Each morning we provide the fantasy baseball first pitch, in which we take a snapshot of some of the more interesting storylines and statistics in order to help you set your lineups for today’s action. There are only three games on tap for Sunday, so let’s get ready for the 1 p.m. ET first pitch.
Josh Harrison is a lifetime .462 hitter against Adam Wainwright -- and yes, 13 at-bats is a very small sample size. However, there’s no question that baseball is a mental game, and if a pitcher thinks a batter has his number, perceived dominance can easily become reality. That said, Wainwright has not allowed an earned run in his opening start of the season since 2013, so maybe Pittsburgh bats are best left benched.
New York Mets at Kansas City Royals: In Sunday's Opening Day finale, we pick up where the 2015 season left off, with the two World Series combatants squaring off in a game you can see on ESPN/WatchESPN at 8:30. With the DH in effect, Matt Harvey will not have to swing the bat. Michael Conforto is a possible DH, and could potentially bat sixth behind new Mets second baseman Neil Walker.
Stacking Toronto Blue Jays batters might not be a good move in DFS action on Sunday because Chris Archer has done well in keeping their bats in check, historically. Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista have hit only a combined .145 in 69 at-bats against the Tampa Bay Rays' choice to take the mound in the opener. Logan Forsythe is expected to lead off for the Rays this season, but in 100 previous career plate appearances in the No. 1 spot, he’s managed to hit only .228.
Don’t be fooled by what you see. The Chicago Cubs are indeed playing at the Los Angeles Angels at 3 p.m. today, but even though this is the first of three consecutive games that the two sides will play, it’s actually the final spring training game on the schedule and does not count in the standings. Dexter Fowler, who has been dealing with tightness in his left side, is expected to be in the lineup for the Cubs. If he can get through the contest unscathed, he should lead off for Chicago on Monday.