MLB Saturday: Athletics vs Phillies stats, Cole Irvin vs Kyle Gibson – Can Juan Segura keep spraying the ball?
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MLB Saturday: Athletics vs Phillies stats, Cole Irvin vs Kyle Gibson – Can Juan Segura keep spraying the ball?

Oakland Athletics at Philadelphia Phillies, 4:05 pm EDT.

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Cole Irvin (#289-ranked SP via THE BAT) is projected to take the mound for Athletics as they battle the Phillies and Kyle Gibson (#152-ranked SP) at Citizens Bank Park. The quick scouting report on Irvin: his main fastball is a four-seamer, which he uses 40.8% of the time. His primary out-pitch is a changeup (22.4%). Meanwhile, Gibson primarily throws a sinker fastball (34.5%) and his most-used secondary offering is his slider (15.8%). THE BAT X projects Irvin for 2.8 Earned Runs and 3.3 Strikeouts in this matchup. On the other side, Gibson is forecasted for 2.2 Earned Runs and 5.1 Strikeouts.

Athletics Insights:

  1. Chad Pinder's 16.1% Barrel% grades out in the 95th percentile since the start of last season.

  2. Sean Murphy has a high pull rate on his flyballs (33.9% — 86th percentile) and gets to hit them towards baseball's 9th-shallowest LF fences today.

Phillies Insights:

  1. Kyle Gibson will have the right-handed advantage over 6 opposing hitters in this matchup.

  2. Jean Segura is in the 97th percentile in THE BAT X's Spray Score since the start of last season, which measures his ability to hit the ball to all fields (a crucial skill for batting average).

  3. Projected catcher J.T. Realmuto grades out as an elite pitch framer, per THE BAT projection system.

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