June 10 National League-hosted interleague probable pitching matchup capsules
It’s now officially time to worry about Giants’ two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum. Perhaps the righty can recapture the magic in Sunday’s series finale against Texas, a team he last saw in the Giants’ World Series win two seasons ago. Bet on Rangers-Giants and every game at WagerWeb.com!
Tampa Bay at Miami – Rays RHP James Shields (6-4, 4.27) vs. Marlins RHP Anibal Sanchez (3-4, 3.19): Shields took his fourth loss in his last start, vs. the Yanks, allowing five earned runs in five innings. He pitched two shutouts in two 2011 starts vs. the Marlins, allowing seven hits and a walk in 18 innings. … The roughest outing of Sanchez’s season bumped his ERA up from 2.57 to 3.19. Sanchez gave up a season-high seven runs in a loss to the Braves. He was coming off a win over Washington in which he tossed seven scoreless innings.
Kansas City at Pittsburgh – Royals LHP Bruce Chen (5-5, 4.37) vs. Pirates RHP A.J. Burnett (5-2, 3.76): In his first six starts, Chen was 0-4; in his last six starts, he’s 5-1. He was superb at changing speeds in his last start, a 1-0 win over the Twins. This will be his fourth career start at PNC Park; he lost the other three. … Burnett allowed just five hits on Tuesday, but an elevated pitch-count forced him to exit after five innings. Burnett gave up three earned runs, walked four and struck out eight. He threw 100 pitches, 57 strikes.
Toronto at Atlanta – Jays LHP Ricky Romero (7-1, 4.02) vs. Braves RHP Tim Hudson (4-2, 3.83): Romero allowed five runs during his last outing against the White Sox, but pitched much better than his line would indicate. He walked just one batter for the second consecutive start after walking at least four in his previous four appearances. … Hudson was brilliant in his last outing, scattering five hits while throwing a shutout. The right-hander will try to carry his success into Interleague Play, where he is 15-16 with a 3.97 ERA in 42 starts.
San Diego at Milwaukee (only all-NL game) – Padres RHP Anthony Bass (2-5, 4.21) vs. Brewers RHP Yovani Gallardo (4-5, 4.50): After a strong April (2.30 ERA), Bass has struggled, allowing 15 earned runs over his last three starts, including four in a no-decision against the Giants on Tuesday. Opponents are hitting .249 against him this season. … Gallardo insisted his stuff was good Tuesday, when he allowed five Cubs runs on six hits, including a pair of homers. He hadn’t surrendered multiple home runs since Opening Day, when he served up four to the Cardinals.
Cleveland at St. Louis – Indians RHP Ubaldo Jimenez vs. Cardinals TBA: Jimenez rebounded from a rough outing at Chicago by allowing only one run on five hits in 6 2/3 innings on Tuesday against the Tigers. Jimenez struck out four and walked only one in earning the win. … The Cards haven’t announced their starter as they need a fill-in for Jaime Garcia, who was placed on DL Thursday with a strained shoulder. To start this game, the team will pick between Brandon Dickson, who was with the Cardinals last month, and hard-throwing righty Joe Kelly, Memphis’ top starter who has not yet been in the majors.
LA Angels at Colorado – Angels RHP Ervin Santana (2-7, 5.33) vs. Rockies LHP Christian Friedrich (4-1, 4.50): Santana’s struggles reached a new level against the Mariners on Monday, when he gave up seven runs on eight hits and six walks in 4 2/3 innings. He has given up 16 runs and walked 14 batters over his last three starts, which span 14 2/3 innings. … Friedrich dominated the D-backs in Monday’s win, allowing just four hits and two walks with four punchouts across seven scoreless innings.
Texas at San Francisco – Rangers RHP Alexi Ogando (1-0, 2.27) vs. Giants RHP Tim Lincecum (2-6, 5.83): With Derek Holland going on the DL, Ogando will make his first start of the season on Sunday. Ogando is 13-8 with a 3.56 ERA in 29 career starts. … Lincecum has lost his last four decisions, one short of the career high he endured in August 2010. Lincecum last faced Texas in Game 5 of the 2010 World Series, when he worked eight innings in San Francisco’s 3-1 clinching victory.
Oakland at Arizona – A’s LHP Travis Blackley (0-1, 4.79) vs. Diamondbacks LHP Joe Saunders (3-4, 3.65): Blackley fared much worse in his second start since joining the A’s rotation than in his first outing. He lasted just 4 2/3 innings against the Rangers and allowed five runs on seven hits, taking his first loss of the season. … Saunders lost to the Rockies on Monday, giving up four runs (three earned) on 11 hits and a walk with three strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
Detroit at Cincinnati – Tigers LHP Drew Smyly (2-2, 3.71) vs. Reds RHP Mat Latos (4-2, 4.91): A year and a half into his Major League career, the 22-year-old Smyly will start under the bright lights of Sunday Night Baseball, hoping for his first quality start since May 9. He has allowed four runs in each of his last five outings. … The Reds have won Latos’ last three starts, but he couldn’t get out of the fourth inning at Houston last Saturday after being given a five-run lead. It’s the second time in four starts he hasn’t held an advantage of four runs or more.