The Arizona Diamondbacks host the Atlanta Braves in a game they should take on Sunday.
Despite accumulating 21 wins in 2011, Arizona starter Ian Kennedy tends to be a bit unheralded. But he’s a pitcher who shouldn’t be underestimated, especially at home where he was 11-2 with a 2.64 ERA last year. In his only 2012 start at Chase Field so far, he went six innings, allowing one run, five hits and striking out nine in a win over the San Diego Padres.
The Braves’ Randall Delgado sports a 2-0 record, but he hasn’t been too overpowering as evidenced by his 4.35 ERA and his inability to last more than 5 1/3 innings in either of his two starts. Not to mention his limited fastball-change up repertoire won’t play well against a solid D-Backs lineup.
The Braves have been hitting the ball well of late, but Kennedy should out-pitch Delgado. As a result, take Arizona at 1.65 rather than Atlanta at 2.25.
The Pittsburgh Pirates’ left-handed pitcher Erik Bedard has thrown well in 2012 but has an 0-3 record to show for it. That losing streak won’t be broken when he faces off against the St. Louis Cardinals at home.
Quite simply, the Cardinals have feasted on lefty starters so far this year, batting .347 with four home runs in two games. The Cards are missing two regular starters – Lance Berkman and John Jay – but St. Louis’ deep lineup is resilient enough to overcome those losses.
Also, the Cardinals have Kyle Lohse pitching, who has been fantastic this year delivering a minuscule 0.89 ERA in three starts. The Cardinals (1.70) are poised to take this one on the road over the Pirates (2.15).