All teams in baseball are playing a pair of two-game series in interleague action this week and today we look to find what pitchers can give their team a 2-0 mark against the MLB odds.
Each of these pitchers will be a favorite today and each plays on a top level team. We seriously considered one underdog as a baseball handicapper with the MLB odds in our favor, but Atlanta’s Julio Teheran’s 6.94 road ERA was troublesome even against Boston, who has dumped seven straight.
Wacha and St. Louis Should Vanquish Minnesota
In the first game of the day we have a rare Tuesday afternoon contest on the shores of the muddy Mississippi River in St. Louis. Having suffered two of his losses in his last three starts, manager Mike Matheny gave Michael Wacha (8-2, 2.45 ERA) one extra day of rest. After being almost unstoppable the Cards right-hander has been touched up more of late and the skipper thought the time would help build his stamina back.
Sportsbooks like WagerWeb have some of the lowest odds on St. Louis at -170 with Wacha who has an astonishing 0.84 ERA in five starts during the day. Minnesota has lost eight of 10 but at least will have their best hurler going in Kyle Gibson (4-4, 3.24) who has been prone more recently to the home run ball with four allowed in 14 innings compared five all year the rest of the season.
For this matinee we find that NL teams like the Cardinals with 4.1 or less runs a game against an AL starting pitcher whose ERA is 3.50 or lower, after scoring and allowing three runs or less in their previous outing, are 36-14 in the next contest, making them worth considering for MLB picks.
Advantage – Wacha and St. Louis
Morton of Pirates Looks to Stay Salty Versus Chicago
Charlie Morton missed almost the first two months of the season recovering from off-season hip surgery and returned in style. Morton is 4-0 with a 2.05 ERA and is not a hard-thrower but since returning his signature, the sinker, is inducing the highest rate of groundballs at 70 percent for anybody in the majors with at least four starts.
Pittsburgh whitewashed the White Sox 11-0 last evening and will try and sweep the two games at home before heading to the Windy City. Jose Quintana (3-6, 4.00) is the announced starter for Chicago and he has a 2.21 ERA in his last three starts. The White Sox are +135 underdogs are 0-4 on the road trip and just 12-22 in all away games this campaign.
The Pirates on the other hand are on a 5-0 surge and 20-11 at PNC Park, which is the fourth-best home record.
With Morton’s salty sinker (come on work with me here) and the Bucs 12-2 after five or more consecutive home games this season, pretty strong choice for MLB picks.
Advantage – Morton and Pittsburgh
New York’s Harvey’s Tries to Ground Blue Jays Offense
As predicted here yesterday, the Mets ended Toronto’s winning streak at 11 games and goes after a 2-0 in the Big Apple before flying to Canada. New York pitchers held the Blue Jays to only three runs after they had averaged eight runs per game during amazing winning stretch.
Matt Harvey (6-4, 3.62) has the task of keeping the Jays down and recent starts at least suggest he might have issues. The right-hander has an ERA of 7.20 in his past four starts and has been taken yard eight times in that period, which is not good news for Harvey facing Toronto who is third in baseball in homers.
With Aaron Sanchez out with a strained lat muscle, Toronto recalled Scott Copeland (1-0, 0.90) who has three appearances this season with the Jays including a successful start over Miami allowing one run and six hits in seven innings. With last night’s outcome, Toronto is 1-9 in road games vs. a very good bullpen whose WHIP is 1.250 or better this season, which might be applicable again. New York has been lowered to -144 home favorite role and they are 10-1 at Citi Field as a fave of -125 to -150 this season.
Advantage – Harvey and New York