Aces provide big moneyline odds
Three big names aces take to the mound on Thursday and that’s led to some huge moneyline odds in favor of the Phillies, the Diamondbacks and the Yankees.
The Phillies had their 10-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday, but they’ll try to get a new streak going on Thursday behind ace Cole Hamels. After injuries slowed down his start to the season Hamels has been maddeningly inconsistent this season and has only turned in back-to-back quality starts a few times.
In his last start. he looked pretty good against the Marlins after allowing only one run in five strong innings before a rain delay ended his night. He’ll face the light-hitting Padres today, but that might not be a walk in the park.
Hamels faced San Diego back in April and surrendered five runs in six innings in a Philadelphia loss. Even so, with Hamels on the mound the Phillies are a huge -260 favorite at Bovada and he should be plenty strong after his last outing was shortened.
The Padres give the ball to Kevin Correia who’s coming off one of his better starts of the season against Colorado in which he allowed one run in six innings. He faced the Phillies in June and was roughed up for four runs on ten hits in 4 1-3 innings.
Baseball odds - Haren goes after win No. 11
The Diamondbacks start a series with the lowly Pirates on Thursday and are big favorites with Dan Haren set to start. Haren is 4-0 in his last four starts and 6-1 in his last seven outings.
In those seven starts he’s allowed eight earned runs in 53 innings which has lowered his MLB-best ERA to 1.96. In his last start against St. Louis he limited the Cards to one run on four hits with eight strikeouts in eight innings. He’s never lost against the Pirates in his career with a 3-0 record and 3.56 ERA in five starts.
The Pirates are 6-11 so far in July and have begun their annual sell-off after shipping Adam LaRoche to Boston on Wednesday. They’ll hope for a solid outing from Charlie Morton on Thursday. At least Morton is coming off a solid start against San Francisco. Morton tossed seven shutout innings against the Giants. Over at Bovada the D-Backs are still a -210 MLB moneyline favorite.
Sabathia ready for another strong second half?
CC Sabathia was the best pitcher in baseball during the second half last season with a 9-2 record and 1.56 ERA in Milwaukee. The Yankees need him to be that pitcher again if they’re going to hold off Boston in the AL East. He came through in his last start against the Tigers, tossing seven shutout innings. He’ll get Oakland on Thursday night and hope for better results than the last time he faced the A’s.
In April Oakland pounded Sabathia for six earned runs on six hits in 6 2-3 innings. He’s had trouble with Oakland throughout his career with a 3-7 record and a 6.26 ERA in 16 starts against them.
The A’s will start Vin Mazzaro on Thursday, which has meant one thing lately – an Oakland loss. Mazzaro is 0-6 in his last seven starts and most of them haven’t been pretty. Last time out against the Angels he was tagged for eight runs, four were earned, on 10 hits in only three innings. It’s no wonder the Yankees are a -270 chalk at Bovada