September 22 American League probable pitching matchup capsules
Looking for a lock victory on Saturday night? Consider the Texas Rangers as they start ace lefty Matt Harrison in Seattle. Harrison has simply owned the Mariners in his career. Bet on Rangers-Mariners and every game at WagerWeb.com.
Oakland at NY Yankees – A’s LHP Travis Blackley (5-3, 3.65) vs. Yankees RHP Ivan Nova (12-7, 4.85): This will mark Blackley’s first start since Aug. 29, before returning to the ‘pen. The lefty has excelled in both roles this season, posting a 4-3 record and 3.97 ERA in 12 starts, along with a 2.86 ERA in 13 relief appearances. … Nova returned from the DL to throw six innings of two-run ball vs. the Rays, striking out eight in what Joe Girardi called one of his best outings of the year. He allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings against the A’s in July.
Baltimore at Boston – TBA vs. RHP Aaron Cook (4-10, 4.93): Baltimore’s rotation is a bit in flux because of a doubleheader coming Monday. This could be the major-league debut of 19-year-old Dylan Bundy for the Orioles, with Bundy considered the top pitching prospect in baseball. At some point, he will be the first Oriole pitcher to debut before his 20th birthday since right-hander Mike Adamson in 1967. … The sinkerballer Cook snapped a six-start winless streak in his last outing, allowing just five hits and a run over six innings against the Rays. Cook has given up 103 hits over 87 2/3 innings. He has just 19 strikeouts.
Minnesota at Detroit – Twins LHP Scott Diamond (11-8, 3.69) vs. Tigers RHP Doug Fister (9-9, 3.65): Diamond suffered his second straight loss on Sunday, surrendering six runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings of a 9-2 loss to the White Sox. The southpaw totes a 7.36 ERA over his last five outings. … Errors cost Fister four unearned runs to the Twins in their last meeting a month ago in Minnesota. He’s hoping for better fortunes this time. Fister’s also eyeing better command, especially with his breaking ball, which cost him Monday in Chicago.
Cleveland at Kansas City – Indians RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (9-16, 5.43) vs. Royals LHP Will Smith (5-8, 5.08): Jimenez logged a quality start against Detroit on Sunday, but earned a no-decision after giving up three runs (two earned) over six frames. He is 0-2 with a 3.93 ERA this month. … Smith gave up four runs in the first two innings before settling down, but he still took a loss vs. the Angels on Sunday. He was coming off his best start, seven scoreless innings at Minnesota in which he struck out a career-best seven.
Toronto at Tampa Bay – Jays RHP Brandon Morrow (8-6, 2.98) vs. Rays LHP Matt Moore (10-11, 3.88): Morrow allowed just four hits and one walk over six scoreless frames during his last start against Boston. He now owns a 2.89 ERA with 25 strikeouts in 28 innings since returning from the 60-day disabled list following a strained oblique muscle. … Moore lost his fourth straight start Sunday after being tagged for five runs in three innings on three hits and four walks with four strikeouts against the Yankees.
Chicago White Sox at LA Angels – White Sox LHP Jose Quintana (6-4, 3.69) vs. Angels RHP Dan Haren (11-11, 4.41): The lefty Quintana lasted just four innings in his last outing against the Tigers. He gave up four runs on seven hits and a pair of walks. He’s won just once in his last six starts, yet the White Sox are 3-3 in those games. … Haren got the win against the Royals on Sunday, giving up three runs (two earned) in 5 2/3 innings before exiting with 98 pitches. The 32-year-old has turned his season around of late, posting a 2.35 ERA during his last five starts.
Texas at Seattle – Rangers LHP Matt Harrison (17-9, 3.26) vs. Mariners RHP Blake Beavan (9-10, 4.88): Harrison won his career-high 17th game Sunday against Seattle, allowing a run in 8 2/3 innings. He has won nine straight starts against the Mariners and is 10-1 lifetime against them. He has allowed three runs to the M’s in his last 32 innings. … Beavan limited the Rangers to two runs in seven innings his last time out but still took the loss. After going 6-2 following his recall from Triple-A, Beavan has lost two straight starts.
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