National League MLB Baseball Odds Friday, August 02, 2013


The St. Louis Cardinals will be glad to get out of Pittsburgh, but it’s not like things get much easier for the team on Friday when it visits fellow MLB Baseball NL Central rival Cincinnati. The Cards could use a big outing from rookie Shelby Miller, who has thrown six shutout innings in his career against the Reds. Bet on Cardinals-Reds and every game at WagerWeb.

MLB Baseball Odds

Marc Rzepczynski might have something left, but the St. Louis Cardinals weren’t in a position to find that out.

Dodgers LHP Hyu-Jin Ryu (9-3, 3.14) at Cubs LHP Travis Wood (7-7, 2.79): Ryu had struggled in his previous two starts before allowing just a run and two hits over seven innings last time out in a win over Cincinnati. He has never faced the Cubs. … Wood picked up his 18th quality start in his last outing against the Giants, striking out seven over seven innings. He also hit his third home run of the season, the most by a Cubs pitcher since Carlos Zambrano hit four in 2009.

Braves RHP Kris Medlen (7-10, 3.74) at Phillies LHP Cliff Lee (10-4, 3.05): Medlen was able to locate his fastball well enough to limit the Cardinals to two runs in six innings on Sunday, with the help of three tidy double-play balls early on. He’s 0-2 with a 6.97 ERA against the Phillies this year. … Lee hasn’t pitched since July 21 because of a sore neck but he is on track to return against Atlanta. Lee has struggled his last three starts, allowing 13 runs. He allowed four against the Braves in 6.1 innings on July 5.

Rockies RHP Jhoulys Chacin (9-5, 3.54) at Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole (5-4, 3.56): Chacin gave up three runs Sunday before finishing with three scoreless innings in his seventh quality start in eight outings. Chacin went seven innings, giving up eight hits and striking out four. … Cole will aim to notch his third straight quality start after he was outdueled by rookie Jose Fernandez in his most recent outing. Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle was impressed by Cole’s slider.

Indians RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (8-5, 4.17) at Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez (7-5, 2.71): Jimenez went eight scoreless innings last Sunday, his longest start since June 1. In his most recent outing, Jimenez held Texas to two hits, while striking out six and walking three. He is 2-1 with a 2.83 ERA in his last five starts. … Fernandez is coming off a stellar outing in which he struck out a Marlins franchise rookie record 13 batters in his seventh win. He leads Miami with 13 quality starts.

Royals RHP Wade Davis (5-9, 5.50) at Mets RHP Dillon Gee (7-8, 4.13): Davis rebounded from two poor starts and shut out the White Sox for 7 1/3 innings on Saturday night. He did it by being aggressive with his fastball, speeding up his tempo and keeping the ball down in the zone. … After going the equivalent of nearly four full games without allowing a homer, Gee served up three of them Saturday against the Nationals. He’ll kick off a three-game set against the Royals, whom he has never faced.

Cardinals RHP Shelby Miller (10-7, 2.79) at Reds RHP Bronson Arroyo (9-8, 3.26): Miller has looked more in sync with his command in two starts since taking a 12-day break. He allowed two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings on Sunday but continues to battle efficiency issues early in his starts. … Arroyo gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Dodgers on Saturday, but felt fortunate it wasn’t much worse. He felt off during his bullpen session, lacked command on his breaking ball and felt his fastball was off a tick.

Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmermann (12-6, 3.19) at Brewers LHP Tom Gorzelanny (2-4, 2.83): Zimmermann has been unusually inefficient in his two starts since the All-Star break. In his last start against the Mets, he allowed five earned runs, walked three batters and needed 118 pitches to work through 6 2/3 innings. … Gorzelanny got his first win since late April last time out, allowing four runs and six hits over 5.1 innings at the Rockies. He’s 0-1 with a 2.45 ERA in two relief appearances against Washington this year.

Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (9-9, 4.65) at Padres RHP Andrew Cashner (7-5, 3.88): Sabathia is scrambling for answers in the midst of a troubled stretch. He is 0-2 with a 10.93 ERA in his last three starts, having allowed 26 hits and 22 runs (17 earned) in his last 14 innings vs. the Twins, Red Sox and Rays. … Cashner has won his past two starts. He walked five in his last start against the D-backs and allowed two home runs after not giving up any in his previous eight starts. He’s struck out at least five in his past three starts.


Get The Free Sports Picks Daily Newsletter

Readers Comments (0)

Facebook Page