Can we trust Mike Fiers tonight? The hard-throwing righty can be described as volatile and that would be putting it lightly. Capable of throwing a no-hitter or allowing ten runs on any given night. We can consider him tonight for a number of factors. He’s coming off a solid seven strikeout game across seven innings against the Orioles and now owns a 3.41 ERA over his last five starts. He has big time strikeout potential, with a 9.93 K/9 in the last thirty days which is the second best number on this slate. He sees a favorable matchup with the Tampa Bay Rays who are striking out at 24.9% in the last thirty days, which is the third worst mark in the league.
Corey Kluber is really getting it going for the Indians right now. His last eight starts have featured a .178 ERA with 57 strikeouts in 55.2 innings. He’s a total workhorse for Cleveland, lasting at lease six innings in 14 of his last 16 starts. I don’t love the matchup with the Rangers in Arlington, but the Rangers have struggled to a .318 wOBA in the last two weeks, which is 23rd in the league.
The Indians offense is actually very compelling as well. Cleveland is one of the top offenses in the league and scoring the third most runs in the last thirty days. Not only are they scoring the most runs, they are stealing the 4th most bases so they can produce fantasy points in a lot of different ways. They now travel to another hitter friendly park and face A.J. Griffin who has been knocked around in the last month. He’s sporting a 6.75 ERA over his last four start with opponents hitting .319 with a 1.030 OPS. He’s allowed NINE homers in those four games.
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