Covered by Swingin' Johnson
With Phil Hughes struggling mightily, Joe Girardi has decided to replace him with David Huff in the rotation. Hughes has had his fair share of chances, but the Yankees desperately need wins and can't wait around for him to figure it out.
Huff looked good when he came on to replace Hughes last week, allowing five hits and one run in 5 and 2/3 innings. Since joining New York he's allowed two earned runs in over 16 innings of work.
The Red Sox will be counting on John Lackey to give them some more quality innings, though the Yankees have hit .320 against him in two two starts this season.
Covered by Willie Bee
Returning home was just the doctor ordered for the Cardinals. They battered A.J. Burnett en route to their win and are just a half-game back of the Pirates now.
Tonight's game is just as important and we'll have Adam Wainwright and Jeff Locke pitching. Locke has been truly terrible over the second half of the season, so bad that he was sent down to Double A to try and get his mind right. Wainwright has struggled too though, allowing 15 earned runs over his previous two appearances.
One would have to think Wainwright is set to bounce back and Willie thinks that comes tonight. He's rolling with the Cardinals on the run-line, which can be found at +135 in the MLB odds.
Covered by Willie Bee
Well look at this pitching matchup. Both Mat Latos and Zack Greinke have been phenomenal, so we're eager to see which of these studs pitches best this afternoon.
Whenever Latos has pitched at home, it's resulted in great things for the Reds. He's 9-1 with a 2.80 ERA in 12 starts at Great American this season, plus he's 6-2 with a 1.97 ERA since the All-Star Break. Not bad.
However, Greinke has been even better over the second half, going 6-1 with a 1.84 ERA. He's been slightly worse out on the road though and gave up six hits and four runs in one appearance against Cincinnati in 2013. Regardless, Willie is all over Greinke and the Dodgers at an underdog price.
Covered by Ron Patrick
Scott Feldman was utterly fantastic for the Orioles last night and next up it's Wei-Yin Chen, who gets a crack at the White Sox at home. The left-hander's ERA has gone from 3.19 to 3.87 over his last two assignments.
Another southpaw, Hector Santiago, couldn't get through the fourth inning in his latest appearance against Boston. That being said, he owns a 2.99 ERA on the road and has performed well (7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K) against Baltimore already this season.
With a lot more to play for and playing behind a pitcher who has a lot to prove after two poor starts in a row, Ron is expecting Baltimore to come out and win by two or more runs today. The run-line can be found at at nearly +120 for our MLB picks.