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Posted at 12:15 PM EST.
2:10 PM EST. We ripped up our ticket on the Padres last night after Brett Kennedy got whacked in his major league debut but that’s the risk you take when getting behind a first-time starter. That loss is not going to deter us from fading Junior Guerra (RHP) and the Brewers at a significant price in an unfavorable situation. You see, this is an afternoon game. Afterward, the Crew will embark on what could be a season-defining road trip for three series in Atlanta, Chicago (Cubs) and St. Louis respectively. Prepping for such an important and extended trip is consuming to be sure. This is absolutely a game the Crew could get caught napping in and their starter is an average one at best.
Guerra (RHP) is coming off a very nice start against the Rockies but prior to that, he was hit hard in four straight games. His 4.7 BB’s/9 in July led to a 4.77 xERA and 1.60 WHIP. His hard-contact rate has increased from 34% in 2017 to 43% in 2018 and it’s not improving. What we have with Guerra is a falling first-pitch strike/control damaged WHIP, a jump in fly-ball percentage to 42% to overtake his groundball rate of 37% and four shaky outings in his last five starts. We saw a similar pattern with him last season when he was demoted to the pen in September.
Robert Erlin (LHP) hurled a strong start against the Cubs in Chicago in his first start since May, allowing only one earned runs in five full innings. Erlin threw a season-high 79 pitches his last time out after spending most of the year in the pen. There is a chance that Erlin will be extended even more here. Regardless, Erlin has walked a mere seven batters in 65 innings. The ability to pitch to spots and control walks has served Erlin well his entire career and now he brings an elite 61% groundball rate over his last five outings to this start. Erlin also has 54 K’s in those 65 innings and he’ll face a Brewers’ squad that are league-average at home with an OPS that ranks 11th and just below average versus LHP.
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San Diego +160 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 3.20)