Inclement weather has forced the postponement of tonight's game; the Tigers and Rockies will be playing a double-header tomorrow, with tonight's game scheduled for 6:40 PM EST tomorrow evening:
Tonight's game vs. the Rockies has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up as the 2nd game of a split doubleheader Saturday at 6:40 p.m., following the scheduled game at 1:10 p.m.
All paid tickets from tonight’s game are valid for Game 2 of the doubleheader or can be exchanged at the Box Office for any game this season. The Box Office will open on Saturday at 9:00 a.m.
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) April 22, 2022
Miguel Cabrera‘s pursuit of 3,000 career hits will have to wait at least one more day. According to beat writer Cody Stavenhagen, the Tigers will be starting Tarik Skubal on the mound for Game 1 of the double-header, while it will be Beau Brieske‘s MLB debut in Game 2.
Skubal will start Game 1 for the Tigers tomorrow.
Game 2 will be Beau Brieske’s MLB debut
— Cody Stavenhagen (@CodyStavenhagen) April 22, 2022
Freddie Freeman To Hit a Home Run (+480)
The Los Angeles Dodgers have an elite matchup tonight for their home run props.
Given their matchup versus Nick Martinez, it seems like a matter of how many home runs will the Dodgers hit — not if.
What it comes down to is pretty simple, Martinez isn't a good pitcher. Over the course of his career, he has a 5.59 xFIP, allowing 1.38 HR/9, a 10.6% walk rate, and a 42.9% fly-ball rate versus left-handed hitters. Those are some rough numbers for a pitcher, but that's exactly the type we want to attack with a home run prop.
We turn to Freddie Freeman, who had a 148 wRC+, a .398 wOBA, a .217 ISO, a 39.0% hard-contact rate, and a 21.4% HR/FB ratio versus right-handed pitchers last season. He's one of the elite hitters in the league — and has been for many years. His prop sits at +480, and in this matchup, I'm excited about his potential.
Pete Alonso To Hit a Home Run (+275)
With a great matchup versus Zac Gallen, the New York Mets have some home run props to consider.
I'm expecting a Polar Bear sighting in the warm climate of the Arizona desert tonight, and no, this isn't an episode of LOST. I'm talking about Pete Alonso.
He is one of the best power hitters in the game and showed that last season versus right-handed pitchers with a 131 wRC+, a .227 ISO, a 39.4% fly-ball rate, and a 39.7% hard-contact rate. Those numbers put him in play basically every night — but especially this one versus Gallen.
Last season, Gallen allowed 2.11 HR/9 to right-handed hitters, along with a 45.3% fly-ball rate, and a 44.3% hard-contact rate. That's about as bad as you can find for a pitcher from last season, and it puts Alonso near the top of the list tonight for potential home run candidates.
Freddy Peralta Under 6.5 Strikeouts (-118)
Freddy Peralta's strikeout prop is sitting at 6.5 tonight, and I'm looking to the under.
Peralta has pitched a total of 7.0 innings this season over two starts and has 10 strikeouts. This is the potential that he has shown throughout his career, boasting a 32.0% strikeout rate since he entered the MLB in 2018.
It's no doubt high and he flashes big strikeout potential a lot of the time. What's also true is that he has a 10.4% career walk rate, which can get him into some trouble. This isn't breaking news, but letting hitters on base for free is bad, and it causes a hurler's pitch count to increase to a point they're pulled from the game.
Peralta's opponent, the Philadelphia Phillies, don't strike out a ton. This season, they have a 21.0% strikeout rate versus right-handed pitchers, which is the ninth-lowest in the league. For a larger sample, their active roster from last season had a 22.5% strikeout rate versus righties, which was the 14th-lowest in MLB.
It simply doesn't line up to be a strong matchup for him, and early-season pitch counts are always narrower.