MLB Betting: Starting Pitchers To Fade
Last Updated on February 26, 2014 Leave a Comment
Even though starting pitcher’s like Kyle Davies, Ubaldo Jimenez, Livan Hernandez, Andy Pettitte, and Francisco Liriano have been lights out for their baseball betting backers to start the year, there’s always guys on the opposite end of the totem pole coming up far short of expectations. Here’s a look at some of baseball’s worst $$$ pitchers to kick off the 2010 MLB betting season.
Jeremy Guthrie (0-6, -$600) While Guthrie has been far from terrible to start the year, he’s gotten absolutely no support from his offense in his six 2010 starts. Only an average of 7.17 runs per game have been put on the board in his outings to date, but unfortunately, the Orioles have managed an average of just 2.33 RPG in those outings. In short, Guthrie is just one of many tough-luck losers in the Orioles starting rotation as four of the starting five sport ERA’s of 4.78 and below. In the rough and tugged AL East, that’s not too shabby. He’s been at his best on the road allowing just 25 hits and 11 ER’s through 26 IP (3.81 ERA), so maybe he can earn his first win of the season at Target Field later in the week.
Joe Saunders (1-5, -$541) After going 16-7 with a 4.60 ERA and being one of baseball’s biggest $$$-makers a short season ago, lefty Joe Saunders has gotten off to a nightmarish start to his 2010 campaign. The Angels have won just one of his six overall starts, and his stat line is nauseating to say the least. He owns a 7.04 ERA & 1.79 WHIP striking out 13 while issuing 14 free passes. He’s allowed 41 hits and 26 runs through just 30.2 total IP. His lone victory was a beauty at Toronto where he tossed eight innings of two-run ball, but he’s surrendered four or more ER’s in four of his other six starts. Maybe the weak hitting Mariners will get him back on track in his next start.
Kenshin Kawakami (0-5, -$536) Since taking his game over to the state’s and becoming a member of the Braves, Kawakami has had to deal with a lack of run support. That has been the case once again in the 2010 MLB betting season as the Japanese import has received just 1.60 runs of support in his five overall starts. His numbers aren’t terrible (5.47 ERA, 1.48 WHIP), but he hasn’t been durable only making it through the sixth inning in two of his starts. His day (3.00 ERA)/night (6.20 ERA) splits show a huge disparity. Though he’s had just one start under the sun, he’s been lit up at night. So, if the value calls to back Kawakami down the road, keep your fingers crossed and hope it’s a day start.
Felipe Paulino (0-5, -$511) Now in his second full season as a MLB hurler, Paulino hasn’t gotten off to the start manager Brad Mills would like to see. He’s 0-4 overall and carries a lofty 5.53 ERA. For an Astros team that’s struggled considerably at the plate (#30 at 2.81 RPG), they’re almost up against it every time he takes to the bump considering he’s allowing nearly twice the amount of runs they’ve averaged scoring on the year. While he throws smoke (23 K’s), he’s proven to be wild walking 18 batters through just 27.2 total innings of work. He’s been better at home, but not by much. Until this youngster starts to pitch and not just throw, he remains in fade mode.
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