Take a look at Adam Wainwright tonight. It was a brutal start to the season for Wainwright who posted a 6.80 ERA through his first eight starts and looked like a completely different pitcher than we are used to seeing. That obviously caused his price to plummet across the industry, but he has looked much better over the last month. Wainwright has settled down, earning a 3.03 ERA in his last five starts and striking out 29 compared to only six walks. He’s coming off a stellar nine strikeout outing against the Reds which left him as the highest scoring pitcher on the slate just five days ago. Many have written off Wainwright, but I refuse to, as he takes on the high strikeout Astros tonight. No team has struck out more than Houston this season and they remain an average hitting team away from their home park.
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Johnny Cueto is feasting right now, sporting a 1.20 ERA over his last six starts. He’s only allowed six ER and 27 hits over his last 45 innings while opponents are only hitting .171 against him in that span. He’s allowed two or fewer earned runs in eight of his last nine starts, making him one of the most consistent options on the slate. Now he will be in the friendly confines of AT&T Park taking on the Brewers who strikeout at the second highest rate in the league.
It’s been a rough month for Hector Santiago. Over his last five starts, he’s been absolutely hammered to the tun of 23 ER and seven homers in only 17 innings pitched. That’s good for a 12.18 ERA. Even more concerning is the 12 free passes he’s handed out in those starts. The Twins are far from a potent offense, but most MLB teams can score runs when handed as many baserunners as Santiago is handing out. This might be a chance to get a Twins stack at low ownership against a pitcher who is struggling mightily.
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