Sept. 8th Betting Edge Found in Starting Pitchers

Ross Benjamin

Monday, September 8, 2014 12:14 PM GMT

Read this informative MLB handicapping article to see who has the edge in the games between the Angels/Indians & Braves/Nationals.

Angels vs. Indians 1:05 PM ET
The Angels will go with their veteran Jered Weaver on the mound tonight. Weaver has been sharp in his last 3-starts by posting a 2.29 ERA. As a matter of fact, the Angels hurler has been a real money maker during the past few months going 12-3 against the money in his last 15-starts. He’s been a bit shaky on the road in 2014 as evidenced by a lofty 4.63 ERA in 14-starts, and 10 of those 14-starts have gone over the total. Weaver has also seen each of his 6-starts during day games go over the total this year.

The Indians Danny Salazar can’t get much hotter than he’s been over his past 3-starts. In those outings, Salazar has posted a microscopic 0.45 ERA, compiled an almost 5:1 strikeout to walk ratio, and went 3-0 against the money. The Indians hurler has gone a solid 6-2 against the money at home this season with a stellar 2.85 ERA.

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Advantage: The Indians are a very good 43-28 (.601) at home this season, and with a red-hot starting pitcher, in addition to their playoff lives being on the line, I’m giving the edge in this pitching matchup to Danny Salazar in this one.

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Braves vs. Nationals 7:05 PM ET
The Braves Mike Minor has seemed to find his groove over his last 3-starts after enduring a rough 2014 season overall to this point. He’s displayed very good form over those last 3-outings, posting a 2.05 ERA, and 0.82 WHIP. The bad news is that Minor has a lofty 4.79 ERA in 4-starts versus the Nationals since the start of last season, and in 22-starts overall in 2014 his ERA is an unimpressive 4.65.

The Washington Nationals counter with right-hander Doug Fister who’s compiled an impressive entire body of work in 2014. Fister has gone 14-7 against the money on the year with a stellar 2.66 ERA. He’s also 2-0 against the money in his career versus the Braves with a shining 1.80 ERA and 0.80 WHIP. The bad news is that he’s in bad form over his last 3-starts. In those outings he has a large 5.94 ERA, a 1.86 WHIP, and has gone 0-3 against the money.

Advantage: I have to stay disciplined in my approach when assessing strictly the starting pitchers in this game. My rule of thumb has always been to take the pitcher in good form during his last 3-starts, over an opponent with a pitcher in bad form in his last 3. For one of today's MLB picks, I’ll have a very small lean going toward Mike Minor over Doug Fister.

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