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It will be a chilly fall night at Fenway Park when the Red Sox battle the Rays on Wednesday. There were 16 runs scored last night, but we don’t expect the same offensive display in game two of this series. Both teams can hit the baseball, but the pitchers on the mound have the ability to control the strike zone.
Tyler Glasnow will take the ball for Tampa Bay, and he has been fantastic in the season following Tommy John’s surgery. He is 9-7 with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. Over 115 innings, he has allowed just 91 hits with 153 strikeouts.
The high strikeout rate is why trust the pitcher for an NRFI. If he gets into trouble on the mound, he has the arsenal to pitch his way into the dugout without damage. Brayan Bello, who will pitch for the Red Sox, isn’t the same type of pitcher. Although, he has been solid for Boston.
Bello is 12-10 with a 4.11 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. Over 151 innings, he has 129 strikeouts. Bello was strong at the beginning of the season and slowly tapered off in the year's second half. Nevertheless, Bello is still one of Boston's most trustworthy pitchers at their display.
Tampa Bay jumped out to an early lead on Tuesday, but Boston has been solid at bouncing back even though they’re five games under .500. We’re trusting both pitchers in this spot on Wednesday.
Andrew Abbott will take the ball for the Reds and pitch against Shane Bieber in Cleveland on Wednesday. Both pitchers have been successful NRFI wings this season, and we like their momentum to continue on Wednesday.
Abbott is 8-5 with a 3.7 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. Over 107 innings, he has allowed just 92 hits with 119 strikeouts. When Abbott is on his game, he is one of the best pitchers in the game. However, the walk rate is a massive concern, but we can live with it in this spot against an average Guardians offense.
Shane Bieber will throw for Cleveland, and he is 5-6 with a 3.91 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. Bieber is one of the best pitchers when it comes to dissecting hitters. We trust him to locate, and Cincinnati’s offense is nothing he can’t handle.
The Reds are streaky, but we’ll trust the veteran right-hander on Wednesday to limit the scoring in the first inning.
The Pittsburgh Pirates is a team to watch in the coming seasons. They outperformed expectations in 2023, but they’re still not there yet. However, we like them to deliver an NRFI on Wednesday against the Phillies.
Johan Oviedo will pitch for the Pirates, and he is 9-14 with a 4.12 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. Over 172.2 innings, he has allowed 154 hits, but his walk rate is high. If Oviedo can show some control, he will sit down the game's first three batters
Ranger Suarez has the easier task for the Phillies facing Pittsburg’s offense. The Pirates haven’t been dominant, and we believe this will show once again when Suarez faces them on Wednesday. The pitcher has a 3.89 ERA and has allowed a hit per inning. Although, he has two quality starts in his past three games.
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