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Wednesday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals (8-1, 2.45 ERA)
Strasburg has won five consecutive starts and allowed more than two runs in just one of those. He has struck out 100 batters in 77 innings and has a 1.04 WHIP this year. He was pulled after six innings in his last start due to a cut on his right middle finger but should be fine to throw against Tampa Bay.
Ryan Vogelsong, San Francisco Giants (6-2, 2.29 ERA)
The Giants have won each of Vogelsong’s last eight trips to the mound and he hasn’t allowed more than three runs in an outing since the end of April. Vogelsong threw seven innings for his fourth straight start last week, allowing two earned runs on four hits while striking out six in a 4-2 win over Seattle. Vogelsong sits eighth in the MLB starter money standings, having earned 6.83 units.
Anthony Bass, San Diego Padres (2-7, 4.48 ERA)
The Padres have lost four of Bass’ last five starts and the Michigan native was hit hard again last week by Oakland. He gave up nine runs (seven earned) on eight hits while walking three in that one and has allowed at least four earned runs in five consecutive trips to the hill. He hasn’t thrown 100 pitches in a start since May 4.
Francisco Liriano, Minnesota Twins (1-7, 6.24 ERA)
We’re probably kicking Minnesota’s lefty when he’s down here, but it’s hard to pass by his bad fortune. He gave up just one hit in six innings against Milwaukee last week and still ended up taking his seventh loss of the season. That’s because the one hit was a three-run homer to Ryan Braun that lifted the Brewers to a 5-3 win. Liriano is still struggling with his control, having walked four batters in that loss and has cost 6.33 units for his supporters.
Wednesday’s betting notes: Rays SP call-up makes MLB debut
MLB: Giants are 8-0 in Ryan Vogelsong’s last eight starts.
MLB: Over is 31-15-3 in Mets last 49 overall.
WNBA: Washington has covered in four of its last six.
MLB: Athletics are 6-13 in their last 19 games as an underdog.
MLB: Reds are 0-8 in their last eight games with Ron Kulpa behind home plate.
WNBA: Tulsa is 1-9 straight up this season and is riding a 2-4 slide against the spread.
87.1 – The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 87.1 points per game, easily the worst average in the WNBA this season. They have covered just once in eight games and are set as 1-point favorites at home to Washington on Wednesday.
Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked
Jeremy Hellickson, Tampa Bay Rays – The Rays placed Jeremy Hellickson on the 15-day DL with shoulder fatigue, which opens the door for Chris Archer to make his MLB debut Wednesday against the Washington Nationals. Hellickson, the AL Rookie of the Year last season, is only expected to miss a couple of turns in the rotation. Meanwhile, Archer joins the big league club after going is 4-8 with a 4.81 ERA in 14 starts this year for Triple-A Durham. Archer is set to face off against Stephen Strasburg.
Game of the day
San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Angels (-162, N/A)
“It's clear who the favorites are. But we'll be trying to prove that the favorites don't have to necessarily always win. This is a particularly strong opponent but we haven't lost yet.” – Czech Republic keeper Petr Cech about Thursday’s Euro 2012 quarterfinal matchup with Portugal, which is set as a -150 favorite. The Czechs are priced as +400 underdogs and the draw is at +250.
Notes and tips
The Colorado Rockies expect to have Carlos Gonzalez back in the lineup Wednesday. He has been sidelined with a strained right knee since Sunday, but told reporters he felt much better when he woke up Tuesday. CarGo’s hitting .335 with 17 homers and 51 RBI.
Veteran running back Cedric Benson could be a viable backup option to Raiders starter Darren McFadden. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that Benson, who turns 30 in December, is on the Raiders' radar. Benson is likely to come at an affordable price. He had 895 carries the past three seasons with the Bengals, more than Ravens' starter Ray Rice (852) and Falcons' workhorse Michael Turner (813). He'd replace Michael Bush, McFadden's former backup who left via free agency and signed a four-year deal with the Bears.
AL teams were 10-4 Tuesday, they're 109-82 against NL teams in interleague play this season, with five days to go.
Remember there are DHs in games in American League parks, no DHs in National League parks. It doesn't seem to affect totals either way.
-- Blanton is 2-0, 3.45 in his last couple starts.
-- Hanson is 2-0, 2.66 in his last three starts. Hughes is 3-0, 1.69 in his last three outings.
-- Gallardo is 3-1, 3.90 in his last five starts.
-- Cahill is 3-0, 0.77 in his last three starts.
-- Masterson has a 1.80 RA in his last three starts.
-- Strasburg is 5-0, 3.41 in his last five starts.
-- Doubrant is 6-2, 4.37 in his last eight starts.
-- Giants won last eight Vogelsong starts (5-0, 1.76).
-- Milone is 4-1, 1.34 in his five home starts (2-4, 6.45 on road).
-- White is 2-5, 6.15 in eight starts for Colorado.
-- Lyles is 1-3, 8.42 in his last five starts. Chen is 0-1, 8.10 in his last two outings.
-- Injury-ravaged Toronto still hasn't named a starter; could be a minor league call-up.
-- Vargas is 1-2, 5.95 in his last three starts.
-- Bass is 0-3, 9.57 in his last five starts. Darvish is 2-3, 5.97 in his last five starts.
-- Westbrook is 1-4, 7.59 in his last six starts. Porcello is 1-2, 6.63 in his last even starts.
-- Arroyo is 1-2, 5.40 in his last four starts.
-- Bedard is 1-2, 9.00 in his last three starts. Liriano is 0-2, 4.08 in his last three outings.
-- Archer is making MLB debut; he was 4-8, 4.81 in 14 AAA starts, but is considered a big prospect.
-- Matusz is 1-3, 6.00 in his last four starts. Gee is 0-2, 4.05 in his last four starts.
-- Nolasco is 1-3, 4.85 in his last four starts.
-- Floyd is 1-4, 10.38 in his last six starts. Wells is 0-1, 6.23 in two starts, last of which was April 28.
-- Weaver was 1-1, 6.87 in his last four starts before going on the DL.
-- Eovaldi has a 2.19 RA in four starts, but LA lost all four games, scoring a total of four runs.
-- Cincinnati won six of its last eight games.
-- Detroit won seven of its last nine games.
-- Tampa Bay won last five road games, scoring 34 runs.
-- Pirates won nine of their last ten home games.
-- Bronx won ten of its last eleven games.
-- Streaky Mets blanked Baltimore the last two nights.
-- Red Sox won five of their last six games.
-- Royals won six of their last eight games.
-- Brewers won five of their last seven home games. Toronto won four of its last five games.
-- Rangers won seven of their last eight games.
-- Diamondbacks won six of their last seven home games.
-- Angels won eight of their last eleven games.
-- Oakland won six of its last seven games. Dodgers won six of their last eight road games.
-- Rockies lost 11 of their last 12 games; Phillies lost 12 of last 16.
-- Nationals lost last four games, scoring ten runs.
-- Cardinals lost three of their last four games.
-- Cleveland is 1-7 in game following its last eight wins.
-- Twins lost five of their last six games.
-- Braves lost seven of their last nine games.
-- Orioles won ten of their last fourteen games, but got shut out in their last two games.
-- Miami lost 11 of its last 13 games.
-- Astros lost 16 of their last 22 games.
-- Cubs lost 12 of their last 18 games. White Sox lost six of seven.
-- Mariners lost seven of their last ten games.
-- Giants lost three of their last four games.
-- Padres lost six of their last seven home games.
-- Over is 18-6 in Philly's last 24 games.
-- Under is 9-3 in last twelve Bronx home games.
-- Eight of last eleven Cleveland home games went over total.
-- Eight of last ten Cardinal games stayed under the total.
-- Five of last seven Tampa Bay games went over the total.
-- Over is 10-4 in last fourteen Pittsburgh games.
-- Six of last seven Baltimore games stayed under the total.
-- Under is 8-4 in Boston's last dozen games.
-- Ten of last twelve Houston games went over the total.
-- Seven of last nine games at Miller Park went over the total.
-- Six of Cubs' last eight road games went over the total.
-- Seven of last ten Seattle road games went over the total.
-- Ten of last fourteen San Diego games went over the total.
-- Six of Angels' last eight games stayed under the total.
-- Five of last seven Dodger games stayed under the total.
-- Col-Phil-- Last five Fairchild games stayed under total.
-- Atl-NY-- Five of last seven Davis games went over total.
-- KC-Hst-- Under is 9-4 in Bellino games this season.
-- Tor-Mil-- Favorites won six of last eight Danley games.
-- Sea-Az-- Underdogs won seven of last ten Tichenor games.
-- Tex-SD-- Visiting team won nine of last eleven Knight games.
-- StL-Det-- Home side won five of last six Ringe games.
-- Cin-Cle-- Five of last six Kulpa games stayed under total.
-- Minn-Pitt-- Under is 4-1-1 in West's last six games.
-- TB-Wsh-- Underdogs won six of last eight Nelson games.
-- Blt-NY-- Over is 4-0-1 in last five Timmons games.
-- Mia-Bos-- Four of last five Joyce games went over the total.
-- Chi-Chi-- Seven of last ten Miller games stayed under total.
-- SF-LAA-- Over is 10-2-1 in last thirteen Meals games.
-- LA-A's-- Home team won nine of last eleven Carlson games.
The Reds look to build on their 7-1 record in Bronson Arroyo's last 8 starts during Game 3 of a series. Cincinnati is the pick (+105) according to Dunkel, which has the Reds favored by 1 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Cincinnati (+105). Here are all of today's picks.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20
Time Posted: 6:00 a.m. EST
Game 901-902: Colorado at Philadelphia (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Colorado (White) 14.560; Philadelphia (Blanton) 14.038
Dunkel Line: Colorado by 1/2; 10
Vegas Line: Philadelphia (-145); 9
Dunkel Pick: Colorado (+125); Over
Game 903-904: Atlanta at NY Yankees (1:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Atlanta (Hanson) 15.674; NY Yankees (Hughes) 17.440
Dunkel Line: NY Yankees by 2; 8
Vegas Line: NY Yankees (-135); 9
Dunkel Pick: NY Yankees (-135); Under
Game 905-906: Kansas City at Houston (2:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Kansas City (Chen) 13.487; Houston (Lyles) 14.657
Dunkel Line: Houston by 1; 8
Vegas Line: Houston (-110); 9
Dunkel Pick: Houston (-110); Under
Game 907-908: Toronto at Milwaukee (2:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Toronto (Undecided) ; Milwaukee (Gallardo) 14.869
Dunkel Line: No Line
Vegas Line: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A
Game 909-910: Seattle at Arizona (3:40 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Seattle (Vargars) 14.733; Arizona (Cahill) 15.867
Dunkel Line: Arizona by 1; 8
Vegas Line: Arizona (-160); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Arizona (-160); Under
Game 911-912: Texas at San Diego (6:35 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Texas (Darvish) 16.445; San Diego (Bass) 14.636
Dunkel Line: Texas by 2; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: Texas (-185); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Texas (-185); Over
Game 913-914: St. Louis at Detroit (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: St. Louis (Westbrook) 14.194; Detroit (Porcello) 15.424
Dunkel Line: Detroit by 1; 9
Vegas Line: Detroit (-125); 10
Dunkel Pick: Detroit (-125); Under
Game 915-916: Cincinnati at Cleveland (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cincinnati (Arroyo) 15.863; Cleveland (Masterson) 14.203
Dunkel Line: Cincinnati by 1 1/2; 10
Vegas Line: Cleveland (-125); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Cincinnati (+105); Over
Game 917-918: Minnesota at Pittsburgh (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota (Liriano) 13.314; Pittsburgh (Bedard) 15.493
Dunkel Line: Pittsburgh by 2; 7
Vegas Line: Pittsburgh (-125); 8
Dunkel Pick: Pittsburgh (-125); Under
Game 919-920: Tampa Bay at Washington (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Tampa Bay (Archer) 16.545; Washington (Strasburg) 14.823
Dunkel Line: Tampa Bay by 1 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: Washington (-200); 7
Dunkel Pick: Tampa Bay (+170); Over
Game 921-922: Baltimore at NY Mets (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Baltimore (Matusz) 16.514; NY Mets (Gee) 15.897
Dunkel Line: Baltimore by 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: NY Mets (-135); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Baltimore (+115); Under
Game 923-924: Miami at Boston (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Miami (Nolasco) 13.886; Boston (Doubront) 15.200
Dunkel Line: Boston by 1 1/2; 10
Vegas Line: Boston (-150); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Boston (-150); Over
Game 925-926: Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cubs (Wells) 14.042; White Sox (Floyd) 15.402
Dunkel Line: Chicago White Sox by 1 1/2; 11
Vegas Line: Chicago White Sox (-175); 10
Dunkel Pick: Chicago White Sox (-175); Over
Game 927-928: San Francisco at LA Angels (10:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Francisco (Vogelsong) 15.539; LA Angels (Weaver) 15.240
Dunkel Line: San Francisco by 1/2; 6
Vegas Line: LA Angels (-160); 7
Dunkel Pick: San Francisco (+140); Under
Game 929-930: LA Dodgers at Oakland (10:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Dodgers (Eovaldi) 15.779; Oakland (Milone) 16.166
Dunkel Line: Oakland by 1/2; 6
Vegas Line: Oakland (-110); 7
Dunkel Pick: Oakland (-110); Under