July 9, 2013 at 2:42 PM #52442
Qbin Missile CrisisKeymaster
We’ve arrived at the final week before the All-Star break. Which pitching matchups will command the most interest in the sportsbook? Three of them appear on Wednesday, July 10.
Washington Nationals @ Philadelphia Phillies
An outstanding duel is very possible in this particular contest on Wednesday, as a member of the 20-game winner’s club from 2012 faces one of the giants in the sport. Last year, Washington starter Gio Gonzalez cracked the 20-win barrier and helped the Nationals make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. He has a 3.14 ERA and has not given up at least four runs in a game since May 27. Lee has merely been one of the best pitchers in baseball over the past six years, if not the absolute best. (One could make a very strong argument on his behalf.) Lee enters this game with a strong 2.73 ERA and has allowed at least four runs in only one of his last 10 starts. If this game produces anything more than five total runs, it will come as a mild surprise.
Los Angeles Angels @ Chicago Cubs
Wednesday also includes this matchup on the MLB odds between a proven pitcher and a young man who is rapidly rounding into a proven pitcher. The Angels will send veteran C.J. Wilson to the mound. Wilson owns a 3.49 ERA and has been getting better as the season has progressed. Samardzija did not enjoy a productive month of June, but his ERA is right there with Wilson’s at 3.54. These are two tough pitchers with above-average stuff. Wrigley Field might not become a launching pad in this specific game.
Los Angeles Dodgers @ Arizona Diamondbacks
One pitcher has been doing a lot of work all season, while the other pitcher in this matchup has just four starts to his credit. Yet, this could turn into a real dandy of a duel in Phoenix. Hyun-Jin Ryu has dazzled for the Dodgers this season, keeping the team afloat in April and May and enabling Los Angeles’ recent win binge to propel the team into second place in the National League West. Ryu’s 2.82 ERA is much better than the mark posted by Arizona starter Tyler Skaggs (3.65), so one might think that Los Angeles has the advantage here. However, Skaggs – though owning just four starts this season – has delivered shutouts in two of them. Skaggs could very well turn into a young fireballer who can change the equation in this confrontation.
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