Strasburg leads aces

by Dirty on July 9, 2010

The Friday night battle between Washington’s Stephen Strasburg and San Francisco’s Matt Cain is just one of several involving aces. Here’s the MLB preview from

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Strasburg (2-2, 2.45 ERA) and Washington are -145 home favorites. First pitch is 7:05 pm ET.

The 21-year-old phenom has lights-out stuff and a strikeout rate over 13. He set a record with 41 strikeouts in his first four games (1.78 ERA).

That has come down to 12 in his last two starts. He’s also seen his ERA creep up, but the Nationals’ fans know he’s an electric performance every time out. Washington is also a much better home team than away, which helps the cause on Friday.

Cain (6-7, 2.98 ERA) isn’t too shabby himself. His record should be a lot better with 13 quality starts in 17 outings. However, the run support just isn’t there. The Giants have lost his last four starts with Cain having some mixed performances.

He’ll have to be at his best to beat Strasburg. That said, San Fran is playing well lately, just sweeping a four-game series at Milwaukee.

Minnesota Twins (+105) at Detroit Tigers – 7:05 pm ET

Francisco Liriano (6-6, 3.32 ERA) gets the first start in this huge weekend series. Both teams are battling for the AL Central lead. Liriano has 12 quality starts in 16 outings. He had a great start at Detroit (eight scoreless innings) on April 27 and got rocked by them at home (six runs in six innings) on June 28.

Justin Verlander (10-5, 3.85 ERA) is 5-2 with a 2.63 ERA at home and 5-3 with a 5.04 ERA away. He has one start against Minnesota this year, allowing no earned runs in 5 2/3 innings back in April. Detroit lost 2-0 as he was out-dueled by Liriano.

New York Yankees (-110) at Seattle Mariners – 10:15 pm

Cliff Lee (8-3, 2.34 ERA) will take on the Yankees once again. He got the road win versus them on June 29th, allowing three runs while pitching a complete game. Lee also had two wins in last year’s World Series. Lee (89 strikeouts vs. just 6 walks) will be traded soon and the Yankees are one potential destination.

Phil Hughes (10-2, 3.83 ERA) was the opposing pitcher against Lee in June. He allowed six earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. His ERA is well over 5.00 since June 1.

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