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Hard-luck pitchers face MLB odds today

No matter how great or lousy your pitching is, winning and losing ultimately comes down to scoring runs. And that’s what winning and losing baseball bets is all about too.

So when today’s baseball betting schedule is full of hard-luck pitchers who have performed well, but received little run support, it gets the handicapping juices flowing. And it gets bettors looking at those hard-luck pitchers.

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Check out the pitchers who have received the best run support.

The following pitchers are throwing today.

Brandon McCarthy is 1-7 with an ERA over 5, but he is also in the bottom 20 percent of pitchers with at least seven starts under his belt when it comes to run support at 2.88 runs per game. He is favored as Arizona hosts Washington today.

Ian Kennedy is on the hill for San Diego as a road underdog and his excellent 3.12 ERA has been wasted by receiving just 2.38 runs per game.  He is on the hill in Cincinnati.

Michael Wacha’s ERA is even better at 2.85 and his Cardinals are big home favorites against the Cubs today. But the Cards are just 2-6 in his starts because of the lame 2.63 runs per game they provide in support.

Johnny Cueto’s ERA is miniscule at 1.75, but so is his run support at 2.75 runs per game. His Reds are favored against the aforementioned Kennedy today.

Julio Teheran has been excellent all season with a 1.71 ERA, but his Atlanta Braves teammates have not been excellent in scoring runs for him. At 2.88 runs per game, he has still managed to lead the Braves to six wins in eight starts. He is a small underdog in San Francisco vs. Madison Bumgarner.

By comparison, C.J. Wilson enjoys 6.75 runs per game in support but the Angels have managed just a 4-4 mark in his eight outings. Colorado’s Juan Nicasio enjoys the best run support among pitchers with seven starts or more at 7.13 per game.