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I'm good with plants. I never knew I had a green thumb, but turns out I do. Thanks grandpa. I'm also pretty good at digging – see what I did there? – into the data. I've done just that in this piece as I've attempted to illuminate matchups for August 7th.
* 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.
DISH DIAMONDS – The Best Hitting Matchups of the Day
Gordon Beckham has hit .315 with two homers in 89 at-bats against lefties. He faces Roenis Elias Thursday. Moises Sierra has also hit .313 in 48 lefty battles while Tyler Flowers has hit .282 with three homers in 78 at-bats.
Adam Jones has a .462/.500/.538 line against J.A. Happ in 13 at-bats. Nelson Cruz has hit .323 with five homers in 96 at-bats this season against lefties while Steve Pearce is at .333 with six homers in 69 at-bats.
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Giancarlo Stanton has four hits in eight at-bats against Edinson Volquez. One of the hits was a homer. Garrett Jones is only batting .231 with three hits against the righty, but all three hits are big flies.
DISH DISASTERS – Worst Hitting Matchups of the Day
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Aramis Ramirez has five hits in 25 at-bats, one hit is a homer, when Jake Peavy is on the bump. Mark Reynolds is worse. He's hit .150 while striking out more than half the time with 11 punchouts over 20 at-bats.
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MOUND MAVENS – Starting Pitchers to Target
Homer Bailey has lowered his ERA to 3.89, from 4.80, over his last six starts (four of those outings he's allowed one or no runs). Bailey has also held the opponent homerless in five of his last six outings. The game against the Indians will take place at home where he has a 5-2 record, 3.43 ERA and 1.20 WHIP on the year.
Collin McHugh faces the stink it up Phillies. When he's pitched away from Houston, like this outing will be, he's posted a 1.96 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in seven games. The Phils are also the worst team in baseball in OPS against righties. Well they are second worst, but since the Padres are like a Triple-A team I'm not counting the Phillies as the worst.
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Wily Peralta faces the Giants at home. Peralta has allowed a total of six runs in his last four outings, all which have ended in a “W.” The Giants are also in the bottom quarter of the league in OPS against righties coming in at 23rd.
Rick Porcello has allowed two or fewer earned runs in six of his last eight outings (one of the other two was a three run affair). Porcello faces the Yankees in New York and he's pitched very well this season away from Detroit with an 8-2 record, 2.73 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 12 road starts.
Adam Wainwright has people worried. Really? Sorry, but I just can't join you there. Unless he is hurt, and they haven't told us that is the case, what are you worried about? The guy has a 2.26 ERA and 1.01 WHIP over 22 starts. Don't tell me you thought he was going to post a 1.80 ERA this season. He faces the Red Sox in St. Louis.
MOUND MESSES – Starting Pitchers to Avoid
Miguel Gonzalez faces a beat up to all hell Blue Jays club. Hurt are Encarnacion, Lind, Lawrie etc. Over his last seven starts Gonzalez has allowed more than three runs just one time. However, he does have only two punchouts his last two outings and he's allowed 11 homers in his last eight outings. Toss in a 4.12 ERA and 1.42 WHIP on the road this season and he's barely placed in the avoid column.
Jake Peavy was perfect through six innings in his second Giants' start. He ended up allowing four runs in seven innings. Peavy has a 4.85 ERA, 138 WHIP and 2.27 K/BB ratio on the year. He has one win in 22 outings this season. Why would you be starting him on the road against the Brewers?
Yohan Pino faces the Athletics in Oakland. Pino has a 6.28 ERA and 1.81 WHIP in three road starts and the A's are 7th in baseball in OPS against righties.
Edinson Volquez faces the Marlins. The matchups isn't awful, but it's so hard to trust Edinson. Volquez as a 4.04 ERA and 1.36 WHIP at home. He's failed to deliver six innings his last three starts. He's permitted two homers and 23 hits over his last 15.2 innings. Did I leave out that he's also allowed 13 runs?
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