Saturday's Daily Pitching Report for ML Baseball Bettors

Ross Benjamin

Saturday, August 9, 2014 2:45 PM UTC

Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 2:45 PM UTC

We’ll examine a pair of some pretty evenly matched starting pitcher battles today. Who has the edge between Tanner Roark (Nationals) against Aaron Harang (Braves), or Tim Hudson (Giants) versus James Shields (Royals)? Read our revealing sports betting article, and get the answers before making your MLB picks today.

Washington Nationals (Roark) @ Atlanta Braves (Harang) 7:10 PM ET
The Nationals starter Tanner Roark has been solid this season in 22-starts posting a stellar 2.94 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. He’s gone 4-0 against the money in his last 4-starts versus National League opponents with a terrific 1.29 ERA, a 0.71 WHIP, and a 6:1 strikeout to walk ratio. The Washington right-hander has also gone a perfect 3-0 against the money in his last 3 on the road with a microscopic 0.62 WHIP.

The Braves starter Aaron Harang has had some tough luck of late going 0-4 in his last 4 against the money despite a very good 2.89 ERA. The veteran right-hander has been victimized by a lack of run support in those 4-outings as the Braves averaged just 2.5 runs per game. The Braves hurler has been strong in his last 3 at Turner Field compiling a sparkling 2.14 ERA. Harang has allowed only 9 home runs in 142 1/3 innings in 2014, or 1-homer per 15.8 innings pitched.

I’m going to give a slight lean in this one to Tanner Roark of the Nationals over Aaron Harang of the Braves. I just think Roark has been the more consistent of the two pitchers over the last few weeks.

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San Francisco Giants (Hudson) @ Kansas City Royals (Shields) 7:10 PM ET
The Giants starter Tim Hudson has been rock solid in his last 4-starts in posting a shining 2.13 ERA. As a matter of fact he’s been fairly consistent for much of the season to this point going 13-8 against the money with a 2.74 ERA, including an even better 2.20 ERA in his 10-starts on the road. Speaking of the road, Hudson has an excellent 1.48 ERA in his last 4 when cast into that role.

The Royals starter James Shields enters tonight in very good form over his last 6-starts, posting a superb 1.99 ERA, and a better than 5:1 strikeout to walk ratio. However, he’s cost his backers a lot of money over his last 4-starts at home, going 0-4 against the money, and losing a huge 6.25 MLB betting units.

James Shields has for whatever reasons had difficulty at home in recent starts. I don’t throw all the blame his way as the Royals have underachieved at home all season, and if not for that inconsistency would be ahead of the Tigers for the AL central lead. Contrarily, Tim Hudson has been very steady on the road, and as I alluded to earlier has been lights out in his last 4 in that role. I’m giving the slightest of leans here to Hudson of the Giants over Shields of the Royals.

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