FantasyScore Daily Fantasy Baseball Primer: Tuesday 4/14/15
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With an interesting slate going on tonight in baseball, it's a perfect time to try it out. And to help you, we're giving out our FantasyScore optimized lineup, which you can find below.
Rather than going with our number-one pitcher tonight in Matt Harvey, who has a juicy matchup against the Phillies, our algorithm opted for two other top-five pitchers on today's slate in Jake Arrieta and Carlos Carrasco.
Both guys are strong in the strikeout department, which is what you're looking for on FantasyScore given the scoring. Arrieta faces a Reds lineup that, sure, lit up Jon Lester a bit last night, but is generally average. And here's a fun fact: Arrieta took a no-hitter into the seventh twice last year against the Reds at Wrigley. Just saying.
Carrasco doesn't get the same matchup he did in his first outing of the season when he faced a strikeout-heavy Astros team, but he'll be pitching in a fairly good pitcher's park tonight. The White Sox, his opponent, have a strong enough lineup to make some noise, though, so the hope with Carrasco is that he can strike out enough batters to offset any earned runs.
From a batter's standpoint, the lineup looks pretty unstoppable. You've got Mike Trout, who's always capable of going nuts, paired with teammates Albert Pujols and Matt Joyce against right-hander Nick Martinez. Though the platoon split isn't there for a lot of their big bats, the Angels have one of the highest Vegas team totals on the day in a hitter's park.
As you can see, the rest of the lineup is strong throughout. The one piece that appears to be questionable is Anthony Gose, who's been leading off for the potent Tigers' lineup this year when they've faced right-handed pitching. Gose will be in PNC Park, which isn't great for batters, but he'll be up against AJ Burnett, a Pirate righty. Given Gose's cost, he allows the rest of the lineup some breathing room, giving it some big-time bats.