May 27 National League probable pitching matchup capsules
Washington’s Gio Gonzalez has been everything the Nats could have hoped for when they acquired him via trade from Oakland this offseason. Gonzalez is an NL Cy Young candidate but won’t even have the best ERA of a starting pitcher in Sunday night’s game at Atlanta. Bet on Nationals-Braves and every game at WagerWeb.com!
Colorado at Cincinnati – Rockies LHP Jamie Moyer (2-4, 4.99) vs. Reds RHP Mat Latos (3-2, 4.35): The 49-year-old Moyer had his worst outing of the season in Miami, going 3 2/3 innings and giving up six runs and nine hits on 100 pitches, including a fourth-inning slam to Giancarlo Stanton. The lefty also walked four and fanned five. … In Tuesday’s win over the Braves, Latos worked seven innings for the first time since April 24 and had velocities of 95 mph in his final inning. He threw 116 pitches in the game, but avoided the laboriously long innings that have often cut him short.
San Diego at NY Mets – Padres RHP Edinson Volquez (2-4, 3.49) vs. Mets R.A. Dickey (6-1, 3.45): Volquez allowed three runs on five hits in a six-inning stint in a loss to St. Louis on Tuesday. He managed just one strikeout, a season low. Volquez gave up hits to two of first four hitters he faced before throwing four successive shutout innings. … Dickey delivered his most dominant performance of the year last time out, striking out a career-high 11 Bucs over seven innings of one-run ball and needing only 88 pitches to do it. Dickey was 0-1 with a 4.38 ERA in two starts vs. the Padres in ’11.
San Francisco at Miami – Giants RHP Matt Cain (4-2, 2.94) vs. Marlins RHP Ricky Nolasco (5-2, 4.31): Cain has dealt with insufficient run support for much of his career, so it’s a welcome change for him to have won his last two starts while yielding four earned runs in each. That’s the first time this has happened in his Major League career. … Nolasco became Miami’s all-time winningest pitcher in his last outing. The right-hander grinded out six innings, giving up four runs, but winning his 69th game as a Marlin. Nolasco had been tied with Dontrelle Willis.
Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh – Cubs RHP Matt Garza (2-2, 3.72) vs. Pirates LHP Erik Bedard (2-5, 3.52): Garza is coming off his shortest outing, in which he lasted three innings against the Astros, allowing two homers and giving up seven runs, the most by a Cubs starter this year. He had given up three HRs over 45 1/3 innings in his other seven starts. … Bedard keeps giving the Bucs everything they could have hoped for, having put up zeros in 33 of his 46 innings and averaging more than a strikeout an inning. Yet he comes off his two poorest starts, allowing four runs to both the Nats and Mets.
Philadelphia at St. Louis – Phillies RHP Roy Halladay (4-4, 3.58) vs. Cardinals RHP Adam Wainwright (3-5, 4.78): Halladay had one of his worst starts of the year, allowing five runs over six innings on Tuesday to the Nats. Halladay’s 3.63 ERA is the highest it’s been this late in a season since he finished with a 3.71 ERA in 2007. … Wainwright had far and away his best outing of the season on Tuesday, tossing a shutout over the Padres. The right-hander scattered four hits and struck out nine, and afterward said he had never been more satisfied after an outing.
Houston at LA Dodgers – Astros LHP J.A. Happ (4-3, 4.56) vs. Dodgers LHP Chris Capuano (6-1, 2.25): Happ has given up just one run in his last 12 innings after giving up 25 in his first 39 1/3 innings. He hasn’t been able to get out of the sixth inning yet despite throwing more than 100 pitches in five outings this season. … Capuano allowed just one run over six innings against the Diamondbacks on Monday to pick up his sixth win of the year.
Milwaukee at Arizona – Brewers LHP Randy Wolf (2-4, 6.02) vs. Diamondbacks RHP Daniel Hudson (1-1, 6.00): Three batters aside, Wolf turned in an impressive outing Monday against the Giants. After giving up two one-out walks followed by a three-run homer in the first, Wolf settled in, tossing seven innings for the first time this year. … Hudson will come off the DL to make this start. He showed enough in his rehab start on Monday in Triple-A Reno to get back in the rotation. He pitched five innings in the game, allowing two runs on five hits, striking out two and only walking one.
Washington at Atlanta – Nationals LHP Gio Gonzalez (6-1, 1.98) vs. Braves RHP Brandon Beachy (5-2, 1.77): In his last start, Gonzalez pitched six scoreless innings, struck out nine hitters and held the Phillies to three hits in a 2-1 victory. … Beachy suffered his first loss since his first start of the season his last time out at Cincinnati. He gave up three home runs for the first time in his career. He had allowed just one home run in 54 innings to begin the season.