Tue, Apr 12, 10:47pm by Kevin Pitstock
Players are getting in the groove from the start of the season and here are a few of the top match-ups for your betting consideration.
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants Preview
This game is being played at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 2:15PM. The Dodgers will come into San Francisco for a battle of two teams from the National League West.
Chad Billingsley, a righthander, goes to the mound for the Dodgers with a 1-1 record on the young campaign. He has pitched 9 innings and has walked 4 and struck out 7 batters. He has a gaudy 8.00 Era and a.364 OBP. The team is led by Matt Kemp with a .438 batting average and leads the team with 14 hits. Jamey Carroll has 8 hits for the year and Tony Gwynn Jr. has stolen 3 bases in 2011. The team is average 3.11 runs a game and has a weak .245 batting average. The Dodgers pitching staff have fan 67 batters this year.
The Giants send Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum to the mound with a 1-1 record but a stunning 0.64 ERA and 0.79 WHIP. He has 18 strike outs in 14 innings and has only walked 3 batters. The team averages 4.11 runs a game and a .259 batting average. They have slugged 9 home runs and have stolen 2 bases. The team ERA is 3.26 with 70 strike outs and 5 quality starts. The odds from Centrebet have the Giants 1.56 and with Lincecum on the mound I have to go with them to win.
Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals – Preview
Joe Blanton goes to the hill hoping for a better start than his last one. Previously, he went 4 1/3 innings and gave up seven runs and 10 hits against the New York Mets. Lifetime, in 12 starts, he is 3-3 with a 5.73 ERA. On the mound for the Nationals is Livan Hernandez. He is one of the most durable pitchers in the game. He has had two starts and pitched well in the first one by giving up two runs in less than seven innings. In his second start against the Florida Marlins he gave up four runs and six hits in five innings. The Centrebet odds have the Phillies 1.84 and we would place our bet with them.
San Diego Padres at Cincinnati Reds – Preview
Clayton Richard starts for the Padres and looked good on opening day against the Cardinals. His last start was rained out and now he has been moved a day for this start. He has made 3 starts against the Reds and is 0-1 for his career with a ballooned 8.10 ERA. In 2010, Richard had a 3.75ERA and pitched over 200 innings. Some of the Reds have pounded him in the past. Scott Rolen, Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto have all hit home runs off him. In his other start, he limited the Astros to three hits and two runs with five strike outs but did not get the win or loss. He has never faced the Padres in his lifetime. The odds from Centrebet show San Diego and the veteran Richard at 1.87 and that appears to be the way to bet this game.
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