The last week of play before the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in New York will involve some tasty pitching collisions around the big leagues. Here’s a look at some of the action you’ll be able to bet on at your sportsbook:
Kansas City Royals @ New York Yankees
This is a fascinating pairing of pitchers, precisely because these two men have stood on the mound in the playoffs, knowing that they might have to fend off the other. Ervin Santana – Kansas City’s starter in this game – played against Andy Pettitte and the New York Yankees in previous playoff series. Pettitte, with a 4.37 ERA, is not in the same league as Santana (a 2.90 ERA) this season, but Pettitte has a way of rising to the occasion in big moments. Seeing Santana on the mound could easily evoke memories of playoff battles in Pettitte’s mind. He’ll treat this game as a big one, and well he should. It’s a matchup that’s better than the ERA numbers suggest.
Chicago White Sox @ Detroit Tigers
This is a treat. Chicago will send its ace, Chris Sale, to the bump on Thursday afternoon, while Detroit will counter with Anibal Sanchez. One thing that those handicapping the MLB odds should realize about these pitchers is that they have both struck out at least nine hitters in a game five times in their last 10 starts. How’s that for a common thread? Sale’s ERA is 2.78, while Sanchez’s mark stands at 2.70. Expect a lot of strikeouts and few runs in this contest. This is as good a pitching matchup as you’ll find all week in the big leagues, with one possible exception, the one that will be mentioned next in the section below:
Los Angeles Angels @ Seattle Mariners
This is the five-star pitching matchup of the week, the battle between two staff aces. One – Los Angeles starter Jered Weaver – has finished in the top three of an American League Cy Young Award ballot. The other, Seattle starter Felix Hernandez, has won the award outright. Weaver suffered an injury earlier this season which caused him to miss at least six starts, but he’s back in action and is performing well – well enough to post a 3.38 ERA. Hernandez has registered a 2.69 ERA, once again delivering the goods for a team that cannot score many runs. Hernandez has allowed two runs in seven innings in each of his past three starts.
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