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Tuesday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies (3-1, 2.73 ERA)
Hamels allowed a leadoff double in his last start, then settled down to retire the next 18 Diamondbacks he faced, cruising to a 7-2 victory. He ended up going eight innings allowing two runs on four hits while striking out seven. Hamels now has 30 strikeouts compared to just three walks.
Jon Niese, New York Mets (2-0, 2.81 ERA)
It looks like the lefty is really hitting his stride this season. After going 11-11 with a 4.40 ERA last season, Niese has 23 strikeouts and seven walks in 25 2/3 innings this year. He has been stuck with two consecutive no-decisions, but hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of his four starts.
Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals (0-3, 7.32 ERA)
Wainwright was having major problems coming back from Tommy John surgery, but may have made a breakthrough in his last outing. He had allowed 15 runs combined in his first three starts before holding the Cubs to a single earned run in a six-inning no-decision. Still, he’s already allowed five homers this year and has trouble cracking 90 mph right now.
Francisco Liriano, Minnesota Twins (0-3, 11.02 ERA)
The Twins skipped Liriano’s last turn in the rotation to see if he could get it together. He’s allowed five runs in each of his first four starts and has 12 strikeouts compared to 13 walks. Liriano threw 70 pitches in Saturday’s bullpen session and says he feels better now, focusing on keeping the ball down in the zone.
Tuesday’s betting tips: Ozzie Guillen hints at big changes for Marlins
NBA: Atlanta has covered in 11 of its last 15.
NBA: Chicago has covered in four straight.
NBA: Boston is 7-3-1 against the spread in its last 11 road games.
NHL: Philadelphia has won four of its last five.
MLB: The over is 7-1 in Ubaldo Jimenez’s last eight starts.
NBA: The over is 4-9-1 in Denver’s last 14 overall.
NBA: Philadelphia is 4-10 against the spread in its last 14 as an underdog.
NBA: The Los Angeles Lakers are 5-16 in their last 21 games as a favorite.
NHL: New Jersey is 3-10 in its last 13 games in Philadelphia.
MLB: Pittsburgh has won four of its last 16 games in St. Louis.
0.76 – Miami Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco, who is a native of California, is absolutely dynamite at AT&T Park in San Francisco. He climbs the hill in San Francisco Tuesday, working on a 3-0 record with a 0.76 ERA when visiting the Giants.
Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked
Nick Swisher, New York Yankees – Swisher left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury and is expected to be out of action for about a week. The team is hoping that he won’t have to go on the disabled list as of now. Swisher is off to a great start for the Yanks, batting .284 with six homers and 23 RBIs.
Game of the day
Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers (-4.5, 200)
"Can you blame them? I was booing too. Too bad they can't hear me. It's a shame, because we have a better ballclub than we've shown. People who survive in this game and people who have better days and years are the people who can make an adjustment quickly. If you cannot make adjustments, I will make them for you. That's my job. If the players don't start making adjustments, then I have to do it. I'm going to make very drastic changes. I don't know what yet. I have a long way to go, a six-hour flight [to San Francisco] to make that decision.” – Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen after his team lost its eighth game in nine tries Monday. The Marlins are pegged as +140 underdogs Tuesday against the Giants.
Notes and tips
The Cleveland Indians announced on Monday that outfielder Johnny Damon will join the team in Chicago on Tuesday, when the Indians arrive to begin a three-game series with the White Sox. Damon, 38, has been in extended spring training at the team's complex in Arizona since signing a minor-league contract on April 17. Cleveland will need to make a corresponding move to clear space for the two-time All-Star on the active roster. The Indians will be Damon's seventh MLB team, all of them in the American League. He hit .261 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI in 150 games last year for the Rays.
The Philadelphia Flyers’ power play is clicking at a staggering 44.8 percent clip so far in the playoffs, scoring 13 times on 29 opportunities. The Flyers’ power play scored once in Game 1 when Claude Giroux notched his seventh goal of the playoffs in the third period. As of Monday evening, about 61 percent of Covers.com Consensus bettors were backing the Flyers as -150 favorites for Tuesday’s Game 2.
Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton left Sunday's game against Tampa Bay after two innings because of lower-back stiffness. The Rangers listed Hamilton's status as day-to-day. Hamilton had an RBI single in the first inning, and he is hitting .395 with nine home runs and 25 RBIs this season.
Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young has been suspended for seven days by Major League Baseball for his part in an altercation at a New York hotel Friday morning. Young is facing a misdemeanor aggravated harassment charge for allegedly making anti-Semitic comments to a panhandler during an altercation. The league made the announcement Monday, adding that the suspension is retroactive to April 27. Young will be eligible to return Friday night.
-- Zimmerman has a 1.67 RA in four starts this season.
-- Arroyo is 1-0, 2.21 in his last three starts.
-- Beachy is 2-0, 1.31 in his last three starts. Hamels is 3-0, 2.14.
-- Niese is 1-0, 2.29 in his last three starts.
-- Morton is 1-1, 2.25 in his last couple starts.
-- Lilly is 2-0, 1.35 in three starts this season.
-- Volquez has a 3.24 RA in four home starts this season.
-- Cain has a 1.11 RA in his last three starts. Nolasco is 1-0, 3.06 in his last three outings.
-- Feliz is 1-1, 2.70 in three starts this season.
-- Doubrant is 1-0, 3.00 in his last couple starts. Parker allowed one run in 6.1 IP in his first start for Oakland.
-- Hochevar is 2-0, 2.84 in his two road starts.
-- Sale is 2-1, 3.12 in four starts this season.
-- Cahill is 0-2, 9.00 in his last couple starts.
-- Samardzija allowed 10 runs in 8.2 IP in his two road starts.
-- Happ is 0-1, 4.76 in his last three starts.
-- Wainwright is 0-3, 7.32 in four starts this season.
-- Chacin is 0-2, 5.85 in four starts this season.
-- Marcum is 0-1, 4.50 in his last three starts.
-- Matusz is 1-3, 7.40 in four starts this season. Hughes is 1-3, 10.13.
-- Hutchison has a 6.10 RA in his first two starts.
-- Porcello allowed 14 runs in 7.2 IP in his last two starts.
-- Noesi is 1-2, 8.83 in four starts this season. Moore is 0-1, 5.89 in his last three starts.
-- Jimenez has a 4.50 RA in four starts this season.
-- Liriano is 0-3, 12.12 in four starts this season. Williams is 1-1, 5.51 in three starts this season.
-- Arizona won three of its last four games.
-- Reds won five of their last seven games.
-- Braves won 14 of their last 20 games. Phillies won four of six.
-- Mets won five of their last seven games.
-- St Louis won three of its last four games. Pirates won four of last six road games.
-- Dodgers won seven of their last eleven games. Colorado is 6-4 in its last ten home games.
-- Giants won three of their last four games.
-- Orioles won six of their last eight games; Bronx won four of their last five home games.
-- Texas won 13 of its last 17 games.
-- Royals won three of their last four games.
-- Tampa Bay won eight of its last nine games.
-- Red Sox won seven of their last eight games.
-- Indians won seven of their nine road games.
-- Washington lost its last four games, scoring six runs.
-- Cubs lost seven of their last nine road games.
-- Astros lost 10 of their last 15 games.
-- San Diego is 4-9 in its last thirteen games. Brewers lost six of their last eight road games.
-- Marlins lost eight of their last nine games.
-- Toronto lost five of its last seven games.
-- Mariners lost last three games, scoring four runs.
-- Detroit lost eight of its last ten games.
-- Oakland lost its last three games, allowing 26 runs.
-- White Sox lost five of their last six games.
-- Twins lost seven of their last eight games; Angels lost six of eight.
-- Eight of last eleven Arizona games went over the total.
-- Six of Cubs' last seven games stayed under the total.
-- Under is 4-1-1 in Atlanta's last six games.
-- Under is 17-4-1 in Pirate games this season.
-- Five of Mets' last six road games went over the total.
-- Nine of last twelve Dodger games stayed under the total.
-- Seven of last nine Milwaukee games went over the total.
-- Last six Miami road games stayed under the total.
-- Seven of last eight Baltimore games stayed under total.
-- Under is 6-2-1 in last nine Texas games.
-- Five of last six Detroit games went over the total.
-- Seven of last nine Boston games went over the total.
-- Over is 5-2-1 in Seattle's last eight games.
-- Nine of last twelve Minnesota games went over total.
-- Ten of last eleven Cleveland games stayed under total.
--As of late Monday night, most betting shops had New York (13-9, +143) installed as a minus-200 favorite in the second game of this series. The total is 10 ½ ‘under’ (minus-120) and the Yankees are available for even-money for run-line wagers (minus 1 ½ runs).
--Baltimore (14-9, +735) had won six of its last seven games going into Monday’s series lid-lifter in the Bronx. The Orioles took two of three from Oakland at Camden Yards over the weekend, including a 5-2 win Sunday at even-money odds. Trailing 2-0 going into the bottom of the ninth, the O’s erupted for five runs and won on Wilson Betemit’s three-run, walk-off blast with one out in the final frame.
--The Yankees won a three-game series at home over the Tigers thanks to Sunday’s 6-2 win as minus-190 favorites. Derek Jeter went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks to improve his batting average to .396. Curtis Granderson popped his eighth homer of the season and Andruw Jones went deep for a third time.
--New York swept a three-game series at Baltimore from April 9-11. The ‘under’ went 2-1 in the three meetings. In Monday’s series opener, the Yankees won by a 2-1 count as minus-165 ‘chalk.’ Eric Chavez cracked a two-run dinger and Mariano Rivera picked up his fifth save.
--Phil Hughes (1-2, 9.53 ERA) will take the hill for the Yankees on Tuesday night. They are 1-2 in his three outings and totals have been a wash (1-1-1).
--Baltimore will give the starting nod to Brian Matusz, who is 0-3 with a 5.66 ERA. The ‘under’ is 3-1 in his four starts. The left-hander took a no-decision in his last outing when he went six innings in a 5-2 win over the A’s.
--Joe Girardi’s club is 5-3 in eight previous games against left-handed pitching. The Yankees are 7-4 at home. Meanwhile, the O’s are 12-8 vs. righties, 6-5 on the road.
--The ‘under’ is 13-9 overall for the O’s, but the ‘over’ is 6-4-1 in their road games.
--The ‘over’ is 11-10 overall for the Yankees, 6-5 in their home outings.
--Baltimore has the best bullpen in baseball to date with a 1.83 ERA.
--Tampa Bay beat Seattle 3-2 in 12 innings last night. The Rays own the lead in the AL East, one game in front of the O’s and 1 ½ games ahead of the third-place Yankees.
--The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Eastern on the YES Network.
**Marlins at Giants**
--Most spots are listing San Francisco (12-10, +189) as a minus-160 favorite with a total of six ‘under’ (minus-120). The Giants are plus-150 on the run line (risk $100 to win $150).
--Miami (8-14, -880) suffered a 9-5 loss Monday afternoon to Arizona as a minus-175 home favorite. The loss dropped the Marlins to 1-8 in their last nine games, as they fell six games back of the National League East lead from the division cellar.
--Ozzie Guillen’s club is an abysmal 2-9 on the road. The Fish will try to right their road woes with Ricky Nolasco (2-0, 3.20) on the hill. The Marlins are 3-1 in his four previous outings.
--San Francisco is 6-3 at home. The Giants are in second place in the NL West, four games back of the loop-leading Dodgers (pending L.A.’s late-night Monday result).
--San Francisco RHP Matt Cain (1-1, 2.37) will toe the rubber in this spot. He threw back-to-back gems spanning 18 innings and including just three hits, one walk and 15 strikeouts. But Cain took his first loss of the season at Cincinnati on April 24, throwing a season-high 116 pitches.
--The ‘under’ is 12-10 overall for the Giants, 7-2 in their home games.
--The ‘over’ is 11-10 overall for the Marlins, but the ‘under’ is 7-2 in their last nine games. The ‘under’ is 7-4 in Miami’s 11 road games.
**B.E.’s Bonus Nuggets**
--Oakland RHP Bartolo Colon has been one of baseball’s biggest surprises this year. The veteran hurler has allowed two runs or less in five of his six assignments. Colon took a shutout into the ninth of Sunday’s game at Baltimore but allowed a pair of infield hits before his bullpen faltered in a 5-2 loss. He has a 2.53 ERA.
--Pittsburgh spanked Atlanta 9-3 Monday as a plus-155 underdog to split a four-game series at Turner Field. The Pirates are in a third-place tie with Milwaukee, four games back of the Cardinals in the NL Central going into Tuesday’s series opener at St. Louis.
--Detroit has lost eight of its last 10 games since it swept a three-game series at Kansas City. The Tigers will try to get back on track Tuesday night at home when they host the Royals, who have dropped four straight head-to-head’s against the Tigers.
--Going into Monday’s games, Oakland’s .209 team batting average was MLB’s lowest. San Diego had the NL’s worst batting average (.212).