The New York Mets should go into the All-Star break with a victory when they host the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. Chicago’s Chris Volstad is an astonishing 0-7 this season. In all, he hasn’t won in twenty straight starts. You can’t really attribute that record to bad luck, as his 7.94 ERA is truly woeful. It’s tough on any day for the Cubs to win, but with Volstad on the mound it becomes a herculean task.
The Mets’ Jon Niese has a different type of streak going. He’s won each of his last three starts and has allowed a mere four runs in his past 21 1/3 innings pitched. The right answer in this one is New York at 1.65 not Chicago at 2.25.
Although they’ve been shaky the past few weeks, the Los Angeles Dodgers are well-positioned to get a much needed win in Arizona against the Diamondbacks. The 2012 season has been good to Dodgers’ starter Chris Capuano so far: he’s 9-3 with a 2.62 ERA. It’s his best season yet in his eight-year career. Going to Chase Field should be comfortable for him; he’s thrown in ten games as a visiting pitcher there – tied for the most in his career.
Arizona is counting on pitcher Trevor Bauer to lead them. Bauer is a high-end prospect, but doesn’t seem ready for the Major Leagues (he began his professional career just a year ago). The 21-year-old has a 9.82 ERA and has lacked all-important command thus far. He appears to need more seasoning. Pick the Dodgers at 2.05 rather than the Diamondbacks at 1.77.