Lance McCullers? Yes, please! The Astros righty is making noise this month, posting some stellar strikeout totals. In the last 30 days, only Jose Fernandez has a better K/9 than McCullers who checks in at 12.41 K/9. He’s struck out at least seven in each of his last five starts. McCullers is certainly capable of giving up a few runs but the strikeouts are hard to look past. Also consider that McCullers will accept the task of facing the Reds today, who are one of the worst hitting teams in the league. Cincy ranks 19th in wOBA over the last 30 days and is striking out at a whopping 24%. He might give up a few runs, but the strikeout upside for McCullers tonight is incredibly appealing.
I can’t believe I’m saying this but, how about Matt Shoemaker? Shoemaker began the season with a 8.49 ERA over the course of seven starts and watched as opponents his .328 off him. In the five starts since, Shoemaker has been nearly lights out, sporting a 1.88 ERA over 38.1 IP while opponents are only hitting .217. He’s piled on 48 Ks in that span with three games of 11+. This is a chance to ride a hot hand in an excellent matchup on the road against Oakland. Shoemaker has faced the woeful A’s once this season, allowing only one hit in six innings of work.
It’s been a rough year for Phillies lefty Adam Morgan. Promising at times, Morgan is currently sporting a 6.33 ERA which is even higher (7.52) over his last six starts. It’s scary to think that Morgan has allowed 6+ ER in half of those six starts, meaning his floor is very low in most matchups. Morgan’s the owner of the highest hard% on this slate at 40.6%. He’s not missing many bats and those bats are ripping the ball. He will be in for a big challenge against the Diamondbacks tonight who are the league second-best offense versus LHP.
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