Nick Pivetta – PHI – RHP (38%) @ ATL
Season Stats (30 GS) 6 W, 4.70 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 180 K/ 46 BB in 153 IP
Pivetta is still a strikeout machine no matter what the end result of the game is. You can count on that steadily, even if you aren’t sure exactly what kind of ERA he will produce. He’s baffling done well against great teams and poorly against bad teams at times. His peripherals continue to say he deserves better, perhaps because of a high HR/FB rate and a high batting average on balls in play. The argument is often made that the Phillies defense does not help him, but somehow his teammate and staff Ace Aaron Nola has managed to turn it a Cy Young type season. Either way, he should provide great Ks, decent ratios and a decent chance of the win.
(The Braves rank 12th in the league with a .256 AVG and 15th in the league with a .731 OPS at home this season. They also rank 8th in the league with a .254 AVG and 15th in the league with a .733 OPS vs RHP).
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John Gant – STL – RHP (24%) vs SF
Season Stats (17 GS) 5 W, 3.69 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 76 K/ 42 BB in 90 IP
Gant holds very decent ratios this season as far as WHIP and ERA go. However, when you look at the rates, his Ks are not very impressive, and his walks are quite troublesome. He holds down a decent but not spectacular ground ball rate, and has managed to avoid the long ball a bit. But he is no stud pitcher. His ERA indicators say he is deserving more of than a run higher than his ERA suggests. He still has been getting a ton of support from the Cards, who have been surging into postseason contention in the second half. The Giants offense has been absolutely dreadful this season, and he should be able to provide decent ratios, some Ks, and a good chance of a win.
(The Giants rank 23rd in the league with a .236 AVG and 29th in the league with a .658 OPS on the road this season. They also rank 21st in the league with a .243 AVG and 27th in the league with a .682 OPS vs RHP).
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