimore Orioles (5-5)

Starting Pitchers: Brett Anderson (L) vs. John Means (L)

  • The A’s fell flat last night, but have another 5.5 implied team total. The right-handers are still a target for DFS tonight.
  • Winds are blowing in about 15-20mph from left, but not a huge deal in this one.

Washington Nationals (4-5) @ Philadelphia Phillies (7-2)

Starting Pitchers: Stephen Strasburg (R) vs. Aaron Nola (R)

  • Little velocity note on Stephen Strasburg early on, as his fastball is hovering around 93mph so far this season. He was at 94.5 the year before, and 95.6 the year before that. It is early, but this is a slight concern.
  • Aaron Nola has a 26% strikeout rate, and has held this roster to a .296 wOBA over 189 PA.

Minnesota Twins (5-3) @ New York Mets (6-3)

Starting Pitchers: Kyle Gibson (R) vs. Jacob deGrom (R)

  • Jacob deGrom is a huge favorite on the slate, getting the Twins at home who lose the DH. They have an implied total of 2.6 runs, and the Mets are -219 favorites.
  • 24 strikeouts through two starts already this season, not allowing a run. deGrom has carried over his Cy Young form.

Los Angeles Dodgers (8-3) @ St. Louis Cardinals (5-5)

Starting Pitchers: Ross Stripling (R) vs. Dakota Hudson (R)

  • The Dodgers have been one of the best offenses in baseball to start the season, but the big note is that they are striking out at just a 16% clip.
  • Dakota Hudson doesn’t have much of a big league sample size, but has allowed a .316/.458/.518 slashing line to left-handed hitters so far this season.
  • Ross Stripling is using his fastball less this season, and his changeup far more. It might be because his velocity is down across the board. His fastball has lost two mph so far to start the season.

New York Yankees (5-5) @ Houston Astros (6-5)

Starting Pitchers: Jonathan Loaisiga (R) vs. Gerrit Cole (R)

  • If you don’t know much about Loaisiga, he is a 24-year-old right-hander who ranks fairly high on the Yankees prospect list. His control is the downside at the moment, especially at the major league level in a small sample size.
  • Houston are heavy home favorites tonight, sitting at -177 with a 4.6 implied total.

Seattle Mariners (10-2) @ Kansas City Royals (2-7)

Starting Pitchers: Marco Gonzales (L) vs. Jake Junis (R)

  • More home runs came in last night, as the Mariners now lead the league in team ISO at .284. This game has another high total between the two teams, but the Seattle offense is the one to target right now.
  • Jake Junis is a boom or bust arm, that uses his slider and fastball. If the slider is off, he struggles greatly.

Atlanta Braves (5-4) @ Colorado Rockies (3-7)

Starting Pitchers: Max Fried (L) vs. German Marquez (R)

  • Coors has been hitting the high totals early on, and you have a notable lefty in Max Fried on the hill. Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado were two of the best bats against left-handed pitching last season.
  • Both teams sit with over a five implied total, but the Rockies are slight home favorites.

Texas Rangers (5-5) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (5-5)

Starting Pitchers: Mike Minor (L) vs. Zack Greinke (R)

  • Arizona’s offense has actually been doing well to start the year. After losing some key bats, they have the third highest team ISO at .240, and a 116 wRC+ .
  • Zack Greinke has already allowed six home runs in his two starts.

San Diego Padres (7-4) @ San Francisco Giants (3-8)

Starting Pitchers: Joey Lucchesi (L) vs. Derek Holland (L)

  • Two lefties take the hill again tonight, as the ballpark should be able to suppress the home runs from the right-handed bats. San Francisco’s lineup already does that enough.
  • Not an appealing game for pitching or hitting, but Joey Lucchesi should be able to keep SF limited and have a chance at a win.

Milwaukee Brewers (8-3) @ Los Angeles Angels (5-6)

Starting Pitchers: Freddy Peralta (R) vs. Matt Harvey (R)

  • Freddy Peralta is a sneaky GPP arm for DFS purposes tonight. He relies heavily on his various fastballs, and uses a curveball. Angels offense has been quiet for most of this season, outside of Mike Trout, and have just a four implied run total.
  • It doesn’t matter where Matt Harvey goes, he still is the arm we have seen the last few seasons. Milwaukee is a solid stack to pound with the late night hammer.
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