April 23 Probable Pitchers And MLB Opening Lines
Cubs RHP Kyle Hendricks at Pirates LHP Jeff Locke (-113, 8): Hendricks allowed a two-run Matt Kemp home run in the first inning of his last start but then threw five scoreless innings to complete his outing against the Padres. Locke will be seeking to win a third consecutive start for the first time in his career following two straight victories over the Brewers. The lefty has gone 5-1 in his last 10 starts at home, with the club winning nine of those games.
Marlins RHP David Phelps at Phillies RHP Dustin McGowan (+100, 8.5): Phelps impressed in his first start of the season, giving up one run in 4 2/3 innings in a no-decision at the Mets. He allowed one hit but was hurt by three walks, two in the fifth. Phelps was lifted after 75 pitches. McGowan makes an unexpected start after the Phillies placed Sean O’Sullivan on the 15-day DL with tendinitis in his left knee. McGowan has started in the past, going 21-26 with a 4.78 ERA in 68 career starts.
Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka at Tigers RHP Anibal Sanchez (-120, 8): Tanaka turned in his most dominant performance of the season Saturday, handcuffing the Rays to two hits over seven scoreless innings with eight strikeouts and no walks. He retired 15 straight at one point and is facing the Tigers for the first time. After giving up nine runs over 3 1/3 innings against the White Sox, Sanchez has already allowed more home runs this year (five) than he did all of last season (four). Sanchez is 1-2 with a 7.71 ERA.
Braves RHP Julio Teheran at Mets RHP Bartolo Colon (-133, 7): Teheran was tagged for a career-high four homers in the Braves’ win over the Blue Jays his last time out. The 24-year-old’s fastball was the culprit on three of those homers. Colon has won all three times out and twice contributed with his bat as well. His sacrifice fly in his last start tied the game and drove in his second RBI of the season. Colon previously went nine years between RBIs.
Reds RHP Homer Bailey at Brewers RHP Kyle Lohse (+108, 8.5): Bailey acknowledged the “need to sharpen up some things” following a 5-2 loss in St. Louis, where he allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings. He was done in by a two-out, two-run double by Matt Carpenter in the sixth. Lohse’s early struggles continued against the Pirates on Saturday, when he allowed six runs on six hits and three walks. Command has been the issue so far for Lohse, who believes he’s close to turning his season around.
Padres RHP Tyson Ross at Rockies RHP Jordan Lyles (-105, 10.5): Ross was staked to a 2-0 lead in his last start against the Cubs but struggled with his command, walking five in 5 2/3 innings. He allowed three runs in the game, one on a go-ahead home run by Miguel Montero. He struck out nine in a no-decision. Give Lyles points for heart, but not command, in his last start, when he walked five in six innings at Dodger Stadium but left trailing, 4-3, in a loss. He also struggled for force ground balls.
Dodgers RHP Zack Greinke at Giants TBA (TBA): Greinke has two straight starts, over the Diamondbacks and Rockies, allowing three earned runs over 13.2 innings combined with just one walk. Few Giants hit him well. Buster Posey is 0-for-6 with two RBIs. Brandon Crawford is just 2-for-15 and Gregor Blanco only 2-for-14. The Giants will announce a starter likely after Wednesday’s game. There’s a chance the Dodgers give Greinke one more day.
Cardinals RHP Michael Wacha at Nationals RHP Max Scherzer (-139, 6.5): The two runs Wacha has allowed this season have been on solo homers, but he has otherwise been quite stingy. Wacha is flashing an improved curveball and has not yet had to rely too heavily on arguably his best pitch, the changeup. Scherzer earned his first win of the season Friday after he held the Phillies to a run on four hits and no walks with nine strikeouts in eight innings.
A’s RHP Jesse Chavez at Angels LHP C.J. Wilson (-128, 8): Chavez will start against the Angels in place of Jesse Hahn, who will be given more time to allow the blister on his pitching hand to heal. Chavez went 8-7 with a 3.44 ERA in 21 starts last season. Wilson walked four batters, but nonetheless pitched well against the Astros on Saturday, getting charged with just two runs on three hits in 6 2/3 innings. His only glaring mistake was a changeup that resulted in a solo homer by George Springer.
Orioles RHP Chris Tillman at Blue Jays RHP Drew Hutchison (-130, 9): Tillman won after allowing one run on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings against the Red Sox on Saturday. Hutchison said he was “embarrassed” he couldn’t help his team to a win in a slugfest against the Braves his last time out. The 24-year-old righty has given up 11 earned runs over his past nine innings.
Red Sox RHP Clay Buchholz at Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi (-105, 7.5): Buchholz allowed 11 hits in his Saturday start against the Orioles, but pitched his way around traffic to escape with two earned runs allowed in six innings. The performance marked his second quality start in three games. Odorizzi is 3-for-3 in quality starts to begin the season, with each coming against an AL East opponent. His 0.68 WHIP ranks second in the AL, behind teammate Chris Archer. He is 1-2 with a 4.32 ERA in five career starts against Boston.
Royals RHP Yordano Ventura at White Sox LHP Chris Sale (-138, 7): Ventura (2-1, 4.80 ERA) is coming off a rough start against the A’s in which he gave up five runs and was ejected. Ventura, though, did not receive a suspension – only a fine. Ventura is 2-2 career against the White Sox with a 4.67 ERA. Sale hit 97 or 98 mph with his fastball in 11 of his first 28 pitches during Saturday’s victory over the Tigers. He moved into cruise control with a big lead, striking out six and throwing 101 pitches over six innings.
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