We have a weekend stuffed with intriguing matchups for whose interested in betting baseball and we have handpicked three in particular that appear to have starting pitching edges.
Two end up being home favorites, with one hurler giving up almost nothing, plus we a home underdog who could surprise against one of baseball’s hardest throwers. Time to investigate what we have for MLB picks for Friday after dark.
Jordan Zimmermann (5-0, 0.55 ERA) is in the zone as a new member of Detroit and while the analytics crowds whines his other numbers do not support his start, the fact is he has the third-lowest ERA of any pitcher coming out of April in 35 years with a minimum of five trips to the mound.
The Tigers and Zimmermann are back home from a road trip in which a broom was required, sweeping Minnesota and being swept by Cleveland. Texas figures to also be in a surly mood having dropped the last three of four-game series at Toronto.
Cole Hamels Hamels (3-0, 3.30) has not exactly been a bum for the Rangers and lefthander has been top quality for years. With both offenses scuffling and an outstanding pitching matchup, the MLB odds at BetonLine have Detroit as -128. Though Hamels has been one of my very favorite lefties in the game, Zimmermann is 51-21 after walking one or hitters in last two outings (Team’s Record), which works for me.
Play On- Zimmerman and Detroit
Carlos Martinez (4-1, 2.60) suffered his first defeat of the 2016 campaign the last time out against Washington, being tagged for two home runs in 6-1 defeat. It has not been Martinez’s history to have consecutive mediocre outings often. The St. Louis right-hander has seen his fair share of trouble with Pittsburgh, carry a 5.12 ERA after five trips against the Pirates.
The Cards are only a -120 home favorite over the Bucs and having to take on Francisco Liriano (2-1, 3.86) is part of the answer. The lefty is 3-0 with a 1.97 ERA in five starts near The Arch and has 2.44 ERA lifetime after the Redbirds.
The numbers between the two hurlers favor Pitt, yet as a baseball handicapper, St. Louis is known for being tough at home and are 14-5 against the Pirates at Busch the last two years and having lost all three to start the season in the Steel City, Martinez and Cards are dealing.