It’s pretty ridiculous how good Madison Bumgarner has been this season. Since the calendar turned to May, Bumgarner has likely been the best pitcher in baseball. He’s sporting a ridiculous 1.12 ERA in the 72.1 IP since May 1. He’s struck out 77 batters while only walker 18 in that span and has scored at least 27 DraftKings points in five of his last seven starts. Tonight, he will do battle with the Philadelphia Phillies who rank dead last in wOBA and 29th in runs scored in the last thirty days. They have also been dismal versus LHP, ranking 29th again in wOBA and striking out at 23.4% (10th worst rate). Bumgarner is a massive -300 favorite tonight.
The month of June has treated Michael Pineda well. The tall Yankees righty is sporting a 3.38 ERA over his last four starts, which only sounds special when you realize that he was beat up for a 6.92 ERA in his first ten starts of the season. The most impressive improvement for Pineda has been his strikeouts. He’s earned a 10.41 K/9 in the last 30 days. That includes a nine strikeout performance in his last outing against the very Minnesota Twins that he’s going to face again tonight. Pineda did labor a bit in that outing, only lasting 5.1 IP but the nine strikeouts jump off the page. The Twins strike out at the 8th highest rate in the league and rank in the bottom third of the league in most offensive categories.
The Dodgers have been so bad offensively this year, but they might be worth a flier tonight against the miserable Jeff Locke. Locke is coming off his best outing since April, throwing 6.2 shutout innings against the Giants. Although previous to that outing, Locke surrendered 21 ER in 15.2 innings over three starts. A few other concerns for Locke revolve around his inability to strike out hitters. His 4.68 K/9 is the third lowest rate of ALL qualified starters in the league this season.
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