By Ramon Scott, @rsstreams
With several pitchers having been hit pretty hard by certain teams in the past, we look to pick up some of our hitters today from some of the usual places, as Detroit, Boston and St. Louis are all at the top of the probable production list on Sunday.
The current Red Sox unit has his Baltimore’s Wei-Yin Chen to the tune of .323 over 124 at-bats, including seven home runs. Meanwhile, Jose Quintana, of the White Sox, and Mike Leake, of the Reds, have also allowed today’s opponent to hit for over .300 as a team.
Top pitchers going today are in the National League and include the Mets’ Matt Harvey, Washington’s Stephen Strasburg (pictured), the Cubs’ Jon Lester and St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright.
Injuries of note from Saturday Billy Hamilton, of the Reds, who left Satruday’s game with a groin injury and is unlikely to play on Sunday. San Diego’s Justin Upton left Saturday’s game with a quad injury. Washington SS Yunel Escobar is possibly headed to the disabled list with a groin injury. Kansas City’s Alcides Escobar was listed as QUES overnight with a knee injury.
PLAYERS TO AVOID
Jason Heyward – Sunday might be a good day to give Jason some rest, as he is 0-for-10 against Cincinnati’s Mike Leake. His salary has dipped to a season-low 3.4k on FanDuel, however, despite hitting safely in five of his last six games.
Evan Longoria – Evan is 0-for-11 with two walks and four strikeouts against the Yankees’ Pineda. Evan has no multi-hit games so far this season.
Adam Jones – The hot O’s star looks to shake his personal slump against Rick Porcello. Jones is just 4-for-24 off of Porcello, who now toils for Boston. Jones had another three hits on Saturday to extend his hitting streak to eight games.
Chase Utley – The Phils’ 2B is just 4-for-25 against the Nats’ Strasburg, with six strikeouts. Utley may just be given a day off on Sunday, as he is hitless in his last 17 at-bats.
Ryan Howard – Howard has also struggled with Strabsurg, posting just a 3-for-18 career mark. He also has been moved down to seventh in the batting order for three-straight games.
Lucas Duda – Can anyone stop Duda? Well, Miami’s Tom Koehler actually has for the most part, holding him to 2-for-19 with three walks and four strikeouts. Duda’s salary is back down to 4.2k, but still up $800 since he began his good hitting streak. He’s cooled a bit with just one hit in each of the last two games.
Joey Votto – Wainwright has been strong against the Reds’ hitter over their career matchup, as Votto is just 4-for-30 lifetime with seven strikeouts.