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MLB Friday Stat Tips: Athletics vs Phillies – Frankie Montas takes the bump against Aaron Nola on opening day

Oakland Athletics at Philadelphia Phillies, 3:05 pm EDT.

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Athletics Insights:

1. It may come as a surprise, but fastballs are generally a pitcher's least effective pitch. Frankie Montas has used his fastball a lot since the start of last season, though: 41.8% of the time, checking in at the 100th percentile.

2. Chad Pinder has hit 54.2% of his balls in the air 100 mph or greater since the start of last season, checking in at the 98th percentile.

3. Projected catcher Sean Murphy profiles as a good pitch framer, per THE BAT projection system.

Phillies Insights:

1. Aaron Nola has put up a 12.8% Swinging Strike % since the start of last season, checking in at the 82nd percentile.

2. Rhys Hoskins is an extreme fly ball batter and matches up with Oakland's #2-ranked outfield defense in this game.

3. The Philadelphia Phillies bullpen grades out as the 3rd-best in the game, according to THE BAT.

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