MLB Picks: Daily Pitching Odds Report for Thursday

Jeff Grant

Thursday, August 8, 2013 12:23 PM UTC

Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 12:23 PM UTC

With a short schedule today, let's review today's matchups and see where the value's at.

Boston Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester hasn’t enjoyed pitching on the road this season, but things could definitely turn around against the Kansas City Royals. Should you include them in your MLB betting picks?

Let’s take a closer look at the MLB odds surrounding seven starting pitchers that are scheduled to take the mound Thursday.

Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins

The right-hander has won three games in a row, including a 10-0 home victory over the Cleveland Indians last time out, as he allowed three hits and struck out 14 batters in eight shutout innings.

Fernandez picked up a 3-2 home win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in his first career appearance in the series on July 28.


Dillon Gee, New York Mets

The right-hander is 0-1 with a 2.14 ERA in three starts since the All-Star break, with opposing hitters batting just .149 against him.

In 10 home outings during the 2013 campaign, Gee has compiled a 3-3 record and 2.34 ERA, surrendering just three home runs in 61.2 combined frames.


Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox

The left-hander is 6-6 with a 5.14 ERA in 14 road outings, as he’s served up 12 home runs in 84 combined innings.

In nine career appearances versus the Kansas City Royals, Lester has tallied a 6-2 record and 1.64 ERA—the lowest ERA of any active pitcher that has thrown at least 50 innings in that situation


Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants

The right-hander has watched the club drop his last three trips to the mound, with the offense providing just two runs of support over that span.

In nine lifetime appearances versus the Milwaukee Brewers, Lincecum has posted a 3-3 record and 4.59 ERA.


Zach McAllister, Cleveland Indians

The right-hander is 0-1 with a 3.63 ERA in three starts since returning from the 15-day disabled list on July 23.

McAllister has not factored into a decision against the Tigers in four career outings in the series, but his 2.28 ERA is his best mark against any MLB opponent that he’s faced at least three times.


Jeff Samardzija, Chicago Cubs

The right-hander has watched the club drop his last two outings, with the offense being shutout in both of those appearances.

In seven career games (one start) versus the Philadelphia Phillies, Samardzija has compiled a 1-2 record and 9.00 ERA.


Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers 

The right-hander has won his last three outings since suffering his only loss of the year on July 13, which includes a 3-0 home victory over the Chicago White Sox last time out.

In 10 games outside of Comerica Park, Scherzer has produced a perfect 6-0 record and 2.21 ERA, with opposing hitters batting just .174 against him.


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