One of the fun things about the first part of the MLB season are the funny-looking numbers. We’ve got some weird-looking ERAs out there thanks to some funky first starts by some highly-reputed pitchers.

Today’s guide gives you some food for thought on four divisional matchups, and we will be updating it throughout the day with market information and other pertinent analysis. What a great way to spend a Friday.

  • Kansas City Royals (+189) @ Cleveland Indians (-211), 4:10 p.m. ET
  • Baltimore Orioles (+154) @ New York Yankees (-171), 7:05 p.m. ET
  • Chicago Cubs (-135) @ Milwaukee Brewers (+122), 8:10 p.m. ET

Kansas City Royals (+189) @ Cleveland Indians (-211) | O/U: 7.5
4:10 p.m. ET
Danny Duffy (0-1, 11.25 ERA) vs. Carlos Carrasco (1-0, 7.94 ERA)

Windians: Cleveland has won eight consecutive regular-season starts with Carrasco on the mound. The Indians have outscored their opponents by 5.4 runs in those outings. – John Ewing

Rebound Potential: Duffy and Carrasco both brought frowns to fantasy owners in their respective first starts. Duffy barely stayed in the positive numbers with 3.6 DraftKings points, while Carrasco managed 10.55 at his $10,100 price tag. It may not be the best time to get down heavy on Carrasco in the DFS world. While the Royals offense has been abysmal, Kansas City also doesn’t strike out at all. The Royals have struck out by far the least of any team on the young 2018 season. – Mark Gallant

Duff Man: Danny “Bury Me A Royal” Duffy didn’t cover himself in glory in his first start of the year. The 29-year-old southpaw allowed five runs on seven hits – including three homers – and a pair of walks in four innings. After facing just 10 batters through the first three innings, Duffy imploded in the fourth and that was all she wrote. It was a little concerning for the Royals’ de facto ace, but he did touch 93 on the gun early in the start – a good sign after a shoulder issue forced him out of his last spring start.

It’s not easy to trust a pitcher after a start such as the one Duffy stitched together last week, but it was one very weird inning against three strong ones for the California native. Let’s give him another chance. – Michael Leboff



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