July 14 Prediction: Davies Takes on Rookie Pivetta

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Philadelphia Phillies’ pitcher Nick Pivetta (2-4, 4.73 ERA) is doing okay for a rookie, but he needs to step up his game if they want to win. Meanwhile Milwaukee Brewers’ Zach Davies (10-4, 4.90 ERA) is having the time of his life, tasting the sweet streak of wins. They’ll have to face each other at the Brewers’ home, Miller Park, for their season’s second half opener.

 

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Nick Pivetta, Photo Credit: MLB

 

Phillies’ Nick Pivetta did fairly against the San Diego Padres on their last game with five hits, three runs, and nine strikeouts over seven innings. He is Phillies’ rookie pitcher who just made his debut last April 30th   with over 62 Strikeouts over 3 months.

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Zach Davies, Photo Credit: MLB

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Meanwhile, Zach Davies is on a winning streak. In his last game, he only allowed five hits, two runs, and three strikeouts, over six frames. Davies has played against the Phillies last year, allowing nine hits and one homer while striking out five.

Batters

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Milwaukee Brewers vs Pivetta, Photo Credit: MLB

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Travis Shaw, Photo Credit: Lacrossetribune.com

This is the first time Pivetta will pitch against the Brewers. He must watch out for Milwaukee’s Travis Shaw (.299/.367/.570, .938 OPS) who dominated the last 10 games before the All Star break. He had 12 runs, 12 hits, and three homers in that span.

PHI batters

Philadelphia Phillies vs Davies, Photo Credit: MLB

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Maikel Franco, Photo Credit: Dailyfantasyinsider.com

Davies should be careful of Phillies’ Maikel Franco (.217/.274/.384, .657 OPS) who had two homers last year against the Brewers. He might not be having his best season so far with a .217/.274/.384 stat line and a .657 OPS but he performed well against Davies. He had one run, two hits, and one homer in three at bats versus the righty last year.

Prediction

Franco might be having a bad year this season but he continues to perform well against Davies. While Pivetta is having a rocky start for his first year in the league with a losing record. Plus, the Phillies aren’t exactly having an easy time getting runs with a total of 332 compared to the Brewers’ 451.

Projected Winner:

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