I suppose the Red Sox are going to be all right.
Boston whipped up on the White Sox over the weekend and has now won 7 of their last 10, yet are still one game under .500 and have a lot of work to do to catch the Rays in the AL East.
Maybe they will be OK, maybe this is just a small burst. But they are the defending champs and you shouldn’t count them out.
Baseball 2019 is just weird so far. Only into the second month of the season, the Twins, Rays and Cubs all lead their divisions and are tied for the best records in baseball, the Rangers are .500 (who saw that coming?) Despite all of their injuries, the Yankees are still 5 games over .500, the A’s are last in the AL West, the NL Central is stacked and the Padres are 3 games over .500.
Plenty of time for things to shake up two or three times over though, and now it’s time to talk shop.
We have 9 games on tonight’s slate and tons of stud pitchers to choose from. We have a lot of the best teams in baseball on this slate, too, so you are going to have to ride or die on some decisions. Hopefully, I can help you with some of those.
Jhoulys Chacin – vs. Washington Nationals – $6,500/$6,900
Analysis: This one feels dirty. While Chacin has been a 7/11 for lefty dingers, he’s stingy against right-handed bats. Gone are Juan Soto and Matt Adams, there’s no Ryan Zimmerman, and no Trea Turner. This is a below average baseball team right now and its right-handed heavy. Washington is 26th in team wOBA vs. RH pitching, striking out 26% of the time. Chacin has struggled with lefties, but he’s eating up RH bats, allowing only a .316 wOBA and a 9.47 K/9.