Since coming up at the end of August, A.J. Cole has made five starts for the Nationals. His ERA isn’t great (4.71), but his strikeout numbers are worth a consideration. His 9.73 K/9 in the last 30 days is second best on the slate, behind only Madison Bumgarner. He’s going to get a soft matchup with the Marlins who rank 28th in wOBA in the last month and Cole should greatly benefit from this game being in Miami tonight.
Clayton Richard makes for an interesting option tonight. His 1.17 ERA in the last month is second best on this slate. In the 8 starts since joining the Padres, Richard has a 1.70 ERA and has allowed exactly one or zero runs in six of those games. He will be at the friendly confines of Petco Park facing the D-Backs tonight. Arizona is occasionally potent but striking out at the 7th highest clip in the last thirty days.
It’s rare that we see a Cubs pitcher in the section to stack against, but that’s what we have with Jason Hammel today. Over his last five games, Hammel has been knocked around, allowing 22 earned runs in 23 innings (8.61 ERA). He’s served up seven homers in that stretch and opponents are hitting .356 against. He will face the Reds today who have been surprisingly good lately, earning the 5th best wOBA in the last month and have their strikeout rate down to a tiny 18.5%.
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