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Major league pitchers have enough starts under their belts to pick out which arms are streaking and slumping to start the season. Each day we’ll look at the hottest and coldest pitchers taking the mound.
Matt Harvey, New York Mets (3-0, 0.82 ERA)
Mets vs. Washington Nationals (Stephen Strasburg, 1-2, 2.95 ERA)
Harvery showed potential in his ten starts for the Metropolitans last season starting late in July. He had a 2.73 ERA in 59 1/3 innings pitched and gave up more than two earned runs twice. Harvey has been even better in 2013, giving up only two earned runs and striking out 25 batters in three starts.
Chacin made only 14 starts in 2012 after being sidelined with a pectoral muscle injury. He looks like a new man early in 2013, giving up four earned runs and 13 hits in three starts.
Vance Worley, Minnesota Twins (0-2, 10.50 ERA)
Twins at Chicago White Sox (Jake Peavy, 2-1, 3.93 ERA)
Worley's introduction to the American League has not been easy for the former Philadelphia starter. In his last start against the Mets, he was yanked in the second after giving up seven earned runs as the Twins lost 16-5.
Edison Volquez, San Diego Padres (0-3, 11.68)
Padres at San Francisco Giants (Madison Bumgarner, 3-0, 1.77 ERA)
Volquez has made it past the fourth inning only once in his three starts, and has given up 16 earned runs, walked 7 batters. The Padres have been whooped 11-2, 9-1 and 9-5, in his three starts, respectively.
Dave Essler | NHL Money LineFree pick 2 BOS (-133) BetOnline vs 1 PITAnalysis: If I were releasing NHL plays all year, I might have made this a GOY type thing. If you don't think that incident at the Marathon doesn't have this crowd and this team at peak performance.....there is no better reason here, and I'd have bet them no matter who they were playing or what the line is. For that very same reason, I would strongly consider betting the Red Sox.
Essler's Cliff Notes - Friday Baseball/Stuff
Atlanta at Pittsburgh: I do think Hudson is running on fumes, and love bet Wandy in most situations. Pirates may not be hitting super well right now, but far better against RHP. Against LHP their hitting .162. It could be tough to back Wandy with ten days off with the hamstring, but it's the Pirates or nothing. But, with the wind blowing out to left I reserve the right to change my mind, but doubt I will.
St. Louis at Philadelphia: It was well documented how bad of a bet Garcia was on the road last year, yet with the Cardinals bats going semi-silent in Pittsburgh, he's still favored over Halladay. That shows you how much disrespect Vegas has for him right now, and how they may be begging is to take a home dog. I was hoping not to see a potential 19 MPH wind out to left because I had an immediate lean to the under. However, perhaps the total will come out with that factored in (don't they always) and it'll be playable.
Fish at Reds: Wind out to left. Slowey hasn't been THAT bad and he has faced all decent hitting teams. However, two of them were at home in the big park. Great American is not big. Latos has pitched reasonably well, but I've always felt that he was the beneficiary of pitching in San Diego's big park. His numbers since coming to the Reds may well reflect that. There is simply no chance of laying -4000 or whatever it is, and my gut tells me this could be the parlay and RL killer of the day. If Thursday's game uses bullpen, and it might with Cingrani perhaps on a pitch count, I could waste a bullet on the RL or +220. The Reds have a habit of not showing up in these games.
Washington at Mets: Well then, two ways to look at this. Harvey a home dog? Or Strasburg only -125. If it weren't for the day off the Nationals have and the Mets are playing in Colorado today (and it's been a tough series) this would be an absolute no brainer to take the Mets. Now, we'll have to wait and see. I don't like the fact that the Mets are probably going to lose this game and use up bullpen innings at the same time.
Cubs at Brewers: Aha, Samardzija now due to the way he's been pitching and the Cubs beat the Rangers. Brewers handled the Giants this afternoon. I do like Estrada, but when he's got no movement (as is the case with all pitchers but he more than most for me) he can get lit up. That's a pretty low total for a Brewers game at home, which would seem to imply that this is a pitchers' duel. I'd love for this to go to 8 and perhaps take the under. Braun did go yard today, and does hit well against Samradzija, but he's about 1-18 this last week. More than likely decided by bullpens later rather than sooner. Perhaps a first five on one of these teams is the way to go.
Arizona at Colorado: I but surprised to see Chacin at -140, but Arizona is indeed flying out of New York and not getting to Denver til the wee hours of the morning, and of course the Rockies are teeing off on the Mets. And Kennedy has done nothing but give up flyball outs this season. Interesting that everyone but C-Gon has hit him, though. Chacin has been a freak show stat-wise but two of those games were against the Padres, which raises a bit of a red flag, perhaps. And of course he was manhandled in Coors Field last year. Weather not really a factor, and a bit surprised that total is 9.5. I may have to play the polygonic over.
San Diego at San Francisco: There is simply no chance of taking the Giants at -230 in a first game back when they've not been hitting, I DNC who is pitching for either team. I honestly think taking the Padres and the Fish RL's are are worst a split, if not both wins. Yes, Volquez has bee beaten around, but twice by the Rockies and once by the Mets when they were rolling. He's done well against the Giants.
Yankees at Jays: IF, and this is a big if, the Jays can be patient they will beat Pettite. Could look at this a couple of ways. Nothing wrong with getting the Yankees at even money, or that's a cheap price on Toronto at home. Not reall sure that the Yankees have the speed this year to play on the turf, and that is a big deal. For years Boston struggled when they were built like that. Speaking of Boston, I am throwing marbles on them to win the AL East and the Pennant. Yes, insane. But, in this division anything is possible, and quite frankly it's not at all unlike the Saints winning the Super Bowl after Katrina. That incident can galvanize a team and a city for a very long time. Now, I am not taking the Bruins to win the Stanley Cup, however I would probably make a sizable bet on them over the Penguins tomorrow.
-- Hudson is 2-0, 1.32 in his last two starts. WRodriguez is back after pulling leg muscle and missing time; he is 1-0, 2.00 in two starts this year.
-- JGarcia is 1-0, 1.89 in three starts this season.
-- Slowey is 0-2, 2.08 in three starts this season.
-- Harvey is 3-0, 0.82 in three starts this season.
-- Samardzija has a 2.75 RA in three starts, but only one win. Estrada is 1-0, 4.50 RA in his first three starts.
-- Chacin is 2-0, 1.96 in three starts this season.
-- Bumgarner is 3-0, 1.77 in three starts this season.
-- Ryu is 2-0, 2.92 in his last couple starts. Hammel is 2-1, 4.34 in three starts this year.
-- Pettitte is 2-0, 1.20 in two starts this season.
-- Buchholz is 3-0, 0.41 in three starts (one run/22 IP).
-- Cobb is 1-1, 2.57 in two starts this season.
-- Darvish is 2-1, 2.75 in three starts this season. Saunders is 1-0, 0.68 in his last two starts.
-- Peavy is 2-1, 4.42 in three starts this year.
-- ASanchez is 2-0, 1.42 in three starts this season.
-- Halladay is 1-2, 7.63 in three starts this season; he got his 200th win in his last start. Latos is 0-0, 4.66 in three starts this season.
-- Strasburg is 0-2, 6.35 in his last couple starts.
-- Kennedy is 0-1, 10.12 in his last two starts.
-- Volquez is 0-3, 12.41 in three starts this season.
-- Morrow is 0-1, 4.60 in three starts this season.
-- Shields is 1-2, 3.43 in three starts this season.
-- Anderson is 1-2, 5.30 in three starts this season.
-- Harrell is 0-2, 5.63 in three starts this season. Former Astro Myers is 0-2, 8.82 in three outings this season.
-- Worley is 0-2, 12.75 in his first three AL starts.
-- Hanson is 1-1, 6.55 in two starts this season.
-- Five of last seven Atlanta games went over the total.
-- Under is 5-1-1 in last seven Philly games.
-- Three of last four Miami games went over total.
-- Seven of last ten Washington games went over total.
-- Four of last five Cub games stayed under the total.
-- Last four Arizona games stayed under the total.
-- Five of last six San Diego games went over the total.
-- Four of last five Dodger games went over the total.
-- Last six Bronx games stayed under the total.
-- Last three Boston games went over the total.
-- 13 of last 15 Oakland games went over the total.
-- Under is 7-0-1 in last eight Texas games.
-- Seven of last nine Cleveland games went over the total.
-- Last five White Sox games stayed under the total.
-- Eight of last ten Angel games went over the total.
-- Braves won 13 of their first 15 games. Pirates won six of last nine.
-- Cardinals won six of their last eight games.
-- Reds won last four games, outscoring foes 27-5.
-- Brewers won last four games, scoring 25 runs.
-- Colorado won its last six games, scoring 46 runs.
-- Padres won their last three games, scoring 22 runs.
-- Bronx won seven of its last nine games.
-- Red Sox won their last six games, allowing 11 runs. Kansas City won six of its last nine games (2-3 in last five).
-- Oakland won 12 of its last 14 games (6-0 vs Astros).
-- Rangers won three of their last four home games.
-- Twins won last two games, scoring eight runs in both, after losing previous five games.
-- Detroit won four of its last five games.
-- Phillies lost last four games, scoring seven runs.
-- Marlins lost 13 of their first 16 games.
-- Nationals lost four of their last six games. Mets lost last three games, giving up total of 28 runs.
-- Cubs lost seven of their last ten games.
-- Arizona is 4-5 in its last nine games.
-- Giants lost their last three games, allowing 21 runs.
-- Baltimore is 2-5 this season in game following a win. Dodgers lost last four games, outscored 23-7.
-- Blue Jays are 1-5 in game following a win.
-- Rays lost eight of their last ten games.
-- Mariners lost six of their last nine games.
-- Astros lost last five games, giving up 31 runs. Cleveland lost its last four games, allowing 22 runs.
-- White Sox lost seven of their last ten games.
-- Angels lost seven of their last nine games.