Dylan Bundy has worked exclusively as a reliver in the first half, but will be making his first start today against the struggling Rays. Bundy hasn’t allowed a run over his last 14.1 IP, which was six appearances. He’s piling on the strikeouts with 19 in that span and coming off a torrid seven strikeout performance in just 2.1 IP in his last outing. Yes, you read that correctly. He recorded all seven outs via strikeout. Now he faces a Rays team that is on life support that has lost 23 of their last 26 games. So it should be no surprise that in the last thirty days, they rank 21st in wOBA and are striking out at 24.7%, which is the second worst mark in the league.
I’m not sure what’s going on with J.A. Happ right now, but he’s dealing! His last two starts have generated 20 (!!) strikeouts in 12.2 IP while only allowing one run. If you throw out his game at Coors (where you never would have rostered him), Happ has only allowed three earned runs over his last four starts (24.2 IP). Now he will face the Athletics who are slightly below average versus LHP this season but rank 27th in wOBA in the L30 days. Happ should benefit from traveling to Oakland, which is a very pitcher-friendly park.
The Minnesota Twins are another team that continues to roll offensively right now. They rank in the top five in wOBA in the last month and are the best offense in the league over the last 14 days. In that latest stretch, they smacked 17 HRs (third most) and have scored the most runs. They are making it difficult on opposing pitchers by striking out at a tiny 14.8% rate. They will battle Josh Tomlin who has been volatile this season. Tomlin was beat up for eight runs in 4.2 IP in his last outing before the All-Star break.
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