MLB Picks: Daily Pitching Report for Thursday

Jeff Grant

Thursday, August 1, 2013 11:00 AM GMT

Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 11:00 AM GMT

Darvish didn’t earn a decision in his only career start against the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 27, but he did manage to strike out a career high-tying 14 batters. 

Ryan Dempster, Boston Red Sox 

The right-hander picked up a 7-3 road victory over the Baltimore Orioles last time out, which improved his record to 1-0 with a 4.87 ERA in four outings in July.

In five career appearances versus the Mariners, Dempster has tallied a 1-1 record and 3.60 ERA, with all three of his starts in that situation coming at Safeco Field.

Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners

The right-hander leads the American League with a 2.34 ERA and with 153.2 innings pitched, while he’s compiled a 6-0 record and 2.18 ERA in his last 11 starts.

Hernandez is 3-0 with a 2.35 ERA in his last three efforts against the Red Sox, including an 11-4 home victory on July 8.

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Josh Johnson, Toronto Blue Jays

Johnson ended up on the losing end of all five of his starts during the month of July, as he allowed 27 runs (22 earned) and 31 hits over 25.2 innings pitched.

Despite being winless in eight nighttime starts, the right-hander has compiled a 3.83 ERA in that situation, which is much better than his 9.51 daytime ERA.

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Ricky Nolasco, Los Angeles Dodgers 

The right-hander has led his new team to a 3-1 record in his four outings, including a no-decision effort in a 8-3 road victory over the Toronto Blue Jays last time out.

In nine career games (eight starts) versus the Chicago Cubs, Nolasco is 5-2 with a 2.98 ERA, including a 2-2 mark and 2.45 ERA in four appearances at Wrigley Field.

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Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox

The left-hander owns a 2.69 ERA with 149 strikeouts—both marks rank fifth in the American League during the 2013 campaign.

In 16 career games (five starts) versus the Cleveland Indians, Sale has produced an even 2-2 record and 3.66 ERA, including a 0-2 mark and 8.03 ERA in two efforts this season.

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