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Sean Newcomb (L) vs Baltimore Orioles

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Newcomb has been sensational this season and leads the Majors with six scoreless starts of at least six innings this season. He has posted a stellar 1.80 ERA over his past four home starts and much of his success this season can be attributed to the development of his changeup and his ability to pitch up in the zone with his fastball. This hasn't led to a huge decrease in walks for Newcomb, however, but it has led to a steady increase in his strikeout rate this season. Newcomb has pitched at least six innings in 10 of his 14 games this season and he has held opponents to two or fewer earned runs in each of those 10 outings. Simply put, he has become an outstanding member of the Braves' pitching rotation and has been pitching at a near elite level this season. His 2.70 ERA ranks him 13th among qualified pitchers this season, ahead of names like Chris Sale, Charlie Morton, Stephen Strasburg, and James Paxton, and his ERA indicators all suggest that he should have no issues keeping this up throughout the season. He gets an elite matchup tonight against the Orioles who are bottom-10 team in the Majors against left-handed pitching, and he is one of the few arms I feel comfortable using in all formats tonight. There is a decent amount of strikeout upside here for him, as the Orioles are striking out about 22% of the time against southpaws this season, and their overall lack of power of plate discipline makes this a great matchup for Newcomb.

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