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July 17, 2012 NL Pitching Matchups and Game Previews

July 17, 2012

The Philadelphia Phillies may finally be whole for the first time this season on Tuesday as ace pitcher Roy Halladay makes his return from theCueto is hot now and this is a good time to play him. disabled list against Los Angeles. Bet on Phillies-Dodgers and every game at

NY Mets at Washington – Mets LHP Jon Niese (7-4, 3.73) vs. Nationals LHP Ross Detwiler (4-3, 3.43): Niese will make his first start of the second half and his first since giving up seven runs in seven innings to the Cubs on July 8. That start snapped a three-game winning streak for Niese, who allowed four runs in 21 1/3 innings in that stretch. … Detwiler has not taken a decision since June 5, and was lucky not to take the loss in his last outing when he surrendered 11 hits (but just three runs) in five innings against the Giants.

Arizona at Cincinnati – Diamondbacks RHP Trevor Bauer (1-1, 5.40) vs. Reds RHP Johnny Cueto (10-5, 2.39): Bauer will be making his fourth Major League start. In his first two starts, Bauer allowed eight earned runs in 7 1/3 innings. He rebounded in his final start before the break to throw six shutout innings against the Dodgers at Chase Field. … Cueto was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday after developing a blister on his right index finger during a ‘pen session on Saturday. In his last start, Cueto failed to get out of the sixth inning for fourth time this season, but still won. Cueto is the man and we like Reds to prevail tonight.

San Francisco at Atlanta – Giants LHP Barry Zito (7-6, 4.01) vs. Braves RHP Jair Jurrjens (3-2, 4.97): Zito starts for the first time since July 6, and he is 14-11 in his career with a 3.56 ERA in starts with six or more days of rest. In 2011, Zito went 0-3 with a 10.53 ERA in the second half after being 3-1 with a 3.18 ERA in the first half. … Since returning after two months in Triple-A, Jurrjens is 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA. While he rarely throws his fastball over 91 mph, Jurrjens has had good command. He has walked just five batters in 25 1/3 innings and held opponents to a .247 average. We like Braves at Home.

Miami at Chicago Cubs – Marlins RHP Anibal Sanchez (4-6, 4.12) vs. Cubs LHP Travis Wood (4-3, 3.05): After an up-and-down first half, Sanchez seeks his first win since June 27, when he beat the Cards. He is coming off back-to-back no-decisions. The righty was on the hook for a win in St. Louis on July 8, but Miami lost in the ninth. … Wood won his last four starts leading up to the break, giving up three earned runs over 26 2/3 innings. It’s an encouraging trend after posting a 5.94 ERA in his first three games. He’s faced the Marlins once and lost, lasting 3 1/3 innings. Cubs are hot and Wood is winning so we like small play on Cubs here.

St. Louis at Milwaukee – Cardinals RHP Joe Kelly (1-1, 2.70) vs. Brewers RHP Randy Wolf (2-6, 5.80): Kelly issued a career-high five walks in his last outing, but worked out of some jams and allowed just one unearned run over six innings. He’s turned in four straight quality starts, and his 2.70 ERA is the lowest of any St. Louis starter. … The All-Star break represents a chance to start anew after Wolf’s dismal first half. He had an 8.34 ERA in his last four starts, and has extra incentive because of the likelihood he’ll be a free agent after the season.

Pittsburgh at Colorado – Pirates LHP Erik Bedard (4-10, 4.80) vs. Rockies LHP Christian Friedrich (5-6, 5.60): Bedard is winless in his last five starts, recording four losses and a no-decision since June 8. He gave up four or more runs in each of his last three outings, including when he went just 3 2/3 innings on July 6. … Friedrich allowed one run off five hits and a walk with seven strikeouts over six innings to earn the win against the Phillies on Friday.

Houston at San Diego – Astros RHP Jordan Lyles (2-5, 5.08) vs. Padres RHP Russ Ohlendorf (2-0, 7.41): Lyles took a no-decision in his final start before the break, allowing six hits and two runs in seven innings Sunday against the Brewers. He’s 0-3 with a 6.67 ERA in six road starts this year and 0-7 with a 6.46 ERA in his career. … The Padres have used Ohlendorf as a starter and long reliever since adding him to the roster. This will be his third start. He’s allowed 26 hits in 17 innings with 10 walks. He allowed five runs in 3 2/3 innings against Houston on June 25.

Philadelphia at LA Dodgers – Phillies RHP Roy  Halladay (4-5, 3.98) vs. TBA: All eyes will be on Halladay, who is expected to make his first start since May 27 (right lat strain). The two-time Cy Young winner will operate under a closely-held pitch count. Halladay is 3-1 with a 2.15 ERA in his career at Dodger Stadium. … The L.A. rotation is in flux because of the injury to Chad Billingsley, so it’s not  yet clear who the Dodgers will turn to on Tuesday. The Dodgers swept the Phillies in a four-game series at Citizens Bank Park from June 4-7, but both teams have struggled since that meeting. Take Philly here.

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