MLB Picks: Daily Pitching Report Friday Edition

Jeff Grant

Friday, July 26, 2013 12:31 PM GMT

Oakland’s Bartolo Colon has been the second-most profitable thrower in baseball this season, as he prepares to take on one of his former teams. 

Let’s take a closer look at MLB betting odds surrounding seven starting pitchers on Friday.

Bartolo Colon, Oakland Athletics (16-4, +1,113) 

The right-hander matched his career high in throwing his third shutout of the season last time out, as he picked up a 6-0 road victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

Colon has tossed six or more innings and allowed three runs or fewer in each of his last 13 starts—leading direction to a 10-1 record and 1.62 ERA over that span.

Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners (12-9, +108)

He leads the American League with a 2.43 ERA and 144.2 innings pitched, while posting a 3-0 record and 1.29 ERA in his last four starts dating back to July 3.

In 14 career starts versus the Minnesota Twins, Hernandez has gone 6-5 with a 2.17 ERA, including a 2-0 mark and not allowing an earned run in 17 innings last year.

[gameodds]3/240110/?r-1=43-349-192/us[/gameodds]

Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers (12-9, -426) 

The left-hander leads the majors in ERA (2.01), opponents’ batting average (.184) and WHIP (.088), while also being tied for the National League lead with 17 quality starts. This guy has been a terror for people backing his opponants with their MLB picks.

Kershaw has gone 1-1 with a 3.15 ERA in six career starts against the Cincinnati Reds, including a 0-1 mark and 2.57 ERA in two outings at Dodger Stadium.

[gameodds]3/240111/?r-1=43-349-192/us[/gameodds]

CC Sabathia, New York Yankees (12-9, +205)

The left-hander didn’t earn a decision in a 8-7 road loss to the Boston Red Sox last time out, as he allowed a season-high-tying seven earned runs.

Since arriving in the Bronx in 2009, Sabathia has compiled a disappointing 4-10 record and 4.19 ERA.

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James Shields, Kansas City Royals (11-10, -7)

The right-hander is 3-3 with a 2.74 ERA in 11 road starts—the fifth-best road ERA in the American League.

In 14 career starts versus the Chicago White Sox, Shields has put together a 3-4 record and 4.27 ERA, including a 1-1 mark and 3.69 ERA in six outings at U.S. Cellular Field.

[gameodds]3/240106/?r-1=43-349-192/us[/gameodds]

Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals (15-6, +522)

He became the National League’s first 13-game winner with a 3-2 victory over the San Diego Padres in his first outing since the All-Star break, as he allowed two runs and eight hits over eight frames.

In 10 career games (seven starts) versus the Atlanta Braves, Wainwright has tallied a 6-1 record and 2.98 ERA, including a 3-0 mark and 2.35 ERA in four appearances at Turner Field.

[gameodds]3/240105/?r-1=43-349-192/us[/gameodds]

Jordan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals (15-5, +930)

The right-hander has lost back-to-back starts for the first time this season, which isn’t very surprising due to his 10-10 record and 4.39 ERA in 32 starts after the Midsummer Classic in his career (26-21, 2.98 ERA before ASB).

Zimmerman has gone 9-1 with a 2.50 ERA in 12 home starts, surrendering just five home runs in 79.1 combined innings.

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Don't forget to check out Steven Suarez' Betting Odds Report for Friday as well.