MLB Picks: Tuesday Pitching Report & Matchup Breakdowns

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 11:35 AM UTC

Tuesday, Jul. 23, 2013 11:35 AM UTC

We examine some of the day's biggest pitching matchup, hoping to find an edge before placing our MLB picks.

Roberto Hernandez has been throwing the ball better of late, but he’s been known to struggle in Beantown.

Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds surrounding seven starting pitchers on Tuesday. 

Jhoulys Chacin, Colorado Rockies (11-7, +332) 

The right-hander has won six of his last seven starts, including a 3-1 road victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers last time out, as he allowed one run and six hits over six frames. 

Since June 1, Jhoulys Chacin has compiled a 6-1 record and 3.12 ERA, with the club winning seven of nine games over that span. 


Jason Hammel, Baltimore Orioles (10-9, +14)

He’ll be making his 20th start of the season, which equals his 2012 regular season total, as the right-hander attempts to bounce back from a 7-3 home loss to the Toronto Blue Jays last time out. 

In four outings against the Kansas City Royals, Hammel has tallied a 1-2 record and 5.48 ERA, with his teams splitting those four contests.


Roberto Hernandez, Tampa Bay Rays (7-11, -553) 

The right-hander earned his first victory since June 11 last time out, as he picked up a 4-3 home win over the Houston Astros, allowing three runs and six hits over six frames. He has allowed exactly three earned runs in four consecutive appearances. 

In 10 lifetime appearances (eight starts) versus the Boston Red Sox, Hernandez has produced a 3-4 record and 3.66 ERA, including a 1-2 mark and 10.00 ERA in four games (two starts) at Fenway Park. 


Phil Hughes, New York Yankees (6-12, -705)

Phil Hughes has dropped back-to-back starts due to receiving just two runs of offensive support over that span, which includes a 4-1 setback at home to the Minnesota Twins on July 13. 

The right-hander is 2-2 with a 2.08 ERA in five games (four starts) versus the Texas Rangers, as he’s allowed just four earned runs in 18 combined innings at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. 


Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox (12-8, +378)

The left-hander returns home after dropping back-to-back road outings to the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners, as he allowed eight runs and 15 hits over a combined 11.1 frames. 

Jon Lester enters with a perfect 3-0 record and 2.96 ERA in seven home starts, surrendering just three home runs in 48.2 innings. 

In three starts against the Rays in 2013, he has tallied a 1-1 record and 4.82 ERA, which includes allowing a season-high seven runs over a season-low 4.2 frames in his last such effort. 


Rick Porcello, Detroit Tigers (8-9, -324)

The right-hander has won two consecutive starts, including an 8-5 home victory over the Chicago White Sox last time out, as he gave up three runs and seven hits over six solid innings. 

In 12 career games versus the White Sox, Porcello has garnered a winning 6-5 record and 4.92 ERA. 


Hector Santiago, Chicago White Sox (3-9, -596) 

Santiago hasn’t earned a decision in four consecutive starts, with the club dropping each of those efforts, including a 2-1 road loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on July 13. 

The left-hander has allowed just two earned runs and seven hits over 11 innings in seven relief appearances against the Tigers.


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