Joe Blanton is the worst performing pitcher in baseball versus the money line this season, but he could turn things around in the second half of the season.
Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds surrounding seven starting pitchers for Monday night’s action on the diamond.
Bronson Arroyo, Cincinnati Reds (11-8, +238)
The right-hander has led the club to a perfect 8-0 record following a team loss this season, while he’s allowed fewer than three runs in each of his last nine starts versus the San Francisco Giants.
Arroyo has alternated wins and losses over his last four outings, as he comes off a 4-2 road win over the Atlanta Braves on July 12—allowing one run and three hits over seven frames.
Joe Blanton, Los Angeles Angels (4-15, -1,513)
He owns a 40-24 career record in the second half of the season compared to his 45-63 mark prior to the All-Star break.
Blanton enters with a dismal 0-4 record and 5.17 ERA in nine home starts, with opposing hitters batting .322 against him.
Matt Garza, Chicago Cubs (8-3, +703)
Garza has won his last five starts, including a 6-4 home victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on July 13, as he surrendered two runs and 10 hits over 6.2 frames.
The right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.23 ERA in seven road appearances, with opposing hitters batting .196 against him.
Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants (8-11, -434)
Lincecum threw 148 pitches to tally the 15th no-hitter in franchise history, as he picked up a 9-0 road win over the San Diego Padres on July 13.
The right-hander is 0-2 with a 6.85 ERA in four career starts versus the Cincinnati Reds, including a 3-0 setback on the road on July 2. This may be an indicitive statistic for our MLB picks.
Matt Moore, Tampa Bay Rays (15-4, +941)
The left-hander has won his last five outings, including a 4-3 home victory over the Minnesota Twins on July 11, as he allowed three runs and three hits over 7.1 frames.
Moore is 1-2 with a 5.48 ERA in four career appearances (three starts) versus the Boston Red Sox.
He owns a 2.85 ERA on the season, which happens to be the sixth-lowest in the American League, while his 2.50 ERA at home is the fourth-lowest mark in the Junior Circuit.
Sale is 2-3 with a 4.35 ERA in 14 career games (four starts) versus the Tigers, including a 6-3 road victory in his last outing before the All-Star break, as he allowed three runs and 10 hits over 6.2 innings.
Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers (15-4, +767)
The right-hander suffered his first loss of the season in his last effort, as he ended up on the short end of a 7-1 decision at home to the Texas Rangers.
Scherzer has compiled a perfect 5-0 record and 2.20 ERA in nine road outings, issuing 14 walks and striking out 78 batters in 65.1 combined innings.