MLB Odds and Picks: Pitchers to Prevent during Week 8

MLB Odds and Picks: Pitchers to Prevent during Week 8

Just like football teams lean heavily on their QB, MLB teams very often live or doe by their starting rotation. It’s not a surprise that the teams who have the most quality starts from their staff over the course of a long season are very often the ones in the playoff conversation. There are, of course, exceptions to the rule, such as when a team that has a ton of power in the lineup can bail out poor starts from their pitching staff. Still, the pitching matchups are a good thing to pay attention to when it comes time to start betting on the MLB. We have already looked at some pitchers to start this week, but how about some to avoid? Let’s get into that now.


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Jose Berrios
Toronto Blue Jays

Last season, the Blue Jays did not get what they needed from their pitching staff, and while their hitters continue to deliver, it is pitching once again that is doing them in this season. They have lost 5 in a row and now have a series with the Tampa Bay Rays to contend with. Berrios is scheduled to start and will be looking to bounce back from a loss his last time out, where his ERA was 4.05. That loss means that he is now 3-4 on the season with an ERA of 4.61. I think he might be in for a rough time of things against Tampa.

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Zack Greinke
Kansas City Royals

I think it’s more than fair to say that the dominant years for Greinke are now in the rearview mirror. He is having a bit of a nightmare season with the Kansas City Royals, going 1-5 with an ERA of 4.82 through the opening 7 weeks of the season. Things have been a little better at home, which is where he will be in his next start, but he is still 1-2 with an ERA of 3.21 in those outings. It certainly doesn’t help that he gets very little in the way of run support, but it all adds up to a pitcher to avoid for now.

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Eric Lauer
Milwaukee Brewers

Lauer is scheduled to start on Thursday night at home to the San Francisco Giants, which I already have penciled in as a loss. Lauer is 4-5 on the season with an ERA of 5.48. That is certainly not great, but it gets even worse when he takes the mound in his own ballpark, where he is 1-3 with an ERA of 8.44. OUCH!! He will start against a Giants team that is in a decent run of form at the moment, and with Lauer giving up 11 ER in his last 3 starts, things could get ugly pretty quickly.

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Kyle Muller
Oakland As

The Oakland As are an absolute mess and a team in flux, as it looks as though they will be making the move to Las Vegas sooner rather than later. It would be easy to simply bet against them every night, but some matchups just seem way worse than others. Muller is scheduled to take the mound on Friday night when Oakland hosts a Houston team that seems to have finally found their groove. They should jump all over Muller, who is 1-4 with an 8.03 ERA on the season. He has taken the loss in 2 of his last 3 and given up 17 runs in that stretch.


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