Saturday, June 30, 2012

6-30 Predictions

This weekend is Hoopfest in Spokane, Washington but we still have baseball predictions to make.

Saturday June 30, 2012

Time (ET)
Away Probable
Home Probable
Probable Report
Jake Peavy (6-4, 2.84)
Peavy struggled early but recovered to throw his 13th quality start on Monday against Minnesota, but it wasn't enough for a victory as he ran into a top-notch Francisco Liriano. He surrendered a season-high 10 hits over six innings.
Probable Report
Hiroki Kuroda (7-7, 3.40)
Kuroda will look to finish his best month in pinstripes on a positive note after going 3-1 with a 2.38 ERA in five June starts. He lasted seven innings in four of them, including a one-run outing in his most recent start, against the Indians.
White Sox
Probable Report
Garrett Richards (2-0, 1.63)
Richards continued to stake his claim for a permanent spot in the Angels' rotation on Sunday, giving up three runs in 6 2/3 innings against the Dodgers despite not having his best stuff. The 24-year-old has a 1.69 ERA in four starts.
Probable Report
Henderson Alvarez (4-6, 4.36)
Alvarez was forced to leave his last outing because of soreness in his right elbow. Despite the setback, he received a clean bill of health and will start against the Angels. Alvarez has won just one game since May 10.

Probable Report
Jonathan Sanchez (1-3, 6.21)
Sanchez was not very sharp last time out, allowing six runs on nine hits and six walks over 5 1/3 innings against the Cardinals. He didn't get a decision and still hasn't picked up a victory since his first start of the season on April 8.
Probable Report
Scott Diamond (6-3, 2.67)
Diamond was excellent against the Reds on Sunday, as he allowed three runs on eight hits over a season-high eight innings. He also matched a season high with seven strikeouts and walked just one batter.
Probable Report
Jeff Karstens (0-2, 6.35)
In his first start since spending more than two months on the disabled list with shoulder and hip issues, Karstens did not have his best stuff in a loss to the Phillies. He allowed six runs, but said he felt fine health-wise afterward.
Probable Report
Lance Lynn (10-3, 3.23)
Lynn's ERA jumped from 2.42 to 3.23 over his past two starts, neither of which lasted more than 5 1/3 innings. Lynn's results have progressively slipped each month, leaving some to wonder if fatigue is setting in with the first-year starter.
Probable Report
Mat Latos (6-2, 4.77)
Latos finally showed Cincinnati what the hype was all about in the Reds' 3-1 win vs. the Brewers on Monday, striking out a career-high 13 in a four-hitter. He threw 80 of his 109 pitches for strikes, including one streak of 24 consecutive strikes.
Probable Report
Barry Zito (6-5, 4.00)
Zito has shown flashes of both brilliance and ineffectiveness in June, blanking the Dodgers in seven innings of three-hit ball in his last start after a three-start losing streak in which he had a 10.67 ERA and .377 opponents' batting average.
Probable Report
Josh Tomlin (3-5, 5.70)
Tomlin lasted only three innings in his last start, vs. the Yanks, yielding six runs on six hits. Like many pitchers vs. New York, Tomlin was hurt by the home run, with the Bombers hitting three long balls. Tomlin is 1-3 in five starts in June.
Probable Report
Dana Eveland (0-0, 3.00)
After posting a 2.57 ERA in 10 appearances as a long reliever, Eveland will make his second start of the year on Saturday. Against the Rays on May 11, he allowed three runs on five hits and six walks in six innings.
Probable Report
J.A. Happ (6-7, 4.83)
Happ, who went to Northwestern and lives in Chicago, is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in his last two starts, allowing just eight hits, three walks and three runs in 13 innings. This is only his second career appearance at Wrigley.
Probable Report
Matt Garza (3-6, 4.06)
Garza has six quality starts in his last nine games, but only one win in that stretch. One of those games that wasn't a quality start was May 21 against the Astros, when he gave up seven runs on five hits over three innings.
Probable Report
Stephen Strasburg (9-2, 2.60)
A poor sixth inning spoiled another quality start from Strasburg in a June 25 game against the Rockies. He's made two starts at Turner Field, and is 1-1 with a 5.56 ERA.
Probable Report
Mike Minor (3-6, 6.14)
Minor will get at least one more start after allowing three home runs in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox. He has struggled to command his secondary pitches while surrendering an National League-high 18 home runs this season.
Probable Report
Cole Hamels (10-3, 3.03)
He struggled for a stretch recently, but is 10-3 with a 3.03 ERA. He threw seven scoreless innings Sunday in a loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, when the bullpen could not hold a one-run lead.
Probable Report
Mark Buehrle (6-8, 3.55)
Buehrle became the all-time leader for wins in Interleague Play with a solid outing against Toronto. He threw seven shutout innings, scattering seven hits and striking out seven while Miami's bats came to life and the Marlins snapped a six-game skid.
Phillies (Lock)
Probable Report
Luke Hochevar (5-7, 5.07)
Hochevar was at his brilliant best on Monday, pitching a shutout over the Rays that gave him 16 2/3 scoreless innings in his last two starts, both victories. His recent change for the better is attributed to sticking basically to three core pitches.
Probable Report
Cole De Vries (1-1, 4.20)
De Vries is back in the big leagues for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against Kansas City. Up from Triple-A Rochester for the second time this season, he went 1-1 with a 4.20 ERA in three starts for the Twins earlier in the year.
Probable Report
Wade Miley (9-3, 2.19)
As the D-backs have surged in June, Miley has strung together four of the best starts of his rookie year. The left-hander has allowed four runs in 30 2/3 innings. Perhaps more impressively, he has walked just two batters while striking out 28.
Probable Report
Mike Fiers (2-2, 2.70)
The rookie has been great in three road starts (two earned runs in 21 1/3 innings) and not so great in two starts at Miller Park (eight earned runs in 11 innings). This is a chance to begin evening those results.
Probable Report
Rick Porcello (5-5, 4.71)
What happens when one of baseball's young sinkerballers meets an offense that tends to do more with less? Surprisingly, they produce a lot of fly balls over three career meetings. Porcello won the last one with seven innings of two-run ball April 10.
Probable Report
Jeremy Hellickson (4-3, 3.45)
Hellickson will return from the 15-day DL (right shoulder inflammation) for his first start since June 14, when he gave up eight runs in just 3 2/3 innings against the Mets. Hellickson owns a 2.94 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP in eight home starts this year.
Probable Report
Johan Santana (5-4, 3.00)
Santana posted his second straight quality start, allowing just two runs on a two-run home run in six innings in his first career loss to the Cubs. He's allowed two runs in his last 12 innings.
Probable Report
Nathan Eovaldi (0-4, 4.04)
This will be a test for Eovaldi, coming off his worst start of the year in San Francisco, where an unlucky first inning snowballed, and he wound up allowing eight runs on 10 hits in five innings. He did regroup to retire 11 of the final 13 he faced.
Probable Report
Tommy Milone (8-5, 3.83)
Milone has allowed just 10 hits and one earned run over his past two starts spanning 16 innings. Opponents are batting just .175 against him over that span. He most recently held the Mariners scoreless over seven innings.
Probable Report
Martin Perez (0-0, 13.50)
Perez was called up from Triple-A Round Rock Tuesday and made his Major League debut against the Tigers Wednesday, giving up four runs (one earned) on two hits while striking out one and walking one. Saturday will mark his first big league start.
Probable Report
Edinson Volquez (4-7, 3.82)
Volquez had one of his strongest starts of the season last time out, going 6 2/3 scoreless innings against the Mariners. He threw 115 pitches, a season high. The right-hander hasn't given up a homer in his last three outings.
Probable Report
Christian Friedrich (4-5, 5.86)
Friedrich has been aggressive with his fastball and in his last start, a home loss to the Nationals, threw some good breaking balls. But he had a couple of weakly-hit balls carry -- one for a home run, the other for a two-run double.

Also I am picking the Red Sox over the Mariners.  Sorry it didn’t load for me.