Thursday's Tip Sheet
April 17, 2014
By Kevin Rogers
Brewers at Pirates (-110, 7) – 7:05 PM EST
The Brewers struggled against the Cardinals in their recent three-game set at home, losing two of three times. Now, Milwaukee is back in its wheel-house when it goes on the highway, where the Brew Crew owns a perfect 6-0 record. Pittsburgh returns to PNC Park after losing five of its past six games, which included getting swept at Milwaukee last weekend.
Yovani Gallardo (2-0, 0.96 ERA) has allowed just two earned runs in three starts this season, while picking up a no-decision in his last outing against Pittsburgh. The Brewers edged the Pirates, 3-2, as Gallardo tossed six innings and yielded two runs, while Milwaukee scored an eighth-inning run to grab the win. Since last August, the Brewers have won each of Gallardo’s last six road starts, including a 4-0 triumph at PNC Park.
The Pirates send out Edinson Volquez (0-0, 1.29 ERA), who has been impressive in two starts as an underdog against the Cardinals and Brewers. The journeyman right-hander has given up just three runs in his two outings, while the Pirates have plated just four runs, resulting in two ‘unders.’ Pittsburgh has won four of five series openers this season, but has scored two runs or less in four of six home games.
Cardinals (-145, 7) at Nationals – 7:05 PM EST
St. Louis: 9-6
The Cardinals couldn’t quite pull off the sweep at Milwaukee on Wednesday, but St. Louis has won four of its past five contests. The Nationals stumbled on their six-game road trip, winning just twice, but managed a 6-3 triumph as +160 underdogs over the Marlins last night, while cashing the ‘over’ for the eighth straight contest.
Adam Wainwright (2-1, 2.57 ERA) is making his third road start of the season tonight after beating the Cubs in his past outing, 10-4 as a -220 home favorite. On the highway, Wainwright has allowed two earned runs against the Reds and Pirates, but the Cardinals’ offense has plated just two runs. Wainwright beat the Nationals twice last season, including a masterful performance last April in a 2-0 shutout as a -120 favorite.
The Nationals will try to get on track with Taylor Jordan (0-1, 4.76 ERA) on the mound, as the right-hander was racked in his previous outing at Atlanta. Jordan gave up 10 hits and five earned runs in five innings, including four runs in the opening inning of a 6-3 defeat to the Braves. Jordan is facing the Cardinals for the first time in his short career, as Washington is 4-1 in his five starts at Nationals Park.
Yankees at Rays (-170, 7) – 7:05 PM EST
New York: 9-6
Tampa Bay: 7-8
The Yankees pulled off a double-header sweep of the Cubs on Wednesday, blanking Chicago in both victories. New York has won five of its past six games, as the Bombers hit the road for the first time since April 6, while looking to improve on a 3-3 away mark. The Rays return to Tropicana Field following a 3-5 road trip that was punctuated by a three-game skid.
David Price (2-0, 2.91 ERA) is coming off his best performance of the season in a 2-1 road triumph at Cincinnati as a short favorite. The Tampa Bay southpaw pitched into the ninth inning, while striking out 10 batters and scattering four hits as the Rays have won seven of Price’s last eight starts dating back to last September.
The Yankees counter with CC Sabathia (1-2, 6.63 ERA), who has allowed 14 earned runs in three starts, while coming off a home loss to the Red Sox. Since last June, the Yankees are just 3-8 in Sabathia’s outings on the road, while the Rays beat the left-hander in three of four games last season.
Red Sox at White Sox (-120, 7) – 8:05 PM EST
The Red Sox and White Sox have played to a pair of entertaining finishes, as Boston rallied late in last night’s 14-inning triumph to snap a three-game skid. Chicago still owns a solid 6-3 record at U.S. Cellular Field this season, but the White Sox have failed to win three straight contests after putting together three winning streaks of two games.
Both these teams are sending out their aces tonight as Chris Sale (3-0, 2.66 ERA) seeks his fourth win for the White Sox. The lanky southpaw has received terrific run support in his first three outings (6.3 runs/game), while all three victories have come against division opponents. Chicago is 6-2 to the ‘over’ in his last eight home starts, while making his first career start against Boston.
Jon Lester (1-2, 2.57 ERA) picked up his first victory of the season by beating the Yankees, 4-2 last Friday as a short road favorite. Boston has cashed the ‘under’ in all three of Lester’s starts, as the Sox scored one run or less in his two defeats. In Lester’s previous outing on the South Side last May as a heavy favorite, the southpaw allowed six runs in six innings of a 6-4 setback.
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