Chicago Cubs v St Louis Cardinals
Lance Lynn has been phenomenal for the Cardinals so far this season (a godsend for a team that has seen top pitchers Chris Carpenter start the season on the disabled list and Adam Wainwright be ineffective). On the road against the Chicago Cubs, Lynn is now in a strong position to raise his 2012 record to a perfect 4-0. He faced the Cubs earlier in the season with much success. While he only lasted 5 1/3 innings, he was dominant, allowing just four hits, one run and two walks against five strikeouts. Lynn, who pitched so well for the Cardinals in the 2011 post season, has also already showed he’s comfortable throwing on the road. In two away games this year he has a 1.32 ERA in 13 2/3 innings pitched. Of course, it helps he’s backed by one of the best offences in baseball so far (about five runs per game) and that the Cubs lineup is below the National League average in production. Take St. Louis on the road at 1.62 and pass on Chicago despite the enticing 2.30 odds.
Washington Nationals v San Diego Padres
Nationals fans will be happy to see to the pitching matchup when their team travels to San Diego to face the Padres Wednesday. Washington ace Jordan Zimermann’s luck should change with this one. The Nationals right-hander has been superb in 2012, owning a 1.29 ERA in three starts. Still, he’s 0-1 on the year. The law of averages suggest the Nationals offence, which is middling but has enough firepower to be effective, will give him enough this time out. This is especially the case with Joe Wieland pitching for the Padres. The right-hander is a rookie, who has only two Major League starts under his belt. This inexperience should augur well for the Nationals who are the better pick at 1.72 than the Padres at 2.12.