MLB Picks: Wednesday Pitching Report & Matchup Breakdowns

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 11:34 AM GMT

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


Bud Norris ranks third in the league in home ERA since 2012, which makes the Houston Astros potentially playable as an underdog against the Tampa Bay Rays.

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

Bartolo Colon, Oakland Athletics (Team W/L 13-3, Money Performance +1,016) 

The right-hander is 8-0 with a 1.37 ERA and one home run allowed in 59 innings of work over his last eight starts, which played a big part in leading the American League in ERA (1.75) in June. 

Colon has an eight-game winning streak at home and an 11-game winning streak at night. 

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Jeremy Guthrie, Kansas City Royals (9-7, +220)

Guthrie has dropped his last three efforts, as he’s issued eight walks and struck out just five batters over that span, while the offense has provided him with just five runs of support. 

The right-hander holds a 9-3 mark and 2.50 ERA versus division foes since joining the Royals, but has picked up losses in that situation in his last two outings. 

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Matt Harvey, New York Mets (10-7, -140) 

He leads the National League with a 2.00 ERA and 132 strikeouts, while also pacing the majors leagues with a .184 opposing batting average and 0.85 WHIP.

The power right-hander is 2-1 with a 1.77 ERA in 10 home starts, issuing 12 walks and striking out 80 batters in 71.1 combined frames. 

Harvey earned a 3-1 road win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in his first career start on July 26 of last season.

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Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners (8-9, -317)

The right-hander is 12-18 with a 3.87 ERA in 36 career starts versus the Texas Rangers, including an 0-2 mark and 5.84 ERA in two efforts during the 2013 campaign. 

Seattle’s ace has compiled a 6-2 record and 2.42 ERA in 10 road outings, surrendering just four home runs in 67 combined frames.

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Derek Holland, Texas Rangers (11-5, +417)

The left-hander is coming off his sixth career shutout, as he allowed two hits and struck out seven batters in a 2-0 road victory over the New York Yankees. 

Holland is 5-0 with a 2.18 ERA in nine starts when pitching on five or more days rest, while he’s compiled a 0.40 ERA in his six victories this season (5.14 ERA in other 10 starts). 

He has tallied an 8-2 record and 3.39 ERA in 14 career games (10 starts) versus the Mariners, including a 5-2 road victory on May 25.

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Bud Norris, Houston Astros (7-10, +38)

Norris managed to pick up just a single win last month despite finishing with a 2.77 ERA, as he issued nine walks and struck out 33 batters in 39 innings of work. 

The right-hander ranks third in MLB with a 2.02 ERA at home since 2012, while ranking sixth in the AL in that particular category this season.

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Barry Zito, San Francisco Giants (8-8, +9)

The Giants have dropped all six of his starts away from AT&T Park, as he’s gone 0-5 with a 10.41 ERA in that situation. 

Barry Zito has tallied a 3-5 record and 6.25 ERA in 12 career starts versus the Cincinnati Reds, including an 0-1 mark and 1.50 ERA in two efforts a season ago.

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