Ben Gamel- OF- SEA- Idea- Gamel has been cold lately but could get a chance to break out today. The Mariners are facing Chris Tillman, who has been a disaster as a starter this season. His slash line against LH hitters is .347/.484/.535. Gamel has a slash line against RH pitchers of .283/.346/.394. This is an opportunity for him to improve it. Value play- Draft Kings salary $3500
Carlos Carrasco- P- CLE- Hot- Carrasco has been inconsistent, but more has been good than bad. Yesterday was his second quality start in his last 6 as he threw 7 shutout IP. Carrasco allowed 6 hits, walked no one, and struck out 8. This is the second consecutive season where he has seen his performance overall slip in the second half. In 2016, he still tossed a few very solid games in among more mediocre outings. That seems to be a pattern developing as 2017 winds down.
Kelvin Herrera- RP- KC- Inj Update- It was far from a save situation, as the Royals were behind 12-0, but it gave Herrera a chance to test his forearm in a non -pressure situation. In his first appearance since leaving the game Tuesday, he threw a scoreless inning. It was not perfect, as Herrera gave up a single and double, but he also struck out 2 batters. Out of his 18 pitches, 12 were strikes. All in all it looks like Herrera is ready to resume his closer role.
Lucas Giolito-P- CHA- Rookie- After giving up 3 homers and walking no one in his major league debut Tuesday, Giolito walked 3 and gave up no homers yesterday. He threw 7 shutout IP, allowing 3 hits and striking out 4. It was a solid improvement over his first start. Giolito threw 104 pitches, which was likely pushing any possible pitch limit he had. He has hit a high in IP, counting what he did at AAA, and probably won't be pushed too hard in the big leagues. Command will be the deciding factor on whether Giolito reaches his potential. After two starts, there is no firm conclusion to draw one way or the other on whether he has gotten over the hump at the major league level.
Blake Treinen- RP- OAK- Hot- Treinen has settled in well to the closer spot in Oakland. He converted his 6th straight opportunity yesterday, allowing 1 hit in the last 1.2 IP of the game. Treinen has gone more than 1 IP in 3 of his last 4 saves. He has struck out 25 in his 23 IP since joining the A's last month. With Oakland at the bottom of the AL West, Treinen sees action at times when there is not a save on the line, so he can still help some even when he isn't saving games.
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