Boost your MLB Picks with Friday Pitcher's Report

Doug Upstone

Friday, May 15, 2015 3:53 PM GMT

For today’s Pitcher’s Report, we will look at some of the young studs from various teams who are going tonight & analyze where they are this season and their chances for victory against the MLB odds.

In all, four different hurlers (two opposing each other) with three of them who will be underdogs according to sportsbooks like GTBets.
What are the chances of using any of these pitching pooches for MLB picks, let’s delve in to find out.

 

The Butler Probably Won’t Do it
Rockies players can finally exhale, thanks to Carlos Gonzalez three-run ninth inning home run which ended Colorado’s 11-game losing streak. The Rockies will utilize Eddie Butler (2-3, 3.73 ERA) as starter against Los Angeles for a third time already this season, taking on Clayton Kershaw (1-2, 4.26) as an extra large +270 underdog. Butler is 24 and is just know establishing himself in the Colorado rotation with a mid-90’s fastball, two different breaking pitches, a cutter and what scouts are now calling a “hard changeup” which he will throw in 86-88 MPH range.

It cannot be lost on any MLB baseball handicapper that Butler is still a rising commodity while only three years older than Kershaw, who was already among the top five pitchers in baseball at the same age three years ago.

Butler fits the organizational beliefs of primarily being a ground ball pitcher, however, they might need to subtract one of pitches to improve his control since has that the same number of walks and strikeouts (19) over 31 1/3 innings.

Though Kershaw has not been his dominant self to this point of the season, he is 7-1 with a 1.24 ERA in his past 11 home starts against the Rockies. Unless Butler can provide eight shutout innings, hard to imagine the Rockies winning two straight for the first time since April 23-24.

Grade – F (For Colorado)

 

Braves Teheran tries to get back on Track
If you have been steadily been following the MLB betting odds and placing sports picks for several years, doesn’t it seem Julio Teheran (3-1, 4.74) is older than 24? Now in his third full year as a starting pitcher for Atlanta and being a top of the rotation guy, it just seems like he’s been around longer.

After winning his initial two starts, Teheran has become a victim of the gopher ball, surrendering eight in 26 innings over five starts that have resulted in a 6.23 ERA. The right-hander’s two-seam fastball has lacked the usual movement and his normally sweeping slider is staying up and appearing like cheese to opposing hitters.

Frankly, Teheran is too good a pitcher to keep posting these kinds of results and against Miami he is 5-1 with a sharp 2.64 ERA over nine outings. (8-1 UNDER) With the Braves a crummy 1-5 on this road trip, they have won 15 of 22 in South Beach and if Atlanta survives the first few innings, they should have a legit shot with their best pitcher to win.

Grade – C (For Atlanta)

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Young Arms in St. Louis
Shane Greene (3-2, 4.71) of Detroit might be three years older than 23-year old Carlos Martinez (3-1, 4.89) for St. Louis, but he does not have that much more experience as a starting pitcher in the majors.

Greene started blazing hot over this first three starts than was blasted for 20 runs in 11 innings over next three outings before settling down in allowing one run on four hits over eight innings versus Kansas City the last time out. Greene is known for his all or nothing tendencies.

Martinez owned a 1.80 ERA through four starts but has surrendered seven runs in each of his last two, conceding 24 hits and walks in 11 innings.

What either pitcher will do is purely speculation, but with the Cardinals 14-3 at Busch Stadium and 20-6 vs. RH starters, they are -140 favorites in this interleague clash. However, the Tigers are a quality away team at 10-6 and since last season, Greene is 7-1 as a road underdog. (Team’s record)

Grade – C (For St. Louis)