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Shane Bieber (R) vs Kansas City Royals

Splits (2018)

wOBA Allowed

K%

BB%

GB%

Hard% Allowed

ISO

Vs. LHB

.40127.1%6.8%37.8%51.4%.226
Vs. RHB.22025%0%66.7%36.4%.000
Opposing Team Splits Vs. Pitcher Handedness

wOBA

ISO

wRC+

K%

BB%

Hard%

Implied Run Total

.286.1227819.2%7.1%38.9%3.5

Shane Bieber has yet to allow an extra base hit to a right-hander this season, and he has yet to walk a right-handed hitter. My issue with Bieber tonight is the left-handed bats, and there will potentially five of them. Bieber has struggled with lefties, but these lefties are nothing to get excited about outside of Mike Moustakas and Lucas Duda. Despite their efforts, these lefties have a combined .287 wOBA and .151 ISO against right-handers. The righties.... They have a combined .251 wOBA and .098 ISO. Bieber is a huge favorite, and while I am still surprised to see his strikeouts up while throwing his fastball 61% of the time, it is hard to expect a ton of strikeouts against a team that doesn't strikeout much. But with his pinpoint accuracy, and his whiff rates on his changeup and slider, setting hitters up is what he does best. Over the last 30 days, the Royals rank dead last in offense, and have a 42 wRC+. Bieber's price is a little up there, but he is worth a look if the other matchups find you intimidated.

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