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Over 9.0 (-118): 2-Star Rating Out of 5
Velasquez has long been as volatile as they come, flashing swing-and-miss upside when he's on but struggling with walks and fly-balls. He was on brand in 2021. Over 94 1/3 innings, VV amassed an appealing 24.2% strikeout rate but also had an 11.8% walk rate while allowing a 46.5% fly-ball rate -- which led to an ugly 2.19 homers per nine. It all added up to a 4.72 SIERA.
Facing a Seattle lineup that was solid last year and improved over the offseason, Velasquez will likely be in trouble today, and we forecast the Mariners to score 5.08 runs.
Brash has a tough task in front of him, as well, in what is his MLB debut. His minor-league numbers definitely check out as he recorded a 36.0% strikeout rate in Double-A in 2021. But he's never pitched above that level, and he's matched up with a Chicago offense that finished fifth in wOBA last year (.329). Chicago's wOBA jumped to .342 at home, and we project them to push across 5.44 runs.
In all, our model has 10.52 runs being scored in this one. We project the over to win out 56.5% of the time.
Giants Moneyline (-106): 2-Star Rating Out of 5
Cobb was really good last year for the Los Angeles Angels, spinning his way to a 3.83 SIERA and 24.9% strikeout rate while generating a sparkling 53.3% ground-ball rate.
Darvish is obviously very good, too. In what felt like a down year for him a campaign ago, he still posted a 3.49 SIERA and 29.2% strikeout rate. But a reason to back San Francisco tonight -- in addition to Cobb's 2021 numbers -- is the Giants' superb offense. They finished last season with the fifth-best wOBA against righties (.332), and they had the eighth-best home wOBA (.334).
We project San Fran to win by a score of 4.35-3.86, and we give the Giants win odds of 57.8%. The -106 moneyline implies win odds of only 51.5%, creating value in taking the Giants on the moneyline.