Who To Watch: 7-29-2016
Two teams that are in the thick of a tight division race have two starting pitchers that are crucial to the outcome of those races going head to head days before the trade deadline. Thats enough of a reason for me. This will be Marco Estrada's second start after returning from a back injury while Kevin Gausman is in the middle of a season that should establish him as a legitimate full time starter going forward. Next challenge for Gausman; start dominating. This is a huge series and a very good pitching match up. Must-See TV.
The Red Sox have lost four straight and six of ten and they have fallen to third in the American League East. Not only are they struggling but they are finding ways to lose. David Price pitched a gem only to be outdone by recent trade acquisition RP Brad Ziegler's poor effort and Hanley Ramirez's poor defense Thursday night. Rick Porcello has been the Red Sox best pitcher this season and they desperately need him to stop the bleeding tonight. If you can't get well against the Angels then you can't even think about making a big trade with an eye towards a World Series title. To make matters worse, the Red Sox have one of the most difficult second half schedules in baseball, including only one off day in August.
I have no idea what to tell you about Brault and that scares me a little as a closet Pirates fan. When a team with playoff aspirations is starting a player I have never heard of I scratch my head and wonder what the heck is going on here and thats reason to watch. Plus he is left handed and I love left handed pitchers.
Tomas has had an up and down career since defecting to America. Initially his defense was a concern while power was his ticket to success. Well, he hasn't really shown epic power but he has made respectable contact at least at times, but now it looks like he is starting to get acclimated to professional baseball. He is 11 for his last 28 with four home runs, 10 RBIs and a .393 BA/.414 OBP/.964 SLG slash line.
Its alright if you haven't heard of Alex Dickerson, that doesn't make you ignorant or less of a baseball fan, it makes you one of a large crowd.. 9 for 23, two doubles, four home runs, .391 batting average, 1.000 slugging percentage AND ZERO WALKS in his previous 23 at bats. Thats an impressive, interesting, and unsustainable trend so watch it while you can. Black Swans, Unicorns and the Loch Ness Monster are rarities too so if you come across any of them please contact me @CJMitch73 because they will be "Who To Watch" that night.
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