Daily Pitching Report for Saturday 8/30

Ross Benjamin

Saturday, August 30, 2014 12:36 PM UTC

Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 12:36 PM UTC

Our MLB betting odds experts examines a couple of starting pitching matchups in games that have serious postseason implications. Read his informative MLB handicapping article to find out who has the betting edges in the Nationals/Mariners and Brewers/Giants games.

Nationals vs. Mariners 9:10 PM ET
The Nationals will send Stephen Strasburg to the hill this evening. The Washington hurler has suffered through the most inconsistent season in his still fairly young career. Case in point, over his last 6-starts he’s allowed 1 earned run or less in 4 of those outings. Unfortunately in the other 2-starts, he allowed a whopping 12 earned runs in just 9.0 innings of work. Strasburg has gone just 15-13 against the money this season with a mediocre by his standards 3.59 ERA. He’s really had difficulty on the road, going 5-8 against the money, and posting a lofty 4.77 ERA. This will be his first career start versus the Mariners.

The Mariners will go with former Princeton basketball star Chris Young on the mound tonight. Young has flown a bit under the radar this season, mostly as a result of being on the same pitching staff with Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma. However, he’s gone a superb 16-9 against the money on the year with a stellar 3.22 ERA. The Seattle hurler has seen just 2 of his 13-starts at home go over the total, while posting an excellent 2.35 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in those outings.

Advantage: Based on how well Chris Youg has pitched at home this season, and how Stephen Strasburg has struggled on the road, I’m going to give the nod to the home team starter as my MLB pick. It’s Chris Young of the Mariners over Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals.

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Brewers vs. Giants 10:15 PM ET
The Brewers starter Mike Fiers has been terrific since being called up from AAA Nashville of the Pacific Coast League. The 29-year old has gone 4-0 against the money, with a brilliant 1.29 ERA, a 0.50 WHIP, and an 8:1 strikeout to walk ratio. Fiers earned his promotion by pitching superbly at Nashville. In 17-starts with Brewers AAA affiliate, he posted an excellent 2.55 ERA, a 0.95 WHIP, and compiled an almost 8:1 strikeout to walk ratio.

The Giants will go with veteran Jake Peavy on the mound. Peavy endured a stretch from June 6th to August 7th when he went a futile 0-12 against the money. Since then he’s displayed very good form during his ensuing 3-starts, by posting a 1.71 ERA, and a 4:1 strikeout to walk ratio. Peavy is 0-2 against the money versus the Brewers this season, and was shaky in those outings with a lofty 1.71 WHIP.

Advantage: Although Peavy has given the Giants reason for encouragement in recent starts, he’s still a shell of the pitcher he once was, and clearly on the down side of his career. Mike Fiers has developed into a late bloomer, and has provided the Brewers with a much need lift in their starting rotation. I’m going to give a small betting edge on MLB odds to Fiers over Peavy this evening at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

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