Record for the week: 8-6
Get Sports Strong Season MLB record: 21-13
Phillies: Velasquez (4-1, 1.44) Marlins: Chen (2-1, 4.26)
Phillies rookie Vince Velasquez has held his opponents to an .164 batting average this season. Only one of Velasquez five starts have gone over the run line this season. The Phillies will need Velasquez to be sharp once again. Offensively, the Phillies have a .166 batting average against left-handed pitchers, which is the worst in Major League Baseball. Phillies batters also only have a .167 career batting average against Marlins starter Wei-Yin Chen. With the numbers favoring the pitching, I am picking this game to go under 7 runs scored.
Twins: Nolasco (1-0. 4.05) Sox: Latos (4-0, 1.84)
Twins hitter have a career average of .143 against Latos as a team. Twins have a 2-12 road record this season. With Matt Latos and the White Sox playing so well up to this point, I have to take the White Sox to win at home.
Athletics: Hill (3-3, 2.53) Orioles: Jimenez (1-3, 5.20)
Rick Hill, the 36 year old left hander has pitched very well in this young season. He has a 0.95 ERA on the road this season in three starts. In those starts he faced the Mariners, Yankees and Tigers. Against Ubaldo Jimenez, I like the Athletics in this game to win.
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