You have to buy Chris Sale right now. Sale is a ridiculous 14-2 and looking like he’s heading for an All-Star Game nod. He’s been outstanding this season and he’s actually getting better. Sale opened his season with a 9-2 record through 12 games but his strikeouts were down to 8.2 K/9 in that process. That’s a low number for Sale who has been a perennial strikeout pitcher for years. We are finally seeing glimpses of his strikeout upside in his last five games, piling on 40 Ks in 35 innings which is a 10.2 K/9. That stretch of games came against the Royals, Tigers, Red Sox, Blue Jays and Astros. Those are some formidable offenses! Now he faces the Atlanta Braves who are dead last in wOBA this season. They are also 29th in wOBA versus LHP.
If you’re willing to take on some risk, consider Chris Archer. He’s also finding his strikeout groove right now, posting 10.8 K/9 in his last eight starts. He’s only failed to last six innings in one of those games. The concern is that he’s going to face the Red Sox tonight who are obviously a potent offense. Archer just faced Boston on June 28th and turned in a solid fantasy outing. He did allow four earned but struck out nine batters over 6.1 innings. I suspect Archer will be one of the more under-owned pitchers on the slate.
I don’t think you need much incentive to roster a team at Coors Field, but the Phillies may be a better option than you expect. After suffering offensively all season, the Phillies have turned a corner, leading the league in wOBA in the last 14 days. They are top ten in both homers and runs during that stretch as well. Now they will earn the obvious benefit of playing at Coors, as well as facing Jon Gray. Gray has surrendered at least one home run in each of his last eight games. Gray has struggled at home (and rightfully so), posting a 5.05 ERA.
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