May 5 National League probable pitching matchup capsules
Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels get all the publicity, but rather quietly young Vance Worley has been just as good if not better than those three this season. He takes the mound Saturday afternoon at Washington. Bet on Phils-Nats and every game at WagerWeb.com.
LA Dodgers at Chicago Cubs – Dodgers LHP Chris Capuano (3-0, 2.73) vs. Cubs RHP Matt Garza (2-1, 2.67): Since a shaky first start, Capuano hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in his past four. And his last start was his best, blanking the Nationals over 6.2 innings in getting the win. … Garza is coming off an impressive outing against the Phillies on Sunday, in which he allowed just one hit and one walk with 10 K’s in seven shutout innings. He allowed two or fewer earned runs in four of his last five starts.
Philadelphia at Washington – Phillies RHP Vance Worley (2-1, 1.97) vs. Nationals LHP Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 1.82): Worley allowed five hits and one run, with two walks and five strikeouts in seven innings Monday against the Cubs. He is 13-4 with a 2.81 ERA in 26 starts since last season. He has allowed just two earned runs in his last 22 innings. … Gonzalez lost his pitch control in the sixth inning vs. L.A., walking three batters and allowing two to score on a James Loney single after cruising for the first five innings.
Arizona at NY Mets – Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin (1-0, 4.76) vs. Mets LHP Johan Santana (0-2, 2.25): Corbin was called up from Double-A Mobile to replace Josh Collmenter in the rotation, and in his first start, he allowed three runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings in Miami. Corbin pitched his way into the club’s plans with a strong Spring Training. … Not counting Santana’s one poor outing in Atlanta, he is 0-1 with an 0.79 ERA in four starts, with 29 strikeouts and 10 walks in 22 1/3 innings. He is 2-0 with an 0.62 ERA in four career starts vs. the D-backs.
Milwaukee at San Francisco – Brewers LHP Randy Wolf (2-2, 6.84) vs. Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner (4-1, 2.53): Wolf is off to a sluggish start, but at least he knows the problem: being too fine with his fastball. He will try to grip it and rip it against the Giants, against whom he owns a 2.85 career ERA in 20 starts. … Bumgarner has limited opponents to two runs or less in his last nine starts at AT&T Park. Last Sunday, he and backup catcher Hector Sanchez, also 22, combined to form what was believed to be one of the youngest batteries in Giants franchise history.
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh – Reds RHP Mike Leake (0-3, 6.65) vs. Pirates RHP James McDonald (1-1, 2.97): Leake hasn’t been very good lately with 16 runs (13 earned) allowed over 15 2/3 innings in his last three starts. With Aroldis Chapman potentially waiting in the wings, a good start could help Leake significantly. … McDonald has taken his game to a new level, pitching one-hit ball for seven innings in one start, then coming back with a 10-strikeout effort. It’s all about confidence and pacing: He’s been working faster and maintaining his focus.
St. Louis at Houston – Cardinals LHP Jaime Garcia (2-1, 2.78) vs. Astros RHP Bud Norris (1-1, 5.46): In a seven-inning start Sunday, Garcia allowed three runs, all immediately after he had a baserunning gaffe of his own. He also struck out a season-high six. Garcia has pitched at least seven innings in three of his five starts. … Norris will face the team he’s had the most success against. He’s 6-2 in his first three years in the Majors vs. the Cardinals. Norris was sharp for six innings in his last outing on April 30 against the Mets before faltering in the seventh.
Atlanta at Colorado – Braves LHP Mike Minor (2-2, 4.68) vs. Rockies LHP Jamie Moyer (1-2, 3.14): Minor surrendered two homers and a career-high seven runs against a struggling Pirates offense on Monday. He had allowed a total of four earned runs in his previous three starts, combined. This is his first career start against the Rockies. … Moyer had a gutty performance Sunday, throwing five innings and 109 pitches, yielding four runs on 11 hits and two walks. He stymied hitters and minimized damage after a three-run first.
Miami at San Diego – Marlins LHP Mark Buehrle (1-4, 3.34) vs. Padres LHP Clayton Richard (1-3, 5.12): Buehrle’s last start is one the veteran would like to forget. He gave up two homers among eight hits and seven runs (four earned) allowed over five innings in his fourth loss of the year. Buehrle will try to bounce back at Petco Park. … Richard allowed two runs in the first inning of his last start against the Giants, but settled down thereafter, retiring 14 of the next 16 hitters he faced. Richard allowed eight hits in seven innings with two walks and two strikeouts.