MLB Tuesday pitching matchups

by Dirty on July 27, 2010

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The latest start by Washington phenom Stephen Strasburg highlights the Tuesday MLB pitching matchups. Here’s the latest from

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Atlanta Braves (+120) at Washington Nationals – 7:05 pm ET

Tommy Hanson (8-6, 4.12 ERA) hasn’t been as good as last year (11-4, 2.89 ERA), but Atlanta still has a comfortable lead in the NL East. Going against Strasburg may bring out the best in him.

Strasburg (5-2, 2.32 ERA) continues to excite Washington and the nation every time he pitches. He wasn’t great at Cincinnati last time out (three earned runs over 5 2/3 innings), but the Nationals have won his last four starts.

Oakland A’s (+200) at Texas Rangers – 8:05 pm ET

Gio Gonzalez (9-6, 3.75 ERA) is quietly having a good year, but does have a worse ERA away from home (4.29). Oakland has won four of his last five starts. He’s working on an extra day’s rest after being hit by a line drive last time out.

Cliff Lee (9-4, 2.56 ERA) is having another tremendous year that includes 101 strikeouts versus just seven walks. Last Thursday, he got his first win with Texas after coming over from Seattle. His six complete games also lead the American League.

Boston Red Sox (+120) at Los Angeles Angels – 10:05 pm ET

John Lackey (9-5, 4.36 ERA) will make his first start at the Angels, his old team. He had a great start against them at home on May 5, one run allowed over seven innings. It could be much tougher this time around with L.A. looking for revenge.

Jered Weaver (9-6, 3.22 ERA) gets the ball for L.A. He has an ERA under 2.00 at home this year and has made nine quality starts in nine tries. He also pitched great at home against Boston last year.

Florida Marlins (-115) at San Francisco Giants – 10:15 pm ET

Florida’s Josh Johnson (10-3, 1.61 ERA) is one of the players keeping Florida afloat in the NL East. He’s been great all year, but even more incredible in July (.68 ERA). His name recognition would be much higher in a big market.

San Francisco’s Matt Cain (8-8, 3.10 ERA) has gotten two wins in his last two starts. The Giants had lost his previous five outings. The Giants are desperately trying to make up ground on San Diego in the NL West.

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