As we begin a new week of Major League Baseball, please find below a detailed betting tip sheet containing winning angles and trends to help you make money.
Hot Starting Pitchers for Monday:
- Anibal Sanchez – Detroit right-hander Anibal Sanchez is 4-1 with a 1.71 ERA over his last seven starts. Overall, Sanchez is 11-7 with a 2.45 ERA and 1.13 WHIP this season, including going 7-2 with a 1.92 ERA and 0.96 WHIP at home and 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA and 1.00 WHIP over his last three starts. Sanchez has been unhittable at Comerica Park where he has posted an American League-best .198 opponent batting average and the league’s second-lowest ERA (1.92). Tonight looks to be a favorable matchup against Oakland as Josh Reddick is 0-for-9 versus Sanchez, while Chris Young, Jed Lowrie and Brandon Moss are a combined 3-for-32.
- Zack Greinke – Los Angeles right-hander Zack Greinke is 4-0 with a 0.94 ERA over his last four starts. Overall, Greinke is 12-3 with a 2.91 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 2013, including going 6-1 with 2.32 ERA and 0.97 WHIP at home and 3-0 with a 0.42 ERA and 0.92 WHIP over his last three starts. Even Greinke has been impressed with his performance this season. “I’ve been executing better and I’ve been throwing harder with a better changeup than at any time in my career.” Greinke’s terrific 2013 season should continue tonight against an anemic Chicago lineup that is averaging 3.9 runs per game, including 3.6 runs per game on the road.
Cold Starting Pitchers for Monday:
- Barry Zito – San Francisco southpaw Barry Zito has been an unqualified disaster this season as evidenced by the fact that he is 0-3 with a 10.07 ERA over his last five starts. Overall, Zito is 4-9 with a 5.63 ERA and 1.72 WHIP in 2013, including going 0-7 with a 9.50 ERA and 2.35 WHIP on the road and 0-2 with a 10.03 ERA and 2.14 WHIP over his last three outings. More importantly, Zito has allowed a combined 13 runs on 29 hits in his last seventeen innings pitched against the Rockies (three starts). Carlos Gonzalez is 6-for-10 with two doubles and a home run this year versus Zito and a .378 lifetime hitter with two homers in this matchup. The long ball has plagued Zito recently as he has yielded 12 home runs over his last 41 innings of work.
- Phil Hughes – New York starter Phil Hughes is 0-5 with a 6.30 ERA over his last eight outings, although he has allowed just two runs over six innings in each of his two starts against the Blue Jays this season. Overall, Hughes is 4-12 with a 4.88 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 2013, but owns a respectable 3.67 ERA in ten starts on the road. Hughes is 5-5 with a career 4.97 ERA and 1.36 WHIP versus the Blue Jays, a span that covers eighteen starts. The one silver lining for Hughes is the fact that New York is 34-15 in this series, including 12-1 this season.