June 30 National League probable pitching matchup capsules
The New York Mets have a reason why young start pitcher Zack Wheeler struggled last time out after a dominating big-league debut: he was tipping his breaking pitches. “Guys look for it all the time. It starts with the glove,” said manager Terry Collins. “Moving the glove there’s different things to look for and then all of sudden you start to look when he speeds up, when he slows down, what the pitches are. You start to get a read on it.” Collins said he’s talking publicly about it because the problem was so obvious he received about 10 text messages and emails alerting him to the issue.
Padres RHP Andrew Cashner (5-3, 3.34) at Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 3.00): Cashner seems to be developing into the top-of-the-rotation guy the Padres envisioned when they traded for him in January 2012. He tied a career high with eight innings his last time out, surrendering one run on five hits. … Eovaldi continues to make strides since he returned from the 60-day disabled list. He struck out seven and gave up two runs in six innings and 86 pitches at San Francisco in his last start. His velocity reached 98 mph.
Nationals LHP Gio Gonzalez (4-3, 3.31) at Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (1-0, 3.18): Gonzalez did just enough to pick up the win on Tuesday against the D-backs, allowing two runs on nine hits over 6 1/3 innings of work. He walked one batter and struck out four en route to his first win since May 5. … Wheeler will make his home debut against the Nationals, after experiencing mixed results in his first two starts. The rookie gave up four runs over 5 1/3 innings last time out in Chicago, but blanked the Braves in his debut.
Diamondbacks RHP Trevor Cahill (3-9, 4.29) at Braves LHP Paul Maholm (8-6, 3.75): Cahill has suffered through a miserable month of June, going 0-4 with a 9.30 ERA in five starts. Last time out against the Nats, he allowed six runs on eight hits and lasted just five innings. … Since allowing four home runs through his first 10 starts, Maholm has given up one homer in each of his past six outings. The veteran southpaw has compiled a 1.80 ERA in six home starts.
Brewers RHP Kyle Lohse (3-6, 3.69) at Pirates RHP Charlie Morton (1-1, 2.81): Lohse is working on five straight quality starts. He has faced the Pirates plenty in his career and is 9-2 with a 3.41 ERA against them. That’s the highest winning percentage (.818) against any opponent in his 13-year career. … Morton makes his fourth start on the road back from Tommy John surgery. He matched his career high of five walks the last time out — when he also had his trademark sinker, with only one ball hit in the air to the outfield in 5 2/3 innings.
Phillies RHP Kyle Kendrick (7-4, 3.46) at Dodgers RHP Stephen Fife (2-2, 3.41): Kendrick allowed only two runs and struck out six in eight innings on Tuesday in a victory over the Padres. He continues to pitch well for the Phillies, allowing two or fewer earned runs in 11 of his 16 starts this season. … Fife allowed three runs — two homers — and four hits in 6.2 innings last time out as L.A. won for the first time in his past four starts. He has a 1.50 ERA in six career innings against the Phils.
Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner (7-5, 3.20) at Rockies RHP Juan Nicasio (4-4, 5.31): Bumgarner threw 111 pitches in each of his last two outings and topped that figure on three other occasions. In his last start against Colorado, on May 17, Bumgarner squandered a 4-0 lead and allowed a season-high nine runs (seven earned). … Nicasio is in danger of losing his spot in the Rockies’ rotation. Nicasio was roughed up for seven runs (six earned) in just 2.1 innings in his most recent start Tuesday, and manager Walt Weiss would not commit to him taking his next turn in the rotation. If Nicasio is indeed removed from the rotation, Drew Pomeranz would be the top candidate to take his place.
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