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As the final night of the FSTA event drew to a close I realized something... I kept writing the whole time during the conference. Should I have? Probably not. But you don't get to be the Oracle by taking time off (unless you're going to Hawaii of course). Here are the matchups for Thursday.
* NOTE: Players are listed in alphabetical order for the sake of making them easily sortable/findable. The matchups are also generated based on Batter vs. Pitcher data. Just because a player is not listed does not mean that he is a bad or good play. The players listed below are mentioned merely because of the BVP data for the matchup.
Brock Holt is hitting everything and playing everywhere. He's also hitting .365 against lefties. He faces Scott Kazmir. Jonny Gomes has hit three homers with 15 RBIs against lefties. He's also drawn 16 walks while batting .324.
DISH DISASTERS – Worst Hitting Matchups of the Day
Marcel Ozuna is 1-for-5 with four Ks against Zack Wheeler.
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MOUND MAVENS – Starting Pitchers to Target
Chris Archer is at home against the Astros, a bottom third offense against righties. At home on the year Archer has a 2.57 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 32 Ks in 35 innings. He will be looking for revenge after he allowed six runs (one earned) in his last start against this same club.
Jeff Locke faces the Reds. They've hit 17 homers in 577 at-bats against lefties, but they also have the third worst OPS against them in baseball. Locke has been, cliche alert, locked in his last two starts allowing three runs while he's struck out 17 with one walk over three starts for the Pirates
Shelby Miller has allowed only one homer in his last four starts. He's also permitted just one run over his last two starts (15.2 IP). Oh, and the Phillies are the 4th worst team against righties according to OPS.
Garrett Richards is rolling with his heavy sinker. He will be pitching on the road against the Indians. He's gone 4-1 with a 1.84 ERA and 0.99 WHIP on the road this season.
Zack Wheeler against current Marlins: .169/.290/.186 with no homers and three RBIs over 59 at-bats. He also has 19 strikeouts.
MOUND MESSES – Starting Pitchers to Avoid
Gavin Floyd pitches in Washington. Over his last three outings he's permitted 20 hits, including four homers, and allowed 10 runs (eight earned) in 18 innings. He's nowhere near as skilled as his 2.98 ERA suggests. Use the .280 BAA and 1.34 WHIP as your guide.
Zach McAllister meet disaster. Over his last three starts, during which time he's thrown a total of 7.2 innings, he's allowed 18 hits, four homers and 18 runs. Disaster against the Angels is in the forecast.
Colin McHugh has allowed seven runs over his last 9.1 innings. He's also failed to record more than 15 outs in his last three starts. Particularly concerned with the eight walks over his last two outings. Cracks in the armor?
Jose Quintana pitches on the road against the Twins. He's lost his last three outings. He's allowed 10 runs in his last two starts. He also allowed five runs (two earned) in his first start of the year against the Twins.
Erasmo Ramirez pitches at Petco. Over his last two starts he's tossed 9.2 scoreless innings. He's also walked nine batter thought and 26.2 road innings this season have led to a 6.41 ERA, 1.84 WHIP and .325 BAA.
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