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- Tyson Ross is on paternity leave, and Spencer Turnbull will draw the start.
- Fernando Tatis is in the projected lineup, but is still questionable.
- Christian Yelich has mentioned some back problems, and sat out yesterday.
- The Yankee injuries keep on coming, and DJ LeMahieu is questionable for tonight’s game.
- Mitch Haniger is questionable for tonight’s game.
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St. Louis Cardinals (18-10) @ Washington Nationals (12-15)
Starting Pitchers: Adam Wainwright (R) vs. Anibal Sanchez (R)
- Washington dropped another last night, and are 3-7 in their last ten games. St. Louis remains hot winning eight of their last ten games.
- The Cardinals are a small road favorite tonight, and both implied totals are over 4.5.
- Adam Wainwright has allowed a 49% hard-contact rate so far this season.
Detroit Tigers (12-14) @ Philadelphia Phillies (16-12)
Starting Pitchers: Spencer Turnbull (R) vs. Vince Velasquez (R)
- The Phillies will welcome Detroit and are 11-5 at home this season.
- Vince Velasquez is a big home favorite, and has held hitters to under a 30% hard-contact rate. Love him today against the Tigers. There is one bat below a 20% strikeout rate in the lineup.
- Spencer Turnbull is a lesser matchup for Philly, given he hasn’t allowed a ton of hard-contact and has had solid expected stats.
Cleveland Indians (15-12) @ Miami Marlins (8-20)
Starting Pitchers: Trevor Bauer (R) vs. Sandy Alcantara (R)
- The Indians are -195 road favorites, and Miami sit with a 2.9 implied total against Trevor Bauer.
- Bauer has a 28% strikeout rate this season, but has also been a little wild with a 12% walk rate.
- Sandy Alcantara has been one of the few bright spots in the Miami rotation. He is holding hitters to under a 30% hard-contact rate, but hasn’t had much strikeout stuff.
Oakland Athletics (14-17) @ Boston Red Sox (12-17)
Starting Pitchers: Aaron Brooks (R) vs. Eduardo Rodriguez (L)
- After a hot start to the season, the A’s are now 3-7 in their last ten games.
- Boston is favored a bit more than yesterday, as they are -164 favorites.
- Both arms have been subpar this season. Aaron Brooks and Rick Porcello have allowed over a 40% hard-contact rate and have allowed over a .490 xSLG.
- Michael Chavis has a 40% hard-contact rate since coming up, and a .550 xSLG.
Cincinnati Reds (12-16) @ New York Mets (14-14)
Starting Pitchers: Luis Castillo (R) vs. Jason Vargas (L)
- The Reds are small road favorites against the Mets. Even against Jason Vargas, their run total is below 4.5.
- Luis Castillo has been one of the better arms in baseball this season. He has held hitters to a 31% hard-contact rate, and has a 30% strikeout rate.
- Jason Vargas has allowed over a 40% hard-contact rate, and hitters have a .606 xSLG.
San Diego Padres (16-13) @ Atlanta Braves (14-14)
Starting Pitchers: Chris Paddack (R) vs. Julio Teheran (R)
- This game is looking to be close to a pick’em, as Chris Paddack will look to tame a pretty good Atlanta offense.
- Julio Teheran hasn’t been that bad this season, but is an average right-hander allowing over a 40% hard-contact rate.
- Chris Paddack continues to dazzle in his rookie season. He has a 30% strikeout rate, and hitters have a .241 xwOBA.
Houston Astros (17-12) @ Minnesota Twins (17-9)
Starting Pitchers: Gerrit Cole (R) vs. Michael Pineda (R)
- Minnesota remains red hot winning their fourth straight, and are 8-2 in their last ten games. Houston has scuffled a little bit, and have been a sub .500 road team.
- We saw this matchup last time out, and Michael Pineda has poor expected stats and can give up the long ball in a hurry. Cole has a 36% strikeout rate.
- Nelson Cruz and George Springer are two names with over a 50% hard-contact rate this season.
Colorado Rockies (13-16) @ Milwaukee Brewers (16-14)
Starting Pitchers: German Marquez (R) vs. Jhoulys Chacin (R)
- The Rockies are slight-slight favorites against the Brewers, who might be without Christian Yelich. German Marquez takes the hill, and hitters have .304 xwOBA against him.
- Jhoulys Chacin has allowed over a 40% hard-contact rate, but hitters have just a .220 xBA. He has struggled with lefties, and Colorado might be without David Dahl.
Pittsburgh Pirates (12-14) @ Texas Rangers (14-13)
Starting Pitchers: Jordan Lyles (R) vs. Adrian Sampson (R)
- Texas is back at home where they are 10-4 this season, and where their offense turns for the better. Pittsburgh comes in losing eight of their last ten games.
- Josh Bell has a .571 xSLG this season and 53% hard-contact rate. He leads the Pirates in those categories.
- Adrian Sampson has allowed a 41% hard-contact rate and .382 xwOBA.
Baltimore Orioles (10-20) @ Chicago White Sox (12-14)
Starting Pitchers: Andrew Cashner (R) vs. Ivan Nova (R)
- Ivan Nova and the White Sox are -146 home favorites, and the Sox have over five implied total runs.
- Yoan Moncada has been breaking out this season, and .608 xSLG this season. His strikeout rate is also down to 22.6%.
- Both Ivan Nova and Andrew Cashner are gas cans, allowing over a .350 xwOBA and have a sub 20% strikeout rate.
Tampa Bay Rays (19-9) @ Kansas City Royals (9-20)
Starting Pitchers: Blake Snell (L) vs. Jake Junis (R)
- The Royals are monster -174 favorites, and the Royals have an implied total below four.
- Tommy Pham has been mashing with a 58% hard-contact rate. His 16% walk rate is also higher than his 15% strikeout rate.
- Great matchup for Blake Snell, who has a 38% strikeout rate this season, and hitters have a .236 xwOBA.
New York Yankees (17-11) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (16-13)
Starting Pitchers: C.C. Sabathia (L) vs. Zack Greinke (R)
- The Yankees are 9-1 in their last ten games, and are 9-4 on the road this season.
- Zack Greinke is still allowing a ton of hard-contact, but has been pitching well with a 28% strikeout rate and 4.9% walk rate.
- C.C. Sabathia is just going to keep allowing weak contact, and limit damage. Christian Walker is a name to watch out for with his 58% hard-contact rate.
Los Angeles Dodgers (19-12) @ San Francisco Giants (12-17)
Starting Pitchers: Walker Buehler (R) vs. Drew Pomeranz (L)
- The Dodgers are once again road favorites against SF, and the Giants have the second lowest implied total on the slate.
- Drew Pomeranz has a 27% strikeout rate this season, and hitters have league average expected stats against him. He has certainly gotten healthy.
- Walker Buehler has less than a 20% strikeout rate this season, but hitters have just a .259 xBA against him.
Toronto Blue Jays (14-14) @ Los Angeles Angels (12-17)
Starting Pitchers: Clay Buchholz (R) vs. Griffin Canning (R)
- Los Angeles has an implied total near five, and once again Vegas thinks this offense is even close to league average.
- Vladimir Guerrero Jr will make his road debut, and has a 44% hard-contact rate so far in his short MLB career.
- Griffin Canning is making his MLB debut. He has had some decent strikeout stuff in the minors, but has a bit of a control issue at times.
Chicago Cubs (14-14) @ Seattle Mariners (12-17)
Starting Pitchers: Cole Hamels (L) vs. Felix Hernandez (R)
- Chicago has looked sneaky good lately, and are 7-3 in their last ten games.
- Felix Hernandez has allowed over a 40% hard-contact, and so has Cole Hamels. Hernandez has a tough matchup against the Cubs, who are clicking right now.
- Javier Baez leads the Cubs in hard-contact with 54%.