Justin Verlander has fanned just 13 batters over his last three starts, which could prove troublesome north of the border.
Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds surrounding seven starting pitchers that will take to the hill Thursday.
Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants (8-9 Team W/L Record, -302 Money Performance)
He has compiled a 1.82 ERA since June 2, which happens to be the fifth-lowest in the majors over that span, while going 1-0 with a 0.83 ERA in his last three outings away from the Bay Area.
Cain has compiled a 4-5 record and 3.54 ERA in 10 career starts versus the Cincinnati Reds, including an even 2-2 mark and 3.44 ERA in five outings at the Great American Ball Park.
Dillon Gee, New York Mets (8-8, +180)
The right-hander went 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA in five starts last month, issuing just seven walks and striking out 28 batters in 33 combined innings.
In three career games versus the Arizona Diamondbacks, Gee has tallied a 1-1 record and 4.24 ERA.
Hamels hasn’t earned a victory since June 5, but he did lead the club to a 7-5 road win over the San Diego Padres in a no-decision effort last time out, as he allowed five runs (four earned) and seven hits over six frames.
The left-hander is 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA in six career starts versus the Pittsburgh Pirates, including an 0-1 mark and 1.57 ERA in three outings at PNC Park.
Iwakuma has allowed four earned runs in each of his last three efforts, while also serving up five home runs over that span.
The Japanese right-hander is 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA in six career games (five starts) versus the Rangers, including a 1-0 mark and 1.84 ERA in two outings this year—both of those starts coming at Safeco Field.
James Shields, Kansas City Royals (9-8, -39)
The Royals have won his last six outings, which includes a 2-1 road victory over the Cleveland Indians on June 17, as he didn’t earn a decision in giving up one run and four hits over six innings.
Shields is 1-3 with a 3.32 ERA in eight starts at Kauffman Stadium, while he’s collected a 49-34 overall record in 120 career outings at his home ballpark.
The right-hander has struggled by his standards for most of the season, which includes posting a 2-1 record and 3.92 ERA in six June starts.
Verlander is 2-2 with a 4.59 ERA in seven outings versus the Blue Jays, including a 1-1 record and 4.35 ERA in three outings at the Rogers Centre.
Travis Wood, Chicago Cubs (6-10, -446)
Chicago has dropped his last five efforts, with the offense scoring just 10 runs over that span.
The left-hander is 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA in six road starts, as he prepares to face the Oakland Athletics for the first time in his career. This should be an interesting game for our MLB picks.
In 11 starts in July, Wood has tallied a 3-4 record and 4.84 ERA—his highest ERA of any month during his career.