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7:35 PM EST. After six games against the contending Astros and Angels, the Rangers will now travel to Atlanta to play an NL team and we’re betting their intensity for this series will be a fraction of what it was over the past two series. Aside from that, Texas is a well below average road squad that will send out a well-below average starter here. Andrew Cashner relied on fewer walks and some good fortune to post a 2.76 ERA (4.58 xERA) in August. His low swinging-strike rate (6%) caps his strikeout numbers (4.6 K’s/9), and 59% of his 2017 games started have resulted in disasters. His weak skills add risk to an unfavorable matchup against the Braves.
After shoveling dirt on the grave of his career, we can definitely say that the tales of R.A. Dickey’s demise were greatly exaggerated. Another stellar start against the Phillies gives the 42-year-old 74 strikeouts in his past 82 innings with an ERA hovering around 2.50 and an xERA of 3.42. We completely understand the hesitation for jumping back in on Dickey especially against the homer happy Rangers but the former Cy Young winners reemergence has certainly been a welcome sign that has the backing of his underlying numbers. R.A. Dickey’s knuckler is Dancing With the Stars these days and now he and the Braves are being sold short here.
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