Chicago Cubs vs. Ryan Feltner (6.12 ERA), Colorado Rockies
The Cubs are not the greatest team in the world, and they certainly aren't a team that you would target too often, but they have a significant advantage here with Feltner on the mound for the Rockies. Chicago is an average team that lacks top-end talent but has a lot of good support players that can put up runs in a hurry if you aren't careful. They just swept the New York Mets, so look out for this team down the stretch as an upset candidate against the better squads.
In his last outing, Feltner gave up four earned runs on four hits and four walks while striking out three over 2.2 innings to take the loss in a 12-6 defeat against the Diamondbacks. He struggled with his control and issued four walks in the third inning alone. Feltner threw only 37 of his 70 pitches for strikes and his ERA rose to 6.12 with the poor outing. He has issued a ridiculous 28 walks in 75 innings pitched this season.
Boston Red Sox vs. Kris Bubic (5.55 ERA), Kansas City Royals
The Red Sox season is over for all intents and purposes, but that doesn't mean that this historic franchise is just going to lay down and die. They gave the New York Yankees a great series, and showed that they still have a bit of fight left in them down the stretch to potentially finish .500 or better. When the Kansas City Royals appear as your next opponent, you have to take advantage of that matchup, and they should be able to here with Kris Bubic taking the hill for the Royals.
In his last time out there, he took the loss versus the Twins. He allowed five runs on 10 hits and a walk while striking out six over five innings. This was Bubic's sixth consecutive loss, and he's given up at least four runs in four of those outings. He now has a 5.55 ERA, 1.66 WHIP and 94:55 K-to-BB through 116.2 innings across 24 starts.
Houston Astros vs. Ken Waldichuk (5.40 ERA), Oakland Athletics
The Astros make a living off of punishing poor pitching, and I have very little doubt that they will continue that trend here at home when they face the Oakland Athletics and starter Ken Waldichuk. Houston is a dangerous team that clinched the playoffs many moons ago, and one of the favorites to win the World Series in 2022. Despite all of the hate they get for cheating in 2017 to win a championship, they have continued to be one of the best teams in baseball year after year, losing many good players to free agency in the process.
In his last start, Waldichuk allowed five runs on eight hits and a walk with six strikeouts in five innings in a no-decision versus the Rangers. This was the worst of his first three starts, and it's a little concerning he struggled against such an inferior opponent. Waldichuk has a 5.40 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 14:5 K-to-BB through 15 innings.