Best MLB Matchups Of The Week: July 19-21

imagesThe first weekend of play after the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in New York is always one of the most anticipated baseball weekends in the sportsbook of the whole season.

Baltimore Orioles @ Texas Rangers

This is a terrific pitching matchup on the MLB odds between two teams who played in the 2012 American League wild card game last season. Wei-Yin Chen is the starter for Baltimore. He brings a 2.82 ERA to the mound in this game, the product of the fact that he has allowed no more than two runs in five of his last six starts. It’s true that Chen is just now coming back from an injury that sidelined him for roughly two months, but if there were worries about his form, Chen answered them on July 10 with a strong seven-inning outing against the very same Rangers in Baltimore. Chen will pitch against Derek Holland, who lifted Texas to victory last Saturday by outdueling Detroit starter Max Scherzer. Holland gave Scherzer his first loss of the season after a 13-0 start.

Detroit Tigers @ Kansas City Royals

This tilt on Friday is an intriguing one because it involves two quality pitchers who are both mired in periods of uncertainty. Anibal Sanchez pitches for Detroit. He missed roughly three weeks with an injury in the second half of June. He returned to the rotation in early July, but in his most recent start, he gave up a sixth-inning grand slam to the Chicago White Sox and lost. However, that grand slam followed an error by his centerfielder, Austin Jackson. One doesn’t quite know what to expect from Sanchez, who has a 2.93 ERA. His opponent, Ervin Santana, has a 3.37 ERA that, until recently, was under three runs. However, Santana has given up at least three runs in each of his last four starts, and eight runs in his most recent start. He’s struggling and needs to use the All-Star break wisely.

 

Miami Marlins @ Milwaukee Brewers

 

This is a sneaky-good pitching matchup because the pitcher with the much lower ERA, Jacob Turner of the Marlins (2.33 ERA), is much less experienced and has produced his ERA in only eight starts this season. Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse has a 3.67 ERA, but he’s a proven pitcher who could be an ace on some teams. He’s a savvy veteran who has started 19 games this season. Will Lohse’s quality win out, or will Turner thwart him? One has to realize that Turner has given up more than three earned runs in only one of his eight starts this season. He’s given up more than two earned runs in only two of his eight starts. Lohse will have to elevate his game to outduel Turner.

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