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Posted at 10:30 PM EST.
10:05 PM EST. Troy Scribner will make just his third start of the year but the Halos have won his previous two starts by scored of 8-6 and 5-1 over Oakland and Baltimore respectively. Scribner has mostly been a starter in his minor league career. He has proven to be very durable and could serve in a variety of roles. The tall and lean righty was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2013 by Houston and was later sold to the Angels in March 2016. He’s made strides with his command in 2017 but has been victimized by the long ball. Scribner pitches aggressively and quickly and uses a variety of pitches to keep hitters off-guard. He establishes the plate with his 86-91 mph fastball and will mix in a cutter, curveball, slider, and change-up. None of his pitches would be deemed as above average or plus, but he sequences well and hits his spots. Scribner also hides the ball in his delivery which makes his offerings difficult to pick up out of his hand. Aside from all that, we’re not asking him for a miracle here, as this wager is all about fading the opposing starter.
We targeted Martin Perez in his last start in Chicago against the South Side and he was tagged for five runs in the first inning but the Rangers bailed him out by scoring 12 runs over the next four innings. Perez is now 137 innings into the year and has crashed back to earth after a hit%/strand%-fueled mirage kept his head above water for a brief stretch. Other signs are ominous too, as he doesn't miss enough bats to reverse his K-rate slide. Perez has 19 K’s over his past 36 innings and his poor xERA has held steady all year. What Martin Perez is capable of is throwing lots and lots of bad innings. His 1.57 WHIP is weak and his year-to-date xERA of 6.50 is also weak. Current Angels have a combined 139 AB’s against Perez and he has struck out a mere 16 of those while issuing 19 walks. Current Angels also have a .293 combined BA against Perez and he’s never been worse than he is right now. The Perez fade continues.
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