The name of the daily fantasy baseball game is scoring as many points as possible be it from your line-up or pitching staff. Match-up stats are fine and dandy as a starting point in producing a roster, but you also must look at other parameters for some fine tuning. Umpires play enormous roles in the final results of all games, so we’re going to take a look at some of the guys behind the dish that could have huge effects on tonight’s scoring.
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Chicago White Sox (Jake Peavy) vs. Cleveland Indians (Jeanmar Gomez) – Peavy is one of the most expensive starting pitchers at DraftStreet.com for the night; and there’s a good reason why. He’s tallied 39 Ks and walked just six over the course of his 45.1 innings of work. He’s going to love home plate ump Larry Vanover’s enormous strike zone (14.3 Ks/game), which will come in handy against the Tribe who rank #1 in walks (136). Gomez has allowed just 18 hits through 22+ innings of work and sports a K/BB ratio of 15/4. Both of these starting hurlers possess fantastic career splits vs. both opposing line-ups, and when you add Vanover to that mix, a pitching duel looks ripe in this series’ finale.
Los Angeles Angels (Ervin Santana) vs. Minnesota Twins (Carl Pavano) – Neither of these teams starting hurlers have avoided many bats to date. Santana enters his seventh start of the year 0-6 with a 5.59 ERA & .301 BAA. He’s gotten exactly zero runs of support in each of his L/5 starts, but that pathetic streak looks to be coming to an end this evening with Sam Holbrook calling balls and strikes. He’s got a very tight strike zone evidenced by his games only seeing an average of 13.6 Ks and 7.6 walks per game. Pavano doesn’t walk many batters, but he’s been very hittable of late giving up 21 hits in his L/18.1 IP. Mauer will be a popular choice to make hay here for the Twins (12/23 with 1 HR), as will Vernon Wells (4 HR & 8 RBI) in a game that should see some runs cross the plate.
Washington Nationals (Ross Detwiler) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (Eric Bedard) – When you have a pair of pitchers squaring off against one another that rank amongst the best in striking batters out, you want a guy behind the dish with an enormous K rate. That’s exactly what both Detwiler and Bedard have going for them tonight with Gerry Davis and his 62.5 percent strike percentage and 14.4 strikeout average. Only an average of seven runs have been scored in Davis’ previous five games behind home plate. The Nats have shown a penchant for swinging freely to date having struck out 227 times (#10), while the Buccos check in at #15 with 221 themselves. With Davis issuing an average of just six walks per game, it won’t allow for many scoring chances between these strikeout aces!