Strasburg leads Wednesday aces

by Dirty on July 21, 2010

The Wednesday night duel between Washington’s Stephen Strasburg and Cincinnati’s Bronson Arroyo highlights a great day of aces. Here’s the MLB preview from

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Washington is a -120 road favorite. ESPN is thrilled to have the first pitch is 7:10 pm ET.

Strasburg (4-2, 2.03 ERA) didn’t make the All-Star Game, which made baseball purists proud and entertainment fans disappointed. He clearly would have brought excitement to what is turning into a more boring event each year.

The 21-year-old phenom continues to wow every time he steps on the mound. He has a high 90s fastball, a Nolan Ryan type curve and an emerging changeup. That has helped his strikeout rate to become a whopping 12.58.

Strasburg’s last start came Friday at Florida. He surrendered four hits and no runs over six innings. He’s made three road starts overall and his 2.03 ERA is identical to his home mark (2.04). The only thing he needs to work on is cutting down on walks.

Arroyo (10-4, 3.96 ERA) is a quality pitcher and an innings eater. He’s 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his last three starts and is tied for third in NL wins. Arroyo doesn’t rely on dominant stuff, but is a crafty guy who cut his teeth in the tough AL East with Boston.

He’ll have to shine again on Wednesday to take down Strasburg. One thing for sure, a lot of people will be tuned in.

Chicago White Sox (+135) at Seattle Mariners – 10:10 pm

Gavin Floyd (5-8, 4.10 ERA) doesn’t have ace numbers overall. However, he has a miniscule 1.30 ERA in his last eight starts. Chicago has also won five of his last six starts.

Hernandez (7-6, 2.90 ERA) has a 2.23 ERA the last couple of months, duplicating his 2009 form when he went 19-5 with a 2.49 ERA. He still doesn’t have a lot of wins to show for his effort, but they’ve come much more rapidly since June 1.

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