German Marquez – COL – RHP (50%) @ SD
Season Stats (26 GS) 11 W, 4.21 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 160 K/ 49 BB in 149 IP
Marquez is putting together a fantastic second half of the season in 2018. He’s really taken a step forward, and has struck out 29% of batters, earning himself a 2.89 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. Even on the season, despite an inflated ERA (due in part to Coors and poor results at home) he has a mid 3s xFIP and SIERA. He’s really shown that he can have extended success and it’s not a fluke. Amazingly, his second half Coors ERA is a 2.18. This is a pitcher who can have success on the road and at home. His 47% groundball rate is also very helpful in Denver and anywhere he pitches. He should fare well against the Padres, and should get you great Ks, good ratios, and a good chance of the win.
(The Padres rank 29th in the league with a .230 AVG and 28th in the league with a .674 OPS at home this season. They also rank 30th in the league with a .234 AVG and 30th in the league with a .659 OPS vs RHP).(08/30/18) Thursday Starting Pitcher Streaming Options
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Joe Musgrove – PIT – RHP (29%) @ STL
Season Stats (15 GS) 5 W, 3.56 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 73 K/ 20 BB in 91 IP
While Musgrove has held a 2.84 ERA in the second half, indicators show that he has been a little lucky and is more like a mid to high 3s ERA. He doesn’t have overwhelming stuff that will blow by a ton of batters for strikeouts, but he also commands the zone well, and doesn’t walk many batters. The Cards will certainly make for a tough opponent, especially with the tear Carpenter has been on. If you look, though, at the 18 plate appearances Musgrove has against the current St. Louis roster, he has a 38% K rate along with a FIP of 1.00 and an expected opponent batting average of .169. He should give you good ratios with some Ks and a slight chance of the win.
(The Cardinals rank 19th in the league with a .247 AVG and 26th in the league with a .699 OPS at home this season. They also rank 15th in the league with a .249 AVG and 19th in the league with a .724 OPS vs RHP).
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John Gant – STL – RHP (10%) vs PIT
Season Stats (13 GS) 3 W, 3.76 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 58 K/ 29 BB in 69 IP
The Cardinals have been on fire in the second half, making a surge through the standings as they push for the playoffs. Gant has pitched well in his dozen or so start this season, and while the ERA may regress a bit, he still holds some value. He gets a decent ground ball rate along with some Ks (a little less that a K an inning) and could have some room for growth. He has an 11% swinging strike rate, so it’s not out of the question for him to gain a few Ks. He also has been able to suppress home runs this season, and while we are yet to see if it is a true skill, he is getting more than 20% soft contact on flyballs. He should provide a good chance at a win, with decent Ks and decent ratios.
(The Pirates rank 9th in the league with a .255 AVG and 9th in the league with a .741 OPS on the road this season. They also rank 7th in the league with a .256 AVG and 15th in the league with a .731 OPS vs RHP).
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