It’s the end of the opening week of baseball and it’s been lovely. Roto teams are busy projecting their finish on a weeks worth of stats, and head-to-head teams are flexing their muscles trying to win that first match-up.
If you find yourself behind headed into this weekend and need some help to squeak out a victory in a few pitching categories, we’ve got your back! Take a look at these match-ups happening over the weekend.
Saturday, April 8th
St. Louis Cardinals – Michael Wacha (55% owned)
Wacha gets a home match-up against a speedy Reds team. Wacha was a stud in 2015, tallying a 17-7 record to go along with a tidy 3.38 ERA. Dealing with right shoulder inflammation throughout the 2016 season, Wacha sputtered to a 7-7 record with an ERA of 5.09. Wacha had a 4-0 spring, proving that he’s back in a big way. His 2.43 ERA and 22/6 K/BB ratio over 26 innings point in the right direction.
In his match-up Saturday, Wacha gets Bronson Arroyo and the Reds. This has to be music to Wacha’s ears, as he has OWNED the Reds over course of his short career. He has more wins (6) against the Reds than any other team he’s faced, and owns a career 3.07 ERA over 76.1 innings pitched versus the Reds.
Owned in less than 55% of Yahoo leagues, if I need a win to seal the deal this weekend, Wacha would be my top choice on the free agent market.
Sunday April 9th
Minnesota Twins – Ervin Santana
I’m not saying Ervin is a guy you want rostered all the time, but in small doses he can really help your squad. Sunday, Ervin gets the Pale Sox, which is a pretty good match-up for him. The Sox, outside of Jose Abreu and Todd Frazier, don’t inspire tons of fear in the batters box.
Santana looked decent in his first outing on Opening Day against the Royals. Tossing seven innings of one-run ball, giving up only two hits and two walks, Santana managed to strike out three but should see those trend up a bit more. He had a 7.4 K/9 last season that was right in line with his career number of 7.2.
For those with ice-water in the veins could even hold onto Santana for next week, as he gets the Whitesox again in Week 2! Pencil him into my line-up, please! I’ll take a Pale-hose double-dip!
More to come next week folks! Any ideas or suggestions? Topics you want discussed? Let us know!