Best MLB Matchups Of The Week: August 5-11

Stephen+Vogt+Cincinnati+Reds+v+Oakland+Athletics+g_LZ2hXIQOhlThe pitching matchups on tap in the sportsbook for the coming week are interesting not just because of the principals involved but because this season is acquiring more urgency.

Oakland Athletics @ Cincinnati Reds

This is a fascinating confrontation between a player who is in the thick of the American League ERA lead and a player who has thrown baseball’s most recent no-hitter. Bartolo Colon is trying to overtake Hiroki Kuroda of the New York Yankees and Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners in the American League ERA chase. Colon has a 2.50 ERA at the moment and is showing no signs of faltering, despite fitness problems in recent seasons. He’ll be opposed by Cincinnati hurler Homer Bailey, the man behind the most recent no-hitter in the big leagues. Expect good pitching… and a close contest… in Cincinnati.

San Diego Padres @ Cincinnati Reds

This game on Friday is a sneaky-good pitching matchup on the MLB odds. It’s not a five-star headliner, but you might be surprised how well these two men have done, given their comparatively low profiles in the sport. Andrew Cashner will go to the mound for San Diego with a 3.80 ERA. Bronson Arroyo will take the bump for Cincinnati with a 3.62 ERA. Given these teams’ inability to hit well on a sustained basis, the Padres and Reds could be in for a low-scoring affair.

Boston Red Sox @ Kansas City Royals

This is a collision between one pitcher who was traded just before the July 31 trade deadline and another pitcher who was expected to be dealt, but wasn’t. Boston pitcher Jake Peavy was traded to the Red Sox by the Chicago White Sox. He’s going to be thrilled to play for a contender, and he showed as much in his debut over the weekend, giving up two runs in seven strong innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Peavy’s ERA is 4.14, but one should expect it to drop in the coming weeks. Peavy will be opposed by Kansas City’s Ervin Santana, whose ERA is 2.97. Santana allowed one run in six innings this past Sunday against the New York Mets.

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