On The Mark by Mark Mayer | The other day a request came from a GamingToday Internet subscriber and loyal bettor for some pitchers to scout for and against. Consider it done.
The firing line
Livan Hernandez (Twins): This war horse, at 33, won’t die. Once with the Marlins, Giants, Expos, Nationals and D’backs, El Duque’s younger bro is having a renaissance with the Twins, his first AL job. Minnesota and Hernandez are 3-0, outscoring opponents 15-6. Livan has a tidy 2.57 ERA.
Zack Greinke, Brian Bannister (Royals): Billed as the next Greg Maddux, Zack pitched like Mike Maddux. Right now, he’s vintage Greg. The 24-year-old righty is 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA. Bannister is as good (3-0, 1.50 ERA). KC is 5-0 with both and 10-2 to the under.
Joe Saunders (Angels): With John Lackey mending, this lefty has stepped up big. The Angels are 3-0 in his starts, while Saunders is 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA. He just beat Seattle and sees M’s again Friday.
Tim Lincecum (Giants): He throws gas and is just 23. SF is 3-0 with Lincecum, 2-8 with anyone else. The righty is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 22K in 16 IP.
Kyle Lohse (Cards): He’s one of the reasons St. Louis is off to an 9-4 start. The Twins castoff is 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA. The Cards are 2-1 in his starts, outscoring opponents 12-4.
Edwin Jackson (Rays): The former Las Vegas 51, remember? Given up for a lost cause by the Dodgers, he’s been a revelation in Tampa Bay. Still just 24, the righty is 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA and has yielded seven hits in 14 innings.
Justin Verlander and Kenny Rogers (Tigers): It’s "team choke" for the 2-10 start, but Detroit is 0-6 with Verlander and Rogers on the hill. The Tigers have already been blanked four times, losing 7-0 with Verlander and 11-0 with Rogers at Chicago this past weekend.
Under my thumb
Yankees: All that offense has produced squat. Just three times in 13 games have the Yanks scored more than 4 runs (the high is 6 twice). The under is 11-2.
Giants: Heck with our economy, the Giants are in a recession. Try 28 runs in the first 11 games. SF did score 14 in the last two vs. St. Louis, but it’s just a tremor. 7-6 under.
Over the top
Marlins: Trading Cabrera and Willis to the Tigers has actually made Florida better. The world must be flat! Florida is 7-5, scoring 10 runs three times. 7-4-1 over.
Ups and downs
Marlins 6-3 in last 9; D’backs 8-1 in last 9; Nationals 1-9 in last 10; Tigers off to 2-10 start; Athletics 7-2 in last 9. Boston 4-0 with Dice-K.
Not a bad bet
ON Florida: Home all week against Atlanta and Washington.
AGAINST Colorado: Away to San Diego and Houston.
ON Tampa Bay: Home to Yanks and White Sox.
AGAINST Washington: Away to Mets and Marlins.
FYI: There have been only two 6½-run posted totals, both with San Diego ace Jake Peavy (one vs LA’s Brad Penny, one vs Houston’s Roy Oswalt). The under has covered each time.