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No hits equals no wins in next game

Giants’ starter Jonathan Sanchez returns to the mound on Monday night for the first time since tossing a no-hitter against the Padres, a situation that almost always results in a loss for the pitcher's team. Despite coming off the game of his life the oddsmakers don’t think he has what it takes to get past the Braves.

Sanchez was the definition of dominance against the Padres, mowing down batters at a feverish pace while piling up 11 strikeouts. Sanchez could have had a perfect game, as he did not walk a single batter in the game, but went one over the minimum 27 batters due to an error by Juan Uribe.

Sanchez is well rested having not pitched since before the All-Star break, but the oddsmakers at Bovada don’t expect another masterful outing after setting the Braves as a -160 favorite.

Atlanta also sends a young hurler to the hill Monday night with rookie Tommy Hanson getting the start. He is still undefeated this season at 4-0 with a 2.85 ERA, but he was lucky to come away without a loss in his last start against Colorado. He went five innings against the Rockies and allowed four runs on six hits.

Schmidt’s finally back

It’s been a long time since anyone’s seen Jason Schmidt start a game in the Majors. On Monday night Schmidt will make his first Major League appearance since July 16, 2007. After a long road back from shoulder troubles Schmidt gets the start for the Dodgers Monday night against Cincinnati, but don’t expect the flamethrower that won 18 games and struck out 250 batters in 2004 to show up.

In six starts at AAA this season, Schmidt is 2-0 with a 4.18 ERA, but his velocity is down from what it once was and he may not be as good against Major League hitters like he was in the past. You may not know what to expect from Schmidt, but it’s still the MLB-best Dodgers we’re talking about and they’re a -150 favorite over at Bovada

Red Sox road chalk

Also on the slate Monday night the Red Sox head to Texas to face the Rangers and they’re -110 favorite at Bovada with John Smoltz on tap to start. Smoltz picked up his first win of the season last time out after holding the Royals to one run over five innings with seven strikeouts.

Kevin Millwood starts for Texas and he’ll look to turn around what has been an awful July so far. In three starts this month Millwood is 0-2 with a 8.83 ERA. One bright spot for Millwood is that he faced the Sox back in June and allowed only one unearned run over seven strong innings.