I rarely say things like this, but this pitching slate is pathetic. All the high strikeout guys have been giving up a boatload of runs and all the pitchers who are dealing have really bad matchups. I’m digging deep to look at Jose Quintana who has a respectable 3.93 ERA over the last 30 days which ranks him 8th best on this slate. His 9.17 K/9 in that span is 10th best on the slate and he will battle the Royals who are struggling with the 24th wOBA in the last 30 days. Quintana has had a few bad starts but has allowed exactly zero or one earned run in six of his last 11 starts. He’s allowed two or fewer in 8 of 11.
You’re buying on Kyle Hendricks right? I don’t see another option, especially in cash games. By now, you know Hendricks leads the league in ERA and has a nearly spotless 1.36 ERA in the last 30 days. We wrote about his increase in strikeouts recently which should only continue today against Milwaukee. In the last thirty days, only the Phillies and Padres have struck out more than the Brewers (25.6%). Milwaukee has some pop in their bats, but have really struggled away from home this season, ranking 21st in wOBA and 27th in runs scored.
You can continue to pick on Wade Miley today as he faces the Rays. Miley was not the acquisition the Orioles expected and he’s racked up an 8.41 ERA over his eight starts since joining the Orioles. He’s been beat down by every team he’s faced and is allowing a .351 batting average against. He’s going to have to face the Rays who can hit lefties and have the 6th best ISO in the last thirty days. They are also much better away from Tropicana and actually have the 5th best wOBA in the league as the visitor.
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