MLB Picks: Wednesday Pitching Report & Matchup Breakdowns

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 1:39 PM GMT

Wednesday, Jul. 31, 2013 1:39 PM GMT

With suspensions making the headlines, we look to focus on the players taking the field. Which pitchers are we looking at today, as we try to find any edge for our MLB picks?


The Los Angeles Angels will likely suffer a three-game sweep to the Texas Rangers, as Jerome Williams is having a nightmarish month on the mound.

Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds surrounding seven starting pitchers that’ll hit the mound Wednesday.

Check out our Wednesday Morning MLB Odds & Betting Lines Report.

Homer Bailey, Cincinnati Reds 

The right-hander has dropped four consecutive outings, including a 2-1 setback on the road to the Los Angeles Dodgers last time out, as he allowed two runs and seven hits over seven frames.

In seven career games versus the San Diego Padres, Bailey has compiled a perfect 4-0 record and 4.30 ERA, including a 2-0 mark and 2.63 ERA at Petco Park. 

Bartolo Colon, Oakland Athletics

The right-hander has been the best pitcher in baseball over his last 14 starts, as he’s compiled a 11-1 record and 1.70 ERA in that stretch—tossing six or more innings and allowing three or fewer runs in each of those outings. 

In 24 career starts versus the Toronto Blue Jays, Colon has posted a 10-5 record and 4.12 ERA, including a 4-1 home victory on Aug. 2 of last season. 

Miguel Gonzalez, Baltimore Orioles

The right-hander had his personal three-game winning streak snapped last time out, as he was handed a 7-1 road defeat by the Kansas City Royals, allowing six runs and eight hits over 4.2 innings of work. 

Gonzalez enters with a perfect 5-0 record and 3.78 ERA in eight home starts, but he’s surrendered 11 home runs in 52.1 combined frames.

Jeremy Hellickson, Tampa Bay Rays 

Over his last 10 starts, Hellickson has tallied a 8-1 record and 3.17 ERA, with the club winning his last seven efforts.

The right-hander has never faced the Arizona Diamondbacks in his career, but he’s gone 1-3 with a 6.41 ERA in seven career starts versus the National League. 

John Lackey, Boston Red Sox

He has dropped his last two starts against the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees, as he’s allowed nine runs and 19 hits over 12.2 innings of work over that span. 

In 30 career outings versus the Seattle Mariners, Lackey has produced a solid 15-10 record and 3.61 ERA, including a 2-1 mark and 3.32 ERA in three appearances in 2011.

Check out our picks for this game here.

Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals 

The right-hander had his personal three-game winning streak snapped last time out, as he was handed a 4-1 road loss by the Atlanta Braves, allowing four runs (three earned) and seven hits over seven frames. 

In 10 road appearances (eight starts) versus the Pittsburgh Pirates, Wainwright has compiled a 5-1 record and 5.51 ERA—serving up just a single home run in 50.2 combined innings.  

Jerome Williams, Los Angeles Angels 

In five starts this month, Williams has tallied a terrible 0-4 record and 12.50 ERA, including a pair of losses to the Oakland Athletics in his last two trips to the mound.

The right-hander is 1-0 with a 6.68 ERA in 11 appearances (one start) versus the Texas Rangers, surrendering nine home runs in 33.2 combined frames.

Take a look at our free MLB picks for this matchup.

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