(RHP) Carlos Carrasco- Cleveland Indians: 4 GS, 3-0, 2.60 ERA, 21 Ks
– Carrasco has been masterful for Cleveland through the first month of play. He has yet to tally a loss through four appearances, and has kept an ERA under 3.00 in the offensively enhanced, AL. Countering on the hill, Baltimore will look to Kevin Gausman who has had an underwhelming start to 2018. As if Carrasco needed further assistance, the Orioles rank dead last with a batting average of just .215. Yikes… Carrasco should handle the Baltimore lineup with ease, as Cleveland will look to improve to 12-8 overall.
(RHP) Brandon McCarthy- Atlanta Braves: 4 GS, 3-0, 2.91 ERA, 18 Ks
McCarthy has shown age is indeed just a number. The 34 year old has been everything the Braves were hoping for, as he accumulated 3 of 4 wins early on. The righty has kept an ERA under 3.00, further enforcing how he hasn’t allowed more than 3 ER in any of his four appearances. McCarthy will face an underwhelming Reds lineup that ranks 27 (of 30) in the MLB with a BA of just .220. Tyler Mahle will take the mound for Cincinnati, who has already allowed 5 ER in half of his four appearances.
(LHP) Clayton Kershaw- Los Angeles Dodgers: 5 GS, 1-3, 2.45 ERA, 35 Ks
Kershaw has a little bit of bad luck thus far, as while his record shows a disappointing 1-3, he’s been anything but in his first five appearances. Prior to his most recent start against the Nationals, Kershaw had only allowed 1 ER in three of his first four starts, while allowing 2 ER on April 3rd in Arizona. When you need a little bit of luck on your side, look to the Marlins to bail you out, as that’s exactly what’s expected to be on Kershaw’s plate Wednesday evening. Marlins are expected to counter with RHP Trevor Richard, the 24 year old has struggled thus far putting up an ERA of over 6.00, I don’t think we need to clarify if he was able to tally a win in his first four starts with Miami’s miserable run support ranking 24th in baseball.
(LHP) Chris Sale- Boston Red Sox: 5 GS, 1-1, 1.81 ERA, 41 Ks
Ready to set sail? Oh, wait, we meant set ‘Sale.’ This guy has been absolutely phenomenal in his first five appearances. Prior to his recent ‘struggle’ in Oakland where he allowed 3 ER through 7, Sale had allowed a total of 3 ER in his first four starts. It’s amazing how a guy who hasn’t allowed more than an ER is only able to tally a single victory. The Jays will counter with righty Marco Estrada, who has an ERA of 5.32, including allowing 9 ER in his previous two starts. Sale will look to rebound after his worst start of the season, hopefully Boston can actually help with some run support.
(RHP) Jacob deGrom- New York Mets: 5 GS, 2-0, 2.53 ERA, 40 Ks
deGrom continues to be the true ace the Mets can rely on day in, and day out. He had a couple of rocky back to back starts in Miami, & on April 16th when New York hosted Washington. deGrom bounced back admirably, giving up just 4 hits in 7 IP, while not allowing a single Atlanta run. Prior to those back to back, underwhelming performances, deGrom had allowed just 1 ER in each of his first three appearances. While San Diego hasn’t officially announced who they’ll counter with, whoever it is won’t be receiving much run support. The Padres rank 28th in BA (.219), and 22nd in runs scored (84).
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