Here’s a name we haven’t said in awhile, Eduardo Rogriguez! The Red Sox lefty has been mostly terrible this season, but has turned it around since August 1st. In his last four starts, he’s sporting an impressive 2.08 ERA. He’s added 24 strikeouts in this 21.2 IP and holding opponents to a meager .182 batting average against. You can go back even further to see how good Rodriguez has been. If you go back to his last seven starts, he’s tallied a 2.52 ERA and is still striking out a batter per inning. Today, he will face a middle of the road Tigers team in a good ballpark.
It’s worth pointing out Chad Green who is a reliever turned start for the Yankees. He’s only made two starts this season but it’s his last that was the most interesting. Green piled up 11 strikeouts in six innings against the Blue Jays. No matter his role, Green has shown high strikeout potential this season. He’s K’d 40 batters in only 33.1 IP. Today he will face the Angels who rank near the bottom of the league in almost every offensive category, no matter how you split the season.
You have to like both offenses in the St. Louis/Philadelphia game. Mike Leake and Vince Velasquez are both struggling mightily in the last month. They have the worst and 4th worst ERAs on the slate in the last 30 days. Leake’s opponents are batting .339 against him in the last five starts and he’s surrendered at least six earned in three of those outings. Velasquez isn’t faring much better, entering this game with a 7.24 ERA in his last five starts, including a .327 opponents batting average. Both offenses are in play today based on poor recent form in these starters.
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