MLB Projected Starting Lineups, Matchups and Injury News 5/2/19

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Injury News

  • Juan Soto was scratched from Washington’s lineup yesterday. He is dealing with back spasms.
  • Josh Donaldson missed out again from yesterday, and we would see Johan Camargo in the lineup again if he sits.
  • Christian Yelich isn’t expected back until the Mets series.

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.

Cincinnati Reds (13-17) @ New York Mets (15-15)

Starting Pitchers: Tyler Mahle (R) vs. Noah Syndergaard (R)

  • Tough string of pitchers for the Reds to face, now facing Noah Syndergaard today. They are +155 dogs with a 3.3 implied total.
  • Tyler Mahle has allowed a 49% hard-contact rate and .479 xSLG. On the flip side, Noah Syndergaard has allowed a 27% hard-contact rate and .283 xwOBA.
  • Jesse Winker has been the bright spot in the Reds offense, with a 43% hard-contact rate and .533 xSLG.

San Diego Padres (17-14) @ Atlanta Braves (15-15)

Starting Pitchers: Matt Strahm (L) vs. Mike Foltynewicz (R)

  • Braves come in with one of their lower implied totals of the series, but are -121 favorites with a 4.2 implied total.
  • Matt Strahm has started to even out a little bit after a tough start. He is using that slider 39% of the time so far in 2019.
  • Mike Foltynewicz missed most of April, but has looked decent since returning. He will get a good matchup against the righty heavy Padres.

Houston Astros (18-13) @ Minnesota Twins (18-10)

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

  • Not a lot of offense projected in this one, as both teams have below a 4.5 implied total.
  • Tough matchups for both pitchers, but they have both handled their own this season. Jose Berrios has a .315 xwOBA allowed and 26% strikeout rate.
  • Brad Peacock has allowed a .250 xwOBA and 23% strikeout rate.

Colorado Rockies (14-17) @ Milwaukee Brewers (17-15)

Starting Pitchers: Jon Gray (R) vs. Freddy Peralta (R)

  • Another potential pitchers duel in Milwaukee, as the implied totals of both teams are below 4.5. Christian Yelich is still likely to miss today and return for the weekend series.
  • Jon Gray has been giving up a ton of hard-contact this season (50%), yet doesn’t have the strikeout stuff to make it acceptable. Tough draw for him here in Milwaukee.
  • Freddy Peralta remains a fastball heavy arm, who has struggled against lefties in his short career. However, his strikeout rate sits at 27% this season.

Tampa Bay Rays (19-11) @ Kansas City Royals (11-20)

Starting Pitchers: Charlie Morton (R) vs. Danny Duffy (R)

  • The Rays are big -157 road favorites again, and the Royals have an implied total under four.
  • Danny Duffy will make his second start. He was off in the first, with a 14% walk rate and .393 xwOBA.
  • Charlie Morton has been excellent for the Rays, and has a 29% strikeout rate this season.

St. Louis Cardinals (20-10) @ Washington Nationals (12-17)

Starting Pitchers: Dakota Hudson (R) vs. Stephen Strasburg (R)

  • Washington are -161 favorites despite struggling the first two games, it has a lot to do with the pitching matchups. Dakota Hudson has struggled, but could face a very watered down lineup if Soto is out.
  • Stephen Strasburg has a 32% strikeout rate this season, and hitters have just a .250 xwOBA.
  • Dakota Hudson has been roped this season. He has allowed a .398 xwOBA and 49% hard-contact rate.

Boston Red Sox (14-17) @ Chicago White Sox (13-15)

Starting Pitchers: David Price (L) vs. TBD (L)

  • Boston are -164 road favorites,
  • David Price has dialed up the strikeouts, sitting at a 31% clip this season. He is working his changeup more, sitting at 28% this season. He isn’t relying on one pitch too much.

Toronto Blue Jays (14-16) @ Los Angeles Angels (14-17)

Starting Pitchers: Aaron Sanchez (R) vs. Tyler Skaggs (L)

  • The Blue Jays are +126 road underdogs against the Angels. Los Angeles continues to be a bit overvalued.
  • Tyler Skaggs’ durability is still a question mark, but when healthy he has a 24% strikeout rate this season and hitters have just a 32% hard-contact rate.
  • Aaron Sanchez has a 15% walk rate, and hitters have a .374 xwOBA. He has not been a bright spot in the Jays rotation this season.
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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