MLB Picks: Thursday Daily Pitching Report

Jeff Grant

Thursday, July 25, 2013 11:19 AM UTC

Thursday, Jul. 25, 2013 11:19 AM UTC

What hurlers should we focus on today for our MLB betting? Here is a preview of 7 to be aware of.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will likely stay hot with Zack Greinke on the mound, as he’s put up great numbers against the Cincinnati Reds in his career.

Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds surrounding seven starting pitchers that will take the hill Thursday.

A.J. Burnett, Pittsburgh Pirates (7-10, -570)

The right-hander has watched the club alternate wins and losses over his last seven outings, as he looks to bounce back from a 5-4 road defeat to the Cincinnati Reds last time out.

In 16 career games (15 starts) versus the Washington Nationals, Burnett has compiled an 8-3 record and 3.20 ERA, but he’s never pitched at Nationals Park.


Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers (12-3, +907)

The right-hander has led the team to a 12-3 record in his 15 starts this season, including wins in his last six trips to the mound—compiling a 5-0 record and 2.36 ERA over that recent span.

In six lifetime efforts versus the Cincinnati Reds, Greinke has produced a perfect 4-0 record and 2.14 ERA, with opposing batters hitting .172 against him.

Jeremy Guthrie, Kansas City Royals (12-8, +521)

He pitched for the Baltimore Orioles from 2007 to 2011—serving as the franchise’s Opening Day starter in 2008, 2009 and 2011.

The right-hander is 6-2 with a 4.61 ERA in nine home outings, issuing 20 walks and striking out 26 batters in 56.2 combined frames.


Jeremy Hellickson, Tampa Bay Rays (13-7, +531)

The right-hander has gone 7-1 with a 3.35 ERA over his last nine starts, while the hottest team in baseball has won 11 of his last 13 outings overall.

In seven career appearances (six starts) on the road against the Boston Red Sox, Hellickson has tallied a 3-0 record and 4.23 ERA.


Derek Holland, Texas Rangers (13-7, +382)

The 26-year-old left-hander has a 2.27 ERA and 37 strikeouts in putting together a quality start in his last five outings.

Holland enters with a 2-4 record and 3.36 ERA in nine home starts, as he hasn’t picked up a victory in his last four appearances at Rangers Ballpark—the longest such streak of his career.

In three home starts versus the Yankees, he has gone 0-2 with a 10.29 ERA, with opposing batters hitting .377 against him.

Hiroki Kuroda, New York Yankees (11-9, +106)

The right-hander has won back-to-back games, including a 5-2 road victory over the Boston Red Sox last time out, as he allowed two runs and five hits over seven frames.

In four career efforts versus the Rangers, Kuroda has gone 1-2 with a 2.60 ERA, with both losses coming on the road (4.50 ERA).


Wade Miley, Arizona Diamondbacks (9-11, -137)

Miley has tallied a 2-1 record and 2.70 ERA in his last three appearances, but he did suffer a 4-3 road defeat to the San Francisco Giants last time out, as he lasted just four innings.

The Diamondbacks have won his last three outings at Chase Field, with the left-hander going 2-0 with a 3.05 ERA over that span. Will the trend continue and should Miley be on our MLB picks list?

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