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Thursday's streaking and slumping MLB starting pitchers
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.
Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle Mariners (2-0, 2.18 ERA)
Seattle’s second-year hurler has excelled early on and has risen to the challenge, out-dueling big names like Yu Darvish and Chris Sale so far. He shares the mound with another star, Detroit ace Justin Verlander. Iwakuma has 16 strikeouts and just one walk in 20 2/3 innings and is stellar inside Safeco Field, boasting a 7-3 record and 2.40 ERA in 18 home games – 11 of those were starts.
Alexi Ogando, Texas Rangers (2-0, 1.08 ERA)
The Rangers have won all three times Ogando has taken the bump this season, getting 16 2/3 innings out of the righty in those starts. Ogando has limited opposing bats to just .194 and has been especially stingy with runners in scoring position (.125). He’s fanned 17 batters while walking just five.
Phil Hughes, New York Yankees (0-2, 10.29 ERA)
Hughes hasn’t lasted more than four innings in his three starts and was chased after only three in his most recent appearance versus Baltimore. He gave up five runs on five hits – three of which were home runs. Hughes heard it from the Bronx crowd and could be headed to the bullpen if this slump continues.
Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies (0-2, 7.56 ERA)
Hamels looked much better in his last outing, giving up one run on six hits in a no-decision to the Marlins. But that’s not enough to erase his horrific efforts in his first two starts of 2013. The Phillies’ high-priced southpaw was battered for 13 runs on 13 hits, including four home runs, in just under 11 innings of work. He’s been hit-and-miss versus St. Louis going 2-3 with a 3.27 career ERA.
Price cold: Rays 0-3 with reigning Cy Young winner
The Tampa Bay Rays are 0-3 in ace pitcher David Price's starts this season.
Price is 0-1 with a 5.82 ERA in three appearances. The lefty will take the bump versus the Baltimore Orioles Thursday, hoping to improve on the -4.6 units he's cost Rays backers this month.
The defending American League Cy Young winner is off to a slow start in 2013, but is coming off his best performance of the season. Price went six innings in a no-decision in his last start Saturday. He surrendered one earned run as the Rays lost 2-1 to the Boston Red Sox.
Oddsmakers have sent out a suggested moneyline of Tampa Bay -125 at Baltimore Thursday. The total was sent out at 7.5 runs.
-- Cain has 1.38 RA in two road starts; Giants are 0-3 in his starts this year, scoring a total of six runs.
-- Mets won all three Niese starts (2-0, 4.58) scoring 34 runs. Colorado won both Garland starts (1-0, 3.75).
-- Wainwright is 2-0, 1.13 in his last couple starts.
-- Fernandez is 0-0, 1.51 in two starts this season.
-- Corbin is 2-0, 1.50 in two starts this season.
-- Texas is 3-0 in Ogando starts (2-0, 1.08). Villanueva is 0-0, 0.64 in two starts this season.
-- Verlander is 2-1, 1.96 in three starts this season. Iwakuma is 2-0, 2.18 in his three starts.
-- Red Sox are 3-0 in Lester starts (2-0, 1.42).
-- Gallardo is 0-1, 7.16 in three starts and got a DUI since his last outing; he blew a 2.2 into the Breathalyzer.
-- Phillies lost all three Hamels starts (0-2, 7.56).
-- Teheran is 0-0, 7.36 in two starts this season. Locke is 1-1, 4.09 in his two starts this season.
-- Rookie prospect Cingrani makes MLB debut for Reds; he threw 14.2 IP in minors this year, without allowing a run.
-- Hughes is 0-2, 11.57 in two starts this season.
-- Tampa Bay is 0-3 in Price starts (0-1, 5.82). MGonzalez is 1-1, 3.65 in two starts this season.
-- McAllister is 1-1, 5.11 in two starts this season.
-- Sale is 0-1, 8.49 in his last couple starts. Dickey is 1-2, 6.88 in three starts.
-- Six of last eight games at Miller Park went over the total.
-- Nine of twelve Met games went over the total.
-- Five of last six Philly games stayed under the total.
-- Four of last six Pittsburgh games went over the total.
-- Ten of last thirteen Cincinnati games went over the total.
-- Last five Bronx games stayed under the total.
-- Under is 6-0-1 in last seven Texas games.
-- Last five Toronto games stayed under the total.
-- Four of last six Boston games stayed under the total.
-- Eight of last ten Tampa Bay games stayed under total.
-- Over is 9-2-1 in last twelve Detroit games.
-- Brewers won last three games, scoring 18 runs.
-- Cardinals won seven of their last ten games.
-- Pirates won six of their last eight games. Braves won ten of their last eleven games
-- Colorado won 10 of its last 13 games.
-- Bronx won seven of its last eight games.
-- Rangers won six of their last nine games.
-- Red Sox won seven of their last nine games.
-- Tigers won eight of their last eleven games.
-- Giants lost last two games, allowing 14 runs.
-- Miami lost twelve of its first fifteen games.
-- Phillies lost last three games, scoring four runs.
-- Brewers lost five of their last seven home games.
-- Mets lost four of their last six games.
-- Cubs lost eight of their last ten games.
-- Diamondbacks are 3-5 in their last eight games.
-- Rays lost seven of their last nine games. Baltimore lost three of its last four home games.
-- White Sox lost six of their last nine games. Toronto is 4-6 in its last ten.
-- Indians lost eight of their last eleven games.
-- Mariners lost eight of their last eleven games.
The Orioles look to bounce back from yesterday's loss to the Rays and build on their 4-0 record in Miguel Gonzalez' last 4 starts following a team defeat in their previous game. Baltimore is the pick (+105) according to Dunkel, which has the Orioles favored by 1 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Baltimore (+105). Here are all of today's picks.
THURSDAY, APRIL 18
Time Posted: 7:00 a.m. EST
Game 951-952: San Francisco at Milwaukee (1:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Francisco (Cain) 15.555; Milwaukee (Gallardo) 15.903
Dunkel Line: Milwaukee by 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: San Francisco (-130); 8
Dunkel Pick: Milwaukee (+110); Over
Game 953-954: NY Mets at Colorado (3:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Mets (Niese) 15.393; Colorado (Garland) 16.544
Dunkel Line: Colorado by 1; 9
Vegas Line: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A
Game 955-956: St. Louis at Philadelphia (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: St. Louis (Wainwright) 15.401; Philadelphia (Hamels) 15.741
Dunkel Line: Philadelphia by 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: Philadelphia (-110); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (-110); Under
Game 957-958: Atlanta at Pittsburgh (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Atlanta (Teheran) 16.680; Pittsburgh (Locke) 16.135
Dunkel Line: Atlanta by 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: Atlanta (-125); 8
Dunkel Pick: Atlanta (-125); Over
Game 959-960: Miami at Cincinnati (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Miami (Fernandez) 13.405; Cincinnati (Cingrani) 15.937
Dunkel Line: Cincinnati by 2 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: Cincinnati (-160); 8
Dunkel Pick: Cincinnati (-160); Over
Game 961-962: Detroit at Seattle (3:40 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit (Verlander) 16.261; Seattle (Iwakuma) 16.920
Dunkel Line: Seattle by 1/2; 5 1/2
Vegas Line: Detroit (-160); 6 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Seattle (+140); Under
Game 963-964: Chicago White Sox at Toronto (7:07 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: White Sox (Sale) 15.334; Toronto (Dickey) 14.391
Dunkel Line: Chicago White Sox by 1; 8
Vegas Line: Toronto (-130); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Chicago White Sox (+110); Over
Game 965-966: Tampa Bay at Baltimore (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Tampa Bay (Price) 15.319; Baltimore (Gonzalez) 16.610
Dunkel Line: Baltimore by 1 1/2; 6 1/2
Vegas Line: Tampa Bay (-125); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Baltimore (+105); Under
Game 967-968: Boston at Cleveland (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Boston (Lester) 14.890; Cleveland (McAllister) 15.110
Dunkel Line: Cleveland by 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: Boston (-135); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Cleveland (+115); Under
Game 969-970: Texas at Chicago Cubs (2:20 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Texas (Ogando) 15.102; Cubs (Villanueva) 14.737
Dunkel Line: Texas by 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A
Game 971-972: Arizona at NY Yankees (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Arizona (Corbin) 15.830; NY Yankees (Hughes) 15.405
Dunkel Line: Arizona by 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: NY Yankees (-115); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Arizona (-105); Under