There are a lot of outstanding pitching matchups on the schedule as we approach today's games. But what are the best value selections on Wednesday's slate? Read on to learn more!
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Kuroda vs. Kershaw
You have to love a pitching matchup like this as Hiroki Kuroda (10-6, 2.51) faces his old team in the Dodgers. Clayton Kershaw (57-48) takes the mound for the Dodgers and is considered possibly the best pitcher in baseball.
Kuroda has been by far the ace of the Yankees staff, but facing Kershaw will be an uphill climb for him.
The Dodgers have simply been on fire, winning 4 straight games and 9 out of their last 10. We haven’t seen the Dodgers play like this in a long time with the dominance of the San Francisco Giants taking center stage.
Clayton Kershaw’s record might not be tops in the league, but that’s due to a lack of run support earlier in the season. On the season, Kershaw has held opponents to just a .185 batting average. This is a pitcher that strikes out almost 1 batter per inning and has only allowed 9 home runs this year.
Los Angeles is coming off of a 3-2 victory over the Bombers in which they pulled it out in the 9th inning as Andre Ethier crossed the plate for the winning run. L.A. can beat a team in so many ways whether it be power or speed through their main hitters in Ramirez, Puig, Gonzalez, and Crawford.
Expect Kuroda to hold his own, but can the Yankees offense have any effect on Clayton Kershaw? The Yanks can barely score and this is just not an overwhelming lineup with Robinson Cano leading the way.
This game is an easy ‘Under’ MLB pick. Even though the Dodgers offense has been effective, the level of pitching is very high here and I don’t expect to see much out of New York.
(Super-low total, but no other way to go here)
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Houston Astros (35-70) at Baltimore Orioles (59-48)
Just What the Doctor Ordered
It’s a dogfight in the American League East Division. Baltimore is just trying to keep pace with the Rays and Red Sox as they trail Tampa Bay by a full 5 games and are a half game ahead of the Cleveland Indians for the final Wild Card spot in the American League. Make no mistake about it, this game is very important for the Orioles, even on July 31st!
If things remain the same, Chris Davis and Miguel Cabrera will be fighting it out for league MVP.
Davis, who hit a game winning home run in the 6th inning of yesterday’s game to give the O’s a 4-3 victory over Houston, has a league leading 38 HR and 99 to go along with his .305 batting average. Statistics are huge and the batting average is what might hurt Davis in the end; we shall see.
The Orioles were actually ineffective and still beat Houston as they had only 3 hits on the day; Chris Davis comes to the rescue one more time. Davis is a lifetime 3 for 8 against tonight’s starting pitcher Erik Bedard (3-8, 4.28).
The record isn’t there, but Bedard has actually pitched quite well as of late. He’s allowed just 4 runs in his last 3 starts (16 1/3 innings) and the Astros have only given him a total of 2 runs in his entire last 3 starts. This is simply pathetic and no pitcher can win under these circumstances.
Houston will need to find some offense from Jose Altuve, Jason Castro, and Chris Carter if they expect to have a chance against Baltimore.
I like the way that Bedard has been pitching and along with Orioles starter, Miguel Gonzalez (8-4, 3.69) pitching, this could be a low scoring affair. The total of 9 runs is too much here.
Good luck, everyone!
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