July 2nd Pitching Report for MLB Bettors

Ross Benjamin

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 2:42 PM GMT

Our MLB betting odds expert Ross Benjamin provides his daily MLB starting pitching report, and hones in on 2-games on the Wednesday card. Read this article to find out who holds the starting pitching advantage in each of these 2-games.

St. Louis Cardinals (Wainwright) vs. San Francisco Giants (Vogelsong) 10:15 PM ET
The Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong hasn’t been in top form during his last 6-starts. The Giants right-hander has posted a lofty 5.19 ERA, a 1.44 WHIP, and 4 of those 6-starts have gone over the posted total. Vogelsong wasn’t sharp in his only start versus the Cardinals this season. That outing came on 5/29 at St. Louis, and he allowed 4 earned runs, 7-hits, walked 3, all in just 4 1/3 innings of work. Vogelsong has seen his last 5-starts versus the Cardinals all go over the total. He has a 4-6 career team start record versus St. Louis with an unimpressive 5.43 ERA. 

The Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright has displayed excellent form during his last 3-starts posting a microscopic 0.78 ERA and a better than 5:1 strikeout to walk ratio. All 3 of those previous outings went under the posted total. Wainwright has been terrific in 10 starts on the road this season posting a stellar 1.46 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. His season numbers are quite impressive as well, going 12-4 in his team starts with a 2.01 ERA, and a 0.90 WHIP. However, his only start versus the Giants this season was a shaky one. That outing took place on May 30th at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Wainwright allowed 7 earned runs, 8-hits, and it marked his worst outing at home of the season hands down. The Cardinals ace is 5-5 in his career team starts versus the Giants with a very good 3.17 ERA.

Advantage: Adam Wainwright 

Note: The home plate umpire for tonight’s game will be Lance Barrett. Barrett has seen 10 of his 13-games behind the dish this season go over the total. The average total runs that were scored in those 13-games were 10.1.

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Philadelphia Phillies (Hamels) vs. Miami Marlins (Koehler) 7:05 PM ET
The Marlins starter Tom Koehler has gone 0-3 in his last 3 team starts despite posting a decent 3.79 ERA and a better than 6:1 strikeout to walk ratio. Unfortunately his teammates scored a grand total of just 7-runs (2.3 rpg.) in those 3 contests. After going 4-0 in his first 4 home team starts this season, he’s gone 0-4 the last 4 in that role with a lofty 5.76 ERA. Koehler is 0-2 in his career team starts versus the Phillies with a 4.91 ERA, and both of those outings went over the posted total.

The Phillies starter Cole Hamels has closely resembled the type of pitcher this season which saw him as one of the most dominant in the game earlier in his career. The southpaw has posted an excellent 1.23 ERA over his last 6-starts, and struck out 54 in 44.0 innings of work. That translates to a little over 11 strikeouts per game. Hamels has been especially dominant on the road this season in posting a stellar 1.71 ERA in 6-starts. In his last 9-starts versus the Marlins the Phillies hurler has posted a very good 2.14 ERA, a 0.89 WHIP, and an almost 7:1 strikeout to walk ratio.

Advantage: Cole Hamels

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