Who ordered the left-handers? A baker's dozen are strewn about Wednesday's major league pitching matchups, including four all-lefty clashes in the National League, three of which we'll be taking a look at on our daily tour around the big leagues.
Another lefty-righty battle in the Senior Circuit is also on our list, and that game could produce the best starting pitching numbers on the evening once it's all said and done. With half of the NL slate to cover, time's a'wasting.
NL West Squads Host Trio Of All-Southpaw Contests
Wednesday's first double-lefty matchup is also the first game on the MLB betting card as the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres clash in an afternoon affair at Petco Park (6:35 p.m. ET). Chris Capuano is scheduled for LA opposite San Diego's Clayton Richard, with the Dodgers opening at -135 with a 6½-run total.
The Dodgers ranked second vs. the MLB odds with 11.0 units of profit heading into Tuesday's finale vs. Arizona. About half of that has come against the Padres with LA 6-1 so far this season (+5.15 units). One of the wins came with Capuano on the hill, though he failed to make it through the fifth in his worst start of the campaign. Capuano rebounded nicely from the outing, and the Dodgers have won five of his six starts since while he's posted a 1.38 ERA in that span.
San Diego's lone win vs. LA came in Richard's season debut (7 IP, 0 ER), but the Pads have since dropped all six of his assignments with the former Michigan star's ERA at 5.31. Richard has allowed at least four earned runs in four of those six starts.
Shifting the scene from San Diego to Denver for our next all-southpaw duel, more than three years after Jamie Moyer made his major league debut, Patrick Corbin was born. They'll meet Tuesday when the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies begin their 2-game series at Coors Field (8:40 p.m. ET).
Colorado opened at -125 with a nice fat 10½-run total that leaned slightly to the 'under.'
Arizona and Colorado have both been drains on anyone following them at the MLB betting window. The D-Backs (15-21) were off 6.8 units and the Rocks -9.1 units heading into their Tuesday contests that were still pending at press.
Corbin will be making his fourth big league start and is coming off a dandy vs. the Giants last Friday. The 22-year-old tossed seven innings of 3-hit, 1-run ball in Arizona's 5-1 win as a +110 underdog.
Moyer will be appearing in the 694th game of his career and making his 636th start when he takes the mound Wednesday. The 49-year-old has found the going rough in his last three outings (15 IP, 14 ER, 4 HR), all Colorado losses with the Rockies 1-6 in his 2012 assignments.
Colorado took two of three from Arizona in Denver back in mid-April, the first time the Rockies had won a home series from their division rivals since a sweep in Sept. 2010.
Finally, we head back to California for the series opener between the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants. Jaime Garcia is scheduled for the visiting Redbirds in the 10:15 p.m. (ET) start, and Madison Bumgarner is slated for the Giants. This game opened as a pick 'em with the 7-run total priced -120 to the 'under.'
St. Louis might be happy to get away from home after dropping the first four games on a homestand that concluded Tuesday against the Cubs. Then again, the Cards have lost their last three series at AT&T Park, all 3-game sets, and are just 5-10 in their last 15 games in San Fran. Couple that with the fact Garcia has fared much worse on the road than at home, and Mike Matheny's bunch definitely has their work cut out for them.
Bumgarner will be trying to bounce back from a rough outing in Arizona last Friday, a 5-1 setback as $1.20 chalk that snapped a 5-game winning streak for the young hurler. He's a perfect 3-0 at home (1.74 ERA) this season, however, and has won both of his previous matchups against the Cardinals with a 2.57 ERA.
Brew Crew & 'Stros Start Series In H-Town
Ok, this might not look like a great mound matchup on the surface as the Milwaukee Brewers and Houston Astros start their second series of the year (8:05 p.m. ET). Randy Wolf and Bud Norris don't exactly take your breath away in anticipation of seeing them pitch when other bigger-named arms are also on the hill.
Wolf and Norris both come into the game off their best performances of the season, and in Norris' case, two straight solid outings. This game may be as easy as deciding who you like better when Norris faces Milwaukee's Aramis Ramirez. Oddsmakers like Norris and the Astros as $1.15 favorites, and the total started at eight with a lean to the 'over.'
Houston's offense has cooled dramatically since the hitters launched the Astros off the pad with a better than expected start to the 2012 campaign. The Astros were a great 'over' pick earlier, but had succumbed to 7-straight 'unders' entering Tuesday's series finale in Philadelphia. Wolf has always enjoyed pitching at Minute Maid Park, dating back to the short time he spent in the Astros rotation in 2008. He also beat the Astros in Milwaukee on April 24, laying priced at -160, and is coming off a no-decision last Friday in which he tossed six shutout innings.
Norris hasn't allowed an earned run in his last two starts, one against the potent Cardinals who he always controls and the other last Friday in Pittsburgh where he tossed the first six innings of a 1-0 shutout. He was beaten up by the Brewers on the road for his only loss of the season, but the Astros are 6-1 overall in his outings and 3-0 behind Norris at home.
Aramis Ramirez is off to a rather fetid start of things with the Brewers, but he's always hit the Astros well, especially in the Bayou City. Forty of A-Ram's 317 career homers are off Houston pitching, 22 of those in H-Town, and he's hit nearly .370 in this park the past three seasons.
The Brewers won two of three from the 'Stros in Milwaukee about three weeks ago, all three games going 'over' the total. Ron Roenicke's club dominated the series last year (12-3) and won the final six games played in Houston