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Coach Fletcher’s Wednesday Scouting Edge

4:05 pm Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies

David Buchanan – Is He Major League Level Pitcher?

Buchanan has been inserted as a regular 6th pitcher in the Philly rotation than includes 4 rookies. Whether he belongs there is another story. Buchanan is 2-7 with an era of 9. He’s gone 49 innings this season and normally you wouldn’t see a guy with those numbers stay up. Career wise he’s a little better but still barely competitive. For his career Buchanan is 8-15 with a 5.29 era in 166 2/3 innings and 30 starts. His last start could be one of the worst of anyone in the majors this year. On August 11 against Arizona he lasted 1 2/3 innings and gave up 11 runs on 11 hits. His August era was 28.59 in 2 starts. Before the break he was 0-5 with a 7.58 era and after the break he’s gone 2-2 with an 11.17 era. If this was little league you’d expect that Buchanan’s father was the coach! He signed a one year contract for $513k. He was 14-6 in 3 seasons of Triple-A ball with a 3.58 era. The Braves opened at -130 with the total set at 8.5.

4:05 pm Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees

Sabathia Comes Off DL to Face Orioles

This has not been a good year for the Yankee’s C.C. Sabathia. The southpaw is 4-9 with a 5.27 era. He is returning from the 15 day DL today to face the Orioles and try to keep the Bronx Bombers in the race for the AL East crown. He was bothered by right knee inflammation but he’s wearing a brace now that offers both support and flexibility. The 35 year old veteran may need more than a knee brace to salvage this season. In his last 15 1/3 innings before going on the DL C.C. gave up 18 hits and 8 runs. He walked 9 and struck out only 8. He had been left for dead a few times this season but then snapped out of it for a start. In his last 15 games C.C. is 2-3 with a 5.14 era and in his last 7 he is 0-1 with a 4.74 era. 2013 and 2014 were not good either, making one wonder what, if anything Sabathia has left. In 2013 he went a respectable 154-13 with an era of 4.78. Last year, struggling with injuries, Sabathia was 3-4 with a 5.28 era. New York opened as a -128 favorite.

4:10 pm Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds

Help Comes to the Pirates – His Name is Sampson

His name is Keyvius Sampson and he’s starting against the Pirates Wednesday. Sampson is 2-3 with a 6.90 era and a 1.93 whip. In his last 3 starts he’s been deplorable. In his last 10 2/3 innings he’s been torched for 21 hits and 13 runs. He’s walked 7 and fanned 11. Sampson started against the Bucs once this season and took the loss after going 5 innings and giving up 3 runs, 3 hits and a round tripper. At home he is 0-3 with an era of 8.81 and a whip of 2.218. In his last 3 starts Sampson’s ear is 10.97. He opposed J.A. Happ whose era in his last 3 starts, all wins, is 0.48. The Buccos opened at -135 and the total opened at 8.5.

4:10 pm Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox

Hutchison Tries to Shake Road Woes in Fenway

Drew Hutchison has one of the best records in MLB at 13-3. His era ranks number 80 in MLB at 5.07. On the road Hutchison has had big problems. In 11 starts outside of Rogers Centre in Toronto, Hutchison has an era of 9.00. Incredibly, he’s 2-1 in those 9 starts. In typical Hutchison fashion, the right hander is 3-1 against Boston with a sky-high era of 7.16. Also in typical Hutchison fashion, the Jays won his last start in Boston despite the fact that Hutchison only lasted 2 1/3 innings and gave up 8 earned runs and 9 hits including 3 that left the building. The Jays won that one 13-10. He’ll be facing Joe Kelly who may finally be coming around. Kelly has gone 3-0 in his last 3 starts with a 2.18 era. Toronto opened at -120.

7:05 pm Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics

McHugh Tries to Ignite Astros at Oakland

Collin McHugh might be the least well known pitcher in MLB with 15 wins. McHugh starts for the Astros against Aaron Brooks Wednesday night. Collin has racked up his 15 wins with a 3.75 era. He has been extremely effective lately. Last Friday he completed 7 2/3 innings of shut-out baseball allowing just 7 hits while fanning 6 against the Twinkies. In his last 28 innings McHugh has given up only 4 earned runs. McHugh is 5-4 on the road with a 3.64 era. He’s at 1.29 over his last 3 starts. He’s 2-1 against the A’s with an excellent 1.77 era. In 2 starts against the A’s this season he’s gone 11 2/3 innings and allowed only 3 runs and 11 hits, walking 3 and striking out 19. McHugh and the Astros opened at -145.