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14 games. More time to talk than a 15-game slate, but still not a lot.
Let’s close the week out right.
Philadelphia Phillies @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Jeremy Hellickson (R) vs. Trevor Williams (R)
PIT -110, OU: 9
Hellickson: Will not strike many guys out, and surrendering the eighth-highest fly ball rate in the majors so far this season.
Pirates to target: Andrew McCutchen, Josh Harrison, Josh Bell
Williams: Allowing a 42.4 percent fly ball rate. Small sample, but has had issues with RHH this year, allowing four home runs in 8.2 innings to the handedness.
Phillies to target: Aaron Altherr, Tommy Joseph
Jeremy Hellickson has been a better pitcher since joining the Phillies a few years back, but he’s still someone who can be picked on, mainly because he pitches to contact and allows the ball to be hit in the air often. So far this season, Hellickson’s 45.9 percent fly ball rate is the eighth-highest in baseball, while his 85.3 percent contact rate is good for the sixth-highest in the league, so there is plenty of home run potential here, especially since he’s struggled to keep the ball in the yard for most of his career. And of course, you don’t have to worry at all about not making contact against him, as his 10 percent strikeout rate is the lowest clip in all of baseball, while striking out two or fewer batters in six-of-eight starts. Andrew McCutchen is 29th in baseball this year in fly ball rate against RHP (43.6%), while Josh Harrison ranks 30th (43.4%), two above average rates. You can also use Josh Bell, who is very affordable and is riding a six-game hitting streak, launching four homers during that span.
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