TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASEBALL SELECTION TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH
#904 ATLANTA RUN-LINE with Strider (-1′ -108) over Philadelphia with Sanchez at 7:20 PM EST
After giving up five home runs in last night’s 7-1 loss to the Phillies and with blemishes in their last four battles, the Braves will crank things up a notch with one of their best arms on the bump. Philadelphia is in the driver’s seat in the NL Wild Card race and manager Rob Thomson and his kids will have issues in this rematch.
Taking the mound for MLB’s best team will be right-hander and NL Cy Young hopeful Spencer Strider. Matched up against the Dodgers, Cardinals, and Phillies in his last three starts, No. 99 was cracked for 11 earned runs and 14 hits in 15.2 innings of work. Spencer struck out 23 and walked seven on his way to a 2-1 tally with a rough 6.32 ERA. Thankfully, with seven appearances in the books against the Phils including six starts, Strider has assembled a 7-0 record with an elite 1.56 ERA.
Southpaw Cristopher Sanchez will counter for the visitors. In his last three outings against the Braves, Marlins, and Angels, No. 61 was tripped for seven earned runs and 19 hits in 17.0 innings. Cristopher whiffed 19 and walked two on his way to an 0-1 mark with a 3.71 ERA. Since the All-Star break, Sanchez has made 11 starts and been slapped for 25 earned runs and 56 hits in 62.0 frames. After the math, that adds up to a 2-2 tally with a 3.63 ERA.
Several quality trends support this investment. Atlanta has tasted victory in 47 of its last 73 at home, 52 of its last 82 versus winning teams, 65 of its last 100 when playing at night, and 30 of its last 43 in division play. On the other side of the field, Philadelphia has fallen in 24 of its last 43 against NL East foes and 22 of its last 36 when coming off four or more road games.
The Braves have exhaled a bit since clinching the division, but they’ll cash this ticket especially with the edge on the mound. Take Atlanta on the run-line with Strider. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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