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Ohtani comes into Monday’s series opener fresh off a stellar start vs. Oakland, during which he struck out eight over six frames. Although Colorado hasn’t been striking out quite as frequently against right-handed pitchers as the Athletics since the All-Star break, Walker Buehler and Tony Gonsolin punched out eight and seven, respectively, in their recent starts vs. the Rockies. Josiah Gray also managed six in only four innings.
Also, just like the Rockies’ run production changes when they leave Coors Field, so does their strikeout frequency. The Rockies have the second-lowest home strikeout rate in all of baseball, but they slide all the way up to 10th-highest in strikeout rate when they’re on the road.
Lastly, in his eight home starts this season, Ohtani has punched out seven-plus five times — that includes two sub-five inning outings.
Even though the Royals’ season numbers against left-handed pitchers are middling, I always consider backing their offense against average to below-average lefties. Dallas Keuchel may be coming off a pair of good starts, but he falls under the aforementioned category this season. He gives up a lot of hits (six-plus in four of his last six starts), and that can be problematic for a left-handed pitcher facing a lineup featuring Salvador Perez. He can hammer righties, but Kansas City’s catcher is one of the game’s toughest on left-handed pitchers right now.
Astros hitters may be middle of the pack against right-handed pitching in terms of OPS since the All-Star break, but their dip isn’t a big drop from their season OPS against righties — and their season OPS against those pitchers is one of the five best in all of baseball. Be it a righty or lefty on the mound, Houston’s offense is tough to navigate. Darren McCaughan may have done well against the Rockies at Coors in his MLB debut, but Houston is a different animal.
Seattle’s offense, however, is another story. The Mariners’ OPS post-All-Star break against righties is an improvement on their season average, but it’s still not enough to give me pause with Luis Garcia on the mound.
And while Seattle’s bullpen has been the superior of the two, the gap between both offenses and starting pitchers is too sizable for that to impact my view of this game.
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