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Max Scherzer (R) vs Baltimore Orioles

Splits (2017-2018)

wOBA Allowed




Hard% Allowed



Vs. RHB.19443.5%5.3%41.4%29.5%.096
Opposing Team Splits Vs. Pitcher Handedness







Implied Run Total


Coming off his worst outing in some time, this is a high upside bounce back spot for Max Scherzer. As like any other start, the only downside that comes with him is the hefty price tag. With a 38.2% strikeout rate and the consistency he has shown this season it is easy to understand why. Scherzer will get a balanced lineup tonight, as it won't be as right-handed heavy prior times. The lefties have a .271 wOBA and .124 ISO in the projected lineup against right-handers. Chris Davis has a .047 ISO against right-handers this season and a 35% strikeout rate. Chance Sisco is the other lefty with a 36% strikeout rate, while Pedro Alverez and Jace Peterson sit at 24%. While Scherzer has shown some home run tendencies to left-handers, this group isn't striking fear into anyone. Schzerzer has upped his strikeout stuff to lefties, sitting at 34% this season. Scherzer has a whiff rate of 53% on his slider, and his fastballs have over a 30% whiff rate. He will mix in a changeup, cutter, and curveball which all have been excellent this season.

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