For today’s Pitcher Report, it will have the scent on interleague baseball, with all three choices involving betting odds from the five games on the big league calendar for those placing MLB picks.
It used to be many MLB baseball handicappers detested interleague action when the schedule was carved out for period of time of all these types of matchups. Those cappers thought it disrupted the rhythm of the season with DH issues and other elements, but now since they went to six 5-team divisions; it is no longer a sticking point.
Here is what to look for from six pitchers in interleague play.
Yankees vs. Nationals: Pitchers Have to Control Emotions in D.C.
For Nathan Eovaldi (3-1, 4.14 ERA) and Gio Gonzalez (3-2, 4.25) it will be able staying calm and taking deep breaths since the Yankees and Nationals two-game set will have big crowds and lots of festivity. For Eovaldi at least it will not be unfamiliar territory having faced Washington with regularity when with Miami, yet his experiences have not been all that grand with a 2-4 record and 4.76 ERA in seven starts against Washington. The still only 25-year old has mid to upper 90’s heater, but does not throw inside as often as he should especially with ordinary secondary pitches. He better not make mistakes to Bryce Harper, who’s gone volcanic in last 11 games, batting .564 with nine home runs, 22 RBI’s and a 2.038 OPS. Harper has not been too bad either at Nationals Park, ‘only’ hitting .373 with nine home runs and 19 RBI’s this season.
Gonzalez has been on a rollercoaster ride all season, but is 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA in his last six start at home (All Nats wins) and hasn't allowed a homer in over 64 innings in the home white uniforms.
New York swept the Nationals on the road three years ago, but that squad was not a steaming 15-4 coming in to the next contest and with the off day, Washington is 19-5 in next outing. Sportsbooks like GTBets have the Nats at -130 MLB odds which look inviting.
Advantage – Gonzalez and Washington
Brewers vs. Tigers: Milwaukee Starter Places Them in Hole in the Motor City
The Brewers squeaked out a 3-2 win in the series opener of this three-game set yesterday. This evening they are +175 road underdogs in Detroit largely because they are the inferior team and Milwaukee starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson is not getting it done. Nelson (1-4, 4.22) has not won since his season debut and is 0-4 with a 5.05 ERA since. (Brewers 1-5 record) If you are seeking a positive for the Brew Crew for MLB picks, they are 9-3 as a road hound of +150 to +200 since last year.
Detroit counters with Anibal Sanchez (3-4, 4.76), who actually has an higher earned run average on the season than Nelson, but has surrendered one run in 22 innings of interleague hurling at Comerica Park.
With Milwaukee 11-20 versus RH starters in 2015, the edge goes to the Tigers.
Advantage - Sanchez and Detroit
Reds vs. Royals: Cincy has Start Edge with Cueto, but is it enough?
Johnny Cueto (3-3, 2.93) for the most part is doing what is asked of him by his manager Bryan Price; however, the righty has been a touch shaky outside Cincinnati with a 4.30 ERA. He will be matched up with the hard-throwing Yordano Ventura (2-3, 5.36) who this season has been known for his on field antics more than his pitching.
Ventura has been involved in several skirmishes this season, the last resulting in a seven-game suspension and since he is 0-2 with a 6.87 ERA. There is little doubt Kansas City has the better teams and the Reds are coming off an embarrassing home sweep to San Francisco.
Nevertheless, though the Royals are -125 home favorites with a total of 7, Ventura has never won in May in his still young career (K.C. 0-7) and with Cueto 20-4 when the total is 7 to 8.5 the last two seasons (Reds Record), the visitor is at least worth considering.
Advantage – Cueto and Cincinnati