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Coach Fletcher’s Tuesday Scouting Edge

4:05 pm Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies

Ryan Weber Makes Brave Debut

Ryan Weber will make his major league debut today for the Atlanta Braves. Oddly enough, Weber was primarily used as a relief pitcher in the minor leagues. His last 3 appearances Weber was a starter. Weber is 6’0” tall and weighs in at 180. He was drafted bu the Phillies in the 12th round of the 2008 draft and then by the Braves in the 2009 draft. He attended St. Petersburg College in Florida. He spent 2015 in Double-A and Triple-A ball. In Double-A at Mississippi he made 11 appearances, 3 as a starter. He was 0-2 with a 2.73 era. Moving up to Triple-A, At Gwinnett he went 6-3 with a 2.21 era. He made 27 appearances with 6 starts. Weber has excellent control and struck out 6.6 batters per game in the minors. The Phils opened at -152 but have been bet down to the -135 range.

4:05 pm Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees

Yankees Now Just ½ Game Out, Send Tanaka Today

The Bronx Bombers find themselves just ½ game behind the Blue Jays and send out Mashiro Tanaka today to try and cut the lead again. Tanaka has won 2 of his last 3 starts and has pitched at least 6 innings in every start since June 27. He is 1-1 with a 3.74 earned run average in three career starts against the Birds. The Yanks appear solid favorites today at about -160 against the O’s who are starting Kevin Gausman. Gausman is only 2-6 with a 4.59 era. However, Gausman has been very effective against the NYY. In 10 appearances, 4 of which were starts, Gausman is 3-2 with a 2.94 era. He has gone 6 straight starts without winning.

4:05 pm New York Mets at Washington Nationals

Matt Harvey Goes Today, But How Long?

There is a great deal of uncertainty regard Met ace Matt Harvey. The Mets have said repeatedly that he has an innings limit but they are saying what that limit is. And Harvey came out the other day and said he is definitely pitching in the playoffs. The Mets win yesterday gave them a reasonably comfortable 5 game lead over the inconsistent and underachieving Nationals. Harvey is 12-7 with a 2.60 era this year. He’s tossed 27 2/3 innings against the Nats and allowed only 3 runs. In his last start against the Phils, Harvey gave up 9 hits and 4 runs in 6 ½. It was reported that he had dehydration symptoms but he is fine for today’s start. The question is how long will the Mets leave him in? What if they get behind early? What if they are comfortably ahead early? We will have to wait and see. Obviously the oddsmakers are concerned as well opening Washington at -105 with the public betting the Nats up to -120.

4:08 pm Tampa Bay Rays at Detroit Tigers

Rays Still Have Playoff Hopes – Detroit Does Them a Favor

Even though the Rays are 11 games out, they are holding on to the slimmest of hopes for a playoff spot. With a record under .500, that doesn’t seem at all likely. The Tigers, however, appear to be doing the Rays a favor by starter southpaw Matt Boyd. Boyd is 1-5 with an 8.36 era. Boyd can’t seem to put batters away. Opponents are batting a robust .417 against him when he’s ahead in the count. Boyd only made it through 1 inning in his last start against the Royals giving up 6 runs on 7 hits and walking 2. In his previous start at Toronto he went 6 innings and gave up 5 runs on 7 hits. Even though his road era is a humungous 1-0.00, Boyd has gone 1-1 at home with just a 2.77 era. He’s 1-2 at night with a 7.20 era. His September era is a laughable 54.00. Tampa opened at -122 with the total rising from 8.5 to 9.

7:05 pm Los Angeles Dodgers at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Dodgers vs. Angels – Kershaw vs Heaney

One of today’s premier pitchers goes today against a rookie who may someday occupy a similar position as one of baseball’s best left handed pitchers. Clayton Kershaw is at the top of his game now. He is 12-6 with a 2.18 era and has already fanned 251 this season. Kershaw hasn’t quite been himself against the rival Angels, going 3-2 with a 3.14 era. The only 2 Angels hitting over .300 against Kershaw are Pujols and Trout (.333). Since the beginning of July Kershaw is 7-0 with a 0.93 era and has allowed one run or less in 10 of his last 11 starts. He fanned 15 Giants in his last start. Heaney got off to a great start winning 4 of his first 5 starts. His 1.79 era has suffered along with the floundering Angels. In his last 7 starts Heaney’s era is 4.62. Heaney was actually a Dodger for a few minutes. The Dodgers acquired him in a trade with Miami then dealt him to the Angels for Howie Kendrick. Heaney is 6-2 on the year with a 3.18 era. He’s 0-1 versus the Dodgers with a 3.14 era. The Dodgers opened at -186 but have been bet down into the mid -160’s.