August 3 Prediction: Snell Looks to Break Losing Streak vs Resurgent McHugh

Tampa Bay Rays’ Blake Snell (0-6, 4.87 ERA) hasn’t fared well this season after he’s failed to break his six-game losing streak in his last match against the New York Yankees. While Houston Astros’ Collin McHugh (0-0, 4.22 ERA) had a quality start in his last game versus the Detroit Tigers. Both pitchers will match up against each other at Minute Maid Park.

 

Pitchers

Blake Snell, Photo Credit: MLB

 

Snell got identical box scores for the past two games; he gave up three runs on six hits including one homer while he struck out four batters against the Baltimore Orioles and the Yankees. However, he had a loss versus the former and a no decision against the latter.

He had a no decision despite giving up three runs on three hits including two homers in five innings in his last showdown against the Astros on April 22.

Collin McHugh, Photo Credit: MLB

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As for McHugh, his second start this season went well even though he had a no decision; he only gave up one run on four hits while he struck out seven batters in six frames versus the Tigers. This will be his first time pitching at home since returning from a right elbow injury which sidelined him for the first half of the season.

He hasn’t faced the Rays for almost two years now but his four career starts against them all ended with a loss even though he posted a 2.52 ERA throughout those games.

 

Batters

Houston Astros vs Snell, Photo Credit: MLB

Evan Gattis, Photo Credit: MLB

 

Astros’ Evan Gattis has been successful against Snell throughout his career; he’s gotten two runs on three hits including one homerun in three at bats versus the Rays’ starting pitcher. Gattis is also currently posting career highs in batting average (.283), OBP (.335), and OPS (.833) this year.

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Tampa Bay Rays vs McHugh, Photo Credit: MLB

Logan Morrison, Photo Credit: MLB

 

While Rays’ Logan Morrison could be a possible threat to McHugh; he had three homeruns with an incredible six RBI in eight at bats last 2015 versus the Astros’ starting pitcher. He has a decent .308/.438/1.231 stat line and a 1.668 OPS against McHugh throughout his career.

 

Prediction

McHugh’s last game should give the Astros some comfort while it will be hard to assume that Snell would finally break his losing streak against a team who’s currently leading the MLB in runs (627). The Astros are the only team that’s reached 600+ runs so far while the Washington Nationals are trailing by 46 runs in second place.

Projected Winner: Houston Astros

 

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