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Thursday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
A.J. Burnett, Pittsburgh Pirates (8-2, 3.24 ERA)
Burnett keeps forcing us to include him in this section every time he takes the ball. In his last trip to the hill he fired six shutout innings, allowing only two hits while striking out four. It was his seventh straight win and he has allowed more than two runs just once in the last nine starts. He ranks third in the MLB starter money standings, having earned 9.66 units for his supporters.
Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds (9-3, 2.21 ERA)
Cueto looks to cap off a terrific month Thursday against the San Francisco Giants. He improved to 4-0 in June by blanking the Twins over seven innings while striking out a season-high nine batters. Cueto now has 25 strikeouts over his last three starts and has thrown at least 105 pitches in each of his last five outings.
Josh Outman, Colorado Rockies (0-3, 8.64 ERA)
There isn't much in the way of true Slumping pitchers set to go Thursday, but Outman is one to tread carefully with after his start was pushed back a day. He has allowed at least four runs in four of his five starts and gave up five runs in 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision against Texas. He fired 92 pitches in that one, the most he has thrown in a start all year. Outman owns a 9.00 ERA and has allowed four homers in his last three.
Thursday’s betting tips: D-Backs’ top SP prospect makes MLB debut
Weather to watch
Cincinnati Reds at San Francisco Giants – 12 mph winds are expected to blow out to centerfield.
MLB: Under is 20-8 in Yankees last 28 games as a home favorite.
MLB: Athletics are 10-4 in their last 14 overall.
WNBA: Silver Stars are 6-1 ATS in their last eight games overall.
MLB: Padres are 5-23 in their last 28 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
MLB: Rockies are 4-15 in their last 19 overall.
WNBA: Sparks are 0-4 ATS in their last four road games.
2 – Candace Parker scored just two points in the Los Angeles Sparks’ loss to Tulsa Tuesday. The former MVP has scored only 20 points in two games since coming back from a knee injury as the Sparks get set to play their eighth game in 14 days Thursday against San Antonio.
Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked
CC Sabathia, New York Yankees - Sabathia was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left adductor muscle. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Sabathia is likely to return after the All-Star break and would miss only two starts. Sabathia (9-3, 3.55 ERA) felt pain in his groin area during his last start but didn't inform the team until Tuesday's bullpen session. Freddy Garcia will fill his spot in the rotation, making his first start Friday.
Game of the day
Germany -125 vs. Italy +330, Draw +225
"I think the time has come to beat the next big opponent. We have already beaten Argentina, England, Netherlands and Brazil and I think Italy are next. We certainly have respect for them for what Italy have achieved here, especially with the football scandals back home. But we have no fear." Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger ahead of Thursday's match with Italy.
Notes and tips
The Arizona Diamondbacks’ star pitching prospect Trevor Bauer will make his MLB debut Thursday on the road against the Atlanta Braves. Bauer, the No. 3 overall pick in last year’s draft, was tearing it up in Triple-A Reno with a 4-0 record and a 2.82 earned-run average in eight starts. He had 116 strikeouts in 93 innings spanning 16 starts in Double-A and Triple-A. Arizona is set as a +115 underdog.
Two weeks ago, Bears coach Lovie Smith said he fully expected Brian Urlacher to be on the field when training camp begins in Bourbonnais on July 25. Urlacher told the Chicago Tribune he'll be back "for sure" after missing offseason workouts and minicamp recovering from a sprained MCL and PCL in his left knee on Jan. 2 at Minnesota. "I could have participated in minicamp, but there was no reason to," Urlacher said. Urlacher, 34, likely won't practice more than three straight days and will be rested on days with dual practice.
Deron Williams, one of the top free agents in the NBA this summer, isn't expected to take a tour of cities of interested teams. He has narrowed his choices to his hometown Dallas Mavericks and re-signing with the Brooklyn Nets. If the past week is any indication, the Mavericks have ground to gain on the Nets. It's unlikely another suitor, such as the Houston Rockets, will gain traction in pursuit of Williams. Williams is keeping a regular workout scheduled at the Nets' facility in New Jersey and celebrated his birthday with a dinner in New York that included Nets' coach Avery Johnson.
-- Burnett is 7-0, 2.09 in his last seven starts.
-- Jackson is 3-1, 2.63 in his last four starts.
-- Jurrjens allowed one run in 7.2 IP at Fenway in his first start back from the minors (103 PT).
-- Keuchel is 1-0, 1.29 in his first two MLB starts.
-- Ex-Met Capuano is 1-0, 1.80 in his last three starts.
-- Cueto is 4-0, 1.47 in his last four starts. Bumgarner is 4-0, 3.28 in his last five starts.
-- Cecil is 1-0, 2.45 in his first two starts this season.
-- WChen is 3-1, 2.84 in his last four starts.
-- Nova is 3-0, 1.59 in his last four starts.
-- Scherzer is 1-1, 2.70 in his last three starts.
-- FHernandez is 1-0, 1.29 in his last couple starts. Boston won both Morales starts (1-0, 4.09), scoring 15 runs.
-- Kendrick is 0-3, 9.00 in his last four starts.
-- Outman is 0-2, 10.06 in his last four starts.
-- Prospect Bauer is making MLB debut; he was 11-1, 2.23 in his 16 starts in minor leagues this season.
-- Padres sent Cashner to AA to become a starter; this is his third start in MLB (2.35 RA in first two). He threw 95 pitches in his last AA start.
-- Young is 1-1, 4.18 in four starts this season.
-- Haren has a 7.56 RA in his last three starts.
-- Axelrod is 0-1, 6.52 in two starts this season.
-- McAllister is 0-1, 4.74 in his last three starts.
-- Shields is 1-2, 6.60 in his last five starts.
-- Ross is 0-4, 6.41 in his last five starts. Feldman is 1-6, 8.23 in his eight starts this season.
-- Washington won its last two games, scoring 23 runs.
-- Astros won four of their last five games.
-- Giants won four of last five home games, with last four home wins all by shutout- they haven't allowed a run in three games.
-- Angels won eight of their last ten games.
-- Bronx Bombers won 15 of their last 18 games. White Sox won four of their last five.
-- A's won 11 of their last 15 games. Rangers won ten of their last twelve.
-- Red Sox won 11 of their last 14 games.
-- Phillies are 5-10 in last 15 home games. Pirates lost three of their last four games overall.
-- Colorado lost 16 of its last 20 games.
-- Arizona lost its last four road games, outscored 18-5. Atlanta lost six of its last eight home games, but won last two.
-- Padres lost eight of their last twelve games.
-- Mets lost four of their last five games. Dodgers lost nine of last 11.
-- Reds lost six of their last nine games.
-- Blue Jays lost three of their last four games.
-- Indians lost eight of their last nine road games. Baltimore lost three of its last four games.
-- Tampa Bay lost six of its last eight games. Tigers lost four of six.
-- Mariners lost 12 of their last 17 games.
-- Over is 24-8 in Philly's last 32 games.
-- Six of last eight games at Coors Field went over the total.
-- Under is 10-4-1 in last fifteen Arizona road games.
-- Under is 6-1-1 in last eight Houston home games.
-- Under is 7-2-1 in Dodgers' last ten games.
-- Seven of last eight Cincinnati games stayed under total.
-- Over is 5-2-1 in last eight Angel games.
-- Six of last eight White Sox games stayed under total.
-- Under is 9-2-1 in last twelve Cleveland road games.
-- Six of last eight Detroit games stayed under the total.
-- Under is 7-2-1 in last ten Oakland games.
-- Last five Seattle games stayed under the total.
The Braves look to build on their 8-1 record in Jair Jurrjens last 9 starts during Game 3 of a series. Atlanta is the pick (-135) according to Dunkel, which has the Braves favored by 1/2 a run. Dunkel Pick: Atlanta (-135). Here are all of today's picks.
THURSDAY, JUNE 28
Time Posted: 6:00 a.m. EST
Game 901-902: Pittsburgh at Philadelphia (1:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Pittsburgh (Burnett) 15.314; Philadelphia (Kendrick) 14.108
Dunkel Line: Pittsburgh by 1; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: Pittsburgh (-115); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Pittsburgh (-115); Under
Game 903-904: Washington at Colorado (3:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Washington (Jackson) 15.400; Colorado (Outman) 15.973
Dunkel Line: Colorado by 1/2; 12
Vegas Line: Washington (-150); 11
Dunkel Pick: Colorado (+130); Over
Game 905-906: Arizona at Atlanta (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Arizona (Bauer) 15.883; Atlanta (Jurrjens) 16.337
Dunkel Line: Atlanta by 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: Atlanta (-135); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Atlanta (-135); Over
Game 907-908: San Diego at Houston (8:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Diego (Cashner) 15.431; Houston (Keuchel) 14.003
Dunkel Line: San Diego by 1 1/2; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: Houston (-120); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: San Diego (+100); Under
Game 909-910: NY Mets at LA Dodgers (10:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Mets (Young) 15.920; LA Dodgers (Capuano) 14.545
Dunkel Line: NY Mets by 1 1/2; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: LA Dodgers (-135); 7
Dunkel Pick: NY Mets (+115); Over
Game 911-912: Cincinnati at San Francisco (10:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cincinnati (Cueto) 14.390; San Francisco (Bumgarner) 15.853
Dunkel Line: San Francisco by 1 1/2; 5
Vegas Line: San Francisco (-110); 6
Dunkel Pick: San Francisco (-110); Under
Game 913-914: LA Angels at Toronto (7:07 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Angels (Haren) 17.082; Toronto (Cecil) 15.026
Dunkel Line: LA Angels by 2; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: LA Angels (-120); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: LA Angels (-120); Under
Game 915-916: Chicago White Sox at NY Yankees (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: White Sox (Axelrod) 15.429; NY Yankees (Nova) 16.616
Dunkel Line: NY Yankees by 1; 11
Vegas Line: NY Yankees (-185); 10
Dunkel Pick: NY Yankees (-185); Over
Game 917-918: Cleveland at Baltimore (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cleveland (McAllister) 13.870; Baltimore (Chen) 14.975
Dunkel Line: Baltimore by 1; 10
Vegas Line: Baltimore (-145); 9
Dunkel Pick: Baltimore (-145); Over
Game 919-920: Detroit at Tampa Bay (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit (Scherzer) 14.814; Tampa Bay (Shields) 13.995
Dunkel Line: Detroit by 1; 7
Vegas Line: Tampa Bay (-135); 8
Dunkel Pick: Detroit (+115); Under
Game 921-922: Oakland at Texas (8:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Oakland (Ross) 15.477; Texas (Feldman) 15.861
Dunkel Line: Texas by 1/2; 12
Vegas Line: Texas (-230); 11
Dunkel Pick: Texas (-230); Over
Game 923-924: Boston at Seattle (10:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Boston (Morales) 16.815; Seattle (Hernandez) 14.792
Dunkel Line: Boston by 2; 6
Vegas Line: Seattle (-110); 7
Dunkel Pick: Boston (-110); Under