Pirates: Lucas Sims is starting for the Reds. Lucas sims is not a good MLB pitcher. These teams had a doubleheader on the Memorial Day holiday yesterday and both teams’ bullpens are depleted. I like attacking tired, bad bullpens and the Reds fit that bill. The Pirates get a major park upgrade from PNC Park to the Great American Ballpark.
Phillies: Let’s stay with Pennsylvania based clubs. The Phillies will be happy to be home and after not playing yesterday, they are well rested and ready to go. Adam Wainwright is a shell of his former self, as evidenced by the fact that he has given up eight runs in his last nine innings pitched. Also, he has been much worse on the road this season, and now he gets to try his luck at home run prone Citizens Bank Ballpark.
Red Sox: They were happy to be back at the friendly confines of Fenway Park Monday and there is nothing to suggest they will slow down today. Zach Plesac will male his Major League debut against the defending World Series champions, never an enviable task. J.D. Martinez may have finally started his season off on Memorial Day with a two home run outing.
Rays: Lock in Austin Meadows! If not for missing nearly three weeks with a sprained thumb, this guy would be a MVP candidate. And who knows, he may end up in that conversation anyway. He is batting leadoff and setting the table (if not finishing it off by hitting home runs) against Clayton Richard. Well, on second thought, Meadows may not be batting leadoff because of the lefty on lefty matchup, but it would be hard to see this guy taking a seat on the bench. He will then be able to get a few at-bats against the Jays bullpen.
Diamondbacks/Rockies: I will just put these two teams together as the game will be played in Coors. Even though the weather is expected to be cool and damp, this game will likely feature plenty of runs. And with yesterday’s game going into extra innings, the bullpens will not be as fresh as either manager is hoping. Starters Kelly and Senzatela can both be in big trouble and look for ownership to be slightly reduced because of the lack of fireworks yesterday.
DFS meteorologist concentrating on MLB and the NFL, I graduated from UMass-Lowell with a degree in meteorology in 1996. I worked at AccuWeather as a meteorologist for almost a decade. I combined my two loves, weather and sports, and like to think I help 1000s of DFS'ers out each day. Huge Boston sports fan, lover of nature and animals and a proud father of 4 boys (2 biological).