April 29 National League probable pitching matchup capsules
The Atlanta Braves have played very well as it is this season, but things should only get better starting Sunday as the Braves welcome back their ace, Tim Hudson, off the disabled list for his first start of the year. Bet on Pirates-Braves and every game at WagerWeb.com!
Arizona at Miami – Diamondbacks LHP Wade Miley (2-0, 1.84) vs. Marlins RHP Josh Johnson (0-2, 4.63): Last time out Miley had his best outing of the season, shutting out the Phillies on just two hits over six innings. He struck out seven. … It was the Josh Johnson of old in his last start, but the ace wasn’t rewarded with a win. JJ had a no-decision after allowing one run and striking out nine in 6 2/3 innings. JJ exited with the lead. His last win remains April 19, 2011.
Houston at Cincinnati – Astros RHP Bud Norris (1-1, 5.84) vs. Reds RHP Mat Latos (1-2, 5.64): Norris is coming off his poorest outing, giving up nine hits, seven runs and three home runs on Tuesday in Milwaukee. After two quality starts to start the season, he’s allowed 11 runs in 13 2/3 innings. … Latos earned his first win as a Red on Tuesday with seven scoreless innings vs. the Giants and had his best outing of the young season. His fastball was in the mid-90s and he mixed in good off-speed deliveries.
Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia — Cubs RHP Matt Garza (1-1, 3.38) vs. Phillies RHP Kyle Kendrick (0-1, 9.39): Garza deserved better in his last start when he gave up two runs over seven innings and didn’t get a decision. He’s struggled on the road, serving up more runs in one start away from Wrigley than three games at home. That needs to change. … Kendrick suffered the team’s worst start since 2010 when he allowed seven earned runs in three-plus innings Monday against the D-backs in Phoenix. He needs to pitch much better than that while Cliff Lee is on the disabled list.
Pittsburgh at Atlanta – Pirates RHP Kevin Correia (1-0, 2.00) vs. Braves RHP Tim Hudson (first start): Three days after being scratched from a start with left-side discomfort, Correia made a miraculous recovery to pitch four-hit ball for six innings vs. the Rockies. His history in Turner Field is short (three starts, 16 innings) and sweet (2.25 ERA). … Hudson will be making his season debut. The veteran hurler has been encouraged with the relief he has experienced since undergoing back surgery in November. He has posted a 2.85 ERA in 11 career starts against the Pirates.
Milwaukee at St. Louis – Brewers RHP Zack Greinke (2-1, 4.56) vs. Cardinals LHP Jaime Garcia (2-0, 2.49): The road has been tough on Greinke. He allowed eight runs in 3 2/3 innings at Wrigley Field earlier this month and has a career road ERA of 4.29. … Garcia pitched 7 2/3 impressive innings against the Cubs but didn’t factor in the decision in a walk-off win for Chicago. The lefty is 4-2 with a 3.24 ERA in nine games (eight starts) in his career against Milwaukee, including a win this year.
NY Mets at Colorado – Mets LHP Johan Santana (0-2, 3.00) vs. Rockies LHP Jamie Moyer (1-2, 2.28): In his sharpest start of the season, Santana fanned 11 Fish in 6 2/3 frames of one-run ball. That came after the shortest outing of his career, a four-out start in Atlanta. Santana will look for consistency at Coors Field, where he’s never pitched. … Moyer, the oldest player in baseball, has been the Rockies’ best pitcher — the only one to go at least five innings in each of his starts. Moyer held the Pirates to one run and six hits in six innings in his last start.
San Diego at San Francisco – Padres LHP Clayton Richard (1-2, 5.11) vs. Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner (3-1, 2.96): Richard recovered well after a miserable start (eight earned runs vs. the Rockies) for a strong start against the Nationals, allowing two runs on three hits in 6 1/3 innings. He walked five, but two were intentional. He also had six strikeouts. … Since giving up four earned runs in four innings in his opener at Arizona, Bumgarner has allowed just four earned runs and 14 hits in 20 innings in winning his last three starts.
Washington at LA Dodgers – Nationals LHP Gio Gonzalez (2-0, 1.52) vs. Dodgers LHP Chris Capuano (2-0, 3.52): Gonzalez tossed six scoreless innings and won his second straight start Tuesday in San Diego, and has not allowed a run in his last three outings, a streak 20 innings. Gonzalez has struck out at least six in each of his four starts for Washington. … Capuano pitched out of numerous jams against the Braves in a seven-inning outing that helped rest a tired bullpen. Capuano still had four walks, two of them leading off innings, which seems to be an indication when he’s not challenging hitters.