If you look at the last thirty days, there are two pitchers on this slate who have a 10+ K/9 and an ERA lower than 2.50. Those guys are Jose Fernandez and Kevin Gausman. Let’s dive deeper into Gausman who has been stellar in his last six starts. He’s sporting a solid 2.45 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 36.2 innings pitched. He’s coming off a nine strikeout performance over seven shutout innings against the Yankees. He will be facing that same Yankee team tonight, but this time at home.
Don’t forget about Rich Hill tonight. The Dodgers starter has only made one start for LA since being acquired from Oakland. Hill has been battling a blister issue for almost six weeks, which scratched him from his regularly scheduled start on Wednesday but he looks ready to pitch today against the Padres. In his start last week, he threw six shutout innings against the Giants and lowered his season ERA to 2.09. He will face the best matchup a pitcher could ask for, taking on the Padres tonight. San Diego owns the second worst wOBA and highest K% in the league over the last 30 days.
The Braves are being earmarked as a GPP play tonight. They’ve been impressive in the last month, ranking 8th in wOBA in that span and only the Rockies has scored more runs in that stretch. They are traveling to hitter-friendly Philadelphia to take on Vince Velazquez who is volatile in all directions. Velasquez is capable of a big strikeout game, but has also allowed 20 earned runs over his last 21.1 innings, which is an 8.44 ERA over four starts. This is an offense trending up with a pitcher trending down.
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