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Saturday Scouting Edge
10:05 am Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees
The Amazing Eovaldi Goes for NYY
There’s not much you can say about Nathan Eovaldi. He certainly knows how to bring out the best in his teammates. Eovaldi is merely 14-2 this season. That’s pretty special. What is amazing is that he is 14-2 with a 4.17 era. He’s now gone 13 straight starts without a loss. The Bronx Bombers continue to give him unbelievable support, like the 20 runs they scored in his last start. Eovaldi has been improving as the year goes on as well. In his last 9 games he is 9-0 with a 3.32 era. At home Eovaldi is 5-0 with a 3.08 era. He draws Matt Moore who goes for the Rays. Moore is 1-3 on the season with an 8.77 era. His era in his last 3 starts is a frightening 10.66 which is barely higher than his road era of 10.50. Moore has spent the past 7 weeks in Triple-A Durham where he went 2-1 with a 3.30 era. The Yanks opened at a surprisingly low -170.
10:07 am Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays
Price Out to Stop the Bleeding
The bleeding in this case stems from a 10-2 pounding at home dished out by the Orioles on Friday night. Oh, and the fact that the Yankees have trimmed the Blue Jay lead to a slim half game. The Jays probably couldn’t have picked a better guy to get back in the win column. Price is 13-5 with a 2.47 era. He’s allowed 3 runs or fewer in 24 of his 27 starts. Let that sink in for a while. Price has 21 quality starts on the year and has thrown at least 6 innings in his last 13 straight starts. He’s 8-3 in his last 15 games with a 2.29 era. He’s 1-1 with a 2.82 while pitching for the Jays. Going against Price will be Mike Wright. Wright is 2-3 with a 4.99 era and was just reinstated from the DL. He’s probably be held to a pitch limit of about 60. Toronto opened at a gigantic -290.
11:20 am Arizona D-Backs at Chicago Cubs
Arrieta Comes Back After No-No
Normally it makes sense to go against a pitcher who has just tossed a no-hitter in their next start. Statistics back this up. But I don’t think there are any statistics anywhere to keep bettors off Jake Arrieta tomorrow. Arrieta is 17-6 for the season with a 2.11 era. He has already notched 190 strikeouts. He no-hit the first place Dodgers last Sunday while fanning 12. August was a fine month for Jake. All he did was go 6-0 with a 0.43 era. He’s notched 14 quality starts in a row. His era for his last 3 games is 0.00. In his last 3 he has gone 21 innings allowing just 8 hits and zero runs while fanning 27. His era in his last 7 is 0.74. Would anyone in their right mind go against him? The Cubbies opened at -220.
4:08 pm Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers
Salazar as Strong as Ever
Danny Salazar got some extra rest last week due to an illness. He lost 6 lbs and felt very weak. So the Indians gave him 8 days rest and he came back and struck out 10 Blue Jays in 7 innings of work. He gave up 6 hits and 2 runs and won the game for the Tribe. Salazar has had an excellent year. He’s 12-7 with a sub .500 team and carries a 3.27 era. He’s 4-2 with a 2.12 era in his last 7 and 7-6 with a 2.98 era in his last 15. Salazar is 7-5 with a 3.35 era on the road. He’s going against Alfredo Simon who is 11-9 with a 5.09 era. Simon is a hard one to figure. After his 1 hitter over the Rangers, Simon has come back to give up 14 runs on 15 hits in the last 9 ½ innings in two unproductive losing efforts. The visiting Indians opened as -163 favorites in this one.
4:10 pm New York Mets at Miami Marlins
Colon on 16 Inning Scoreless Streak
Like Old Man River, Bartolo Colon just keeps rollin’ along. He’s gone up and down all season. You never know what to expect when he starts a game. I can tell you he is 12-11 on the year with a 4.42 era. Incredibly, Colon is riding a streak of 16 consecutive scoreless frames. 15 of those innings are courtesy of the Philadelphia Phillies who Colon stopped on 9 hits in two appearances totaling 15 innings. He had a one inning appearance against the Bosox where he allowed 1 hit and fanned two in a single inning. Bartolo has been in his effective mode in the last 7 starts. He’s gone 3-1 with a 2.83 era. If we stretch out to his last 15 starts Colon is 4-7 with a 4.32 era. Obviously he has caught his second wind. Colon is currently the second oldest player in the Major Leagues behind LaTroy Hawkins who has him by 7 months. Both are 42. The Mets opened at -156.