MLB Aces Of The Day For Wednesday, August 17

Expect these guys to dominate opposing offenses

Max Scherzer (1.93 ERA), New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves

The defending champion Atlanta Braves are trying to catch up with the New York Mets for first place in the NL East, and they have managed to get within striking distance of that lead, but it is going to be a tough go of things for them on Wednesday. Their offense is really good, with guys like Austin Riley, Dansby Swanson, and Matt Olson leading the charge in 2022. Riley passed the 30 homer threshold on the season, while Swanson leads the team in batting average nearing .300. They can start hoping they can do that on Wednesday, but the chances are very small against Max Scherzer.

In his last start, Scherzer yielded one run on nine hits over seven innings in a loss to the Phillies. He struck out six and did not factor in the decision. It wasn't his best start of the year to be sure, but it was still enough to turn in his 10th straight outing with two or fewer earned runs. Scherzer is sporting a fantastic 1.93 ERA with a 126:17 K-to-BB through 16 starts. Atlanta will have fits trying to get anything across the plate on him.

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Tony Gonsolin (2.24 ERA), Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Milwaukee Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers already have enough trouble getting runs across the plate with their terrible offense, but now they are looking at what might be an impossibility. There really is no one on the Brewers that is a threat to put runs on the board, with everyone being average to below average. Rowdy Tellez would be the only one that really makes you worry at all, as he's a power threat, leading the Brew Crew in both home runs and RBI. Andrew McCutchen is a shell of what he once was, but he leads the team in batting average at just over .250, which is pretty sad. I also think was can safely say that former superstar Christian Yellich will never be the same player again, and he no longer makes opposing pitchers fear him with his painfully average play and total lack of power. Good luck to them against Dodgers starter Tony Gonsolin.

In his last start, Gonsolin gave up one earned run on two hits and three walks while striking out three over 6.2 innings of work to earn the win in an 8-3 victory over the Royals. He has now strung together two excellent starts in a row after some minor struggles toward the end of July. Gonsolin is tied for the NL lead in wins and ranks second in the league with a 2.24 ERA, behind only Sandy Alcantara (1.92). He'll face a Milwaukee lineup that is middle of the league in runs scored.

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Framber Valdez (2.73 ERA), Houston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox

The White Sox have been one of the league's biggest disappointments in 2022, and their offense is one of the biggest culprits behind that. No one can stay healthy, and even when they are, not living up to expectations. What is really crazy is the insane lack of power that this lineup possesses. We are talking about a lineup that features Jose Abreu, Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, Yoan Moncada and Yasmani Grandal, yet Abreu leads the team with just 14 homers. That isn't going too get it done, and it is a mystery as to why their power seems to have just dried up since last season. Either way, they need to figure it out and fast if they want to make the playoffs this season, but doing so against Framber Valdez and the Astros won't be easy.

In his last start, Valdez earned the win over Texas, striking out eight in seven scoreless innings of work while allowing four hits, a walk and a hit batsman. At one point, he retired 11 straight batters. Valdez has now thrown a quality start in 19 straight appearances. He's posted a 2.73 ERA and allowed just seven homers in 142 innings this year. It doesn't look like the the power is coming back on in this game for Chicago, and they will be lucky to get to three runs against Valdez.

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