Brandon Finnegan is finishing the season on a high note. His last eight games have produced a solid 2.42 ERA with opponents only able to muster a .185 batting average against. In those 48.1 innings, he’s racked up 52 strikeouts. Looking at only the last 30 days, his 11.27 K/9 is highest on this slate. Today he has a date with Pittsburgh who ranks 22nd in wOBA in the last thirty days.
While Seth Lugo is not a high strikout pitcher, I think his recent performances are certainly worth pointing out. The Mets rookie came up July 1st but didn’t make his first start until August 19th. In the four consecutive starts since then, he’s posting a solid 2.19 ERA and pitched at least six innings in three of those games. His workload increased to 101 pitches in his last outing which is a good sign for a converted reliever. Lugo does lack strikeout ability, but he has a nice price tag and is likely to go deep into the game.
The Giants have had their offensive struggles this season but this might be a sneaky chance to stack them. They are going to get one of the best ballpark boosts going from AT&T Park to Chase Field for this game and they are going to get to pick on Zack Greinke. Greinke’s struggles this season are well-documented but his last five starts have been impressively bad. In those 25.1 innings, he;s allowed 24 earned runs (8.53 ERA) while serving up eight homers. His opponents are hitting .349 against! Greinke has been destroyed in his home park this season to the tune of a 5.13 ERA, compare that to his 4.01 ERA on the road. The Giants haven’t been swinging it well, but this is a great matchup in a great park and you know they will get nine cracks at the dish.
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