Rangers lefty, Cole Hamels continues to deal. He’s pitching to a 1.83 ERA over his last five starts, which includes keeping his opponents batting average to .198. He’s striking out a batter per inning in that span and has faced some of the toughest offenses in the league during that span. He faced the Cubs, Royals x2, Orioles and a game at Coors Field in his last outing. Today’s matchup with the Tigers would presumably be the best matchup during this stretch. Detroit is just below average in both wOBA and K% in the last thirty days.
Kyle Hendricks gets lost a bit on the Cubs who have plenty of other players to talk about, but Hendricks is in the midst of an insane run right now. Over his last seven appearances (six starts), Hendricks has a 0.86 ERA. That’s allowing 4 earned runs over his last 41.2 IP. This shouldn’t really be too big of a surprise as Hendricks has been great all season long. If you go back a little further, he has a 1.06 ERA over his last 10 appearances. He’s not going to strike out a ton of hitters but he will earn the scuffling Cardinals who rank 24th in wOBA in the last 30 days. Expect him to get plenty of run support from his offense which ranks first in the league in the last 30 days and have now rallied off 11 straight wins.
James Shields may have switched teams and leagues in the middle of the season, but his struggles have followed him. Shields has allowed 14 ER over his last two starts, which combined for 6.1 IP. That’s the equivalent of a 19.89 ERA. In his 12 starts since being traded to the White Sox, he’s allowed 6+ ER on five separate occasions. His floor is incredibly low when it comes to fantasy production. He should have his hands full with the Miami Marlins who are red-hot all of a sudden. They are a top 10 offense this month and can score fantasy points in a myriad of ways.
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