July 26 Prediction: Fiers Clashes With Nola To End Series

Houston Astros’ Mike Fiers (7-4, 3.59 ERA) has continued to perform well this month with a 2.25 ERA. While Philadelphia Phillies’ Aaron Nola (7-6, 3.38 ERA) has begun to showcase how good he is; he’s got a 1.61 ERA this July. The two pitchers are set to face each other to close a three games series at Citizens Bank Park.

Pitchers

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Mike Fiers, Photo Credit: MLB

 

Fiers hasn’t given up more than three runs since he gave up four last June 27. He also delivered one of his best performances in his latest win against the Baltimore Orioles to give himself his second straight victory; he only gave up one run on six hits in seven innings while he struck out nine batters.

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Aaron Nola, Photo Credit: MLB

 

However, Nola has been far more consistent for more than a month now; he hasn’t given up more than two runs since he gave up five back on June 16. He is also posting a 1.70 ERA with a 4-1 record in the past six games he’s had. Plus, he only gave up one run and one homer on five hits while he got nine batters struck out in his latest outing against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Batters

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Philadelphia Phillies vs Fiers, Photo Credit: MLB

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Daniel Nava, Photo Credit: MLB

Philadelphia’s Daniel Nava is the only batter on their lineup who’s gotten a chance to face Fiers last year. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to hit any of Fiers’ pitches in three at bats. However, he’s currently having one of the best seasons he’s had with a .303/.400/.408 stat line and a .808 OPS; the last time that he had a similar stat line was back in 2013 with the Boston Red Sox.

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Houston Astros vs Nola, Photo Credit: MLB

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Jose Altuve, Photo Credit: MLB

 

As for Houston, Jose Altuve has been on fire lately and could possibly threaten Nola’s hot streak; Altuve has gotten seven runs on 12 hits in his past five games. He’s also posting the best statistics of his career this season; he’s got a .364/.429/.573 and a 1.003 OPS.

Prediction

Both starting pitchers for both teams have been performing well lately and their matchup could come down to the wire if both of them continue their hot streaks. Fortunately for the Phillies, they have one less headache to worry about with Carlos Correa sidelined for 6-8 weeks after a successful surgery to his left thumb. However, winning would still be a difficult feat for the Phillies since Altuve, Josh Reddick, Marwin Gonzalez, and George Springer are all having career-years this season.

Projected Winner: Houston Astros

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