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Best Pitchers to Bet on First Half of 2014

When Alfredo Simon takes to the mound for the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday afternoon he'll have the attention of baseball bettors around the country, as he was the most profitable pitcher in the league in the first half of the season according to the MLB Database at OddsShark.com.

Simon, sitting at +1237 atop the Money Won standings at OddsShark.com heading into his Saturday matinee outing against the New York Yankees, is 12-3 on the season with a 2.70 ERA in 18 starts. The righthander has pitched against the Yankees six times in his career, compiling an 0-2 record with a 5.68 ERA in those half-dozen appearances.

Brandon McCarthy is the probable pitcher for the Yankees on Saturday afternoon, and he's an ugly 3-10 on the season with a 4.80 ERA. McCarthy is third in the Money Lost standings of the MLB Database at OddsShark.com at -827 on the season.

Following Simon on the Money Won list at OddsShark.com are Philip Hughes of the Twins (+965), Chris Tillman of the Orioles (+836), Dallas Keuchel of the Astros (+785), and Rick Porcello of the Tigers (+768). Keuchel hits the hill on Saturday as well, as he's the probable pitcher for Houston on the road against the White Sox and Hector Noesi (-31). Noesi is 3-7 with a 5.26 ERA so far this year.

Rounding out the Top 10 on the Money Won list at OddsShark.com are Henderson Alvarez of the Marlins (+716), Garrett Richards of the Angels (+701), Mark Buehrle of the Blue Jays (+677), Scott Kazmir of the Athletics (+662), and Jake Arrieta of the Cubs (+650).

Buehrle and Arrieta are both scheduled to start on Sunday, with Toronto hosting the Rangers and Nick Tepesch (-194), and the Cubs on the road against the Diamondbacks and Josh Collmenter (+396).

Along with McCarthy, the top of the Money Lost standings also include Jeff Samardzija of the Athletics (-1115), Jake Peavy of the Red Sox (-995), Mike Bolsinger of the Diamondbacks (-686), and Jhoulys Chacin of the Rockies (-682).

Samardzija, who pitches for the Athletics against the Orioles and Tillman on Friday night, has just a 3-8 record on the season despite his 2.78 ERA, making his most recent two starts for Oakland after getting traded by the Cubs in late June. The righthander has fanned 113 batters in 123 innings of work so far this season.