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May 9 Probable Pitchers And Opening MLB Odds
The top prospect in the White Sox organization and one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball will make the first start of his MLB career as Carlos Rodon, the No. 3 overall pick in 2014, takes the hill in an interleague game vs. Cincinnati. Here's a look at every game on Saturday's schedule in order of start time and with BetOnline opening odds. Orioles LHP Wei-Yin Chen at Yankees RHP Chase Whitley (-117, 8.5): Chen took a no-decision on Sunday against the Rays despite yielding just two runs on seven hits, a pair of walks and four strikeouts in six innings. Whitley was lights-out over seven scoreless innings against the Blue Jays on Monday, but the Yankees' bats could only muster three hits in a 3-1 loss. Red Sox RHP Joe Kelly at Blue Jays RHP Drew Hutchison (-131, 9): Despite not issuing a walk, Kelly dealt with command issues again Sunday, serving up five runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings. He has allowed 15 earned runs over his past three starts. Hutchison allowed six runs in each of his past two starts. He pitched five or more innings just twice this season and his 6.6 strikeouts per nine innings are a career low. Despite the numbers, he has yet to lose a game because of high run support. Royals RHP Jeremy Guthrie at Tigers RHP Anibal Sanchez (-155, 8.5): Guthrie faced the Tigers last Sunday in Kansas City and got roughed up for six runs and 11 hits in six innings. The right-hander is 2-5 with a 4.53 ERA in his career at Comerica Park. Sanchez retired his first 15 batters in order in 7 1/3 quality innings last Sunday at Kansas City, improving his record to 6-2 with a 1.40 ERA in eight meetings with the Royals. His mid-April struggles with home runs appear over. Braves RHP Julio Teheran at Nationals RHP Doug Fister (-157, 7): Teheran addressed his recent struggles by proving more aggressive with his fastball as he tossed six scoreless against the Reds on Sunday. His ability to get ahead with his fastball adds to the effectiveness of his slider. Fister allowed five hits over 6 1/3 innings vs. the Mets while striking out three. It was the antithesis of his last outing, in which he allowed five runs (four earned) in 5 2/3 innings against the Braves. Twins RHP Phil Hughes at Indians LHP Bruce Chen (-104, 9): Hughes didn't have his best stuff against the A's, but still picked up his first win of the year. Despite a grand slam in the first, he went six innings, giving up five runs on nine hits. The Indians plan on promoting the 37-year-old Chen on Saturday to serve as the fifth starter. The 16-year veteran went 2-1 with a 1.74 ERA, 23 strikeouts and three walks in 31 innings for Triple-A Columbus. Rangers LHP Ross Detwiler at Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi (-159, 7.5): Detwiler allowed one run in seven innings in his last start against the Astros. It was the first time in five starts the Rangers won with him on the mound. He has a 2.19 ERA in his last two starts after a 10.95 ERA over his first three. Odorizzi allowed one run on seven hits while striking out six in seven innings against the Red Sox on Monday. He successfully pitched out of jams throughout his outing, posting just two clean innings en route to his third win of the season. Mets LHP Jon Niese at Phillies RHP Aaron Harang (+112, 7.5): Niese suffered a hard-luck loss his last time out when his seven one-run innings weren't enough to outduel Washington's Gio Gonzalez. Niese has allowed just one earned run in four of five starts this season. Harang continues to pitch well for the Phillies, so far proving to be worth every penny of his one-year, $5 million deal. He allowed one run in six innings Monday in a victory over the Braves at Turner Field. Cardinals RHP Carlos Martinez at Pirates RHP Vance Worley (-109, 7.5): Martinez had a terrible start to his last outing, allowing five first-inning runs while walking three in the inning. He steadied enough to pitch into the fourth but saw his ERA rise nearly two points in allowing seven runs over 3 2/3 innings. Worley put together his best start of the season Sunday, holding the Cardinals to one run on four hits while striking out five over six innings in St. Louis. He went 2-0 with a 1.54 ERA in two starts at PNC Park in April. Cubs LHP Travis Wood at Brewers RHP Kyle Lohse (-107, 8.5): Wood is coming off a rough outing against the Cardinals. He gave up six runs on six hits over five-plus innings, including a grand slam to Mark Reynolds. This is his fourth start on the road. He's looking for his first win away from Wrigley. When Lohse is "on," he is quick and efficient. He was not either of those things in his most recent outing against the Dodgers, who pushed Lohse's pitch count to 103 in only five innings. He's worked only one quality start. Reds RHP Johnny Cueto at White Sox LHP Carlos Rodon (+127, 7.5): Cueto had rare command issues Sunday in Atlanta as he gave up a season-high five runs over six innings. He was also called for a balk, giving him three already this season. He has a strong pickoff move, which could be compromised by balk awareness. The top White Sox prospect per MLB.com makes his Major League starting debut after appearing in three games out of the bullpen. Rodon gets the call for just this one game -- for now -- with Jeff Samardzija serving his five-game suspension. Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw at Rockies LHP Jorge De La Rosa (+162, 8.5): Kershaw hasn't been MVP sharp yet, as five home runs allowed will attest. His fastball hasn't lost any velocity, but the sharp slider from last year has come and gone this year. This will be Kershaw's fourth attempt at his 100th career win. After an awful first start on April 20 (nine runs, seven earned in two innings), De La Rosa has struck out 16 in 10 innings over his last two starts and could be finding his form. Padres RHP Tyson Ross at Diamondbacks RHP Chase Anderson (-102, 8.5): Ross struggled with his release point early in his last start but found it to limit the Giants to two runs in seven innings of a loss. He's not getting a lot of run support, as the team has scored two or fewer runs in five of his starts. Anderson deserved better than a no-decision in his last start, when he held the Dodgers to two hits in six scoreless innings. The D-backs' offense, though, could not come through and fell, 1-0, in 13 innings. Astros LHP Dallas Keuchel at Angels RHP Matt Shoemaker (-113, 7.5): The AL Pitcher of the Month Award winner for April keeps looking like one of baseball's best. Keuchel's allowed just two runs in his last 31 innings, starting with six innings of shutout ball against the Angels on April 18. Shoemaker got the loss vs. the Mariners Monday, but he pitched well. He gave up three solo homers, but struck out 10, walked one and gave up just one other hit in 7 1/3 innings. He had a 5.79 ERA in 9 1/3 innings against the Astros last year. Marlins RHP David Phelps at Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner (-175, 6.5): Phelps began the season with two appearances out of the bullpen, but is 1-0 with a 1.88 ERA in four starts since April 17. He is coming off a no-decision after throwing 6 1/3 innings against the Nationals on Monday. Bumgarner took a no-hitter into the seventh inning his last time out and looks like he's rounding into form. Over his past three starts, Bumgarner has a 1.25 ERA and a 21-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 21 2/3 innings. A's RHP Jesse Hahn at Mariners LHP JA Happ (-123, 7.5): Hahn endured the worst start of his season on Monday, allowing six runs on 10 hits in five-plus innings in a road start against the Twins. The right-hander had allowed no more than three runs in each of his previous four starts. Happ endured his first rough start Sunday in Houston (6 runs in 6 innings in a 7-6 loss), but he's been very solid as the No. 5 starter and is 2-1, 3.51 ERA in five outings, including 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball in his season debut against the A's.
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