Looking at today’s MLB odds from sportsbooks, three more youthful pitchers stood out and we decided to scrutinize how each might perform to help their teams win a ballgame in the middle of the week.
Each of these hurlers is on the road and we will cover their efforts away from home along with explaining what kind of pitches they use and if you or baseball handicappers should be using them for MLB picks.
There are nightmares and there is what happened to the Mariners Taijuan Walker (6-6, 4.64 ERA) to begin 2015. After a superb spring to earn a spot in the Seattle rotation, Walker quite literally could not get anybody out and had the worst ERA among any pitcher with nine starts at 7.33 and a 1-5 record. Thanks to the patience of manager Lloyd McClendon and listening to his coaches, the 22-year old right-hander began trusting himself and has been on a serious roll since with a 5-1 mark and 1.91 ERA.
Though Walker has been improved on the road, his ERA is still 6.17 and the M’s are 4-5 in his away outings. Walker’s abilities are obvious, with a mid-90’s heater, a late-biting cutter, big dropping curve and change he fades against left hand batters. The first part of the season he was catching too much of the plate and getting hammered and has wisely adjusted and is keeping his pitches down and working the edges.
In a matinee in San Diego, Seattle has been a dropping underdog, once at +125, now at +101 (though I did see +105 at Heritagesports.eu) betting odds. The Mariners shutout the Padres 5-0 last night and will see the tosses of James Shields (7-2, 4.24), who is winless in four starts posting an ERA of 6.45. While we agree with the Friars being favored, they are 0-6 at Petco Park in interleague action this season and Seattle deserves consideration to sweep the two-game series.
Slight Advantage – Walker and Seattle
Chris Heston (8-5, 3.73) is not young by age at 27, but he’s just in his second year with San Francisco and first as a fulltime starter. Heston has made a name for himself with a 5-0 no-hitter at the New York Mets on June 9th and he and his teammates are 6-1 in his away encounters despite a 4.43 ERA. This has occurred because unlike many other pitchers, Heston has received fantastic run support with 8.65 runs per game, which covers up a lot is mistakes.