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Razor Baseball – 8/8/2017

Razor Baseball – 8/8/2017


I hate doing this, but I will have to go square and lay the juice here..

The San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds are two teams that are completely different in nature, and this is a result of their geographical settings. This reflects highly in the pitching nature of the rotation.

It should have came to nobody’s surprise that Jhoulys Chacin gave up 5 earned runs at the Great American Ballpark last night; a complete contrast to his 1.86 home ERA. Chacin operates on a sinker pitch that is built for the west coast sea level conditions. Today, Luis Perdomo will be taking the mound, and his arsenal is very similar to Chacin’s in that aspect. Perdomo is a 58%+ sinker pitcher with a curveball as his secondary pitch rather than the slider that Chacin uses as his. The concept remains the same. Perdomo’s arsenal is not built for altitude. I had previously broke down Chacin’s statistics in stadiums of altitudes above 500 feet, and they were not pretty. Perdomo’s is no better, as he has given up 15 earned runs in 18.1 innings pitched under those same conditions, as well as an alarming 26 hits in those games combined. I expect the reds to have a field day with him.

Sal Romano may be early in his career, but is clearly trained to pitch under the nature of Cincinnati’s plateau setting. He possesses a high 90s fastball and a slider in the back pocket. Romano’s last game at home was a quality start where he gave up just one earned run in six innings against Miami. With San Diego bats generally not trained to face fastballs that are effective at such a speed, expect them to struggle again here with a pitcher who has much better stuff than yesterday’s guy.

The Padres bullpen has also seen much more activity than they would have liked in the past little bit. Expect another possible early exit by the starter.

Reds moneyline -137 2*

Christopher has been handicapping MLB baseball since 2010. You can follow him on Twitter @RazorsInsight.

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