Forget pace of play and the meetings on the mound. There’s only one thing baseball needs. We want more day games, Commissioner Manfred. At least one per day, but most days we want at least two.
Luckily, we’re chock full of matinees today and we’ve got some studs working the rubber across the country.
Let’s just hope Mother Nature doesn’t ruin what should be a wonderful day of beisbol.
Washington Nationals (-185) @ Atlanta Braves (+166) | O/U: 8
12:10 p.m. ET
Max Scherzer (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Mike Foltynewicz (0-0, 3.60 ERA)
Early Bird: Max Scherzer is just 6-7 on the moneyline (-4 units) in his last 13 starts when pitching at 1 p.m. ET or earlier, dating back to the middle of the 2015 season. – Evan Abrams
Mad Max: Scherzer is one of the few aces in the league who is a fly-ball pitcher. Since 2015, his 46.6% FB% ranks third-highest out of 123 qualified pitchers. The only other really successful guy to post a number higher than 40% is Justin Verlander. Winds are expected to be blowing out in excess of 10 mph today, which may raise a red flag for some. Scherzer has a +/- of -0.95 on DraftKings when the wind is blowing 5+ mph out to left, center or right field in 18 games since 2014. Compare that to the +4.14 he’s posted as a whole and you can see why there is some cause for concern. Luckily, he’s facing the Braves, who posted the 29th-highest fly-ball rate last season and sit in dead last on the young 2018 campaign. – Mark Gallant