Today we have some pitching options for today’s 13 game slate, with Stephen Strasburg topping my list. This Pirates team is not very good, and they play in a pitchers ballpark. The Pirates only strike out at about 20% of the time, but Strasburg should be able to still get enough strikeouts in this matchup. The Pirates are bottom 5 in wOBA and wRC+, which are all signs of a bad offense. Strasburg should be able to pay off his $11,400 salary.
JC Ramirez has not produced in his last 2 starts, but he gets an easier matchup vs. the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox do struggle to hit righties, allowing Ramirez to most likely get deeper into this ball game, and at $6,600 I’m interested. He does own a 22.2K%, and that was his key for 3 of his good outings in April. The White Sox do not have a good offense. JC gets to throw in a pitchers ballpark, and that will only help him, as the White Sox do have some pop in their lineup.
The Nationals face Chad Kuhl in Pittsburg. Although PNC Park is not hitter friendly, being the road will ensure 9 innings of ABs for the Nats. I’m a long term Chad Kuhl believer, but lefties are smashing the ball vs. him. .497 wOBA vs. lefties is awful. Harper, Murphy, and Wieters get the platoon advantage, and if Brian Goodwin starts, I don’t mind him either.
The Bronx Bombers take on Jason Hammel in Kansas City today, and despite a big ballpark, I still like the Yankees. Hammel does not give up many bombs, but a .432 wOBA vs. righties won’t do him any favors vs. Judge, Holiday, Castro and Sanchez. Very doable to fit a Yankees stack with Strasburg, and I’m not sure if enough people will be on the Yankees stack tonight.