It’s been a great start to the season with many risers and fallers already. Today, I will be digging deep through the numbers to find two hitters and one starting pitcher that are sure to win you some cash.
1: Jose Martinez: OF, St. Louis Cardinals
The 30-year-old slugger – Jose Martinez has simply raked since his call-up to the majors, batting a robust .305 in 282 career MLB games. Martinez had gotten of to a slow start this season, but quickly righted the ship on Thursday going 4-5. Today, Martinez has a great matchup against Anthony DeSclafani and the struggling Reds.
Oddly enough, Martinez has actually hit righties better for the bulk of his career, posting a .313/.366/ .468 slash-line against them last year. Also, Martinez has a .360 wOBA, 126 wRC+, 86% solid contact rate, and an underwhelming 16% HR/FB ratio showing some bad luck in the power department. The slugger also gets to hit at the different, but hitter-friendly Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey Park in Mexico.
DeSclafani, on the other hand, has struggled this season to the tune of a 6.75 ERA and worrisome 1.93 HR/9 mark. He has also benefited from some luck so far with .364 BABIP on the season. Martinez is a must start today as he will hit in the heart of a smoldering Cardinals lineup and should produce a great return on your investment.
2: Melky Cabrera: OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
The veteran outfielder has bounced around a good bit in his career, but has never failed to post good numbers. So far he has started of his 2019 campaign the right way with a batting average north of .300. He wasn’t playing every day for the Bucs at first, but after Corey Dickerson went down, he slid right into a starting role with a prominent spot in the lineup.
This afternoon he faces Anibal Sanchez and the Nationals in what should be a hitters game. Cabrera has hit righties great his entire career, posting a .290 AVG and .450 SLG against them in over 4,000 at-bats. He has also posted great numbers against Sanchez for his career, batting about .300 against him in 27 at-bats. Cabrera will also benefit from Nationals Park, a top 3 place to hit last season.
Sanchez was once elite, but he has progressively lost velocity and has seen his ERA rise in the past few years. He is still decent, but should struggle today against Cabrera and the Pirates.
3: Vince Velasquez: SP, Philadelphia Phillies
The former top prospect has had on and off stints as a Starting Pitcher, but had a very promising start, pitching 5 innings allowing only 2 runs on 4 hits against the surging Nationals.
Velasquez has always had good ratios and some talent, but he has never quite been able to put it together. Today he faces the weak Marlins lineup that makes almost any pitcher into a high-end stream. The Marlins have an extremely righty centered lineup, so Velasquez should have the upper hand all game as he has allowed a lowly .236 BAA and insane 27.3 K % against them for his career. He also will pitch behind one of the best lineups in baseball and should get plenty of run support. Overall, for his cheap price, Velasquez is one of the best pitching options you can find today.