Bet Jamaica Daily Sports Roundup: September 16

by Dirty on September 16, 2009

Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The Marlins look for a win in St. Louis, the Red Sox take on the Angels, and the WNBA playoffs get underway on two fronts.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

Josh Johnson (14-4, 3.06 ERA) and Joel Pineiro (14-10, 3.21 ERA) will both be gunning for their 15th wins of the season on Wednesday afternoon when the Marlins play the Cardinals in St. Louis. Righthander Johnson is coming off back-to-back outings against the Nationals in which he went 1-0 with a no-decision (three runs allowed in 10 innings). Righthander Pineiro was tagged with a loss by the Braves last time out despite allowing just a single run over his seven innings.

Also on the National League schedule for Wednesday: Pittsburgh at the Dodgers, Arizona at San Diego, Washington at Philadelphia, Houston at Cincinnati, the Mets at Atlanta, Milwaukee at the Cubs, and Colorado at San Francisco. Jorge De La Rosa (14-9, 4.37 ERA) gets the start for the Rockies in that Wild Card showdown, while the Giants counter with Matt Cain (13-5, 2.61 ERA). Righthander Cain was defeated by the Dodgers in his most recent outing.

The top matchup on the American League slate for Wednesday has Los Angeles’ Joe Saunders (13-7, 4.81 ERA) taking on Boston’s Paul Byrd (1-1, 6.08 ERA). Lefthander Saunders has managed to pick up the victory in each of his last four starts, allowing just five runs over those 24 1-3 innings of work. Righthander Byrd took a no-decision against the Orioles last time out, surrendering two runs on six hits over five innings. Byrd had been roughed up by Chicago in his previous start.

Rounding out the AL schedule for Wednesday: Cleveland at Minnesota, Tampa Bay at Baltimore, Kansas City at Detroit, Oakland at Texas, the White Sox at Seattle, and Toronto at the Yankees. The Blue Jays’ Brian Tallet (7-9, 5.26 ERA) will take on the Yankees’ Chad Gaudin (5-10, 4.81 ERA) in that last matchup. Lefthander Tallet takes a personal two-game winning streak into Wednesday’s contest. Righthander Gaudin will be filling in for Andy Pettitte (shoulder fatigue).

Tipping off on the hardwood  . . .

Finally, the WNBA playoffs tip off on Wednesday night, with Atlanta at Detroit and Seattle at Los Angeles. Atlanta, the No. 2 seed in the East, went 18-16 straight-up and 21-10-3 against-the-spread during the regular season, while No. 3 Detroit was 18-16 SU and 15-17-2 ATS. The Shock are 3.5-point home favorites for Wednesday’s opener, with the total at 167.5. Out West, No. 2 Seattle was 20-14 SU and 15-18-1 ATS during the regular season, while No. 3 Los Angeles went 18-16 SU and 18-16 ATS. The Sparks are 5-point favorites, with the total at 138.

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