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Written by Sam Gubner
Watch Out For:
Trevor Bauer – Cleveland Indians (64.6%)
@ Atlanta Braves and @ Toronto Blue Jays
Bauer is a great option as a two starter this week. He hasn’t had a non-quality start since May 21 and in this stretch has a 42:11 strikeout to walk ratio. This essentially gets rid of the control issues that he had earlier in the season. With his blazing fastball Bauer can blow pitches past opposing hitters, which is why he has so many strikeouts. In addition to his personal talent, Bauer is also on a team in the Indians who are eighth in runs scored and have been doing even better as late averaging 6.8 runs per game this past week. So with him dominating opposing teams and his team scoring around him Bauer is in great position to dominate the Braves and Blue Jays. The Braves are the worst hitting team in the MLB by a wide margin, and the Blue Jays are a good team but Bauer will still dominate them and I’ll tell you why. The Blue Jays are missing star outfielder Jose Bautista and have some of their star hitters not producing at the moment so Bauer could take advantage. Start Trevor Bauer this week and beyond.
Eduardo Rodriguez – Boston Red Sox (16.9%)
@Tampa Bay Rays and vs. Los Angeles Angels
Eduardo Rodriguez was a diamond in the rough for the Red Sox last season going 10-6 with a 3.85 ERA and 98 strikeouts. While these aren’t great numbers, the Red Sox were expecting Rodriguez to improve upon these numbers in 2016 as soon as he returned from a knee injury. But he was very inconsistent upon returning, starting off with a six-inning masterpiece against Baltimore and then went on to get blown up in three straight starts; giving up 14 runs in 14.2 innings. But, the reason behind all of this may have been because Rodriguez changed his delivery. Rodriguez couldn’t do his normal delivery as it put too much stress on his previously injured knee, but finally thought it was time to get back to normal. After going back to his normal delivery Rodriguez threw a solid six-inning, three run game against the White Sox. Now back on track, Rodriguez and the hard-hitting Red Sox (1st in hits, runs, and RBI) will face off against the mediocre Rays and Angels. The Rays are an awful hitting team, being in the bottom tenth in every hitting category, and the Angels hitting isn’t horrible but their pitching is (22nd in team ERA). Rodriguez is back and has great match-ups this weeks so look out.
Collin McHugh – Houston Astros (36.2%)
@Los Angels Angels and vs. Chicago White Sox
McHugh hasn’t been himself this year 5-5 with a 4.70 ERA. This is a far cry from his 19-7 record and 3.89 ERA last season, but McHugh is slowly getting back on track. McHugh faced the Cardinals and Angels and went 6.2 and 7.0 innings while limiting both of them to two runs. This week, McHugh will face off against the Angels who he dominated his last start as I already mentioned. McHugh also did good against the White Sox going allowing two runs over seven innings with eight strikeouts. In addition, his offense has been on fire having three 10+ plus run games in jut this past week! So since McHugh has already done well against these two teams expect him to do it again.