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Coach Fletcher’s Thursday Scouting Edge

Just 6 games on the schedule today!

Samardzija Happy That August’s Over!

10:10am Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins

September is bound to be a better month for Jeff Samardzija. It better be or he will be out of a job. In 6 August starts, Samardzija was blanked. He went 0-6. He gave up ee earned runs and 47 hits in just 33 2/3 innings. He also was torched for a major league high of 25 runs in the first inning. Samardzija is 3-1 lifetime versus the Twins with a 5.12 era. He’s faced them 3 times this year and allowed 8 earned runs in 22 innings. He’s walked only 2 and fanned 22. The Linemakers obviously think that Samardzija’s troubles will continue as they opened Minnesota as -145 favorites.

Pirates Win When Liriano Is on the Hill

4:20 pm Pittsburgh Pirates at Milwaukee Brewers

Francisco Liriano is doing his best to keep the Pirate Wild Card spot safe. If the other pitchers echoed Liriano, the Cubs would be a threat for it all. Liriano is unbeaten in his last 11 starts. The Pirates have won 11 consecutive games that Liriano has started. Liriano is 9-6 with a 3.26 era. He’s 6-5 with a 4.12 era vs the Brewers. He may have a tough one today. He’s facing Taylor Jungman who is 2-0 against the Bucs this year with a 1.29 era. Liriano is a -150 favorite.

Latos Tries to Cement Dodger Starting Job

7:10 pm Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres

Mat with “one t” Latos was acquired by the Dodgers to beef up the back of their starting rotation. So far no good. Latos hasn’t made it through the 5th inning in any of his past 3 starts. He’s 4-9 with a 4.76 era on the year. In his last 3 starts Latos is a horrible 0-2 with a giant 8.10 era. After the Dodgers gave him a 16 day rest between starts. Latos came back and allowed 2 runs and 4 hits in 4 2/3 innings against the Cubs. He walked 3 and struck out 5. The plusses for Latos is that he sports 3.29 era on the road and even though he is 0-2 against the Pads his era is just 2.08. Latos is favored at -123.