MLB Betting: Daily Pitching Report 7/12

Ross Benjamin

Saturday, July 12, 2014 12:45 PM UTC

Saturday, Jul. 12, 2014 12:45 PM UTC

Our MLB betting odds authority Ross Benjamin analyzes a couple of starting pitching matchups on Saturday. Are you looking for some edges in your sports betting today? Well you should be, and this sports betting article provides you with the advantages needed.


Detroit Tigers (Porcello) vs. Kansas City Royals (Shields) 7:10 PM ET
The Tigers starter Rick Porcello is coming off a horrible start at home last Sunday versus the Tampa Bay Rays. In that outing he allowed 7 earned runs and 11-hits during a 7-3 Tigers loss, dissapointing many who backed them with their sports picks. Prior to that start, Porcello was red-hot, and was coming off 2 consecutive complete game shutouts, and had gone 3 consecutive starts without allowing an earned run. The Tigers right-hander has gone 7-1 in his last 8 against the money line versus the Royals. He’s also gone 7-1 against the money line this season on the road versus an American League opponent that’s hitting .265 or less on the year.

The Royals starter James Shields comes off an impressive start on Monday at Tampa Bay. In that outing Shields pitched 7.0 innings of scoreless baseball while allowing just 3-hits, struck out 10, and walked only 1. The Royals hurler is a solid 12-7 against the money line this season with a respectable 3.71 ERA. Unfortunately for those backing Shields with their MLB picks, he has been horrendous in his last 3-starts versus the Tigers going 0-3 against the money line with a monster 11.02 ERA and 2.14 WHIP.

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Advantage: Against the MLB odds, the clear advantage from my chair lies with Rick Porcello over James Shields in this matchup.


Oakland A’s (Chavez) vs. Seattle Mariners (Iwakuma) 10:10 PM ET
The A’s starter Jesse Chavez comes off a stellar performance in his last start this past Monday when he tossed 6.0 innings of scoreless baseball, allowed only 4-hits, and struck out 9 during a 5-0 Oakland win. The youngster is a very good 13-5 against the money this season with a 3.06 ERA. Although he’s been very shaky in his last 2 road starts, posting a large 9.00 ERA, and a 2.10 WHIP. This will be his first career start at Seattle. However, he has two career home starts versus Seattle with both coming this season, and went 1-1 against the money line with a 3.86 ERA.

The Mariners counter with Hisashi Iwakuma who is 8-5 against the money line in 2014 with a stellar 3.05 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP, and a 9:1 strikeout to walk ratio. Iwakuma has displayed impeccable control this season walking just 8 in 88.0 innings of work, and that translates to 1-walk per 11.0 innings pitched. Iwakuma has been sharp in his last 2-starts allowing 1 earned run, striking out 17, and walking none. The Mariners right-hander has seen all 6 of his career starts versus Oakland all go over the total, and he posted a lofty 4.54 ERA in those outings.

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Advantage: I give a slight advantage to the Mariners Hisashi Iwakuma over the A’s Jesse Chavez in this one.

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