Jon Lester is rolling right now and should be one of the better options on the slate tonight. Lester has dazzled in two straight starts, tallying 19 strikeouts over 17 innings while only allowing one run in the process. If you go back a third game, he’s sporting a 0.77 ERA over his last 23.1 IP. His opponents are hitting a measly .171 against him right now and tonight, he will battle the Braves. It’s widely noted that the Braves are the worst offense in the league including the worst wOBA in the league versus LHP and striking out the ninth-most.
Aaron Sanchez has quickly been one of the better pitchers in the league this season. Sanchez has devoured innings for the Blue Jays this season, pitching at least six innings in 11 of his 12 starts this season. He’s actually pitched as many innings as notorious workhorse, Jake Arrieta. What makes Sanchez so valuable to the Jays is his insane groundball rate. Sanchez leads the entire league with a 59.5% GB% and has led to 10+ ground outs in nine straight games. He’s going to need that ability to keep the ball in the park against the Orioles. While Baltimore can slug it, they are a middle of the road offense right now and striking out at the eighth-highest clip.
It’s the usual suspects for offenses tonight. It’s really hard to pass on the Red Sox who have been the best offense in the league this season. They have rarely slowed down, ranking as the #1 offense nearly any way you split the season. Today they are going to face Pat Dean who has earned four starts in his career. All four have come in the last month where he’s giving up over one hit per inning pitched and a 4.84 ERA. The Red Sox shouldn’t see any resistance from Target Field tonight, which is a top 12 hitter’s park this season.
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