August 21 National League probable pitching matchup capsules

It’s almost impossible for Miami pitcher Nathan Eovaldi to be worse in his start Wednesday against the red-hot Dodgers than he was last time out against Colorado. Although, Eovaldi has an 18.00 career ERA against L.A. so maybe it is possible. Bet on Dodgers-Marlins and every game at

Braves LHP Alex Wood (2-2, 2.61) at Mets LHP Jon Niese (5-6, 4.25): Wood has been a different pitcher since struggling in the first two starts of his career, both losses against the Mets. Over his last four outings, he has posted a 1.78 ERA with 26 strikeouts in 25 1/3 innings pitched. … In two starts since returning from the disabled list, Niese is 2-0 with a 3.75 ERA, 14 strikeouts and two walks. He’ll look to keep that going against a Braves team that has torched him for 10 runs in 7 1/3 innings this year.

Cardinals RHP Jake Westbrook (7-8, 4.35) at Brewers LHP Tom Gorzelanny (3-4, 2.95): Westbrook has a 10.13 ERA and .333 opponents’ batting average over his last four outings, but the Cardinals are keeping him in the rotation for at least one more turn. The Cards are winless in Westbrook’s last four appearances. … Gorzelanny is coming off his poorest start since joining the Brewers’ rotation, a 4 2/3-inning, six-hit, three-walk dud against the Reds. He needed 37 pitches for the first inning alone.

Red Sox LHP Felix Doubront (8-6, 3.95) at Giants RHP Chad Gaudin (5-2, 3.06): The lefty Doubront’s streak of 16 straight starts of giving up three runs or fewer came to an end against the Yankees on Friday. He was shelled for seven runs (six earned) in four innings and took the loss. … Gaudin suffered a season-worst start in his most recent outing, giving up eight earned runs on 11 hits with four walks and five strikeouts in only four-plus innings. The start increased his ERA by more than half a run.

Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole (6-5, 3.88) at Padres RHP Ian Kennedy (4-9, 5.12): The rookie Cole makes what could be his final start of August under the Pirates’ plan to reduce his workload to keep him fresh for a possible postseason run. The righty’s ability to keep the ball low is helping him keep the ball in the park. … The veteran right-hander Kennedy is coming off his worst start since he joined the Padres at the Trade Deadline. The four walks and three home runs Kennedy allowed vs. the Mets led to five runs and his first defeat with his new club.

Rockies RHP Juan Nicasio (7-6, 4.94) at Phillies LHP Cliff Lee (10-6, 3.19): Nicasio fought traffic in the early innings of his last start, but he made key pitches and held the Orioles to two runs in six innings, despite waking four. In his last two starts, he hasn’t been sharp but has been effective. … Lee had his best outing of the second half Friday against the Dodgers. He went eight innings for the first time since June 24 and surrendered three runs. Lee got no help from his offense, though, and he hasn’t won since July 5.

Diamondbacks RHP Brandon McCarthy (2-7, 4.84) at Reds RHP Mike Leake (10-5, 3.01): McCarthy is making his fourth start since coming off the disabled list. In his last outing against the Pirates, he allowed four runs in seven innings. He has struggled to command his cut fastball of late. … Leake has faltered in two of his last three starts and gave up four earned runs in five frames vs. the Brewers on Friday. The righty has struggled in his career against the D-backs, facing them four times with a 6.12 ERA and allowing five homers.

Dodgers RHP Zack Greinke (11-3, 3.02) at Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi (2-3, 3.96): Having overcome early-season injuries, Greinke is giving the Dodgers exactly what they thought they were getting, a second ace to team with Clayton Kershaw and give opponents fits. … Eovaldi matched a team record he’d rather not have. In his last start, he gave up 11 runs (nine earned) in three-plus innings. The 11 runs match a team record first set by Ricky Nolasco vs. the Rockies in 2011.

Nationals RHP Ross Ohlendorf (2-0, 1.85) at Cubs RHP Jake Arrieta (2-2, 4.91): With Taylor Jordan shut down for the season, Ross Ohlendorf will be Washington’s fifth starter. He will join the Nationals in Chicago and pitch against the Cubs on Wednesday. Ohlendorf is currently on the DL because of right shoulder inflammation. … Arrieta has posted quality starts in both of his outings with the Cubs. In his last start, against the Cards, he gave up two hits over seven innings, while striking out seven. Acquired from the O’s in the Scott Feldman deal, he’s looked good so far.


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