MLB Picks: Friday Pitching Matchup Breakdown

Jeff Grant

Friday, August 9, 2013 12:09 PM UTC

Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 12:09 PM UTC

It's the end of the week, but the start of an excellent weekend in MLB! Here's today's pitching report.

Kansas City Royals right-hander Ervin Santana has excelled during this calendar month over the course of his career, as he prepares to take on the Boston Red Sox. Should you add him to today's MLB picks?

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

Ivan Nova, New York Yankees

The right-hander is 3-2 with a 1.66 ERA over his last five starts—holding right-handed batters to a .136 average over that span.

In four regular season appearances (three starts) versus the Detroit Tigers, Nova has compiled a 0-2 record and 8.83 ERA.


Jarrod Parker, Oakland Athletics

The right-hander had his streak of 11 consecutive starts of allowing five hits or fewer snapped last time out, but he did manage to pick up a 4-2 home victory over the Texas Rangers.

In his last 12 outings, Parker has put together a perfect 5-0 record and 2.79 ERA, with opposing hitters batting .188 against him.


David Price, Tampa Bay Rays

The left-hander is 5-1 with a 1.57 ERA in seven starts since coming back from the disable list -walking just a single batter in 57.1 innings of work.

Price has never faced the Los Angeles Dodgers in his career, but he’s compiled a 7-7 record and 4.17 ERA in 16 career interleague outings.


Ervin Santana, Kansas City Royals 

The right-hander has led the club to four consecutive victories, including a 6-2 road win over the New York Mets last time out, as he allowed just one run and five hits over six frames.

In 42 career starts in August, Santana has posted a 21-9 record and 3.86 ERA, including a 2-1 mark and 3.58 ERA in five efforts a season ago.


Joe Saunders, Seattle Mariners

The left-hander picked up a 3-2 road victory over the Baltimore Orioles last time out, but he’s still a dismal 14-18 with a 5.37 ERA in 39 August starts in his career.

In two lifetime outings versus the Milwaukee Brewers, Saunders is 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA.


Chris Tillman, Baltimore Orioles

The right-hander has won four starts in a row, including an 11-8 home victory over the Seattle Mariners last time out, as he allowed six runs and eight hits over 5.1 innings of work.

In nine road appearances this season, Tillman has compiled a dynamite 7-1 record and 3.23 ERA, surrendering just five home runs in 55.2 combined frames.


Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels

The right-hander is 5-1 with a 1.62 ERA in his last eight efforts, which includes a 7-3 home victory over the Toronto Blue Jays last time out.

In 14 lifetime starts versus the Cleveland Indians, Weaver has compiled a 6-2 record and 2.88 ERA, including not allowing a run in 13 innings in the series a season ago.


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