Monday's card features a total of six pitchers with ERA's under 3.00 in their last three starts combined and a total of seven with ERA's over 6.00 over their last three starts. A few pitchers stick out to me and we will go with Jake Peavy making a start against the Twins. Don't miss out on our MLB POD as we are now 46-30 on the season and 10-4 in our last 14.
White Sox -116 (1.5* FREE PLAY)
Jake Peavy has been on fire of late posting a 1.64 ERA over his last three starts combined to go along with a 1.00 WHIP. Peavy has been even better on the road this year where he will be on Monday facing off against the Twins a team he's regularly dominated. Peavy posts a 1.67 ERA on the road this year and the Twins hitters have a combined 91 AB and just a .614 OPS. The Twins are 25th with a .690 OPS vs. RHP this season and are 31-66 in their last 97 starts vs. RH starters overall. Twins usually score runs by getting on base, but Peavy has been great with his control and allowing hits. The Twins are just 5-23 in their last 28 vs. a starter with a WHIP < 1.15.
On the flip side the White Sox will face Francisco Liriano and after acquiring Kevin Youkilis on Sunday I think they have that much more of a shot to win this game. Youkilis can surely get on base against LHP and it's been one of the weaknesses of this White Sox club. Adding Youkilis really improved their line up with the weakness they had at 3B. I expect him to make a big impact on this team. He's 4-14 with a HR vs. Liriano who struggles with his control walking over 5 guys per 9 innings. Liriano has been nothing special with a 5.57 ERA at home and the White Sox have 120 AB against him with a .716 OPS.
Notable Hot Starters:
Justin Masterson (2-1, 0.65 WHIP, 0.39 ERA)
Hiroki Kuroda (2-1, 1.10 WHIP, 2.70 ERA)
Jake Westbrook (2-1, 0.95 WHIP, 2.57 ERA)
Steven Strasburg (3-0, 1.00 WHIP, 2.84 ERA)
Nate Eovaldi (0-3, 1.44 WHIP, 2.00 ERA)
Cold Starter Of The Day:
Always an interesting topic is one where we have a pitcher that is just not pitching well over his last three games and we are giving him more than a 50% of winning. In this case we are giving that shot to Barry Zito surprisingly who goes up against the Dodgers. The Dodgers are struggling to put runs up on the board and Zito has not been terrible at home posting a 3.83 ERA. Zito also has success against LA holding them to a .687 OPS in 247 AB.
Notable Cold Starters:
Henderson Alvarez (0-3, 1.67 WHIP, 6.50 ERA)
Felix Doubront (2-1, 1.35 WHIP, 6.35 ERA)
Ricky Nolasco (0-3, 1.70 WHIP, 8.80 ERA)
Matt Latos (2-1, 1.44 WHIP, 6.23 ERA)
Jeff Francis (2-1, 2.05 WHIP, 8.56 ERA)
Tommy Milone (2-1, 1.44 WHIP, 6.50 ERA)
Barry Zito (0-3, 2.16 WHIP, 10.67 ERA)
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