First pitch: 9:45 p.m. ET
Probable pitchers: Dinelson Lamet (1-0, 1.80 ERA) vs. Kevin Gausman (0-0, 4.50 ERA)
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Following a sharp season debut, all need not be reminded anymore about the extraordinary potential of Lamet. The 28-year-old is establishing himself as a legitimate top-tier major league starter.
Further evidence of this was on display last Saturday, when Lamet kicked off his campaign by shackling the Arizona Diamondbacks to just one run in five suffocating innings of work. He walked only one and struck out eight.
It’s those overpowering performances that have Lamet positioned for such a bright future. After all, he’s exhibited this both before undergoing Tommy John surgery a couple of years ago — and after returning.
In his first campaign back last season, Lamet looked terrific, ultimately holding opponents to a minuscule .226 batting average in his 14 starts. He also notably notched 12.95 K/9, which would have ranked him second in baseball among starters — behind only Gerrit Cole — had he registered enough innings to qualify.
Lamet is an ascending pitcher and it will be sooner rather than later when he’s drawing over/unders of no more than 7.5 in pitcher’s parks like the one he’ll be working from this evening. It will also help for this particular start that he’s squaring off with one of the weaker lineups around.
If Lamet can churn out another one of his usual gems, that would give us plenty of leeway in regards to the other starter, Gausman, who has a reputation of being a little volatile. However, I believe we’ll get the good version of the 29-year-old.
Don’t be confused by Gausman’s disappointing showing from last year. The former Baltimore Oriole managed to record a career-best 10.03 K/9, but he also dealt with a severity of bad luck, as opposing hitters managed a plain unfair .344 batting average on balls out in play.
It’s also beneficial riding Gausman in this specific spot. He’s been very adamant about his preference to start, and thus, a motivated Gausman not taking this outing for granted and having his stuff working can provide enough for an under here.
Bet: UNDER 8 (-105)
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