Beckett & Peavey to Cash for Tuesday's MLB Picks

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 9:34 AM UTC

Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2014 9:34 AM UTC

We narrow our focus to two of tonight's MLB matchups, as it looks like the battle on the mound might not be as tight as the MLB odds suggest. 

Los Angeles Dodgers (Beckett) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (Worley) 7:05 PM ET
The Dodgers starter Josh Beckett has been remarkable in his last 4-starts on the road. In those 4-outings the Dodgers hurler hasn’t yielded an earned run and went a perfect 4-0 against the money line. Becket is in the midst of a very good season although his money line record certainly isn’t indicative of how well he has pitched. Despite going just 7-9 against the money line this season, Becket has posted a stellar 2.34 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in those starts.

Dodgers vs. Pirates Series Picks & Odds Reports

Vance Worley of the Pittsburgh Pirates will be making just his 6th start in 2014 and is coming off his worst outing of the year. During that start on July 8th at St. Louis he allowed 4 earned runs, 9-hits, in 5.0 innings of work during a 5-4 loss. However, the Pirates right-hander has displayed a solid body of work so far in 2014 posting a 3.03 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 5-starts. In his only 2-starts at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, he’s 1-1 against the money line with a 2.57 ERA. Worley has struggled in 2 career starts versus the Dodgers, posting a massive 10.13 ERA, and 2.25 WHIP.

Advantage: Considering the money line in this game, I give a huge advantage of Josh Beckett over Vance Worley.

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Boston Red Sox (Peavy) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (Happ) 7:05 PM ET
The Red Sox starter Jake Peavy has really put a hurting on sports bettors who’ve backed him in his 2014 starts. The Red Sox right-hander has gone 5-14 against the money line with a lofty 4.59 ERA this season. As a matter of fact, he’s gone a dismal 0-8 in his last 8, and 1-11 in his last 12-starts against the money line. The good news is that Peavy has displayed good form over his last 3-starts, posting a very good 2.84 ERA, and an almost 4:1 strikeout to walk ratio. He’s been solid in his last 3-starts at Toronto posting a sparkling 2.14 ERA and 0.90 WHIP.

The Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ has been a bit erratic in his last 4-starts despite an excellent effort in one of those outing versus the White Sox. In those 4-starts Happ has posted an unimpressive 6.26 ERA. The Blue Jays hurler has gone 4-3 against the money line at home this season with a respectable 3.92 ERA. Since the start of the 2013 season Happ has gone 2-1 against the money line versus Boston with a 3.85 ERA.

Advantage: I am leaning toward a slight edge for Jake Peavy over J.A. Happ this evening.

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