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August 26, 2012 MLB Game by Game Preview and Probably Pitching Match ups

August 25, 2012

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Houston at NY Mets – Astros RHP Lucas Harrell (10-9, 4.04) vs. Mets RHP Jeremy Hefner (2-5, 5.11): Harrell gave up six earned runs in five innings of a 7-0 loss at St. Louis on Tuesday. He had allowed two earned runs or less in his previous seven starts. … The sixth man in the Mets’ six-man rotation, Hefner is scheduled to return from paternity leave in time for his next start on Sunday. The Nationals battered Hefner for five runs in five innings last time out in his return to the rotation. Take the Mets.

St. Louis at Cincinnati – Cardinals RHP Adam Wainwright (12-10, 3.65) vs. Reds RHP Homer Bailey (10-8, 4.11): It would be hard to find a more dominant pitcher right now than Wainwright, who has won all four of his August starts while allowing only four earned runs and five walks in 31 innings. He is now pitching as he did in 2009-10. … With the aid of pitching coach Bryan Price, who spotted a mechanical flaw in Bailey’s delivery, the right-hander was able to make a correction for Tuesday’s no-decision at Philadelphia and turned in his first strong performance of the month.

Milwaukee at Pittsburgh – Brewers RHP Mark Rogers (1-1, 5.02) vs. Pirates LHP Erik Bedard (7-13, 4.76): After the bullpen blew leads in three of his previous four starts, Rogers picked up his first career win on Monday. He gave up three runs on five hits and struck out  seven on the way to beating the Cubs, 9-5. … Bedard gave up five runs over 4.2 innings and fell to 7-13 on the season in Saturday’s 5-4 loss to the Cardinals. Bedard gave up nine hits and three runs while striking out four batters. He has allowed four runs or more in 10 of his last 16 starts after that performance. Take Pirates.

Washington at Philadelphia – Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg (15-5, 2.85) vs. Phillies LHP Cliff Lee (2-7, 3.78): Strasburg was dominating in his last start, striking out 10 Braves in six innings for his 15th win. He pitched around a 51-minute rain delay in the third. … Lee’s hard-luck season continued in his last outing, and he once again goes for his first win at home. On Tuesday, Lee allowed just one run through six innings before giving up two in the seventh and exiting with his club trailing.

Colorado at Chicago Cubs – Rockies RHP Jhoulys Chacin (1-3, 6.16) vs. Cubs RHP Chris Volstad (0-9, 6.88): Chacin gave up just one run against the Mets on Tuesday in his return from the DL, his first start since May 1. He demonstrated total control over his fastball — which he lacked earlier in the year — and gave up just four hits over six innings. … Volstad’s winless streak now has reached 24 straight starts. The right-hander has a career 2-3 record and 5.64 ERA against the Rockies. This month, he’s posted his lowest ERA at 4.88, giving up 13 earned runs over 24 innings.

Miami at LA Dodgers – Marlins LHP Mark Buehrle (11-11, 3.69) vs. Dodgers RHP Aaron Harang (9-7, 3.65): Buehrle has posted back-to-back wins, giving up a combined four runs in 14 innings. The lefty limited Arizona to two runs in seven innings at Chase Field. He’s now at 161 innings in 25 starts. He lost to L.A. on Aug. 10. … After losing two in a row at home, Harang won two straight on the road by defeating the Pirates and Braves. In 12 2/3 innings during the short win streak, Harang has given up three earned runs. He walked five but struck out eight in his last start. We say Miami is a good bet here.

San Diego at Arizona – Padres RHP Edinson Volquez (8-9, 4.18) vs. Diamondbacks LHP Joe Saunders (6-10, 4.22): Volquez tied his season high with 10 strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings in a 3-1 win over Pittsburgh. It marked the first time in four outings that Volquez had gone beyond the fourth inning. … Saunders suffered his worst outing of the season his last time out, as he allowed nine runs in 3 2/3 frames vs. the Marlins. In his last two starts, he has a 13.03 ERA. In his lone start against San Diego in 2012, he tossed seven shutout innings.

Atlanta at San Francisco – Braves RHP Tim Hudson (12-4, 3.69) vs. Giants RHP Tim Lincecum (7-13, 5.30): Hudson did not record a decision Monday against the Nationals as he pitched six innings and allowed four runs, seven hits and four walks to go along with three strikeouts. Hudson beat the Giants on July 19, allowing two runs in 7.1 innings. … Lincecum’s shocking overall numbers mask his second-half improvement. He’s 4-3 with a 3.10 ERA in eight starts since the All-Star break. Still, the 86 earned runs he has allowed exceed his 2011 total by 20.

The best pitcher on the Tigers’ staff the past few weeks might not be ace Justin Verlander but Max Scherzer, who is starting to come into his own. The flamethrower is 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA and 26 strikeouts in his past three starts. Bet on Angels-Tigers and every game at

LA Angels at Detroit – Angels RHP Ervin Santana (7-10, 5.46) vs. Tigers RHP Max Scherzer (13-6, 4.27): Santana has been the Angels’ best starter in August, going 4-0 with a 3.16 ERA in four outings. He beat the Red Sox on Tuesday, giving up two runs in 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander hasn’t walked more than two in any start since July 4. … Scherzer tossed seven innings of five-hit, one-run ball while striking out eight on Tuesday in a win over the Jays. He is now 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in four August starts, and took over the Major League lead in strikeouts, with 186.

NY Yankees at Cleveland – Yankees RHP Freddy Garcia (7-5, 4.96) vs. Indians RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (9-12, 5.59): Garcia had his first major blip since taking Andy Pettitte’s rotation spot his last time out, allowing five runs in 4 1/3 innings to the White Sox. Since Pettitte’s June 27 injury, Garcia has gone 5-3 with a 4.19 ERA in 10 starts. … Jimenez turned in a decent start on Monday, holding Seattle to three runs on six hits with eight strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. He is 1-5 with an 8.27 ERA over his last eight starts. NYY will be a good play.

Kansas City at Boston – Royals LHP Will Smith (4-5, 5.40) vs. Red Sox LHP Felix Doubront (10-6, 4.70): Smith had his shortest outing since his debut, 3 2/3 innings Monday vs. the Rays. He gave up four runs on eight hits and two walks. His command was off, his curve wasn’t working and he made too many pitches either outside the zone or down the middle. … Doubront hasn’t pitched since Aug. 9 because of a right knee contusion. He hasn’t won in his last four starts and has not reached seven innings completed in a game since June 13. Take K.C. in the upset.

Toronto at Baltimore – Jays LHP Ricky Romero (8-11, 5.63) vs. Orioles RHP Chris Tillman (6-2, 3.71): Romero allowed five runs on seven hits, while walking eight and not retiring a batter on strikes. He lasted only 5.1 innings in a 5-3 loss to Detroit on Tuesday night. He became the first pitcher in four years to walk eight and no strike anyone out. It’s possible he doesn’t pitch here and right-hander Henderson Alvarez does. … Tillman won in Texas on Tuesday, allowing three earned runs in 6 2/3 innings. He used his fastball up in the zone to frustrate Rangers hitters, finishing with seven strikeouts. He is 2-1 with a 4.56 ERA at Camden Yards.

Seattle at Chicago White Sox – Mariners RHP Kevin Millwood (4-10, 4.29) vs. White Sox RHP Gavin Floyd (9-9, 4.56): Millwood kept the Mariners close on Monday in another no-decision. With a win over the Indians, the team improved to 5-5 when Millwood doesn’t factor into the decision. … Floyd’s rough start on Monday against the Yankees did not cost him a spot in the rotation. But his 2 1/3-inning effort (including four walks, a hit batsman and one strikeout) has to improve in support of a contending team.

Minnesota at Texas – Twins RHP Cole De Vries (2-5, 4.89) vs. Rangers RHP Scott Feldman (6-9, 4.77): De Vries, who had allowed 11 runs over 5 1/3 innings in his last two starts, fared better against Oakland on Tuesday. The right-hander gave up two runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings. He also struck out three and walked three. … Feldman suffered his third straight loss after allowing five runs on seven hits over five innings of a 5-3 loss to the Orioles on Tuesday. He’s 2-1 with a 5.05 ERA in 12 career games, including four starts, against the Twins.

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Saturday, August 25th, 2012 2012, Baseball

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