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Our typical shortened MLB Thursday is actually pretty full with 12 games on the schedule. Seattle’s SP is still TBD, but whoever it is will face Yohan Pino and the Twins so there’s a good chance they’ll have a solid outing.
Update: Seattle’s SP will be Tom Wilhelmsen.
- Speaking of Pino, he’s a fly ball pitcher traveling to Safeco. The Mariners are certainly a better offensive team than they’ve been in years, but if you’re a fly ball pitcher then Safeco is where you want to play. Pending his opponent, this could be a sneaky spot start.
- Despite getting rocked his last time out (actually his last two times out), Bartolo Colon has been on a pretty good run of late. In each of his prior seven starts he’d allowed no more than 2 ER, and he went 7+ IP in five of them. Atlanta’s offense has a lot of name value but very little actual production. Jacob deGrom certainly can testify to that.
- The White Sox have struggled against LHP this season, but Fenway Park does a good job of boosting offensive numbers. (It’s misleading to say it increase HR rates, though. Left-handed batters who pull the ball have a much more difficult time.) Lester rates so low in Thursday’s rankings because Steamer projects just a 3.65 ERA the rest of the way. I think he’ll be more around 3.30 so I’d bump him up several spots, probably right there with Homer Bailey against the Cubs.
- Jose Quintana finds himself buried in the rankings despite pitching well lately and a date against a pitiful Boston lineup on the horizon. The reason? Steamer. They project him for a 3.95 ERA the rest of the way! I think what he’s doing is legit. I’d put him in Thursday’s top 5-7, probably right there with Lester (especially if the Red Sox trot out five rookies again).
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- Rating: 100 is average and higher is better
- IP/K/ERA/WHIP: Projected stats for the game in question
- W%/L%: Likelihood of the SP picking up a Win or Loss
- PTS: Projected points total in daily DraftStreet leagues (where we play)
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