Dare I say, the Braves offense has been…good?! They are a top 10 offense in the last week and rank 5th in wOBA in the last thirty days. They’ve seen a drastic improvement in strikeout rate, only striking out 18.9% of the time, which is the 4th lowest rate in that span. They will now travel to Miller Park, which is one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league. Zach Davies will be on the hill for the Brewers and while he’s been solid for Milwaukee, he’s not a strikeout threat. I suspect the perception around the industry is to avoid the Braves at all costs, but this is the best they’ve played all season long.
I don’t love the matchup with the Twins (weird to say), but Collin McHugh‘s strikeout numbers are worth consideration. Only McHugh and Jose Fernandez have a 10+ K/9 over the last thirty days. McHugh is coming off a ten strikeout outing against Toronto, a feat that he accomplished four starts ago in Seattle. McHugh is a GPP play with upside. The Twins own the 9th worst K% this season and McHugh is in the midst of the best run of his season right now.
Can you muster the courage to roster Cole Hamels at Coors today? It’s scary, but let me play Devil’s Advocate on why you I will own some shares of Hamels today. First of all, it’s Cole Hamels. He continues to have an excellent season and has struck out 18 batters of his last 15 innings. His 2.76 ERA in the last thirty days is the 4th best on this slate. He’s going to benefit from facing a National League squad tonight that struggles against LHP. The Rockies own a 23.5% strikeout rate versus lefties, which is 5th worst in the league this season.
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