Happy Cinco de Mayo! Tip your bartenders and use Uber. We’ve got 13 games on the main slate with some really good pitching options to target, and some really good pitching options to target batters against. I’m focusing strongly on tournaments for Friday’s slate, so you’re going to see me taking some chances.
Pitchers to Target
Francisco Liriano – Feel free to fade me on this one. I might be crazy. When I recommended Liriano here earlier this season he made it 0.1 innings. Literally, he got one out and gave up five earned runs. However, since then, he’s been pretty good. He has over 36 FanDuel points in three of four and has had double-digit strikeouts in that one.
Tampa Bay strikes out a league leading 26% to left handed pitchers, so there is massive upside for Liriano in this one. The only thing that scares me here and is keeping me from jumping all in is his tendency to walk too many batters. While the Rays strike out the most, they also draw the most walks which makes me a bit nervous.
Liriano has got the good park behind him and the ability to fan as many (or more) batters than any pitcher on the slate. Great tournament option.
Chris Archer – On the other side of this same game, I also like Archer. The Blue Jays are the third weakest hitting team against right-handed pitching this season, and I’ve been targeting pitchers against them for weeks now. Archer has already faced the Blue Jays once and had his best fantasy game of the season.
Archer has been struggling a little with walks as well, so as long as he limits the free passes, I think he’s a solid option.
Kenta Maeda (FanDuel) – Maeda is underpriced on FanDuel. He finally had the game everyone has been waiting on last time out, and is in a perfect position to build on that against the Padres in San Diego. The Padres strike out the most of any team against right handers, and unlike the Rays, they walk the second fewest times per game.
Maeda should reach 7+ strikeouts, and as long as he can limit the long ball, he should end the night as a solid play.
Stacks to Target
Arizona Diamondbacks – The D-backs get to play in Coors so obviously they are a good play. The Rockies pitcher, German Marquez, just shut down this D-back offense just a few days ago. Hopefully people will see that and stay away. Not everyone will, but if enough people do, they’ll be an excellent play at depressed ownership. Keep an eye on the lineup here, and don’t be afraid to hop scotch around the order to differentiate yourself a bit.
Washington Nationals – It’s never a bad idea to stack the Nationals. It’s even a better time to do it when there is a game in Coors and their ownership will be deflated. Nick Pivetta, the opposing pitcher, got shelled in his first career start last time out. Somehow he ended up limiting the overall damage giving up just two runs on nine hits over five innings. I don’t see this ending well for him Friday. I’m targeting the heart of the order here.
Batters to Target
Jay Bruce – We’re going to double down on Bruce on Friday. I recommended him Tuesday and predicted he would hit a home run. He hit two and scored 51.4 FanDuel points. I don’t see any reason to fade him here. The season is still young, but he faces Tom Koehler, who has a 0.543 wOBA against 50 left handed batters so far.
Bruce is averaging a 0.488 wOBA against right-handed pitchers with a 0.403 ISO in 72 at bats. This matchup is soooo juicy. How can you not play one of the hottest hitters in baseball right now in such an amazing matchup, especially at his depressed price?
Andrew Benintendi – He’s on the road, batting in the top two of the order against Phil Hughes. I could stop there and you should already be convinced. Benintendi has been exceptional against right-handed pitching so far this year, and he doesn’t strike out very often. Phil Hughes doesn’t strike anyone out very often. There’s a good chance of Benintendi reaching base multiple times in this one with home run upside.
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