SATURDAY MLB GAMEDAY
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July 28th, 2007
Both young guns and older studs will take to the mound on Saturday, with everyone looking to increase their victory totals by one. Here is your Saturday MLB Gameday . . .
Detroit Tigers at Los Angeles Angels, 3:55pm ET
Andrew Miller (5-3, 3.78 ERA) vs. Joe Saunders (4-0, 2.89 ERA)
Miller is coming off a rough outing against the White Sox, in which he gave up five earned runs on 10 hits over just 4 2-3 innings of work. The young lefthander also walked five batters in that game, while striking out seven. Miller had allowed two or fewer earned runs in each of his previous three outings, and his ERA is still under 4.00.
Saunders has pitched well in his limited time with the Angels so far this season. The lefthander is 4-0 with two no-decisions in his six outings of 2007, and he only allowed four or more earned runs in one of those starts (against the Pirates on June 22). Against the Twins last weekend Saunders gave up just two earned runs over his seven innings.
Atlanta Braves at Arizona Diamondbacks, 3:55pm ET
John Smoltz (10-5, 2.78 ERA) vs. Doug Davis (7-10, 4.13 ERA)
Smoltz has turned in two strong performances since coming off the disabled list last week. On July 18 against the Reds the veteran righthander tossed seven shutout innings, allowing five hits and fanning 11 in a no-decision. On July 23 versus the Giants Smoltz got the win after surrendering a single earned run on seven hits in seven innings.
Davis is 2-0 with a no-decision over his past three starts, but he’s still three games below the .500 mark on the season. The lefthander, though, has not allowed more than three earned runs in any outing since June 30. Last time out, against the Marlins, Davis surrendered three earned runs on five hits over 6 2-3 innings to pick up his seventh win.
Toronto Blue Jays at Chicago White Sox, 7:05pm ET
Roy Halladay (11-4, 4.15 ERA) vs. Mark Buehrle (7-6, 3.23 ERA)
Halladay has the win-loss record of a Cy Young candidate, but not the ERA – at least not yet. The righthander, though, has allowed just a single earned run over his past two outings (16 innings total), giving up eight hits and fanning nine over that stretch. Against the Mariners last time out Halladay tossed a complete-game shutout for his 11th victory.
Buehrle has the ERA of a Cy Young candidate, but not the win-loss record – thanks in large part to the overall poor play of the White Sox. The lefthander, though, was pounded for seven runs on 14 hits over 6 1-3 innings last time out versus the Tigers; that marked the first time Buehrle had allowed more than two earned runs since June 5.
Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians, 7:05pm ET
Johan Santana (11-8. 2.94 ERA) vs. Jake Westbrook (1-6, 6.20 ERA)
Santana saw his ERA creep closer to 3.00 last time out, as he was knocked around for six earned runs on seven hits in just five innings of work versus the Blue Jays. The lefthander has now lost two straight starts, after winning five in a row between June 19 and July 13. With 144 strikeouts Santana remains a top contender for the AL Cy Young.
Westbrook hasn’t picked up a win since April 27, when he beat the Orioles. With injuries taking their toll the righthander has only managed to make 12 starts this season, and he’s either lost or picked up a no-decision in 11 of those outings. Last time out, against the BoSox, Westbrook surrendered five earned runs on 10 hits over six innings pitched.
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