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It is not often I do these articles but you should take advantage when I do. Tonight is a mini slate with a lot of potential fire. I am going to breakdown the games and show you my BEAST Performer of the night.
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YANKEES @ WASHINGTON
CC Sabathia takes the mound pitching against a Nationals team that has yet to find its groove as a unit. There have been times Trea is hot, Bryce was hot, Adams was hot, Rendon was hitting, but nothing all together. While CC has definitely lost his speed, he is also definitely hitting his corners. To right handed hitters he throws a lot of pitches down and away, which could lead to opposite field doubles. Rendon and Kendrick come to mind as players who can knock in some RBIs if the opportunity presents itself. Trea should be able to get a big hit in this game as well. Look for CC to be very careful against Bryce Harper, that guy can crush anyone.
Scherzer at home is usually dominant. He will be challenging hitters with all the HEAT he can bring. This is the wrong team to challenge as they have HUGE bats that can hit him deep if they make contact. However Scherzer throws so hard, there is a lot of movement on his pitches and he will always be a strikeout machine because of this.
To be honest I would be surprised if this game plays based on the weather model.
DODGERS @ MARLINS
Walker Buehler taking the mound against the Marlins. Walker so far this year has been unhittable for righties with a ton of pitches fading away from the hitters. However against lefties, Walker hits the middle of the plate way too often. Luckily for him he is a facing a Marlins team that really only has one threat from the left side, which is Justin Bour. With that being said, Bour can definitely take a mistake pitch deep. As long as Walker does not put runners on base for Bour, he should be able to escabe with a great start.
Caleb Smith throws very hard, and he gets a lot of strikeouts because of it. His fastball is thrown over the middle of the plate more than he would like to admit, but his slider at times can be unhittable. Being a lefty against the Dodgers is a huge advantage because there is a good chance he can eliminate Cody Bellinger from doing damange, leaving him with just a few tough outs. It will be up to the early part of the Dodgers lineup to get some run production going. Smith should have a nice outing, but one bad Inning and that is all it will take for a Marlins loss.
A’S @ RED SOX
Trevor Cahill has been doing his thing with his changeup getting hitters to ground out weakly or even strikeout. The Red Sox have some big bats, and if they want to win this game they have to change their approach quickly. Cahill does not hit a lot of home plate on his pitches, making it very tough to hit him. Not an easy start on the road, but Cahill can leave with a QS. Keep in mind this is his first start off the DL, which could prove to be he is coming back too early.
Chris Sale is starting to pitch like he is unhittable again. His fastballs rise very quickly, his sliders hit the corners. It is going to be a tough game for the A’s who really have to hope he throws a lot of mistakes. Khris Davis is a threat to hit a HR off of any lefty pitcher, but he is only hitting .143 against Sale in his career. Not going to be easy at all for the A’s to generate any offense.
RED SOX 4
CUBS @ BRAVES
Tyler Chatwood has been great as of late, but walking batters is still an issue. On the road against a Braves team that definitely has an offense you have to worry about, Chatwood is no slam dunk to get through this lineup easily as he cannot make a mistake pitch with runners on base. Freeman is HOT, Markakis is hitting and Ozzie is getting on base.
Brandon McCarthy is nothing short of done in his career. He is hitting way too much of the plate and the Cubs hitters are all All-Star caliber hitters who can make big things happen. McCarthy is no longer blowing hitters away and his pitches are all sitting belt high. These Cubs know what to do with that.
ASTROS @ ANGELS
Verlander has been doing a great job this season not only with his heat, but avoiding the middle of the plate. His sliders are filthy this season and players are swinging and missing at pitches that nobody can hit. He does run into trouble when he throws his fastball to lefties as he leaves a lot of those in the HR zone, but he is still a very tough pitcher to hit this year. His 1.21 ERA says a lot about that.
Garrett Richards is getting a little bit too much of the heart of the plate on his fastballs. Partly due to his ERA just pushing above 4.00. Richards is still getting good movement on his sinkers which has led to his impressive 49 strikeouts. No Astro player has really been able to get a good read on his pitches making him very tough this year. Expect the struggling Astros offense to continue in that direction, but all it takes is one mistake pitch with runners on base and the Angels could lose.