If you like pitching, these three games are for you as some Cy Young contenders take the mound around Major League Baseball in games later this week. We haven’t seen a no-hitter in a while. Might we in one of these games? I also like the under on MLB odds in each of these.
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Washington Nationals at Colorado Rockies (Wednesday, August 17th)
This total will be higher than it should be simply because the game is in the thin air of Colorado so take advantage of that. The leading candidate for the NL Cy Young right now is Washington’s Stephen Strasburg, who is on the hill. Strasburg (15-3, 3.07) gave up six earned runs on seven hits and two walks over 5.1 innings in Friday’s 8-5 loss to the Braves. He struck out seven. Strasburg couldn’t find his groove for the second straight start, despite notching first- pitch strikes on 20 of 25 batters and inducing 13 swinging strikes overall. I expect him to bounce back strong here. The Rockies go with Jon Gray (8-6, 4.55). Even though Gray has allowed 15 runs (14 earned) over his past eight innings, Rockies manager Walt Weiss hasn’t lost confidence in the righty, who had a 0.69 ERA in his five previous starts after the All-Star break. I like Washington here.
Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees (Wednesday, August 17th)
If Blue Jays lefty J.A. Happ wins the AL Cy Young, it would be one of the most unlikely winners of the award in history. Guy was a journeyman castoff until last season. Now he’s 16-3 with a 2.96 ERA. Happ tossed six shutout innings, allowing just four hits while striking out seven and walking just two in a 7-0 victory over the Rays last Wednesday. Happ is certainly benefitting from an AL leading 6.09 runs support average per start, but he also has great numbers. He has won his last 10 decisions, tying Aaron Sanchez for the Blue Jays’; longest streak of the season. TheYankees go with big lefty CC Sabathia (7-9, 4.20). Sabathia gave up three earned runs on four hits and three walks over six innings in Friday’s 6-3 victory over the Rays. He struck out seven. The veteran bounced back with a solid performance after giving up eight earned runs over his previous two starts. Sabathia notched an impressive 15 swinging strikes overall on the way to his highest whiff total since he mowed down 10 White Sox on July 4. The Yankees are 4-6 in games that Sabathia has allowed a home run and 7-4 in games that he hasn’t.
NY Mets at San Francisco (Thursday, August 18th)
This is perhaps the best pitching matchup of the week and even though the total will likely only be 6.5, I’d still go under on MLB odds. The Mets go with former NL Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom (7-5, 2.30). DeGrom gave up just one run on three hits and one walk while striking out nine, but settled for his second consecutive no-decision in Saturday’s extra-inning 3-2 win over the Padres. After allowing a leadoff walk in the first, the right-hander retired 12 straight batters before allowing another baserunner in the fifth. In six starts since the All-Star break, the right-hander is 2-1 with a 1.56 ERA. The Giants go with lefty ace Madison Bumgarner, the former World Series MVP. Bumgarner (11-7, 2.11) was the winning pitcher in Saturday night’s 6-2 victory over the Orioles, surrendering just three hits and three walks while striking out eight over seven shutout innings.