TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASEBALL SELECTION SUNDAY, JUNE 4TH
#977 BALTIMORE with Wells (-102) over San Francisco with DeSclafani at 4:05 PM EST
In a bad mood after getting blanked by the Giants 4-0 yesterday, the Orioles will respond with a beating of their own. Baltimore’s deficit in the brutal AL East division rests at 4.0-games behind Tampa Bay and manager Brandon Hyde’s crew needs this victory in order to stay within reach of the top spot.
Young right-hander Tyler Wells will hit the hump for the visitors. With 11 appearances in the books this season including 10 starts, No. 68 was tripped for 23 earned runs and 40 hits in 63.0 innings of work. Tyler whiffed 61 and walked 12 on his way to a 3-2 tally with an outstanding 3.29 ERA. In his last outing at home against Cleveland, Wells tossed a gem allowing only one earned run and four hits in 6.0 frames. TW actually fanned seven, issued no walks, and, surprisingly, was tagged with the loss in the Guardians 5-0 victory.
Aging righty Anthony DeSclafani will counter for the home team. Fighting the Pirates, Twins, Marlins, Diamondbacks, and Nationals in his last five games, No. 26 was roughed up for 17 earned runs and 34 hits in 29.1 innings. Anthony struck out 19 and walked six on his way to a dismal 1-3 tally with a weak 5.22 ERA. DeSclafani has been average at best in his own backyard surrendering 17 earned runs and 39 hits in 36.2 frames. That adds up to a 2-2 record with a 4.17 ERA.
There are a number of strong team trends that support this investment. Baltimore has won 50 of its last 74 when coming off a loss, 35 of its last 52 after scoring two runs or less, and 19 of its last 28 when facing a foe that shut them out in their last meeting. On the other side of the yard, San Francisco has slipped in 44 of its last 60 when facing a starter that owns a WHIP less than 1.15 and 17 of its last 24 battling a foe that holds a team won/loss percentage greater than .600.
The O’s have the better arm on the bump, and they’ll use yesterday’s shutout loss to the Giants to help motivate them here. Take Baltimore with Wells. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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