MLB Picks: Tuesday Pitching Report & Matchup Breakdowns

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 11:30 AM GMT

Before placing your MLB picks, let our pitching matchup report help you find the best value on offer tonight.


Patrick Corbin will try to become the first Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher to start 10-0 since 2008, which is a big reason why the club is listed as a road favorite against the New York Mets.

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

Patrick Corbin, Arizona Diamondbacks (15-1 Team Win-Loss, +1,385) 

The leading breadwinner in terms of cash earned among MLB pitchers, Corbin will be focused on trying to become the first Diamondbacks pitcher to start 10-0 since Brandon Webb in 2008.

He has compiled a 4-0 record and 2.82 ERA in eight road efforts this season, with opposing batters hitting .217 against him. 

The left-hander suffered a 4-3 road loss to the New York Mets in his only career start against them on May 5, 2012, as he allowed four runs and five hits over 3.1 innings.

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Jeff Locke, Pittsburgh Pirates (9-7, +372) 

The Pirates have alternated wins and losses over his last four outings, as he comes off a 9-4 road victory over the Seattle Mariners last time out, allowing two runs and four hits over seven frames. 

Locke is 3-0 with a 2.48 ERA in seven home outings, with opposing batters hitting .227 against him in that situation.

The left-hander tossed six shutout innings and allowed just two hits in a 2-0 road victory over the Philadelphia Philadelphia Phillies on April 23—his only career start against them.

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John Lackey, Boston Red Sox (6-7, -194) 

Lackey has done his best work at Fenway Park this season, as he enters with a 3-1 record and 1.36 ERA in five starts, issuing six walks and striking out 37 batters in 33 combined innings. 

The right-hander is 16-8 with a 3.18 ERA in 34 career interleague games (33 starts), but is 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA in one appearance against the San Diego Padres.

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Phil Hughes, New York Yankees (5-10, -516) 

He’ll be focused on trying to end a personal three-game losing streak, as the offense has supported him with just two combined runs over that span, which includes a 2-0 setback at home to the Texas Rangers last time out. 

The right-hander is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA in six career games (four starts) versus the Twins—never allowing more than three earned runs in those starting assignments.

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Joe Saunders, Seattle Mariners (5-11, -532) 

MLB handicappers are going to have a hard time backing him as a road underdog in this spot, considering he’s 1-5 with a 6.46 ERA in eight starts when pitching outside of Safeco Field. 

Saunders is also a dreadful 0-7 with a 9.91 ERA in seven career outings at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

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Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants (7-9, -334) 

The Giants have lost seven of his last eight starts, including a 4-2 defeat on the road to the Los Angeles Dodgers last time out, as he allowed four runs and a career-high-tying 10 hits in 5.1 innings. 

Lincecum is 0-1 with a 7.41 ERA in three career starts versus the Reds.

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Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers (9-8, -491)

The left-hander earned his first victory since May 20 last time out, as he came away with a 4-2 home win over the Giants, allowing two runs and four hits over eight frames. 

He has tallied an impressive 14-5 record and 2.40 ERA in 25 career starts in July, which includes a 3-2 mark and 3.51 ERA in six efforts a season ago. 

Kershaw is 3-3 with a 5.68 ERA in 11 lifetime outings against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

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