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MLB DFS: Monday Cheat Sheet

Derek VanRiper

Derek is the Director of Media for RotoWire.com, where he's been a two-time finalist for the FSWA's Baseball Writer of the Year award, and winner of the Best Football Article on the Web (2009) and Best Baseball Article on the Web (2010) awards. Derek also co-hosts RotoWire's shows on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (XM 87, Sirius 210).

Here's a quick glance at Monday's slate(s).

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    Park Factors & Lines

    Park factors in this piece are a three-year average from 2015-2017, indexed (100 = average). For example, left-handed home runs at Guaranteed Rate Field (home of the White Sox) have a three-year index of 122, which means there have been 22% more homers hit by lefties from all teams during that span in that park compared to a completely neutral environment. Left-handed hitters have a significant advantage when hitting at Guaranteed Rate Field.

    AT&T Park (home of the Giants), has a three-year run index of 90, which means that games played at AT&T park have had 10% fewer runs scored overall than a completely neutral environment. Overall offensive production is reduced by a significant amount for games played in San Francisco, making it a safer environment than most for pitchers.

    LeftiesRighties
    Road StarterHome StarterHome TmRAVGHRAVGHRKO/UHmL1st Pitch
    Edwin JacksonJordan ZimmermannTigers103981041031011049.5-1153:10 PM
    Tyler SkaggsBrad KellerRoyals1031028510276949.01454:15 PM
    Felix HernandezAndrew CashnerOrioles106103114101121949.51057:05 PM
    Jonathan LoaisigaVince VelasquezPhillies9895120971241098.51257:05 PM
    Gio GonzalezBlake SnellRays92959794901107.0-1157:10 PM
    Jameson TaillonSeth LugoMets909310190921067.5-1107:10 PM
    Shelby MillerDan StrailyMarlins84938691831038.51057:10 PM
    Tyler MahleMike FoltynewiczBraves1021061169881988.5-1507:35 PM
    Joey LucchesiCole HamelsRangers117108107110106939.5-1458:05 PM
    J.A. HappJustin VerlanderAstros8393109941091017.0-2558:10 PM
    Mike ClevingerJohn GantCardinals911029710082958.51108:15 PM
    Duane UnderwoodKenta MaedaDodgers9095113969010310:10 PM


    Pitcher Skills

    These stats look at each starting pitcher's stats since the start of last season.

    The final two columns are team stats for each pitcher's opponent.

    OwRC+ is the team wRC+ for the current season, against the handedness of that pitcher.

    TeamK% is the strikeout rate of the opposing team for the current season, against the handedness of that pitcher.

    Note: Opponent team matchup data from 2018 season.

    PlayerOppIPK%BB%K-BBHR/9ERAWHIPDKFDOwRC+OsK%
    Andrew Cashner (R)v SEA243.014.49.45.01.043.811.42$4,600$6,20011120.1
    Mike Clevinger (R)at STL220.725.310.215.00.823.061.21$11,100$9,8009523.2
    Mike Foltynewicz (R)v CIN233.023.39.014.30.973.901.36$11,800$8,70010220.1
    John Gant (R)v CLE44.020.29.810.41.024.501.34$5,000$5,70011420.7
    Gio Gonzalez (L)at TB 285.722.59.513.00.912.991.23$9,200$8,50010424.0
    Cole Hamels (L)v SD 240.319.68.810.71.353.891.21$9,900$8,9009525.1
    J.A. Happ (L)at HOU236.324.67.217.41.143.541.21$10,500$8,80012220.4
    Felix Hernandez (R)at BAL176.020.37.612.61.484.761.33$7,000$7,5008624.6
    Edwin Jackson (R)at DET76.017.78.69.12.375.211.51$4,8008721.8
    Brad Keller (R)v LAA41.014.09.44.70.222.631.34$4,900$5,50011120.1
    Jonathan Loaisiga (R)at PHI8.726.315.810.50.003.121.73$7,300$6,4009826.2
    Joey Lucchesi (L)at TEX49.025.08.316.71.843.861.29$7,500$7,0009923.8
    Seth Lugo (R)v PIT155.022.15.716.41.104.061.26$7,100$5,9009419.4
    Kenta Maeda (R)v CHC195.325.67.318.31.244.101.23$8,500$8,30010521.0
    Tyler Mahle (R)at ATL101.020.59.810.71.343.651.41$6,800$6,8009819.8
    Shelby Miller (R)at MIA22.020.212.18.10.414.091.45$6,500$6,6008822.8
    Tyler Skaggs (L)at KC 165.023.27.515.81.153.711.31$10,700$9,3008921.5
    Blake Snell (L)v WAS223.724.010.313.71.053.381.22$10,100$9,1009521.8
    Dan Straily (R)v ARI227.721.58.712.71.664.391.34$4,500$6,0008023.6
    Jameson Taillon (R)at NYM216.321.87.314.50.874.291.38$7,900$7,80010221.7
    Duane Underwood (R)at LAD0.00.00.00.000.000.00$4,00010922.1
    Vince Velasquez (R)v NYY152.325.29.615.51.604.961.39$6,600$8,10011522.8
    Justin Verlander (R)v TOR313.027.87.420.41.042.761.04$13,300$11,70010523.1
    Jordan Zimmermann (R)v OAK196.316.06.19.91.565.871.49$6,800$7,20011022.7


    Pitcher Splits

    These splits cover each pitcher's performance against left-handed and right-handed hitters since the start of the 2016 season.

    Stats highlighted yellow indicate matchups favoring the pitcher. Stats highlighted blue indicate matchups favoring opposing hitters.

    v. Leftiesv. Righties
    NameOppK%BB%K-BBHR/9wOBAK%BB%K-BBHR/9wOBA
    Andrew Cashner (R)v SEA17.511.46.01.350.34814.78.06.70.920.336
    Mike Clevinger (R)at STL22.711.011.60.780.30025.810.415.41.030.299
    Mike Foltynewicz (R)v CIN22.110.311.81.240.34123.06.316.70.950.302
    John Gant (R)v CLE21.911.011.01.280.32820.48.212.21.010.333
    Gio Gonzalez (L)at TB 22.96.616.20.260.24622.49.413.01.130.315
    Cole Hamels (L)v SD 18.78.710.10.720.26622.09.013.01.350.320
    J.A. Happ (L)at HOU21.15.315.70.700.24823.27.815.41.190.301
    Felix Hernandez (R)at BAL18.39.88.51.330.33820.57.812.61.300.319
    Edwin Jackson (R)at DET18.711.67.11.190.33915.58.37.22.560.391
    Brad Keller (R)v LAA11.713.3-1.70.000.25015.37.28.10.340.308
    Jonathan Loaisiga (R)at PHI40.020.020.00.000.34017.413.04.30.000.320
    Joey Lucchesi (L)at TEX28.67.121.40.000.26524.18.615.42.310.354
    Seth Lugo (R)v PIT19.38.211.10.930.29522.14.617.61.200.306
    Kenta Maeda (R)v CHC19.39.010.31.290.32831.15.425.71.010.264
    Tyler Mahle (R)at ATL21.215.85.42.280.40520.04.715.30.620.277
    Shelby Miller (R)at MIA13.411.81.61.360.39319.86.813.10.790.306
    Tyler Skaggs (L)at KC 23.45.517.90.650.28023.19.014.01.250.336
    Blake Snell (L)v WAS27.59.817.60.150.23623.411.312.11.070.317
    Dan Straily (R)v ARI20.311.98.41.150.31821.76.015.71.960.331
    Jameson Taillon (R)at NYM16.48.48.00.980.33925.94.321.60.930.297
    Duane Underwood (R)at LAD0.00.00.00.000.0000.00.00.00.000.000
    Vince Velasquez (R)v NYY25.610.215.41.690.35426.97.619.31.370.316
    Justin Verlander (R)v TOR31.18.622.51.180.26925.05.519.61.020.268
    Jordan Zimmermann (R)v OAK16.66.010.61.410.34414.66.08.61.450.364
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